So far the new upgrade seems to have solved quite a few problems. I have resumed my project and am delighted that I can now draw a different plan for each floor of my building by creating horizontal sections that have a depth component to the section line. Although there's not much guidance in the User Manual, I have figured out through trial and error how the tool basically works, but there are details I can't understand.
There are 2 settings buttons in the lower left corner for the horizontal section tool. One is "2D Section/Elevation" and the other is "3D Section/Elevation". The tool works with "3D Section/Elevation", however the result is not useable for final architectural drawings, because it is actually a 3D chunk removed from the rest of the building (I'm not sure what is the use for this chunk: Anyone know?) What I need is an editable 2D drawing which shows everything within the two dimensions I have defined by the horizontal section line (so, for example, I can show windows on the floor I'm looking at, but not windows on the floor below). So I selected the "2D Section/Elevation". As one would expect, it asks me to select the section line and the 3D entities I want to cut, but when I hit the "Finish selection" button it does not prompt me to place the section in the drawing. Basically, nothing happens. I am not sure what is wrong here. Any ideas?
2) Assuming someone can help me solve the above problem, there is another one as well: The initial drawing produced from the 3D section tool is a single object on layer 0. Based on what I used to do with exploding viewports I decided that if this object is exploded it should break down into the original objects on the original layers and can then be turned off and on. However, if I explode the entity I get the following results: All objects which were not cut by the section (that is, have remained whole) have retained their original layer designation. All 3D objects which were cut by the section line are now on layer 0. It would take a lot of manual work to return all of these entities which landed on layer 0 to their original layer. Is there something I should be doing, like a setting or something, to make the entities retain their original layer information?
I also wonder if somebody can explain what is meant by the terms "Section line side" and "Section line height" in the properties of the section line. It seems to me they are counter-intuitive for a horizontal section. I would have thought that "height" was the distance in the Z direction for a horizontal section, but it is actually the distance in the X or Y direction, depending on which side you're looking at when cutting the section. Also, the distance you enter manually has to be entered as a negative for the positive axis direction and positive for the negative axis direction. I think this might have to do with how the current workplane for the section line was set, but I'm not sure what I was supposed to have done, since the instructions are so limited. How I did it is, I set a workplane by facet on the side of the building and then edited it to set it 10 feet away from the building. Is there some way to do it so that the manually entered dimensions match the direction of the world workplane?