The Layer Isolate feature has been around since at least the Bonus collection back in R14. In AutoCAD 2008 they kick it up a notch by adding a Settings feature whereby you can opt to either turn Off the layers you don’t select to isolate, or Lock them … which kicks in the new A2008 Fade control feature.
Here’s the new prompt sequence with a running commentary…
Current setting: Hide layers, Viewports=Off
In the past, any layer not selected to isolate was, by default, turned Off.
Select objects on the layer(s) to be isolated or [Settings]: S
Enter S to launch Settings.
Enter setting for layers not isolated [Off/Lock and fade] <Off>: L
You now have the option of Lock and fade; enter L for that option.
Enter fade value (0-90) <60>: [Enter]
The default of the fade percentage is 60% which should be just fine.
In the figures, the furniture and text were selected to isolate, resulting in the building features to be faded. A lock icon indicates the locked layer when the cursor rolls across a locked layer.
Thank you for sharing Michael!
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