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What’s the Best Way to Align Drawings When Using Overlay Pages in Revu Mac?

Are you a Revu Mac user who wants to know the best way to get your documents aligned properly when using Overlay Pages?

The basic procedure for overlaying documents is to select the files you want to compare, choose three alignment points within the actual drawing content of each file, and then use Overlay Pages to create a new file that contains a separate layer for each document. To ensure that the alignment points you select will accurately overlay those files, you should enable Snap to Content, and make sure your alignment points are chosen in the correct order, as described below:

  1. Add the files you’re comparing to the Overlay Pages dialog box:
    • If the documents are already open, you can go to Document > Overlay Pages  and the Overlay Pages dialog will automatically list the files when it opens.

      Note: If you have additional files open, you can add them by clicking Add Open Files.

    • If the files aren’t already open, you can go to Document > Overlay Pages  and click Add in the Overlay Pages dialog box. This lets you locate and select the first of the files you want to compare. To add the rest of the documents, click Add again and repeat the process for each file.
  2. Picking Your Alignment Points:
    When selecting the alignment points, it’s important to pick the same three points in the same order on each drawing. And to improve the accuracy, you should switch on Snap to Content by clicking Content in the Status Bar or using keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+F9.

     

    • So assuming you’ve enabled Snap to Content, click Align Points in the Overlay Pages dialog box, and click three locations in the first drawing. The next drawing will open, allowing you to select the same three points in the same order.

      Note: Ideally, you should select the alignment points within the actual drawing content instead of clicking three corners of the surrounding border.

    • Click OK in the Overlay Pages dialog box.

Once the process has completed, a new, properly aligned file called “Overlay” will open.