Using FlexTools with ConDoc

Using FlexTools with ConDoc

Architects and 3D artists utilize FlexTools to design architectural elements such as doors, windows, stairs, and more within SketchUp. This toolset enhances efficiency by offering exceptional levels of speed and control during the modeling process. FlexTools is a comprehensive library of dynamic components and specialized tools, expressly created to expedite modeling. By integrating this library, professionals can significantly streamline their workflow, achieving more in less time, and ensuring precise design execution.  Learn more at

FlexTools Drawing Set

The ConDoc ARCHITECT_FlexTools drawing set enables seamless integration with the FlexTools architectural object library.  Load the drawing set from the LABS folder to automate all drawings included with the ARCHITECT drawing set, using the familiar ConDoc Tags in tandem with the additional FlexTools Tags.

FlexTools (SketchUp) Tags

The FlexTools dynamic doors and windows utilize the following SketchUp tags to control the visual representation in 2D and 3D drawings.  These tags are automatically added to your SketchUp model when FlexTools objects are inserted and are already baked into the ARCHITECT_FlexTools drawing set.  There's really nothing you need to do with them other than understand how they are used. 
  1. FlexTools - 2D Elevation
  2. FlexTools - 2D Plan
  3. FlexTools - 2D Symbols
  4. FlexTools - 3D
  5. FlexTools - 3D Hardware
FlexTools tags are SketchUp tags, you still assign ConDoc Tags to the outside of the individual door and window objects as shown in the diagrams below.

To create a color perspective, typically you need the "FlexTools - 3D" and "FlexTools - 3D Hardware" tags visible to see only the physical representation of the objects.

To create black and white section and elevation drawings, typically you need the "FlexTools - 2D Elevation", "FlexTools - 2D Symbols", FlexTools - 3D", and "FlexTools - 3D Hardware" tags visible to see the physical representation and graphic symbols.  These tags are visible in all CAD style sections, elevations, and perspectives.

To create plan drawings, typically you need the "FlexTools - 2D Plan" and "FlexTools - 2D Symbols" tags visible to see the door swings and window graphics.  These tags are set to visible in all plan drawing viewports where doors and windows are visible, typically "Light" viewports.

There are some other tags that come in with FlexTools stair and ramp objects, but you will typically get better results drafting a 2D Graphic for stairs and ramps.  These tags are added to the drawing set and forced off in all viewports in all drawings.
  1. FlexStairs - Stringer
  2. FlexStairs - Tread
  3. FlexTools - Symbols
  4. FlexTools_Dimensions

WWHH LayOut Reporting

The FlexTools doors and windows report a WWHH ("width width height height") text string that can be used to describe the objects rough width and height in lieu of door and window schedules.  Follow these steps to utilize...
  1. Set the Report Settings field to "Show".
  2. Set the Units field to "WWHH (ConDoc).  
  3. If desired, enter a value in the Code field to add a prefix to the string, for example "(2) ".
  4. If desired, Enter a value in the Type field to add a suffix to the string, for example "FX".

In LayOut, you can display the auto-text in a label by following these steps...

Tips for Integrating FlexTools and ConDoc Tools

  1. The WallCutter function is really slick!  But...  It is fairly unpredictable in my testing.  I recommend using this feature to place doors and windows, move around during the design process, then "unlink" to commit the door and window openings.  The result is rock solid for drawings in LayOut.
  2. The 2D/3D button on the ConDoc System toggles the FlexTools tags too... Slick!
  3. All windows need a sill in order to block out the hatching below once stacked in LayOut.  Or, set the frame depth to match the thickness of the wall, and inset to 0".

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