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Specifies a symbol for a graphic rule. The symbol graphic rule replaces objects in the graphic view with a symbol. You can open this dialog box in the Select Graphic Rule dialog box by selecting Replace Objects with Symbol in the Graphic Rule Type box and clicking Properties.

In the example below, an object is replaced by the symbol .

The symbol files are saved in the [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Drawings\Catalog\Symbols folder.

Rule Name

Names of the graphic rule. The rule name can be up to 128 characters long.


Describes the rule.

Graphic Module

Specifies a module (.dll file) that allows you to customize the graphics included in your graphic rule.

This module affects only those items that meet the criteria of the filter on the selected row of the table in the View Style Properties dialog box. To apply a module to all items in the view style, choose a Graphic Preparation Rule on the View Style Properties dialog box.


Specifies a symbol for objects that are visible. You can click More to open the Choose Symbol dialog box. For more information, see Choose Symbol Dialog Box.

When selecting a symbol to replace an object, you can set the symbol as scalable. To achieve this, open the symbol in SmartSketch Drawing Editor. Define the variable in the symbol, and map the name of a label to the symbol so that the symbol receives the scale variable from the 3D model. For example, the symbol FrontClipPipe1.sym specifies the OPD variable, which calls the label OPD.rtp from the [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Reports\Templates\DrawingsReports\SymbolParameters folder.

When the software replaces the objects with the FrontClipPipe1 symbol, it evaluates the OPD label for the object being replaced, then takes the value returned and uses it to scale the 2D symbol in the drawing view.

Hidden Object Symbol

Specifies a symbol for objects that are hidden.


Indicates the drawing layer (or level, if saving to a MicroStation file) on which the graphic is placed. For example, you would type LinesAndSymbols in the value field to place your symbol graphics on the LinesAndSymbols layer of your drawing. If the layer does not already exist in the template you are using to create drawings, the software creates the layer automatically.

For graphic rules used in the conversion to MicroStation files, the software only recognizes whole numbers between 1 and 63, inclusive, in the Layer field. Other values are ignored and the object is placed on level 1 in the DGN file.


Sets the orientation behavior for the symbol. Set the value to Fixed Orientation - Upwards to always have the symbol orientation in the upward direction on the drawing. Set the value to Orients as Replaced Object Did to set the symbol orientation to match the replaced graphic object orientation.

Drawing view styles work in a top-to-bottom priority order. If an object finds its match in several different filters, the last graphic rule applied (bottommost row) is used.

See Also

View Style Properties Dialog Box
Graphic Rule - Line with Widget Dialog Box
Graphic Rules
Select Graphic Rule Dialog Box