what exactly is tilemode?

Greetings.
Can someone explain to me exactly what tilemode is? I have a third part library that I use to display autocads, and they
just modified how they operate to switch between tilemodes, and I am afraid I don't know really what tilemodes mean to the average user, and if they are autocad only or a general property of a view of a vector document or what.
Pointers and pointers to help / glossaries are welcome.
Thanks, Jeff Kish
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Jeff Kish wrote:

From the glossary:
TILEMODE A system variable that controls whether viewports can be created as movable, resizable objects (floating), or as nonoverlapping display elements that appear side-by-side (tiled). See also viewport.
My version:
You do most of your drawing work with TILEMODE ON. With TILEMODE on, any viewport edges must meet, like tile on a floor. You cannot draw 'over' viewports.
Your page layouts, etc., are done with TILEMODE OFF. With TILEMODE off, viewport edges can overlap, or be spaced apart. You CAN draw 'over' viewports with TILEMODE OFF, so you can setup things like borders, with multiple viewports, arranged how you like, showing different portions of your 'model', at different scales, with different layers visible in each.
HTH
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Thanks for your reply. So one of my users reports that they are seeing a machine view rather than a paper view. When I "mess" around with tilemode in my software, then I can toggle between one and the other. Would this imply that tilemode "on" means you are getting just a different viewport? Sorry if this is not descriptive/accurate enough.
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Thanks, Jeff Kish
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Tilemode on means that the whole screen is completely covered with viewports-no spaces (paperspace) between/around them. Tilemode off means that there is (/can be) space around, over, and between the viewports. This space is paperspace.
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Jeff Kish wrote: <SNIPPED>

The question is fine, I just want to make sure I don't mislead you with my answer.
I would say that with TILEMODE OFF, you are looking at the 'sheet layout', as it was intended by the creator to view/print. With TILEMODE ON you would be looking more at what's actually in the drawing file and where you would want to verify dimensions, make modifications (IF appropriate), look for items not on the printed sheet, etc.
There are sorts of qualifications that could (should?) be made here due to differences in drawing methods, etc., but that's the short answer, as best I can give you.
Maybe think of TILEMODE OFF as where the drafter would put his border, notes and the viewports to be plotted (just a place to VIEW/PRINT the objects in the drawing). TILEMODE ON is where the objects are actually created/modified.
This is one of those case where a picture is worth (at least) a thousand words. With you sitting next to me, I could clear this up in a couple of minutes. It's very hard to describe, particularly if you're not familiar with Acad.
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Thanks. With Tilemode toggled one way, we see the "paper view" (I think) which shows a legend and some other sundry information. With it toggled the "other" way, which is "off or machine view I think", I only see the parts.
Thanks again for your time/input.
Jeff Kish
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Just had to give it a try,,, talk about a death wish or what! I suggest going the other way to explain what tilemode isn't. When you see a drawing that has been set up such that you have paperspace, and modelspace, paperspace, with a window or viewport which allows you to see through to a modelspace drawing surface which can be scaled independantly, .... this represents Tilemode Off. With tilemode on, you see only those items in modelspace and all paperspace information is concealed, (not deleted, just concealed). I've used tilemode ON in the past if I've had a drawing with a whole pile of viewports or other paperspace information that was slowing a drawing down. However, now that Acad2000 and onward have a modelspace tab on the left hand side, going into this modelspace is, to me quite similiar as having tilemode ON. Hope this helps.

library that I use to display autocads, and they

afraid I don't know really what tilemodes mean to

view of a vector document or what.

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SW wrote: <SNIPPED>

It's actually exactly the same thing. Just a much easier interface to grasp.
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