Understanding Pattern Codes in Seating

OK so you’ve spent quite a long time carefully drawing the seats on a new chart and overlaying them on top of your background image – now you need to assign names to all of them

You could do this manually (and individually) by selecting each seat in turn and editing its “Properties” fields in order to assign the names

However, this would be a tediously long process – and would allow errors to occur within the process

We have built a series of automation tools into the Seating Extension, one of which facilitates the mass-naming of seats provided they adhere to a regular pattern

To use this – select the block of seats you want to name using the Marquee Mass-Selection tool in the left-hand toolbar

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Once selected – in the “Properties” box – click on the link marked “Pattern

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This will bring up the box where you can set the naming pattern you would like to use

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The first thing available to you is some static text before the row and seat designation

If your venue is quite simple in design, this could be something like “North Section “, then the name of the first seat (if you accepted the defaults offered) would be “North Section A-1“. If your venue is more complex and consists of multiple sections, that static text could reflect the name or number of that section – eg “Section 101 A-1“, you have complete flexibility in what you would like that text to be

You have already seen that the default pattern that the automation tool offers sees rows named with an uppercase letter of the alphabet, whilst seats within those rows are numbered – with the numbering starting at 1

Should you wish to have your rows designated with lowercase letters – change the ^ character to @ – for example, “North Section a-1

The next control you have is what letter and number the seat naming will START with

By default it starts with row A and Seat Number 1 – but if the section you are working with omits A and starts with B, this is easily handled

You would use the pattern ” North Section ^[B]-#

If your seat numbering doesn’t start from 1 but let’s say 4 – this is easily set using the following pattern – “North Section ^-#[4]

The automation can even handily accommodate a combination of the two – “North Section ^[B]-#[4]

The next thing the pattern you set can control is how row and seat designations are incremented

By default the rows will be A, B, C, D etc, whilst the seat numbers will be 1, 2, 3, 4 etc

However, there are some venues where seats on one side of the central aisle are odd, whilst those on the other side are even

This is handled within the pattern setting by using “North Section ^-#[1,2]” on one side and “North Section ^-#[2,2]” on the other

You can use the same methodology for incrementing row letters assigned. If your row naming was A, C, E – this can be handled with the following pattern – “North Section ^[A,2]-#

So you can see that the built in automation tool for seat naming can accommodate a wide range of conventions, and make the task of doing this so very much easier