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Create new filters

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2016i

Create new filters

Create new filters

You can create custom filters for viewing and selecting objects both in models and drawings.

Create a view filter

You can create your own custom view filters to define which objects are visible in a model.

  1. Double-click the view to open the View Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Object group to open the Object Group - View Filter dialog box.
  3. Modify the filter settings.
    1. If you want to remove all existing filter rules, click New filter.
    2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
    3. Select options from the Category , Property , and Condition lists.
    4. In the Value list, enter a value or select the required object from the model.
    5. Add more filter rules, and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules.
  4. Select the check boxes next to all filter rules that you want to enable.

    The check boxes define which filter rules are enabled and effective.

  5. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display the advanced saving settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be visible.

      For example, you can create a filter that can be used both as a view filterfilter used for defining which objects are displayed in a model view or drawing view

      View filter chooses objects according to object properties. The user can filter objects according to their profile or material, for example.

      and as a selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

      Selection filter chooses model objects according to object properties.

      Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

      For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

      .

  6. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:

    Do not use spaces in filter names. To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.

  7. Click Save as to save the filter.

Create a selection filter

You can create your own custom filters to help you select objects in a model.

  1. On the Selecting toolbar, click to open the Object Group - Selection Filter dialog box.

  2. Modify the filter settings.
    1. If you want to remove all existing filter rules, click New filter.
    2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
    3. Select options from the Category , Property , and Condition lists.
    4. In the Value list, enter a value or select the required object from the model.
    5. Add more filter rules, and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules.
  3. Select the check boxes next to all filter rules that you want to enable.

    The check boxes define which filter rules are enabled and effective.

  4. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display the advanced saving settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be visible.

      For example, you can create a selection filter that can be used both in the model and in drawings.

  5. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:

    Do not use spaces in filter names. To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.

  6. Click Save as to save the filter.

Create a drawing filter

For general arrangement drawings, you can create drawing filters that affect the whole drawing, not just a specific view.

You can use drawing filters together with saved object propertysingle characteristic associated with an object type

For example, profile and material are object properties.

files when you create and apply object level settingsdrawing settings that affect the representation of selected drawing objects

Object level settings can be defined when creating a new drawing or when modifying an open drawing.

Object level settings can be use in a drawing or in a drawing view in order to change the representation of the chosen drawing objects.

in the whole drawing. For example, you might create a filter that selects all beams, then save an object property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

that defines that the part color is blue, and then create and apply an object level settings file that changes all beams to blue in the whole drawing.

  1. On the Drawing tab, click Properties > Drawing .
  2. Click Filter.
  3. Modify the filter settings.
    1. If you want to remove all existing filter rules, click New filter.
    2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
    3. Select options from the Category , Property , and Condition lists.

      For example, to create a drawing filter for parts, select Parts as the Category , Name as the Property , Equals as the Condition.

    4. In the Value box, enter a value or select the required object from the drawing.
    5. Add more rows, and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules.
  4. Select the check boxes next to all filter rows that you want to enable.

    The check boxes define which rows of the filter are enabled and effective.

  5. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display the advanced saving settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be visible.

      For example, you can create a filter that can be used for all drawing types or just for the current drawing type, or a filter that can be used in all drawings and in Organizer.

  6. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:

    Do not use spaces in filter names. To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.

  7. Click Save as to save the filter.
  8. Click Cancel to close the filter properties dialog box.

Create a drawing view filter

You can create your own custom view filters to help you select a specific group of view objects in a drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

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You can use drawing view filters for changing the appearance of a certain object groupmodel objects with settings that match the settings that the user has defined for a certain purpose

In Tekla Structures, an object group is used on the one hand to control the transparency and coloring of model objects in the views and on the other in project management. Object groups can also be used in filtering tools, for example in selection filter, to select all objects that match certain properties.

, or for selecting which objects are hidden in a drawing view.

You can also use drawing view filters together with saved object property files when you create and apply object level settings in the selected view. For example, you might create a view filter that selects all columns in a view, then save an object property file that defines that the part color is red, and then create and apply an object level settings file that changes all columns to red in the selected view.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Double-click the view frame.
  3. Click Filter.
  4. Modify the filter settings.
    1. If you want to remove all existing filter rules, click New filter.
    2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
    3. Select options from the Category , Property , and Condition lists.

      For example, to create a view filter for parts, select Parts as the Category.

    4. In the Value box, enter a value or select the required object from the drawing.
    5. Add more rows, and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules.
  5. Select the check boxes next to all filter rules that you want to enable.

    The check boxes define which filter rules are enabled and effective.

  6. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display the advanced saving settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be visible.

      For example, you can create a filter that can be used for all drawing types or just for the current drawing type, or a filter that can be used in all drawings and in Organizertool that is used for categorizing and managing model information, object properties and object property queries, and model object classification

      Organizer consists of two tools, object browser and categories.

      .

  7. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:

    Do not use spaces in filter names. To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.

  8. Click Save as to save the filter.
  9. Click Cancel to close the filter properties dialog box.

Create a drawing selection filter

You can create your own custom filters to help you select objects in a drawing.

You can use selection filters in drawings if you want to hide certain parts from drawings or drawing views, or change the part color or representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

for certain parts.

Also, I you have some different looking part marks for different types of parts, you can select the specific parts using a selection filter and then only modify part marks for those parts.

  1. In an open drawing, go to Quick launch and enter Selection filter to open the Selection Filter dialog box.

    You can also press Ctrl+G to open the dialog box.

  2. Modify the filter settings.
    1. If you want to remove all existing filter rules, click New filter.
    2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
    3. Select options from the Category , Property , and Condition lists.
    4. In the Value list, enter a value or select the required object from the drawing.
    5. Add more filter rules, and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules.
  3. Select the check boxes next to all filter rules that you want to enable.

    The check boxes define which filter rules are enabled and effective.

  4. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display the advanced saving settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be visible.

      For example, you can create a selection filter that can be used both in the model and in drawings, or a drawing selection filter that can be used in all drawing types.

  5. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:

    Do not use spaces in filter names. To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.

  6. Click Save as to save the filter.
  7. Click Cancel to close the filter properties dialog box.

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