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Snap to a point using coordinates

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

Software version: 
2016i

Snap to a point using coordinates

Snap to a point using coordinates

You can use coordinates when snapping to a position. Use the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box to specify the coordinates.

Enter a numeric location

You can use coordinates when snapping to a position. Use the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box to specify the coordinates.

  1. Run a command that requires you to pick points.

    For example, start creating a beam.

  2. Enter the coordinates using the keyboard.

    For example, type 1000. When you start typing, Tekla Structures displays the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box automatically.

  3. After entering the coordinates, press Enter to snap to the position.
Tip:

To see an example of using coordinates, see Example: Track along a line towards a snap point.

Options for coordinates

The following below explains the types of information you can enter in the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box:

You can enter

Description

Special character

One coordinate

A distance to an indicated direction.

 

Two coordinates

If you omit the last coordinate (z) or angle, Tekla Structures assumes that the value is 0.

In drawings, Tekla Structures ignores the third coordinate.

 

Three coordinates

Cartesian coordinates

The x, y, and z coordinates of a position separated by commas.

For example, 100,-50,-200.

, (comma)

Polar coordinates

A distance, an angle on the xy plane, and an angle from the xy plane separated by angle brackets.

For example, 1000<90<45.

Angles increase in the counterclockwise direction.

<

Relative coordinates

The coordinates relative to the last position picked.

For example, @1000,500 or @500<30.

Defined by XS_KEYIN_RELATIVE_PREFIX.

The default is @.

Absolute coordinates

The coordinates based on the origin of the work plane.

For example, $0,0,1000

Defined by XS_KEYIN_ABSOLUTE_PREFIX.

The default is $.

Global coordinates

The coordinates relative to the global origin and the global x and y directions.

For example, !6000,12000,0.

This is handy, for example, when you have set the work plane to a part plane and want to snap to a position defined in the global coordinate system without changing the work plane to global.

Defined by XS_KEYIN_GLOBAL_PREFIX.

The default is !.

Change the snapping mode

Tekla Structures has three snapping modes: relative, absolute, and global. Use the advanced option XS_KEYIN_DEFAULT_MODE to indicate the default snapping mode.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced options and go to the Modeling Properties category.
  2. Set the advanced option XS_KEYIN_DEFAULT_MODE to RELATIVE , ABSOLUTE , or GLOBAL.

    This is now the default snapping mode.

  3. Click OK to save the changes.
  4. If you want to temporarily override the default snapping mode, enter a special character in front of the coordinates when entering a numeric location.

    By default, the special characters are:

    • @ for relative coordinates
    • $ for absolute coordinates
    • ! for global coordinates
    Note:

    If you want to change the special character for any of the three snapping modes, use the advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    XS_KEYIN_RELATIVE_PREFIX , XS_KEYIN_ABSOLUTE_PREFIX , and XS_KEYIN_GLOBAL_PREFIX.

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