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Create a thumbnail image of a custom component

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

Create a thumbnail image of a custom component

Create a thumbnail image of a custom component

Create a thumbnail image for each custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

to make it easier to find a suitable component when modeling.

  1. In the model, select the custom component.
  2. Right-click and select Edit Custom Component.
  3. Adjust the view and hide unnecessary objects to have a clear view of the custom component.
  4. Take a screenshot of the custom component.
    1. On the View tab, click Screenshot > Screenshot to open the Screenshot dialog box.
    2. Click Pick view and select the view you want to take a screenshot of.
    3. Click Options to open the Screenshot Options dialog box.
    4. Select Print to file.
    5. Select White background and click OK.
    6. In the Screenshot dialog box, click Capture.
    7. Click Close to close the dialog box.
    8. On the File menu, click Open the model folder.
    9. Browse to the screenshots folder under the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

      Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

      In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

      .
    10. Open the screenshot file in a graphics editor.
    11. Crop the image, if needed.
  5. Save the thumbnail image in the screenshots folder under the model folder.
  6. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .

  7. Right-click the custom component and select Thumbnails.

    The Thumbnails dialog box opens.

  8. Click Add thumbnail.
  9. Browse to the screenshots folder under the model folder.
  10. Select the thumbnail image and click Open.
  11. In the Thumbnails dialog box, select the check box next to the image you want to use and clear the other check boxes.
  12. Click Close.

    Tekla Structures shows the thumbnail image in the Applications & components catalog:

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