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Define automatic placement settings for marks

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

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Define automatic placement settings for marks

Define automatic placement settings for marks

You can define automatic placement settings for the marks before creating a drawing. You can modify the settings in an open drawing.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties and select the drawing type.
  2. Load drawing properties that are as close to the ones you need as possible.
  3. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click View creation , select the view and the properties that you want to change, and click View properties.
  4. Click an object that you want to adjust, for example Part Mark.
  5. On the appropriate tab, click the Place button to open the Placing dialog box.
  6. Adjust the placement settings. The options available in the dialog box vary depending on the annotation objectdrawing object that represents information that is only relevant in a drawing

    An annotation object can be either an associative annotation object or an independent annotation object.

    For example, dimensions, marks, texts, and symbols are annotation objects.


    • In Minimum distance , enter the closest distance Tekla Structures should use to place the drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing


    • In Maximum distance , enter the farthest distance Tekla Structures should use to place the drawing object, for example, a mark. If no place for mark is found within the specified distance, Tekla Structures will force the mark to that distance. If you set this option to 0, the maximum distance behaves like infinity.
    • In Search margin , enter the minimum distance within which Tekla Structures s searches for a space to place the object.

    • To move marks away from each other, use Search margin , not Minimum distance. Keep the minimum distance setting as small as possible to reduce the possibility of marks overlapping.

    • Select the Quarter to define the areas Tekla Structures searches for a space to place the object.

  7. Click OK.
  8. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click Save to save the changes in view properties and Close to return to drawing properties.
  9. General arrangement drawings: Click OK.
  10. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.

If you are not happy with the mark placement settings in a drawing, you can change the settings in the object level markassociative annotation object that represents the elevation of a point

placing dialog box, which has more options available. In an open drawing, you can also change the placement settings for manually added marks, notes, texts, and symbols.

To open an object level dialog box, double-click the mark, text, note, or symbol in the drawing and click Place. If you set Placing to free , you are letting Tekla Structures to decide the location of the mark. If you set Placing to fixed , you can place the mark in any location. When you use the setting fixed , the mark stays where you place it even though you update the drawing, whereas with free , Tekla Structures tries to find the optimal place for the mark. You can select several or all marks in a view and change the placing settings this way.

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