User-defined attributes in drawings
Many Tekla Structures dialog boxes contain user-defined attributes for various objects. When you define a new user-defined attributeobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties
User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.
, make the definition of the user-defined attribute unique. This is because a user-defined attribute cannot have different definitions for different object types. In drawings, the user-defined attributes can be used in templates, Drawing List , and marks, for example.
The user-defined attributes in the drawing are displayed when you click User-defined attributes in the drawing properties dialog box. You can show up to 20 user-defined attributes in the Drawing List. To check the ones that you have, click User-defined attributes in a drawing properties dialog box.
When you define new user-defined attributes
When you define new user-defined attributes, create your own objects.inp file in the company, project or firm folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular organization
A Tekla Structures user can, for example, customize a company’s cloning templates and save them in a sub-folder located under the firm folder. After this, the customized cloning templates can be used in all projects carried out for the company.
. After adding your own user-defined attributes, you need to use the Diagnose & Change Attribute Definitions tool to update the definitions in the model. The object.inp files are merged so that if there are user-defined attributes in any of the files, they are displayed in the user interface. Tekla Structures merges the files in a way that eliminates duplicate attributes. If Tekla Structures encounters the same attribute name in different objects.inp files, the attribute from the first read objects.inp file will be used.
Tekla Structures reads the objects.inp files from the following folders in the following order:
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.
project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project
system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings
Show user-defined attributes in Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports
In order to show the new user-defined attribute in Template Editor, you need to add the user-defined attribute in a customized contentattributes_userdefined.lst file and include the name of the customized file in the contentattributes.lst file.
Make a copy of these modified files as the Tekla Structures installation always overwrites these files.