Export layout data from Layout Manager

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

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Export layout data from Layout Manager

Export layout data from Layout Manager

You can use Layout Manager to export layout data from your model to a layout device.

You have two options when exporting:

  • Export the layout data from Layout Manager to a file and move the file later to a layout device.
  • Export a file directly to a layout device. You can do this if you connect the layout device to your computer using a USB or a Bluetooth connection.

Before you export, you can define the default export settings in Layout Manager Settings , see Define default export settings in Layout Manager.

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. Click Settings to check that you have defined the needed export settings.
  3. Close the Settings.
  4. Select the group that you want to export.

    If you have defined a local coordinate systemcoordinate system that reflects the current work plane or drawing view plane

    The local coordinate system is represented in a model by a symbol with three axes (x, y, and z). This symbol indicates the direction of the model. It is located in the lower right corner of the model view.

    In a drawing, the local coordinate system symbol has two axes.

    for a group, the points in such a group are exported according to the local coordinate system. The local coordinates of the points are shown in the export dialog box. The temporary work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

    Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

    location will not affect the coordinates of the exported points.

    If you select more than one group, ensure that the groups have the same local coordinate system. If the groups have different local coordinate systems, a warning message is displayed and you cannot proceed to export.

  5. Click Export .
  6. Select an export option:
    • Export point file (.txt) to export layout points.

    • Export job file (.cnx) to export all layout data in the model to Trimble® LM80.

    • Export Field Link File (.tlf) to export all layout data in the model to a field link device.

    Note that in addition to Trimble devices, other layout devices can also read in the .txt and .cnx file types.


    The layout points that you create in the model are design points that you can export to a layout device.

    The maximum length of the layout pointpoint that can be exported to a layout device

    Layout point can be a reference point.

    name is 16 characters if you export layout data to .cnx and .tfl formats. When exporting to a text file, there is no limitation to the number of characters in the name. The maximum length of the description is 24 characters.

  7. Click Select to enter a name for the export file.
  8. Select the destination folder.
  9. Click Save.
  10. If needed, select a drawing in Map file.

    You can attach a layout drawing when exporting a job file ( .cnx ) and a field link file ( .tfl ). You can use the layout drawing with the layout point data in the layout device.

  11. Click OK.

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