2017 SP3: Direct layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit drawing layouts

Last updated August 10, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2017 SP3: Direct layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit drawing layouts

2017 SP3: Direct layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit drawing layouts

Tekla Structures 2017 SP3 introduces a completely new way to edit your drawing layouts: Layout editor , where the layout of a drawing can be edited directly on a drawing. In the layout editortool that enables editing the table layout directly on a drawing

In the layout editor, it is possible select which tables are included in the table layout and where they are placed. The table scale, and rotation and overlapping with drawing views can be adjusted.

mode, you can select which tables you want to include in the layout and where to place the tables. You can also adjust the table scale, rotation and overlapping with views.

When the layout editor mode is active, you can see the drawing, but only edit the drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

. You cannot edit the drawing content, views or properties, and most of the commands on the ribbon are not available. Drawing content needs to be visible so that you can see how the layout items relate to other drawing content, at least in the current drawing.

If you need to edit the individual tables in your layout, you can open and edit the tables in Template Editor.

You can apply the modified layout to one particular drawing or to multiple drawings at once.

  • To open the Layout editor , on the drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

    Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.

    File menu, click Editors > Layout editor.

You can also open the Layout editor in any of the following ways:

  • Select and right-click an existing table in a drawing and select Open Layout editor.

  • Double-click an existing layout and select Edit drawing layout. To edit a table, select Edit template in Template Editor.

    In the layout editor mode, the Layout editor pane is shown on the right. TheLayout editor button on the right indicates that the Layout editor is active.

In Layout editor , you can:

  • Show table names on the tables:

  • Show hidden tables:

  • Search for available tables.

  • Add new graphical Templatetemplate that may contain text, graphics, and bitmaps

    Graphical templates are primarily used in drawings but they can also be used in HTML reports. Graphical templates display project and company information, for example. In addition to text, they can contain graphics, such as table outlines, bitmaps or symbols.

    Editor templates, key plans, and DWG/DXF files.

  • Adjust the table properties Scale , Rotation and Overlap with views (which was called Transparency in the old Tables dialog box) .

  • Select a table in the drawing layout by selecting a table in the Current tables list. When you select a table in the drawing layout, the table gets selected in the Current tables list.

  • Move, re-anchor and rotate tables, and delete unnecessary tables.

  • Anchor tables to a needed location and offset them from the anchoring point by moving them.

  • Save your changes by overwriting the current layout, or by creating a new layout with a new name.

For more information about the Layout editor , see 2017 SP3: Edit the layout directly on a drawing.

Direct layout editing vs layout editing through the old Layout dialog box

The Layout editor is mainly meant for customizing existing layouts directly, quickly and easily. The old drawing Layout dialog box and layout editing functionality is still available, and more advanced layout editing still needs to be done through the Layout dialog box. Note that:

  • Fixed sizes and calculated sizes mapping is available through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • View placement set-up: Margins and spaces can be set through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • In Layout editor , you can only create new layouts by modifying existing layouts and saving them with a new name. You cannot create a layout from scratch, you always need to have an existing layout to start with. However, you can edit a layout that only has a name and no table layouts defined. You can create new layouts from scratch through the old Layout dialog box only.

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by Bryan Eastman

I wish you could control the anchor settings. If I place a list on the bottom of the page, the list will grow vertically up the page. You have to go into the old layout manager and stich it to the bottom of the drawing block.

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

Thank you for your comment. I will forward your wish to the development team.

Best regards,
Päivi from User Assistance Team

by Oxana Kyllönen


This is possible. Please try moving the magenta line's anchoring points. This allows you to control from which point list will be growing. Line has 2 points and the logic is the same, as the old layout editor had. No need to go the the old layout editor.

by Oxana Kyllönen

P.S. in order to see the anchoring lines, just select a table.

by Bryan Eastman

Works like a charm. I wish this was documented in the SP3 release notes. Thank you for replying.

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

I am sorry that you did not find the needed information from the release notes. However, there is a link to the actual documentation in the RN article. Here you can find all information that you need when editing the layout: https://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/2017/en/dra_layout_editor

The release notes topics are merely listing the new features, they do not go into details. For that purpose, we have added the link to the actual help topic.

Best regards,
Päivi from User Assistance Team

by Tim Bissel

Why won't all the parts of an assembly show up in the BOM in a multi sheet?
I also i can't get revisions to show up / stack on the Title Block, and I can't figure out how to change the Fabricator name or address. please help

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

Please contact your local Tekla Structures support for assistance.

Best regards,