User interface improvements
Tekla Structures 2017 comes with the following improvements in the user interface:
Saving backup copies of models
You have a new option to save and create a backup copy of your model. The backup copy will have the same GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) as the original.
Making company-level customizations
You can now distribute customizations to a large group of users by using firm and/or environment folders.
To distribute customized contextual toolbars, place the entire ContextualToolbar folder (located in ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version> ) in your company's firm folder or in the system folder, which is located under your environment folder: ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment>\system.
To distribute customized ribbons, place the entire Ribbon folder (located in ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version>\UI ) in your company's firm folder or in the system folder, which is located under your environment folder: ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment>\system.
To distribute individual ribbon tabs, create a custom tab file and place it in your company's firm folder , under Ribbons\CustomTabs\Modeling or Ribbons\CustomTabs\Drawing , depending on whether you want the tab to appear in the modeling or drawing ribbon (or both). Alternatively, you can create the same folder structure in your environment folder, under ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment>\system\.
For more information on custom tabs and company-level customizations, see Tekla Structures administrator's release notes.
More visual copying of object properties
Now the mouse cursor changes into a paintbrush if the Copy properties command is active on the contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties
The user can customize the contextual toolbar.
The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.
For more information, see Copy properties from another object.
Improvements in the contextual toolbar
Tekla Structures 2017 contains many useful improvements for the contextual toolbar:
You can change the visibility of object types directly on the contextual toolbar. Click the view to see the related contextual toolbar. Then click the eye button to display a list of object types:
Click the small eye buttons to show or hide certain object types. In the left-hand column (), set the visibility of model objects. In the right-hand column (), set the visibility of component objects.
- The left-hand list contains view filters.
- The right-hand list contains color and transparency settings for model objects.
You can customize the contextual toolbar even further by adding user-defined attributes and macros:
You can move between the properties and command buttons on the contextual toolbar by using the Tab key.
Surfaces, logical welds, and rebar sets now have their own contextual toolbars.
New properties requested by our customers have been added to existing contextual toolbars:
- Position for welds
- Numbering seriesset of identifiers defined by the user, based on which Tekla Structures compares parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement with each other during the numbering and gives position numbers
Numbering series is defined by a prefix and a start number.
The user can, for example, allocate separate numbering series to different phases or part types.
- Font for dimensions, marks, and grids in drawings
- Fill background color for circles, clouds, polygons, and rectangles in drawings
- Bulge for lines, polygons, and polylines in drawings
- Explodeto ungroup the objects that are parts of another object or a component
In Tekla Structures, it is possible to explode components, cast units, assemblies, bent plates, parts that have attached parts, and drawing shapes and plugins.
The exploded objects cannot be reverted back to the original group.
for polygons and polylines in drawings
Direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles
Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.
settings are now located in an expandable section on the contextual toolbar. Click the small triangle symbol to show or hide the options:
Switching tooltips on or off
You can now choose whether tooltips should be visible or not.
To switch the tooltips on or off, go to File menu > Settings. Under Switches , select or clear the Tooltips check box.