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Customize printing

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

Software version: 
2017i

Customize printing

Customize printing

Customize print output file names

You can affect the way Tekla Structures automatically names the .pdf files and plot files by using certain drawing-type-specific advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

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  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced options and go to the Printing category.
  2. Enter values for any or all of the advanced options XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_A , XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_W , XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_G , XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_M , or XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_C.

    The letter at the end indicates the drawing type. You can also combine several values. The values are not case sensitive.

  3. Click OK.

    Example:

    Use single % around the values. The example below results in the following assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshop

    Assembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views.

    .pdf name: E_P1_PLATE_Revision=2.pdf :

    XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_NAME_A=E_%NAME.%_%TITLE%%REV?_Revision=%%REV%.pdf

Possible values

Value

Example of the result

Description

%NAME%

%DRAWING_NAME%

P_1

Part, assembly, or cast unit position, using the file name format prefix_number.

%NAME.-%

%DRAWING_NAME.-%

P-1

Part, assembly, or cast unit position, using the file name format prefix-number.

%NAME.%

%DRAWING_NAME.%

P1

Part, assembly, or cast unit position, using the file name format prefixnumber.

%REV%

%REVISION%

%DRAWING_REVISION%

2

Drawing revision number.

%REV_MARK%

%REVISION_MARK%

%DRAWING_REVISION_MARK%

B

Drawing revision mark.

%TITLE%

%DRAWING_TITLE%

PLATE

Drawing name from the drawing properties dialog box.

%UDA:<drawing user-defined attribute>%

Painted

Value of a user-defined drawing attribute. The user-defined drawing attributes are defined in objects.inp. The actual values for the user-defined attributes are entered in the drawing-specific user-defined attributes dialog box.

%REV? - <text>%

2 - Rev

Adds conditional prefixes. In this example, if REV exists, Tekla Structures adds the text between ? and % to the filename.

%TPL:<template attribute>%

Base plate

You can use template attributes that can be found in Template Editor. The actual values for these attributes are entered in the drawing properties dialog box. Examples:

  • %TPL:TITLE1%

  • %TPL:TITLE2%

  • %TPL:TITLE3%

  • %TPL:DR_DEFAULT_HOLE_SIZE%

  • %TPL:DATE%

  • %TPL:TIME%

  • %TPL:DR_DEFAULT_WELD_SIZE%

Note:

The print output file name switches %DRAWING_NAME% and %NAME% that should produce an underscore in the print file name (P_1) do not work if XS_ASSEMBLY_POSITION_NUMBER_FORMAT_STRING does not use a separator between the values (for example, %ASSEMBLY_PREFIX%%ASSEMBLY_POS% ), or if XS_USE_ASSEMBLY_NUMBER_FOR is set.

To make the switches work, do the following:

  • If you want to use XS_ASSEMBLY_POSITION_NUMBER_FORMAT_STRING , use a dot (.) slash (/) or hyphen (-) between the values, for example, %ASSEMBLY_PREFIX%.%ASSEMBLY_POS% , or similar.
  • Leave XS_USE_ASSEMBLY_NUMBER_FOR empty.

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