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Edit the table layout directly on a drawing

Last updated November 17, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Edit the table layout directly on a drawing

Edit the table layout directly on a drawing

The table layoutplan that defines the selection, placing, and scale of tables in a drawing

of a 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.

can be edited directly on a drawing in the Layout editor. 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 table layout and where to place the tables. You can also adjust the table scale, and rotation and overlapping with views.

When the layout editor mode is active, you can see the drawing, but only edit the table layout. 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.

When you save a table layout with a new name, no new files for the table layout are created. The table layout is a part of the drawing layout file.

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

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

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

The Layout editor is mainly meant for customizing existing table 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 table layouts by modifying existing table layouts and saving them with a new name. You cannot create a drawing layout from scratch, you always need to have an existing layout to start with. However, you can edit a drawing 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.

Start direct table layout editing

  • 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 table and select Edit drawing layout. To edit a table, select Edit template in Template Editor. Note that this functionality might be disabled by your company settings.

  • TheLayout editor button on the right indicates that the Layout editor is active.
  • The available tables and the current tables are listed in the Layout editor pane.
  • When you click a table in the Current tables list, adjustable table properties ( Scale , Rotation and Overlap with views ) are shown at the bottom. Clicking a table in the Available tables list does not show the properties.
  • When you select a table in the Current tables list, the table gets selected in the table layout. Also, when you select a table in the table layout, the table gets selected in the Current tables list.
  • The names of the tables are shown in the table layout by default. To hide the names, clear the Show table names check box in the Layout editor pane.

  • Hidden tables are shown by default. You can hide hidden tables that are irrelevant to a particular drawing using the Show hidden tables check box in the Layout editor pane. You may have disabled the tables from a particular drawing, but still want to use them in other drawings that use the same layout. Or, when the content of the current drawing changes, tables may appear again, for example, with an added revision, so you cannot delete the tables just like that. By default, the hidden tables are shown as simple rectangular boxes that have a known width and a default height.

  • You can search for available tables using the Search... box. To do this, start typing a table name or a part of it. To clear the search, click the close button.

Your drawing table layout may include the following items:

  • Templates (tables or schedules)
  • Key plans. A key plansmall-scale view in a drawing that indicates the location of an assembly, a cast unit, or a part in the model

    A key plan contains the model grid and the assembly, cast unit, or part shown in the included drawing view.

    or a key plan view is a small map in a drawing that indicates the location of an assembly, a cast unit, or a part in the model. You may only have one key plan in a table layout.
  • DWGs

Edit table layout

Move tables

You can move tables with keyboard shortcuts, or by using the move commands on the ribbon or on the pop-up menu.

To move a table:

  1. Right-click the table, select Move and move the table to the wanted position:
    • by picking the origin for moving and then the destination point.
    • by picking the origin, moving the cursor towards the required direction, and typing the numeric value for the needed distance (in mm).
  2. Re-anchor the moved table, as described in Anchor tables below.

Note that moving a table changes its offset and the offset of tables anchored to it.

Rotate tables

You can rotate tables clockwise in a table layout:

  1. Select the table.
  2. Select the desired rotation angle for the selected table in the Rotation list.

When you rotate, the anchor stays at the same position.

In the example below, the table has been rotated -90 degrees:

You can also rotate a table by using a pop-up menu command:

  1. Select the table.
  2. Right-click and select Rotate clockwise.
  3. Repeat the Rotate clockwise command until the table has the desired rotation.

Delete tables

Do one of the following:

  • Right-click one table or several tables (hold down Ctrl or Shift ), and select Delete.
  • Select a table and press Delete on the keyboard.

Adjust table scale and overlapping with views

You can adjust the scale of the tables and DWGs, while key plans need to be scaled in the original drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

. You can also adjust the overlapping settings of tables, key plans and DWGs.

To adjust the table properties:

  1. Select a table from the Current tables list or in the table layout.
  2. Adjust the scale in the Scale box .
  3. Change the Overlap with views setting if necessary.

    The setting Overlap with views will be used only when the drawing is recreated.

    If you select this setting, the tables can overlap with a view. If this setting is not selected, Tekla Structures keeps the drawing views outside the tables area during drawing creation or recreation. Overlap changes are applied only during drawing recreation and creation, but a scale change is applied right away.

    Note that this is the same setting as Transparent in the old Tables dialog box, the name is just different in Layout editor.

Refresh a table

  • You can refresh templates (tables) in Layout editor, and in the drawing itself. To do this, right-click a template in a drawing or in Layout editor, and click Refresh template.

Add new tables, DWG/DXFs and key plans in the table layout

Add a new table or schedule

  1. Select a table from the list of Available tables.
  2. Pick a reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

    The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

    Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

    in the drawing using the appropriate snap switches.

    As a result, the table is added from the top left corner to the picked location. You may need to adjust the table position.

Add a new key plan

  1. Create a suitable view in the model, then create a general arrangement drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a project

    General arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building.

    of the view, and finally modify the created drawing view so that it can be used as a key plan.

    For example, you need to adjust the view scale so that the key plan fits in the drawing table layout. The key plan drawing may only contain one view.

  2. Save the created key plan drawing.
  3. Open a drawing where you want to add a key plan, and go to Layout editor.
  4. Select Keyplan from the Available tables list.
  5. Select the drawing to be used as a key plan from the displayed list of drawings.
  6. Pick a reference point using the appropriate snap switches. As a result, the key plan is added from the top left corner to the picked location. You may need to adjust the key plan position.

Limitations in key plans in table layouts

  • Key plans need to be scaled in the original drawing.
  • You cannot insert multiple key plans in one layout.
  • Key plans cannot be rotated.

Add a new DWG/DXF file

  1. Select DWG/DXF from the Available tables list in the Layout editor pane, and browse for the DWG/DXF file.
  2. Pick a reference point using the appropriate snap switches. As a result, the DWG/DXF is added from the top left corner to the picked location. You may need to adjust the DWG/DXF position.

Limitation : DWG/DXF files cannot be rotated.

Anchor tables

  1. To anchor a table, first select the table.

    The table anchor becomes visible when you select the table. You can select several tables at a time.

  2. Re-anchor the tables to one of the 9 points:

    • to another table
    • to the drawing frame box

When you snap to a position to place a table in the Layout editor , the table is always anchored to the bottom-left corner. The tables grow to the opposite direction from the anchor.

To get an overall picture of anchoring dependencies, select all tables at once using area select. If tables are anchored to hidden tables, select the Show hidden tables check box to get a realistic anchoring picture.

Anchors are also shown when the system automatically changes anchoring points. This happens when you delete a table to which another table is anchored, and when you add a new table to the table layout.

  • You can anchor tables:
    • to the corners, to the middle points of the edges, and to the center of another table
    • to the drawing frame corners, to the middle points of frames, and to the center of the drawing.

    In the following example, the table is anchored to the lower-left corner of another table:

  • You can drag end points of the anchoring line.
  • If the distance between the tables is less than 5 mm in the X and Y directions, the anchoring line will be rounded.

  • An anchoring point that is touching the selected table can be moved between the 9 points of the selected table only.
  • An anchoring point that is touching the origin of the anchoring location can be moved to any of the 9 anchoring points of any other table, or to the drawing frame, or to the center of the drawing.
  • To offset tables from the anchoring points, use the Move command with numeric input.
  • To see the offset value, select a table. The X and Y offset values will be shown in magenta:

Limitations in anchoring

  • You cannot anchor a table to itself.
  • You cannot anchor tables to each other. For example, if template 1 is anchored to template 2, template 2 cannot be anchored directly to template 1.

Save table layout

  1. Click Save as... in the Layout editor pane. This opens the Save layout dialog box:

  2. Select one of the following two options:
    • Overwrite current layout: Save the modified table layout with the old name. This saves the drawing layout file in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

      The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

      folder. If the table layout has been used by other drawings, those drawings will get updated.
    • Create a new layout with a name: Save the new or modified table layout with another name. If the name is already in use, you will be notified.

      No new files for the table layout are created. The table layout is a part of the drawing layout file, and the drawing layout file is saved in the current 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.

      .

      The new table layout will appear in the table layout list in the Layout dialog box and in the layout properties, for example, in the General - Layout Properties dialog box. It will not be used automatically in any other drawings than the current drawing, until you select to use it.

      If you have activated Autosize in the drawing layout properties dialog box or pane, and you save the table layout with a new name, the Size definition mode changes to Specified size , and the current size is used. To use Autosize , go to the layout properties and map this table layout to a size in a table layout set.

  3. Click Save.

    If you try to exit the layout editing mode without saving, you will be asked if you want to discard the current changes. To save the changes, click Cancel and save the layout. Click Discard to discard the current changes.

Disable template and table layout editing

By default, you are allowed to edit drawing templates and table layouts. It is possible to prevent the template and table layout editing by setting the advanced option XS_DISABLE_TEMPLATE_DOUBLE_CLICK to TRUE in the Drawing Properties category in the Advanced Options dialog box. When you do this:

  • You cannot start editing templates or table layouts by double-clicking a template in a drawing. Instead, the Drawing properties dialog box will be displayed.
  • You cannot start editing templates or table layout by right-clicking a template in a drawing and selecting the corresponding commands.

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