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Changes in advanced options

Last updated September 27, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Changes in advanced options

Changes in advanced options

There are some changes in the 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.

in Tekla Structures version 2017i, they are listed below.

New advanced options


This advanced option can be used when adding DWG files to drawings. If you have problems with fonts in DWG files, set this advanced option to TRUE , and Tekla Structures will import fonts as polygons, instead of fonts. By default, the option is set to FALSE.

This advanced option is user specific, and the setting is saved in options.bin under the user folder.


The setting Update Tekla Structures linework only is only shown in the Export drawings to DWG/DXF dialog box if you have set the new advanced option XS_DWG_EXPORT_UPDATE_TS_LINEWORK_OPTION to TRUE in the Export category in the Advanced Options dialog box. Update Tekla Structures linework only updates the Tekla Structures drawing content and keeps other content that is created in a CAD software intact at the same file. Blocks (groups), created by Tekla Structures will be updated. Note that you need to have the same drawing exported already, and the layer setup and the layer template must be the same as during the previous export. All CAD lines that were added previously will stay in the file and only Tekla Structures content will get updated, unless editing was done in CAD blocks editor. The default value is FALSE.

This setting is user specific, and it is saved in the options.bin under the user folder.

Note that if you edit content of a block (CAD object), and then select the Update Tekla Structures linework only option, the whole block will be re-written, and the changes made in CAD will not be kept. To keep the changes in CAD, you need to 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.

a block before editing it.

For example, you may want to use this option if you have added drawing title blocks in the CAD after the first export of the drawing from Tekla Structures , and want to keep these tables as they are, and update only the objects that exported from Tekla Structures.

For more information about the new DWG export, see Export a drawing to a 2D DWG or DXF file.


If you want to use the old DWG/DXF export, set the new advanced option XS_USE_OLD_DRAWING_EXPORT to TRUE in an .ini file. This advanced option is by default set to FALSE.

For instructions on using the old export, see Export a drawing to 2D DWG or DXF (old export).


The Show top-in-form face command is now available also for non-concrete material with the new advanced option XS_SET_FIXEDMAINVIEW_UDA_TO_AFFECT_NUMBERING. The allowed options are STEEL , TIMBER and MISC. You can also combine the options, use a comma (,) as a separator.

To set which 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.

is used as the main (front) view, go to the user-defined properties of a part and select the Fixed drawing main view option that you want. The options are Top , Back , Bottom , Start , End and Front.

This advanced option also affects numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

. If parts have different options selected for Fixed drawing main view , they get different assembly positionposition number that is assigned to an assembly or a cast unit


This advanced option is located in the Numbering category in the Advanced Options.

This advanced option is model specific and the setting is saved in the options databasedatabase file that contains the settings of model-specific general settings and advanced options

There are two options databases, the model options database (options_model.db) and the drawing options database (options_drawings.db).


For more information about the top-in-form functionality, see Show the top-in-form face.


Set this new advanced option to TRUE in the Drawing Properties category in the Advanced Options dialog box to create a snapshot of a drawing at the same time that you create the drawing. If you set this option to TRUE , you no longer need to open a drawing to save it to create the snapshot. The default values is FALSE.

This advanced option is model specific and the setting is saved in the options database.

For more information about snapshots, see Create and view drawing snapshots.


To switch off the functionality of loading custom properties from the extension folder ..common\extensions\custom\properties\ , set the new advanced option XS_ENABLE_FAST_CUSTOM_PROPERTY_LOADING to FALSE in a startup .ini file using the following command:


When you do this, the custom properties are loaded from all folders and subfolders in ..common\extensions , and from the locations defined in XS_EXTENSION_DIRECTORY. This may cause performance issues and loading failures when custom properties are used.

Loading custom properties from ..common\extensions\custom\properties\ speeds up the loading process and solves loading problems caused by other software components in other extension folders.


Since Tekla Structures 2017, dashed hardware lines have not been scaled by pixels, and if they were drawn in a corner, they started with a line. It has not been possible to scale dashed hardware lines to make them easier to read on the screen.

Dashed hardware lines are the first couple of lines in the line list:

Now, these dashed hardware line types are again scaled by pixels by default, which means that they look the same in all zoom levels. By setting the new advanced option XS_SHOW_HARDWARE_DASHED_LINE_IN_PIXEL_SCALE to FALSE in the Drawing Properties category of the Advanced options dialog box you can activate the new functionality, where dash hardware line scale is the same as in printed and exported drawings, and the dashed hardware lines work in the same way as the custom lines. The default value is TRUE. The functionality of the custom lines has not changed.

This advanced option is model specific and the setting is saved in the options database.

Changed advanced options


The functionality of this advanced option has changed, and it now affects right-click as well. To prevent the template and table layoutplan that defines the selection, placing, and scale of tables in a drawing

editing, set 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.

By default, this advanced option is set to FALSE , and you are allowed to edit drawing templates and table layouts.

This advanced option is user specific and the setting is saved in options.bin under user folder. Restart Tekla Structures to activate the new value.

Deleted advanced options


The model-specific advanced option XS_NC_DISABLE_PIECE_IDENTIFICATION_FIX has been removed from Tekla Structures 2017 and upwards.

When set to TRUE (default), this advanced option disabled the fix that was made in Tekla Structures 11.0 to DSTV format. The fix switched the places of phase and drawing identification in the DSTV file header to follow the DSTV standard better.

With the new customizable NC file header , you can now customize and control the order in which information is displayed in a DSTV file. The advanced option is consequently no longer needed, and using it could cause a conflict with the user-defined order of the header information.

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