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File storing options and advanced options

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

Software version: 
2017i

File storing options and advanced options

File storing options and advanced options

Warning:

Changing an advanced option value in .ini files located outside the 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.

does not affect the existing models. You can only update 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 the Advanced Options dialog box or in the options.ini file located in model folder; not from an options.ini file located in folders defined for the advanced options XS_​FIRM or XS_​PROJECT. The .ini files are read also when you open an existing model, but only new advanced options that do not exist in options_model.db or options_drawings.db are inserted, for example, such options that are not yet in the Advanced Options dialog box but have been added in the software.

What happens at model creation

When a new model is created, Tekla Structures reads model-specific option and advanced option values from the standard.opt file, and from the .ini files in a certain reading order , and creates the databases options_model.db and options_drawings.db , and the options.ini file under the model folder.

Changing a model-specific options or advanced options

  • When you change a model-specific option or advanced option and press OK or Apply in the Options or Advanced Options dialog box, the settings are applied (otherwise you will get a warning message).

  • The updated model-specific option or advanced option settings are saved in options_model.db and options_drawings.db under model folder when the model is saved.

  • In addition, there are also some special model-specific advanced optionsadvanced options that affect the current model

    Model-specific advanced options are saved in the model options and drawing options databases.

    that can be updated from the options.ini file located in the model folder, for example, new advanced options that are not yet in the Advanced Options dialog box.

  • You can change model-specific advanced options only in the Advanced Options dialog box or in the options.ini file that is located in model folder.

  • You can change model-specific options only in the Options dialog box manually or by loading standard.opt file values in the dialog box.

Changing a user-specific options or advanced options

  • When you change a user-specific option or advanced option, and press OK or Apply in the Options or Advanced Options dialog box, the settings are saved in options.bin in ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Tekla Structures\<version>\UserSettings.

  • You can change user-specific advanced optionsadvanced options that affect all models the user has

    User-specific advanced options set the user’s personal preferences, for example, the background color of the model views.

    User-specific advanced options are saved in the options.bin file.

    only in the Advanced Options dialog box.

  • You can change user-specific options only in the Options dialog box manually or by loading standard.opt file values in the dialog box.

Saving customized settings in the Options dialog box

  • You can save your own model-specific settings in the Options dialog box by using the Save button. Then the standard.opt file is saved in the \attributes folder under the model folder.

Creating a list of advanced options and their values

  • You can create a complete list of advanced options in a text file by clicking Write to file in the Advanced Options dialog box. The list shows the name of the advanced option, current value and type.

For more information about the standard.opt file, see Standard.opt settings

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