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2018 Table of Contents

Drawing content manager

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2018

Drawing content manager

Drawing content manager

Drawing content manager is an interactive tool for checking and editing model objects and drawing content, especially marks and associative notes, in the current drawing.

Use Drawing content manager to quickly and easily:

  • Select relevant content for checking and editing purposes, and target actions on single or multiple model objects or marks simultaneously.

  • Add, modify or remove model objectobject that is represented in a model

    A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

    marks, including associative notes.

  • Add weld marks to model welds in drawings.

  • Highlight either objects or marks.

  • Check how many marks model objects have in one view or in the entire drawing.

  • Add other content to model objects depending on the object typedescription of a group of objects that share common characteristics

    The objects are grouped based on different characteristics in models and in drawings. Examples of model object types are beams and rebar sets. Examples of drawing object types are parts and marks.

    , such as rebar dimension lines.

  • Modify model object or mark properties.

  • Hide/show model objects.

With this tool you can avoid duplicate, missing, or false information, and efficiently check if all necessary content exists, without having to manually go through all drawing objects separately.

  • To open Drawing content manager , first open a drawing and click the Drawing content manager button in the side pane. Then click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. If you do not want to list all model objects, narrow your selection by selecting certain drawing views, model areas or multiple objects, and then click Show.

  • Drawing content manager lists model objects and the related mark content, and gives the total number of marks. The displayed columns depend on the object type. Associative notes are also considered and counted as marks.

  • You can only see the contents of one category at the time. If you have a lot of objects in a category, and you need to scroll, the objects are loaded as you scroll.

  • The following model object categories are available in Drawing content manager if they exist in the drawing, and have been set visible in the drawing View properties :

    • Assemblies

    • Parts

    • Welds

    • Bolts

    • Reinforcement

    • Pour objects

    • Neighbor parts

How to use the model object list

  • To also show in the Drawing content manager list the model objects that are hidden in the drawing, clickShow hidden items.

  • To select and highlight the selected model objects or marks in all drawing views where they are visible, clickShow in all views.

  • To refresh the Drawing content manager list with correct mark quantity information, clickUpdate. Do this every time you hide some model objects, or if the number of marks changes.

  • To select and highlight either model objects or marks in the drawing, select the objects in Drawing content manager and change the selection from object to mark using the switch. When model object selection is active, the switch is black , and when mark selection is active, the switch is yellow.

    Marks selected:

    Parts selected:

  • To search for and list specific model objects, use the search box.

  • To collapse or expand model object categories, use the arrow buttons.

  • To sort mark properties in alphabetical order, click a column header.

  • If you suspect that some objects are missing from the list, go to the 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.

    properties by double-clicking the drawing view framesolid frame around all the contents of a drawing view

    Drawing view frame can be used when modifying properties of a single drawing view. Drawing views can be dragged using the drawing view frame.

    and set the needed model objects visible.

Add marks to model objects

You can add marks and notes to all visible model objects in a drawing.

  1. Click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. If you do not want to list all model objects, narrow your selection by selecting certain drawing views, model areas or multiple objects, and then click Show.
  2. Select the model objects that need marks from the Drawing content manager list.

    You can only select multiple objects inside one category. Activate the switchto select only objects in the model. The selected objects are highlighted in the drawing.

    To select the whole object category, click the category name, for example, Parts or Welds.

  3. Right-click in the model and select one of the following options:

    Add associative note : Marks are created using the current assosiative note properties.

    Add part mark : Marks are created using the view level markassociative annotation object that represents the elevation of a point

    properties.

    Add weld mark : Marks are created using the view level mark properties.

    Add Mark > Reinforcement Mark : Marks are created using the view level mark properties.

    Add Mark > Dimension Mark : Marks are created using predefined dimension properties defined in File > Settings > Options > Drawing dimensions.

    Add Mark > Tagged Dimension mark : Marks are created using predefined dimension properties defined in File > Settings > Options > Drawing dimensions.

Tekla Structures creates the marks or notes. The added marks are shown in Drawing content manager. To update the mark quantity, clickUpdate.

Note that if you select several model objects at the same time, and if some of the selected objects already have marks, the content of the existing marks does not change.

Tip:

If you do not see some of the model objects in drawing views, go to the drawing view properties by double-clicking the drawing view frame and set the needed model objects visible.

Check mark count

  1. Click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. If you do not want to list all model objects, narrow your selection by selecting certain drawing views, model areas or multiple objects, and then click Show.
  2. If you want to know the mark count in the whole drawing, clickShow in all views.
  3. To include hidden objects in the list and show their mark count as well, clickShow hidden items.
  4. To make sure that the mark information is up to date, clickUpdate.

    Note that Drawing content manager does not support counting of dimension and tagged dimension marks.

Hide model objects

  1. Click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. If you do not want to list all model objects, narrow your selection by selecting certain drawing views, model areas or multiple objects, and then click Show.
  2. Select the model objects from the list, right-click in the model and select Hide/Show > Hide from drawing view or Hide from drawing.

Delete marks

If you are not happy with the existing marks, you can delete them.

  1. Click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. If you do not want to list all model objects, narrow your selection by selecting certain drawing views, model areas or multiple objects, and then click Show.
  2. ClickShow in all views andShow hidden items to show in the list model objects in the whole drawing, including the hidden model objects.
  3. If you are looking for certain model objects, use the Search... box.
  4. Activate the mark selection.
  5. In Drawing content manager , select the model objects whose marks you want to delete.
  6. Press Delete on the keyboard, or right-click in the drawing and select Delete.

    If you have activated Show in all views and Show hidden items , marks are deleted from all views, including marks for hidden model objects.

  7. ClickUpdate to update the mark information in the list.

Modify model object or mark drawing properties

  • To modify the properties of model objects in the drawing, select the objects from the Drawing content manager list, right-click in the model and select Properties.... If you are looking for certain model objects, use the Search... box.

  • To modify the properties of the marks, select the objects from the list, activate mark selection, hold down Shift and double-click a mark.

  • If you wish to list some of the marks, such as weld marks, but not show the marks in the drawing, use the first color option in the weld markmark that includes a set of selected property elements related to a weld

    properties dialog box, it will show the marks invisible. First select the objects from the list, activate mark selection, hold down Shift and double-click a weld mark. Then change the weld mark text and line color and click Modify.

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