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Distribute customized property pane layouts using a project, firm, or environment folder

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Distribute customized property pane layouts using a project, firm, or environment folder

Distribute customized property pane layouts using a project, firm, or environment folder

Company administrators can distribute the customized property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

layouts to other users in the company by placing the property pane layout file PropertyTemplates.xml in a folder called PropertyRepository\Templates in a project, firm, or environment folder. For example, company administrators can create company property pane layouts and save them in the firm folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular organization

A Tekla Structures user can, for example, customize a company’s cloning templates and save them in a sub-folder located under the firm folder. After this, the customized cloning templates can be used in all projects carried out for the company.

. These property panes are available in the Tekla Structures user interface for all users who use the same firm folder.

Note:

If you use a firm folder to distribute the PropertyTemplates.xml file, you need to set the firm folder path in an .ini file. If you set the firm folder path in the advanced option XS_FIRM , the PropertyTemplates.xml file does not work correctly.

Add a property pane layout file to a project, firm, or environment folder

  1. In the Property pane editor , create the property pane layouts that you want to share.

    The property pane layouts are saved in the PropertyTemplates.xml file, in the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version>\UI\PropertyTemplates folder.

    If you cannot find the folder, ensure that you are able to view the hidden files and folders on your computer.

  2. Create a folder called PropertyRepository\Templates either in your company's project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project

    , firm folder, or in the \system folder, which is located under the environment folder: ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment>\system.
  3. Copy the PropertyTemplates.xml file to the PropertyRepository\Templates folder.

    For example: ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment>\system\PropertyRepository\Templates\PropertyTemplates.xml.

  4. Restart Tekla Structures.

Search order of the customized property pane layout files

The PropertyTemplates.xml file contains all the property pane layouts for different object types. Note that the property pane layouts for different object types are treated separately. For example, Tekla Structures can read the property pane layout for steel beam from a different location than the property pane layout for steel column.

If different object types are defined in different folder locations, the definitions are combined. If the same 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.

is defined differently in different folder locations, the definition that is higher in the search order is used.

The property pane layout in the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version>\UI\PropertyTemplates\ folder has the highest priority, and after that Tekla Structures uses the default search order.

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