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Create drawings in Master Drawing Catalog

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

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Create drawings in Master Drawing Catalog

Create drawings in Master Drawing Catalog

The Master Drawing Catalog is a fast, efficient and controlled way of creating drawings using master drawings. In the Master Drawing Catalog , all drawing creation commands are available in one centralized location.

A master drawingcollection of properties and drawing settings that are used for creating a new drawing

is a Tekla Structures drawing or a set of drawing properties that is used for creating new drawings that look the same as the master drawing. There are several types of master drawings: cloning templates, saved settingsmaster drawing where the drawing settings are saved in a drawing property file and used when creating a new drawing of a specific drawing type

and rule sets. You can also use the existing AutoDrawings wizard files as master drawings.

  • To open the Master Drawing Catalog , on the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master Drawing Catalog .

The image below shows the search view of the Master Drawing Catalog as a thumbnail list.

The Master Drawing Catalog has a toolbar containing commands for creating drawings, selecting the view type and the master drawing listlist of drawings that provides information about the drawings in a particular model and that is used for searching, managing, and printing the drawings

In the drawing list, the user can, for example, search, open, update, freeze, lock, and delete drawings. The drawing list can also be used to display the associations between the drawings and the parts in the model.

Drawing list is used in Tekla Structures until version 2018. See document manager.

type, displaying master drawing descriptions, selecting the models from which you want to use cloning templates, creating rule sets, displaying Document manager , and for keeping the Master Drawing Catalog window always on top.

Tekla Structures populates the cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

by looking for items in the Tekla Structures default folder search order : first from 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.

, then from the project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project

, and then from the system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

and so on. Cloning templates in the folder defined for the advanced option XS_​CLONING_​TEMPLATE_​DIRECTORY are shown in the catalog. You can define several folders for this advanced option.

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by Pyae Phyo Wai

When I press Create Drawing, Master Drawing Catalog appeared in my task bar,
but I can't use it.
How can I solve it?

by Hanna from User Assistance team

Thanks for the feedback.
This seems to be more about the functionality than documentation, so please contact your local support instead.

by Employee employee

what will be the advantage if I use Wizards assembly drawing with BOM (A)
I would like to know if it is possible to generate shop drawings with little chance of error when creating a simple drawing of a beam with perpendicular stiffeners to the main part with just one click and my drawing properties settings?

by Tekla User Assistance

Thanks for your feedback.

If you wish to have more detailed information on the correct settings in your case, please contact your local support who can assist you on more accurate level.