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User-defined attributes in drawings

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

Software version: 
2018i

User-defined attributes in drawings

User-defined attributes in drawings

Many Tekla Structures dialog boxes contain user-defined attributes for various objects. When you define a new user-defined attributeobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

, make the definition of the user-defined attribute unique. This is because a user-defined attribute cannot have different definitions for different object types. In drawings, the user-defined attributes can be used in templates, Document manager , and marks, for example.

The user-defined attributes in the drawing are displayed when you click User-defined attributes in drawing properties.

When you define new user-defined attributes

When you define new user-defined attributes, you need to create your own objects.inp file in the company, project or 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.

. After adding your own user-defined attributes, you need to use the Diagnose and change attribute definitions tool to update the definitions in the model. The object.inp files are merged so that if there are user-defined attributes in any of the files, they are displayed in the user interface. Tekla Structures merges the files in a way that eliminates duplicate attributes. If Tekla Structures encounters the same attribute name in different objects.inp files, the attribute from the first read objects.inp file will be used.

Tekla Structures reads the objects.inp files from the following folders in the following order:

  1. 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.

  2. company folder

  3. project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project

  4. firm folder

  5. system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

  6. inp folder

Show user-defined attributes in Template Editortool in Tekla Structures used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

In order to show the new user-defined attribute in Template Editor, you need to add the user-defined attribute in a customized contentattributes_userdefined.lst file and include the name of the customized file in the contentattributes.lst file.

Make a copy of these modified files as the Tekla Structures installation always overwrites these files.

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