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Redesigned customization tools for ribbon, property pane, and user-defined commands

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

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Redesigned customization tools for ribbon, property pane, and user-defined commands

Redesigned customization tools for ribbon, property pane, and user-defined commands

In Tekla Structures 2018i, the customization tools for ribbon, 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.

and user-defined commands have been completely redesigned. The refreshed tools with uniform design offer simpler and smoother workflow for your customization of Tekla Structures.

Previously, all the customization tools were in the same Customize dialog box. Now each customization tool has its own editor.

In Tekla Structures 2018i, the new tools are

To open any of the editors, on the File menu, click Settings > Customization.

Ribbon editor

With the new Ribbon editor , the workflow of modifying ribbons has been made simpler:

  • You can now customize only your current ribbon: if you are in the modeling modemode that is used for creating and analyzing a model, and initiating the creation of a drawing and a report

    Custom component editor and sketch editor can be accessed in modeling mode.

    , you can customize the modeling ribbon. If you are in the drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

    Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.

    , you can customize the drawing ribbon. You do not need to separately choose the ribbon to be customized, as you previously had to do.
  • The previously used Simple mode and Design mode have been combined into one view.

    You can now check at a glance the whole workflow in Ribbon editor : start from the left by selecting the button type, then the command to be added to the button and the button's appearance. Preview the button on the right and then drag the new button to the ribbon.

  • To quickly edit an existing button in Ribbon editor , right-click the selected button on the ribbon and use the pop-up menu for editing.

Property pane editor

Property pane editor is now clearly divided to three columns: 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.

is on left, the property list is in the middle, and the property pane layout is on the right. The object type list is now always visible, making it easier to access.

The redesigned Property pane editor includes the following enhancements:

  • In the object type list, each object type has a tooltip that shows from where the object type definition is loaded: the default source, your environment, or a user-defined customization.

  • You can select multiple items in the property list and in the property pane layout using the Shift or the Ctrl key.
  • You can now add the More button back to the property pane layout, if you have accidentally removed it.

  • When you copy properties, Property pane editor now shows if the properties are already in use or if they are incompatible with the selected object type. Previously, you could not check this before copying the properties.

  • If you have renamed a property, you can restore the original name of the property by right-clicking the property and selecting Restore original name.

Command editor

Command editor has been redesigned. You can now modify the user-defined commands in one Command editor view, and use the buttons to save and revert changes, for example.

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