Save and load object properties

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

Software version: 
2018i

Save and load object properties

Save and load object properties

You can save sets of properties as property files for model and drawing objects, and load these properties later on when you create new objects. Tekla Structures stores the property files in the 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.

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You can save and load object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

either in the 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.

or in a dialog box, 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.

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Save and load properties in the property pane

Use the property pane to save and load the properties of

You can also define a set of properties for each object you plan to create before you start modeling and thus save time.

  1. Double-click a model objectobject that is represented in a model

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

    to view the current propertiesproperties related to an object type and applied to new objects of this type

    In Tekla Structures, properties related to an object type are activated in the property pane or the dialog box.

    in the property pane.
  2. In the property pane, modify or enter the properties you want to save.
  3. In the box next to thebutton, enter a name for the new set of properties.

    For example, MyProperties.

  4. Clickto save the properties.

    The set of properties is now saved and added to the list of property files in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

    The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

    folder:

  5. When you want to load the saved set of properties, select the property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

    Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

    User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

    from the list.

    • If you select an object in the model and load a property file in the property pane, the properties and the user-defined attributes (UDAs) are loaded immediately, and the values that are different from the currently selected object are highlighted in yellow in the property pane. Click Modify to apply the new values.

      If there are changes only in the UDAobject 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.

      values in the UDA dialog box and not the in the values in the property pane, the Modify button does not become active. Click Modify in the UDA dialog box to active the UDA values.

    • If you start an object creation command in the model and load a property file in the property pane, the properties and the user-defined attributes (UDAs) are used right away and Tekla Structures creates the object using the loaded values.

    Note:

    If the UDA dialog box is open when you load a property file in the property pane, the UDA dialog box updates and shows the values of the UDAs that are saved in the property file. However, if you first select an object and load a property file and only then open the UDA dialog box, the dialog box shows the UDA values of the selected object.

    To check which UDA values are saved in a property file, you need to open the UDA dialog box first, or load the property file again after opening the UDA dialog box.

  6. If you want to make changes to an existing set of properties:
    1. Load the set of properties you want to change.
    2. Change the properties.
    3. Click.

      Tekla Structures saves the changes in the file shown in the list, overwriting the old set of properties.

      The modified properties become the new current properties. Tekla Structures uses the current properties the next time you create an object of the same type.

      If you want to create an object using the standard values instead of the new current values, load the standard file.

Save and load properties in a dialog box

Use this method with properties that are displayed in a traditional dialog box. For example, view properties.

  1. Open the properties dialog box.
  2. In the dialog box, enter the properties you want to save.
  3. In the box next to the Save as button, enter a name for the new set of properties.

    For example, MyProperties.

  4. Click Save as.

    The set of properties is now added to the list of property files in the current model folder:

  5. When you want to load a set of properties, select the set from the list, and then click Load.
  6. If you want to make changes to an existing set of properties:
    1. Load the set of properties you want to change.
    2. Change the properties.
    3. Click Save.

      Tekla Structures saves the changes in the file shown in the list, overwriting the old set of properties.

Remove existing properties

You can remove user-defined property files manually by removing them from the model's \attributes folder. Predefined object properties cannot be removed.

  1. Remove the desired property file from the model's \attributes folder.

    The property files may have different file name extensions, depending on their type. For more information, see Model folder files and file name extensions.

  2. Restart Tekla Structures.

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