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Exaggerate selected dimensions in drawings

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Exaggerate selected dimensions in drawings

Exaggerate selected dimensions in drawings

You can exaggerate narrow dimensions to make them easier to read by using the macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

Exaggerate selected dimensions. When exaggerated, a dimension that is narrower than the limit defined in the Options dialog box is enlarged using the defined scale. If there are many exaggerated dimensions, Tekla Structures arranges them automatically.

  1. Go to On the File menu , click Settings Settings > Options and go to the Drawing dimensions page.
  2. Set the Exaggeration limit and Exaggeration scaling.

    Exaggeration scaling defines whether you are using Paper or Model as the exaggeration scaling method. If you select Paper , the exaggeration limit is multiplied by the view scale. If you select Model , and the scale is 1:10, all the dimensions smaller than 10 mm are exaggerated regardless of the drawing scale.

  3. Click OK to save the settings and close the Options dialog box.
  4. In an open drawing, click the dimension that you want to exaggerate.
  5. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


  6. Click the arrow next to Applications to open the applications list.
  7. Double-click Exaggerate selected dimensions.


You can also define dimension exaggeration in dimension properties, see Create exaggerated dimensions.

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