Switch between manual and automatic applying in the property pane

Last updated November 7, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Switch between manual and automatic applying in the property pane

Switch between manual and automatic applying in the property pane

In Tekla Structures 2019i, when you modify properties 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.

The property pane can be customized by using the property pane editor.

, you can use the new Set default values automatically option to switch between automatic and manual applying of properties for the next objects of the same type.

Previously, Tekla Structures always automatically saved the modified properties and applied them for the next objects of the same type. The Set default values automatically option makes the property pane more consistent with the dialog boxes, where you use the Apply button to set the properties for next objects of the same type. Now you can follow the same workflow both in the property pane and in the dialog boxes.

The Set default values automatically option is not dependent on the selected 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.

. You can switch between manual and automatic applying at any time.

Enable manual applying of properties

  1. Select an object in the model.
  2. Click the Property pane settings button in the property pane to open a drop-down menu.
  3. Ensure that the Set default values automatically option is not selected.

    A Set as default button appears at the bottom of the property pane.

    Note that if you have selected multiple objects in the model, the Set as default button does not appear.

  4. Change the property values as needed.
  5. Select how to proceed.
    • To modify only the selected object, click Modify.

    • To modify the selected object and to use the current values for the next objects of the same type, click the Set as default button and then click Modify.

    • To use the current values for the next objects of the same type, but not to modify the selected object, click the Set as default button.

Depending on your actions, Tekla Structures either modifies the selected object or creates the next object of the same type using the current values.

Enable automatic applying of properties

This is the default option.

  1. Select an object in the model.
  2. Click the Property pane settings button in the property pane to open a drop-down menu.
  3. Ensure that the Set default values automatically option is selected.

    When the Set default values automatically option is selected, Tekla Structures automatically uses the current values for the next objects of the same type.

  4. Change the property values as needed.
  5. Click Modify.

Tekla Structures modifies the object and creates the next object of the same type using the current values.

The PropertyPaneSettings.xml file

When you modify the property pane settings, the current settings are saved to the PropertyPaneSettings.xml file in the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\UI\PropertyPane\ folder. If you do not change the settings, the PropertyPaneSettings.xml file is not created.

The settings in the PropertyPaneSettings.xml file are:

  • FilterMode : ByData for Show properties that have a value in the property pane settings

  • FilterMode : ByGroup for Show properties based on visibility settings in the property pane settings

  • AutoApply : True when Set default values automatically in the property pane settings is selected

  • AutoApply : False when Set default values automatically in the property pane settings is not selected

The PropertyPaneSettings.xml file is read when Tekla Structures is started and a model is opened.

If the settings in the PropertyPaneSettings.xml file are customized, the company administrators can distribute the customized property pane settings to other users in the company. The PropertyPaneSettings.xml file needs to be placed in the \PropertyPane\ subfolder in a model, project ( XS_PROJECT ), firm ( XS_FIRM ) or environment ( XS_SYSTEM ) folder. The property pane settings in the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\UI\PropertyPane\ folder has the highest priority, and after that Tekla Structures uses the default search order.

If the PropertyPaneSettings.xml file is placed in several different folder locations, Tekla Structures reads the settings from different folders and merges them.

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