Snapping improvements

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

Software version: 
2019i

Snapping improvements

Snapping improvements

Tekla Structures 2019i introduces new colors and other visual cues for snapping. Also, the behavior of the orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

In model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

snapping has been slightly changed.

Orthogonal snapping has lower priority among the snap points than previously

The behavior of the Ortho tool has been changed. Now the orthogonal snap points have the lowest priority among the snap points. If Tekla Structures detects any other possible snap pointpoint to which Tekla Structures snaps

than an orthogonal point, Tekla Structures uses the found snap point instead of the orthogonal snap point. If there are no other possible snap points found, then Tekla Structures uses the orthogonal snap point.

Snap tooltips for snap points

Now when you start a command that requires picking points and you move the mouse pointer over objects in the model, Tekla Structures displays a snap tooltip that shows the name of the snap point.

For example:

To show or hide these snap tooltips, click File > Settings and select the Snap tooltips check box.

Snapping color changes

The colors related to snapping have been enhanced to make the snapping easier and more accurate. The different visual cues in the model help you to pick correct positions when you create model objects.

  • When the Ortho tool is active and you start a command that requires snapping to two or more points, for example a beam or polybeampart of a certain shape that is created as a continuous chain of beams passing through points that the user picks

    The segments of the polybeam are straight, but segment intersections can be curved. For example, a beam that follows a zigzag line is a polybeam.

    , Tekla Structures displays a rubber band line between the last point picked and the snap point. The color of the cursor, line, and the angle symbol follows the color of the work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

    Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

    axis: red for x-axis, green for y-axis and blue for z-axis. For any other direction the line between the last point picked and the snap point and the cursor is gray.

  • If you are using the DirectX renderingprocess of making the model object faces visible

    The rendered model object faces can be transparent or non-transparent

    :

    when you start a command that requires snapping to several points, for example a polybeam or a slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

    , Tekla Structures now displays the lines between picked points as light gray and dimension lines as black.

    If you are using the OpelGL rendering:

    the lines between picked points are white and the dimension lines are black.

  • If you are using the DirectX rendering:

    the rubber band line between the last point picked and the snap point now has a new line type and color which is clearly visible regardless of the background color of the model. The color of the rubber band line and the color of the reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

    The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

    Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

    symbol, which is the last picked point, is now light gray.

    If you are using the OpenGL rendering:

    the color of the rubber band line and the color of the reference point symbol, which is the last picked point, is now white.

  • Tekla Structures now displays a turquoise reference lineline between two reference points

    For example, if the user picks two points to position a beam, these points form the reference line, and handles appear at the line ends.

    Reference lines can be used in snapping in a snap switch.

    or geometry lineline on an object’s geometry determined by the object’s shape

    Geometry lines can be used in snapping in a snap switch.

    of the object showing the line or the edge to which the snap point belongs to.

Setting the temporary reference point by using a right-click command

In Tekla Structures 2019, the handling of temporary reference point information was changed. Starting from Tekla Structures 2019, the reference point information is cleared when you interrupt a command. If you wanted to use the reference points in Tekla Structures 2019, you had to set the reference point manually by pressing the Ctrl key and picking a point when you run a command.

Now in Tekla Structures 2019i, you can set the temporary reference point also by right-clicking when a command is running and selecting the Define temporary snap reference point option. If you use the Define temporary snap reference point command, you need to activate it for every reference point you pick.

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