Create a custom category in Organizer

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a custom category in Organizer

Create a custom category in Organizer

You can create custom categories to group model objects, for example, based on object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

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


  1. To open Organizer, click Manage on the ribbon and then click Organizer.
  2. Click to create a new category.

    If you have a category selected, the new category is created on the same level as the selected category. If you have several categories selected or do not have any category selected, the new category is created at the root category level. You can add as many categories as you need.

  3. Right-click the new category and select Properties.
  4. Type a name for the category.
  5. Define the rules for setting the category content:
    1. Under Automated object content, select the models, filters and categories that are used to automatically add objects to the category. Do any of the following:
      • Click the Select model list and select a model to add its objects to the category.

        To include all model objects in the category, select the Tekla Structures model.

      • Drag a category from the category tree to the categories and filters rule box, or click or type in the box and select a filter from the list.
      • Click Object group to define a filter for Organizer.

        The Object Group - Organizer dialog box opens in the Tekla Structures main viewdrawing view that shows all parts in an assembly, cast unit, or single-part drawing from the selected viewing direction

        Main view can be front view, top view, back view, or bottom view. The user can create several main views.

        . When you have saved the filter, click or type in the rule box again and select the filter.

        Organizer filters are saved in the \attributes folder of 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.

        with the .OrgObjGrp file extension. You can use these filters only in Organizer.

      You can add as many filters and categories as you want to the same rule box.

      If you add more than one category or filter to the same rule box, the category content is a union of all the objects in them.

      If you add categories or filters to separate rule boxes, select whether the category content is an intersection or difference of the content of the boxes.


      You can also separately create filters for Organizer before creating any categories. These filters are created in the same way as Tekla Structures selection and view filters, and you can use them in category rules. When creating the filters, click in the filter settings and set Organizer as the filter type. Then define the settings needed in the filter.

    2. Under Automated subcategories, select the properties that are used to create the subcategories. Do the following:
      • Click Grouping in Object Browser.

        To use this option, drag one or more property columns to the grouping row in Object Browser. Organizer uses the properties included in the columns when creating the subcategories.

        You can also add property templatedefinition of object property layout for the property table in object browser

        The property template is saved in an .xml file or in the Organizer database.

        columns or object properties to the rule boxes.

      • Click the rule boxes and select a property template column or an object propertysingle characteristic associated with an object type

        For example, profile and material are object properties.


        Note that you cannot use the Grouping in Object Browser option if you first add property template columns or object properties to the rule boxes.

        You can add more than one column or property to the same rule box.

        Organizer adds a new subcategory level to the properties dialog box when you have added a column or a property to the rule box. If you want the category to have the new subcategory level, add columns or properties to the rule boxes on the new subcategory level.

      • Select the Do not delete empty automated subcategories check box to keep all subcategories at synchronization.

        If you do not select the check box and change the model so that some, or all of the subcategories do not contain any objects, the empty subcategories are deleted when you synchronize the root category or the whole Organizer.

    3. Select the Include the highest assembly level in the model option if you want to ensure that you have only assembly levelassembly’s place in the assembly hierarchy

      The assembly level is expressed as a number.

      objects in the category.

      When you select this option and add a model objectobject that is represented in a model

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

      to the category, the assembly to which the object belongs will be added to the category.

  6. Clear the Update category at synchronization check box if you do not want to update the category when you synchronize Organizer with the model.
  7. Select a default property template for the category from the Property template list.

    This is the property template that is shown in the Object Browser property tableview in object browser that shows the values of selected model object properties

    The property table is created based on a selected property template.


  8. Click Modify.

You can manually add categories and subcategories to automated categories. Select a category, right-click and select New category or New subcategory. Manually added categories are not deleted at synchronization. When you synchronize a manually created subcategory, only that category is synchronized.

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