2017 SP3: Direct layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit drawing layouts
Tekla Structures 2017 SP3 introduces a completely new way to edit your drawing layouts: Layout editor , where the layout of a drawing can be edited directly on a drawing. In the layout editor mode, you can select which tables you want to include in the layout and where to place the tables. You can also adjust the table scale, rotation and overlapping with views.
When the layout editor mode is active, you can see the drawing, but only edit the drawing layout. You cannot edit the drawing content, views or properties, and most of the commands on the ribbon are not available. Drawing content needs to be visible so that you can see how the layout items relate to other drawing content, at least in the current drawing.
If you need to edit the individual tables in your layout, you can open and edit the tables in Template Editor.
You can apply the modified layout to one particular drawing or to multiple drawings at once.
- To open the Layout editor , on the drawing mode File menu, click Editors > Layout editor.
You can also open the Layout editor in any of the following ways:
Select and right-click an existing table in a drawing and select Open Layout editor.
Double-click an existing layout and select Edit drawing layout. To edit a table, select Edit template in Template Editor.
In the layout editor mode, the Layout editor pane is shown on the right. TheLayout editor button on the right indicates that the Layout editor is active.
In Layout editor , you can:
Show table names on the tables:
Show hidden tables:
Search for available tables.
Add new graphical Template Editor templates, key plans, and DWG/DXF files.
Adjust the table properties Scale , Rotation and Overlap with views (which was called Transparency in the old Tables dialog box) .
Select a table in the drawing layout by selecting a table in the Current tables list. When you select a table in the drawing layout, the table gets selected in the Current tables list.
Move, re-anchor and rotate tables, and delete unnecessary tables.
Anchor tables to a needed location and offset them from the anchoring point by moving them.
Save your changes by overwriting the current layout, or by creating a new layout with a new name.
For more information about the Layout editor , see 2017 SP3: Edit the layout directly on a drawing.
Direct layout editing vs layout editing through the old Layout dialog box
The Layout editor is mainly meant for customizing existing layouts directly, quickly and easily. The old drawing Layout dialog box and layout editing functionality is still available, and more advanced layout editing still needs to be done through the Layout dialog box. Note that:
- Fixed sizes and calculated sizes mapping is available through the old Layout dialog box only.
- View placement set-up: Margins and spaces can be set through the old Layout dialog box only.
- In Layout editor , you can only create new layouts by modifying existing layouts and saving them with a new name. You cannot create a layout from scratch, you always need to have an existing layout to start with. However, you can edit a layout that only has a name and no table layouts defined. You can create new layouts from scratch through the old Layout dialog box only.