Improvements in Tekla Model Sharing

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Improvements in Tekla Model Sharing

Tekla Structures 2019 introduces several improvements to Tekla Model Sharing.

Version control for drawings

In Tekla Model Sharing models, you can now list the different versions of a drawing in conflict situations and show drawing snapshots. You can now better control unintentional changes made to drawings and revert to the version that has the correct content.

When users modify the same drawing in their local version of the model and one user writes out, the Changes list will show a conflict in other users' local version of the model when they read in.

To open the Drawing versions dialog box and a snapshot of the drawing, select the changed drawing in the Changes list , right-click and select Open versions.

In the Drawing versions dialog box, you can select a drawing version, right-click and open the selected version. You can save the drawing version and write out to make it the current version for all users.

Check for regional settings

When you join a shared model, Tekla Model Sharing now checks if the current Windows system locale is compatible with the system locale that was used when the model was shared. If the current system locale is not compatible, Tekla Structures asks you to change the system locale. This is useful especially for new Tekla Model Sharing users, as the effort and time in joining a shared model is minimized.

The checking helps to avoid issues when distributed teams are using the model. Tekla Structures may function incorrectly when a shared model is opened with a system locale that is not compatible with the one that was used when starting to share the model.

Printer device settings (plotdev.bin) shared

The plotdev.bin file is now shared when it is in the model folder. This way all team members can produce printer outputs with the same settings that are managed by one user.

The plotdev.bin file contains the print device definitions that you create in Printer Catalog (old printing) , and that can be used for printing to pdf, for printing to a file or to different printers, and for printing in different sizes.

For more general information about printing drawings, see Print drawings.

Improved sharing operations performance with reference model objects

Reference model object inquiries during read in and write out have been optimized to be faster than before. This will speed up the read in and write out operations especially when there are a large number of reference model objects in the shared model.

In the Changes list , the names of new reference model objects are no longer displayed.

Improved handling of parametric profiles

Parametric profiles ( .clb ) are now displayed correctly in shared models.

Earlier, the parts with parametric profiles were shown as sticks, and they were shown correctly only after Tekla Structures was restarted. In some cases, users might also have imported the parametric profiles manually, which caused problems.

Improved handling of conflicting modifications

Conflicting modifications of part cuts, site bolts, added parts, edge chamfers, site welds, shop welds, polygon welds, and sub-assemblies are now removed when reading in.

For example, a user deletes a part cut and writes out. Another user has modified the same cut, but needs to read in before sharing the modification. The read in result is now that the part keeps its correct numbering and the part cut is deleted.

Drawing status shown correctly

The drawing status flag in Document manager is now shown correctly in a situation where two users perform numbering locally. After the numbering, one user writes out. The other user still modifies a part and reads in. The numbering in the other user's local model is overwritten. Earlier, the drawing status was shown as not up to date for the other user, even though the drawing was actually up to date. Now this status flag is cleared and the drawing status is correctly shown as expected.

Enhanced scalability with the next generation sharing service

Tekla Structures 2019 is the first version using the next generation sharing service (v.2.0) that provides a solid growth path for the explanding use of model sharing.

With the newly released sharing service, the service architecture has been updated. All classic Azure services have been replaced with more current Azure services. Earlier Tekla Structures versions use the classic sharing service that utilizes classic Azure services.

Simplified connectivity to sharing service

With the new sharing service, the required network settings are now more simple.

From Tekla Structures 2019 onward, only TCP port 443 outbound (default HTTPS) must be open outbound. Typically, this is open by default.

With earlier Tekla Structures versions, for the best performance, you still need to configure TCP ports 9350 - 9354 open outbound, as recommended by Microsoft.

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