Improved Layout editor - Customize drawing layouts easily

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Improved Layout editor - Customize drawing layouts easily

Tekla Structures 2020 introduces the new and improved Drawing layout editor. You can now customize drawing layouts easily in a separate layout editing mode that shows all changes you make in real time.

Note that:
  • The Drawing layout tool is no longer available.
  • New drawing layouts are saved as .lay files, which are not compatible with the Drawing layout tool or the Drawing layout editor that were available in previous versions of Tekla Structures. This means that you cannot use the new layout with older versions of Tekla Structures.

  • Table sets are no longer defined separately in drawing properties. Instead, they are created in Drawing layout editor.

    Usually, in previous Tekla Structures versions, table sets were associated to drawing sizes when the Fixed sizes or Calculated sizes options were used. However, if you used the Specified size option, the table sets were not associated to any drawing size.

    In case you open a layout file (.lay) with unassociated table sets created in previous versions of Tekla Structures, Tekla Structures generates a drawing size to every table set automatically, and names the size as follows:


  • The Calculated sizes option has been removed from Tekla Structures. The remaining options for drawing sizes are Autosize and Specified size. The Autosize option is the same as the previous Fixed sizes option.

  • The frame settings have been moved from the Print Drawings dialog box to the Drawing layout editor.

Opening Layout editor

You can open the Drawing layout editor while working either in the modeling mode or in the drawing mode.

You can do any of the following to access Drawing layout editor:
  • On the File menu, select Editors > Drawing layout editor.

  • In a drawing properties dialog box (for example, the Assembly Drawing Properties dialog box) , go to Layout, and click Edit on the right side of the Layout list.

  • On the Drawings & reports ribbon tab, click Drawing properties > Drawing layout editor.

  • In an open drawing, right-click a table set and select Open Layout editor.

  • In an open drawing, double-click a table set and select Drawing layout editor.

  • Type Drawing layout in the Quick Launch box, and then, select Drawing layout editor in the list.

Create and edit drawing layouts

In the layout editing mode, you can:
  • Create drawing layouts from scratch by clicking Create layout.

  • Select to which drawing types drawing layouts apply.

  • Select the drawing layout that you want to use in the current drawing.

  • Select the drawing size whose table sets you want to modify

  • Add new tables for the drawing layout by clicking Add tables.

    You can also have different table sets for different drawing sizes, so that everything that is necessary fits the drawings.

  • Drag and drop tables to new positions.

    The tables snap to offsets of 1 millimeter in metric environments, or 1/16 inch in the US imperial environment.

  • Change the scale and rotation of tables.

  • Adjust the spaces between drawing views, and the margins between frames and the drawing edge.

When you save a drawing layout, the layout is saved in the \attributes folder under the model folder as a .lay file.

Adjust drawing sizes

You can add new drawing sizes, and adjust the frames and margins for each table set in the Drawing size settings dialog box.

To access the Drawing size settings dialog box:

  • On the Layout editor side pane, click Edit on the right side of the Drawing size list.

Here, you can:
  • Add new drawing sizes by clicking +.

    You can either select one of the pre-defined drawing sizes or create custom ones.

  • Change the orientation of drawing sizes by right-clicking the width or height of a drawing size.

  • Allow Tekla Structures to use a drawing size when automatically selecting suitable drawing sizes by selecting the Autosize check box.

  • Delete unnecessary drawing sizes by clicking -.

  • Select if you want to use one frame or two frames in your drawings, and define the frame margins and colors.

  • Select if you want to use fold marks, and define their color and the spaces between them.

    Note that you need to select both the Primary frame and the Secondary frame to use fold marks.

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