Small changes in the appearance of model and model objects

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Small changes in the appearance of model and model objects

In Tekla Structures 2020 the DirectX rendered model views have been improved.

Part edge lines are shown as dashed lines in transparent model views

In DirectX rendered model views, the part edge lines that are hidden behind another part are now shown as dashed lines in all transparent views whose rendering option is one of the following:

  • Parts wireframe / Components wireframe (Ctrl/Shift+1)

  • Parts shaded wireframe / Components shaded wireframe (Ctrl/Shift+2)

  • Parts grayscale / Components grayscale (Ctrl/Shift+3)

  • Show only selected part / Show only selected component (Ctrl/Shift+5)

With the dashed hidden edge lines, you can clearly see, for example, if the part flange is facing towards or away from the web, or, in more complex 3D views, which part is on top of which.

Using the dashed lines also increases Tekla Structures performance in the transparent views.

If you do not want to show the part hidden lines in DirectX rendered views, set the advanced option XS_USE_DASHED_HIDDEN_LINES to FALSE. Restart Tekla Structures to activate the new value. Tekla Structures then uses the previous depth peeling method in transparent views.

If you set the advanced option to FALSE, the performance benefit is lost.

Model objects have thicker edge lines

In DirectX rendered model views, all model objects, except reinforcing bars, have thicker edge lines than previously. The edge lines for reinforcing bars remain the same as they have previously been.

This change improves the previously experienced blurriness of edge lines.

Changed default value for XS_USE_ANTI_ALIASING_IN_DX

Anti-aliasing is now on by default in DirectX rendered views. The advanced option XS_USE_ANTI_ALIASING_IN_DX is set to TRUE by default. Previously, the default value was FALSE.

Minor changes in the appearance of snap symbols

The snap symbols are now slightly thicker than previously. This change makes the snap symbols easier to see while modeling.

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