Create a custom category in Organizer

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Tekla Structures

Create a custom category in Organizer

You can create custom categories to group model objects, for example, based on object properties.

  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 view. 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 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 template columns or object properties to the rule boxes.

      • Click the rule boxes and select a property template column or an object property.

        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 level objects in the category.

      When you select this option and add a model object 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 table.

  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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