Changes in advanced options

Tekla Structures
2022
Tekla Structures

Changes in advanced options

In Tekla Structures version 2022, there are some new advanced options, and some of the advanced options have been deprecated. Also, the functionality of some of the advanced options has been changed.

You can use advanced options for configuring Tekla Structures to suit the way you work, or to comply with specific project requirements or industry standards. You can change advanced options values in the Advanced options dialog box, or in the initialization files.

New advanced options

XS_DEFAULT_KEEP_ONLINE_LICENSE_CHECKBOX

Use this advanced option for setting the default value for the Keep this license reserved on this device check box in the closing confirmation message box, which appears when you close Tekla Structures. This advanced option must be set in an initialization (.ini) file. The default value is TRUE, which keeps the license reserved. If this advanced option is not set, or is set to TRUE, the check box is selected if you use a named license, or if you have selected to keep the license reserved in the previous Tekla Structures session. If you set this advanced option to FALSE, the Keep this license reserved on this device check box is never selected by default.

XS_VIEW_FRAMES_VISIBLE

Use this user-specific advanced option for showing and hiding drawing view frames. It is located the Drawing views category of the Advanced options dialog box.

  • When you set this advanced option to FALSE, the drawing view frames are hidden until you move the mouse pointer over the view. This is the default value.
  • When you set this advanced option to TRUE, the drawing view frames are visible all the time.
  • In Tekla Structures versions 2019 and earlier, the drawing view frames were always visible. In Tekla Structures 2019i, the drawing view frames were hidden and only displayed when the mouse pointer was over the view frame.

XS_DRAWING_​RENDERING_​ENGINE

Set this advanced option to FOG to activate the FOG rendering engine. When set to FOG, the overall rendering is faster, which can be seen when you pan or zoom, for example. This user-specific advanced option is located the Drawing views category of the Advanced options dialog box.

To use the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) rendering, set this advanced option to GDI. GDI is the default value.

Note that setting the XS_USE_SMART_PAN advanced option to TRUE is useful for the Windows GDI only and has no effect on FOG rendering.

XS_IFC2X3_EXPORT_SECONDARY_AS_DISCRETEACCESSORY

The IFC2X3 export no longer exports steel secondary objects as IfcDiscreteAccessory by default. You can force previous categorization by setting this advanced option to TRUE in an initialization (.ini) file, for example, teklastructures.ini.

XS_DRAW_BOLTS_3D_IN_BOLT_LAYER

When this system-specific advanced option is set to TRUE, which is the default value, the model views that display bolts as rendered solid objects (using the Exact representation option) open and update faster. This performance improvement is especially noticeable in large models with steel structures.

XS_REBAR_USE_POLYCURVES_IN_EVALUATOR

When this new model-specific advanced option is set to TRUE, which is the default value, Rebar shape manager recognizes and uses the polycurve geometries of reinforcing bars.

Changed advanced options

No restart needed

You no longer need to restart Tekla Structures when you change the setting of the following advanced options:

XSBIN

This advanced option is now a read-only advanced option, which always points to the location where teklastructures.exe is found. Changing this advanced option is not allowed, because the change would be ignored by Tekla Structures. This advanced option is included in the teklastructures.ini file to communicate that it cannot be set to another value.

Deprecated advanced options

The following advanced options are deprecated, but still supported in Tekla Structures 2022:

  • XS_DIR: Instead of this advanced option, we recommend that you use XSDATADIR to find the root location for the installation, or XSBIN to find the location where binaries are found.
  • XS_MESSAGES: Instead of this advanced option, we recommend that you use XS_MESSAGES_PATH, which allows you to define several message file locations.
  • XS_APPLICATIONS: Instead of this advanced option, we recommend that you use XS_APPLICATIONS_PATH, which allows you to define several application file locations.
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