The Symbol replace dialog provides a quick way to edit properties for or replace multiple Catalogue symbols in your drawing. This is useful if you have a large amount of symbols in the drawing and wish to replace some, or maybe all of them, with a different symbol. The Symbol replace dialog can be accessed from the Symbol replace tab on a symbol when in the Catalogue Browser Extension, or from right-clicking on symbols in the drawing and thumbnails in the Extension.
The dialog is divided into three main areas:
Lists all properties, options, and finishes available for a particular product. This will show the properties for the source symbol from which you opened the Symbol Replace dialog. You also have the option to Replace, Select Source, and Insert, which can be used after all properties are selected.
- Replace: Click this button and choose individual targets to apply changes to in the drawing view.
- Select source: Click this button and then select an item in the drawing to be the new source symbol. This will only allow you to select Catalogue symbols and not smart symbols.
- Insert: Click to attach the source symbol with the selected properties to your cursor and place a new symbol in the drawing.
This determines the target symbols that will be changed when pressing Apply.
- All of Same Product Number: Applies changes to symbols with the same part number as the source symbol.
- Select symbol(s): Apply properties of source symbol to symbols you have selected in the tree view. The tree view allows you to find all other catalogue symbols that are in the current drawing.
Choose to apply the changes to:
- All: Any symbol in the drawing that meets the criteria specified in the Replace section.
- Selected group: Only the symbols that are selected that meet the criteria specified in the Replace section.
- Tagged: Only to symbols that meets the criteria specified in the Replace section that are Part Tagged with a particular tag that you can choose from the tree list. The list of tags is grayed out until the Tagged box is checked.
You can also decide to apply to symbols under certain conditions:
- Blocks: Symbols inside block will also be changed with this feature.
- Frozen: Frozen symbols will also be changed with this feature.
In the Option Select dialog you can change materials on symbols, edit already existing materials and create Customer's Own Materials (COM). The Option Select dialog can be accessed from the Symbol Replace dialog or the quick properties for each symbol by clicking the magnifying glass icon for each individual property.
First tab (Property)
The first tab in the Option Select dialog will show the available options for a specific property. Here, you can pick the option you wish to apply to the source symbol from the preview.
Customer's Own Material tab
In the second tab of the Option Select window, a Customer's Own Material (COM) can be applied to symbols in CET Designer. You can select materials from another supplier that are not standard for the symbol selected. All COMs will be displayed in the field in the center of the window.
- Create/Edit COM: Opens the Customer own materials dialog.
- Remove COM: Removes the selected COM from the list.
There is also a button for resetting all changes to the initial COM, and a button that closes the dialog.
The Customer's Own Materials tab
Customer's Own Materials dialog
Click the Create/Edit COM button to access this dialog:
From here, you can enter the following information:
- Code: When creating a COM you have to type a code. Use the the product number from the supplier’s material.
- Description: Type a description of the COM. Use information from the supplier for the details.
- Link to Std material: You have to link your COM to an already existing standard material for rules and pricing. You can edit the pricing later in Calculations.
- Transparency: Drag the slider to the right in order to increase the transparency of the COM.
- Scale: Enter a value between .001 and 100 to change the size of the COM.
- 1=scale of the image
- Less than 1 decreases the scale, e.g. 0.5 = 1/2 the size of the image
- Greater than one increases the scale, e.g. 2 = 2x the size of the image.
- Browse for Texture: Opens your File Explorer where you choose the image you want to use as a texture. Many suppliers have high quality images of their materials on their website.
- Edit Color Material: Opens the Color dialog where you can choose from a set of predefined colors.
- Browse GMaterial: Opens the Browse GMaterial dialog where you choose .gm files you want to use as a texture.