The following is a quick overview of the various sections of the Geometry tab, ordered from top to bottom, left to right.
The Product List area is used to select the product to be edited. Click the down arrow on the drop-down menu to see a list of all the products currently in the project. Select a product from this list to begin working with it. For projects with many products, there are two ways to select a product quickly. By double-clicking on the drop-down menu, you may begin typing in the product code of a product, and the field will attempt to auto-fill the rest of the code.
A filter can also be applied to limit the number of products shown in either of the previous two methods. Select whether the filter should be applied to the product code or description by clicking the checkbox next to either Product Code / Part Number or Product Description, respectively. Then specify whether the filter should allow or disallow the filter text by choosing either Must Contain or Must Not Contain from the drop-down menu to the left of the filter text field. Finally, enter filter text (case insensitive) into the field and press enter to limit the products that appear in the product drop-down.
This area contains several tabs that contain elements created elsewhere in the project. The elements from these lists will be used to construct the product. To switch between tabs, click their label from the row of tabs along the top of this section. Note that these labels can be difficult to read if the creator’s window is too small; expand the window to make the labels more readable. Alternatively, hold the mouse cursor over the label for a tab to cause a tooltip to show with the tab’s full name. More information on the individual tabs, and how they can be applied, is contained in the Reference Tabs section. The used/unused/all filter helps to check linked/unlinked items in any of the reference tabs.
This area gives an overview of the product. It will show a branching tree structure, corresponding to the elements that have been added to the product. To expand an element, click on the plus icon on its left side. Similarly, once an element has been expanded, click the minus icon to hide its contents. Elements are added to the product from the various Reference Tabs. Select element(s) from the list, then drag them to the product. The Product View will show where the element is going to be dropped. Two small arrows with a line between two elements in the view indicate that the element being dragged will be inserted at the shown location. Two large arrows to the left and right of an element indicate that the element being dragged will be inserted into the shown location.
Note that the Product View acts similarly to products displayed in the Navigator. Any interaction that is permitted with the products in the Navigator is also permitted with the product shown in the Product View, and vice-versa.
Additionally, the current configuration of the product can be changed by double-clicking on options listed in this area. This will update the 3D and 2D views to reflect the new configuration. Note that the current configuration is distinct from the default configuration.
This area contains several miscellaneous features that do not directly affect a product.
Pressing the Create Application Area button will create a new application area. The Reference Tabs area will show the Application Areas tab, and the Edit Global area will update to begin editing the new application area. More information on editing application areas is contained in the Application Areas subsection. Pressing the Clone Application Area will clone a copy of the selected application area. The Reference Tabs are will show the Application Areas, and the Edit Global area will update to begin editing the new application area.
Pressing the Create New Connector button will create a new connector. The Reference Tabs area will show the Connectors tab, and the Edit Global area will update to begin editing the new connector. More information on editing connectors is contained in the Connectors section.
On occasion, the creator can become out of sync with the project that it is editing. Pressing the Refresh All button will cause all of the components on the Geometry tab to refresh themselves.
This area is used when editing elements that exist not on a specific product, but on the project as a whole. The only two elements that can be edited in this area are application areas and connectors. More information on editing these elements is contained in the Edit Application Area, Clone Application Area and Edit Connector sections.
This area is used when editing certain elements on a product that require finer control than a drag and drop. The section will become active when the user double-clicks a relevant element in the Product View. The following elements can be edited, in detail, in this section: product external references, named points, option external references, and connector references. More information on editing these elements can be found in the Edit Geometry section.
This is a preview of the symbol as it would look if it appeared in a component tab. Note that this preview only reflects how the symbol would appear with its default configuration. This is distinct from the current configuration; changing the selected options in the Product View will not affect this preview. Also, clicking this symbol will allow the user to place a preview of it in the current drawing. Click the symbol, then move the mouse to the current drawing area. Click the mouse to place a preview. This preview will mimic the behavior of a symbol placed from a published catalogue. It will have the same properties, make the same connections, etc. Note that the placed symbol will not necessarily reflect changes made in the project after the symbol was placed. To get an up-to-date preview, remove any preview symbols from the drawing, then place them again. To preview a product from a different product catalogue (populated from Product Catalogue card), utilize the product catalogue dropdown.
3D View & 2D View
These areas will display a 3D and 2D preview of the symbol as it would appear if placed in a drawing with the current configuration. Selecting options in the Product View will cause these views to update.
The 3D view has a number of options available to it. Pressing the button with an eye figure on it will display a menu listing all the available LOD levels. The currently active LOD will be checked and can be changed by selecting a new LOD level from the list. Pressing the button with a highlighter figure on it will toggle highlighting mode. Highlighting mode behaves differently, based on which tab is active in the Resource Tabs. If the Models tab is active, the model becomes transparent, with the exception of any models that are selected from the Models list. If the Layers tab is active, the model becomes transparent, with the exception of any layers selected in the Layers tab. If any other tab is active, the preview becomes entirely transparent.
The origo display of the symbol has the same color code as Model Lab and corresponds to the external reference offset.
Level of Details
Shows the select level of details (LoD) of the external reference(s) in the 3D view, grayed out LoD means it's not available in the external reference(s).
Highlight active/selected layer(s)
The 3D view turns all layers to transparent blue when the highlight function is turned on except for the selected layer(s).
Separate view window
Opens the 3D view as a separate re-sizable window.
- Circle: Move the object around in a circular motion.
- Pan: Move the object around in the view without zooming in/out.
- Zoom in all objects: Zoom in to show all graphic(s) in the same view.
- Zoom: Click to zoom in and out.
- Move: Scroll to move the object in all directions.
- Perspective: Moves object to the center of origin.
Separate View Window
Opens the 2D view as a separate re-sizable window.
- Zoom rectangle: Creates a rectangle to allow the user to zoom in further.
- Zoom in all objects: Shows all objects in the same view.
- Zoom in: Zoom in one time.
- Zoom out: Zoom out one time.