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. To limit the number of products in the drop down, you can use one of the two filter choices. Clicking on the Advanced Filter button allows you to add multiple filter parameters, while the simple filter only filters by a single parameter.
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. Then specify whether the filter should allow or disallow the filter text by choosing one of the options from the drop-down menu to the left of the 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 has 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 is too small; expand the window to make the labels more readable. Alternatively, hold the cursor over the label of 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 filters helps to check linked or 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 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 the selected application area. The Reference Tabs show the Application Areas, and the Edit Global area will update to begin editing the new application area.
Pressing the Create New External Reference Key button will create a new External Reference Key. The Reference Tabs area will show the External Reference Keys tab, and the Edit Global area will begin editing the new External Reference Key. More information on editing External Reference Keys is contained in the External Reference Keys section.
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 article.
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 for editing elements on the project as a whole, not on a specific product. 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 articles.
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 article.
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.
Clicking this symbol will allow the user to place a preview of it in the current drawing. Click the symbol, then move the cursor to the current drawing area. Click the cursor 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 drop-down.
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 level of detail (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 icon 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 detail (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)
When the highlight function is turned on, the 3D view turns all layers to transparent blue except for the selected layers.
Separate view window
Opens the 3D view as a separate, re-sizable window.
- Circle: Move the object around in a circular motion.
- Pan: Change angle of the "camera" to look in a different direction.
- Zoom in all objects: Show all objects in a drawing in the view.
- Zoom: Click-and-drag to zoom in and out.
- Move: Move around in the view without zooming in or out.
- Perspective: Moves object to the center of origin.
Separate View Window
Opens the 2D view as a separate, re-sizable window.
- Zoom rectangle: Draw a rectangle around an area to zoom into focus.
- Zoom in all objects: Show all objects in a drawing in the view.
- Zoom in: Zoom in one time.
- Zoom out: Zoom out one time.