Categories are used to control visibility in your drawing. All components come with a set of categories pre-programmed into them. For products, the categories are specified by the manufacturer. Objects from Configura's extensions (accessories, lights, etc.) also have categories assigned to them.
Use the Categories tab of the Categorization dialog to create new categories, assign and remove categories, and edit them in your drawing. You can access the Categorization dialog from the Tools drop-down menu or by right-clicking on a selected component and selecting Categorize.
A common example of changing categories is for dimensions. By default, there is only one category for all dimensions placed from the Tools component tab. However, you may have different types of dimensions, such as Architectural, Panel, Component, or Electrical dimensions. Let's use this example to explore the functionality in the Categories tab. First, we will want to create a few custom categories for the types of dimensions.
Creating custom categories
Open the Categorization dialog from the Tools drop-down menu, or right-click on a selected component and selecting Categorize.
You can also create your own categories by clicking the black sign in a row:
You will be prompted to give your new category a name. If you need to change it later, you can simply double-click on it and rename it!
Your new category shows in alphabetical order with existing categories. It is distinguished with a and an to the right. The will create a sub-category; the will delete the custom category.
For this example, we have named our new category "Dimension Types." We can create sub-categories with the different types listed above. Pre-existing categories (i.e. Dimensions) cannot have sub-categories added to them, which is why we have made a new one.
Now, to create the sub-categories, click the next to "Dimension Types." You will be prompted to create names for each sub-category.
Now that we have created the necessary categories, we can assign dimensions in the drawing to them. To add or remove objects from a category, select one or more components in your drawing. In the drawing below, the red dimensions are measuring architectural components, so we will assign them to the Architectural dimensions category.
Follow these steps to add the dimensions to their new category:
- Select object(s) in the drawing to add to the new category.
Hold down Ctrl to select multiple objects.
- Optional: You can remove the selected objects from their original category (Dimensions).
- Check the box for the new category (Architectural dimensions).
Another way to manage categories is with the Apply, Remove, Replace, and Reset tools on the right-hand side of the dialog.
In order for the tools to be enabled, check a box or boxes next to the category you want to apply or remove. The Reset button is the exception; it can be used without a category first being selected.
Once you have a category selected by checking the box, left-click and release the tool you want to use. Bring your cursor over the drawing area. As you hover near components, the tool will snap to them and you can left-click to apply the tool.
Apply: Adds selected categories to the objects that you click in the drawing area.
Remove: Removes selected categories from the objects that you click in the drawing area.
Replace: Replaces the categories of the object you click with the selected categories in the dialog.
Reset: Resets the categories of the object you click back to default.