When working with OpenBridge Modeler, you will see that it provides a variety of different dialogs, which are used to enter settings for the functions and commands. Many of these settings are repeated for construction tasks in different orders or are used in a slightly modified for (e.g., connection plates with holes for specific supports) – it would be useful to save these settings for later use. For this purpose, OpenBridge Modeler offers you a template management function.Acceded from:
- OpenBridge Modeler dialogs : (Template). Clicking this button calls up the Template management dialog box where you then can save or load the settings. Sometimes, the templates can also be accessed via the context menu of the right mouse key.
The methods of working within the template management are very similar to those of Windows Explorer. For example, you can organize the templates’ structure in different list branches and easily modify this structure at any time via drag and drop.
Permanent and Temporary Dialog Templates
The templates are saved as permanent dialog settings in the variants folder of the program and thus are available for all users at the same time in a network if the same folder has been set at this workstation.
In addition, the last settings are saved in an individual temporary folder of the workstation each time the dialog is left. Thus you have fast access to the last entry when selecting the function repeatedly.
This is the reason why the data structure of template file was equipped with a version and type control. Your new defined templates remain compatible with the following versions and when former files are loaded, any new added values will have a standard value.
dBASE-Import and -Export
Different functions additionally offer the possibility to export the template files into the dBASE-format or to import them from this format. You can create data records using Excel or comparable programs. These data records then are available as OpenBridge Modeler-templates.