OpenPlant Project Administrator Help

Standard Preferences

This option lets you edit/add which standard preferences are available and how they are defined for a class.

Accessed from:

  • Settings Ribbon
The Standard Preferences defined in this tab controls what is displayed when you open the Standard Preferences dialog in the OpenPlant Modeler/OpenPlant PID applications as shown below:
The title bar of the dialog lists the class for which the Standard Preferences are defined. The preferences shown above are for the Piping Component class, which is displayed when you open either the Piping or Equipment taskbars. When opening a different class, such as Nozzle or Support, you can have a different set of properties to define if desired.
Note: The component preferences in the Standard Preferences dialog match the Properties defined in the Schema Configuration utility.
Define Class Name

The Defined Standard Preferences section has a drop down which lists the classes that currently have properties defined that are displayed in the Standard Preferences dialog. Each class is associated with a task pane which is defined in the Associated task panes section.

Note: The classes displayed in the Schema Configuration utility above are the default classes for which Standard Preferences are defined.
When a task bar is opened in OpenPlant Modeler, such as Piping, then the Standard Preferences dialog displays the preferences defined for the Piping Component class, which is associated to the Piping taskbar.

Use the Add New Class or Delete buttons to the right of the grid to add or delete a class. When adding a class the Select Class dialog displays providing a list of classes to choose from. Select a class from the list to add it.

Define Properties This grid allows you to define which class properties are to be included in the Standard Preferences dialog. Also defined are how the properties are displayed and the type of user input to be used to define a value for the property.

Some of input methods require arguments while others do not. For example, the KEYIN method has no arguments, thus the argument cell will become read-only. However, for the LOOKUP type you will be prompted to select a class from the schema inheriting from LOOKUP_VALUE_MAP_CLASS.

Property Name Lists the property name to be displayed in the Standard Preferences dialog. To add a new property, click the button and select a new property from the Select Property dialog shown below.
Highlight a property name and click Select Property to add to the list.
Box Order Determines the numerical order in which the property will be displayed in the Standard Preferences dialog.
Input Method Defines how the user will input values for the property in the Standard Preferences dialog. The following options are available:
  • Values: This method allows you to enter available values, (comma separated such as 4,6,8,10 for Nominal Diameter) which will display as a drop down list in the Standard Preferences dialog.
  • Keyin: Provides a text box in the Standard Preferences dialog allowing you to manually key in the value for the property.
  • Query: This method will query the current spec and list all of the unique values for the property in a drop down list.
  • LoadInstances: Queries the current .dgn for class instances as defined in the arguments. Double-click in the Input Method Arguments to display the Select Class dialog (shown earlier) and select a class.
  • Lookup: This method displays all properties of the value map class.
  • Internal: Works only for Standard, Specification and Nominal Diameter properties. For internal use, the implementation is Standard Preferences specific and hard coded.
Input Method Arguments For input methods such as Values, Lookup, Query, the arguments define how those input methods populate the Standard Preferences fields. (For example: If you are using a Query input method, the actual query would be defined here.)
Group Name Used for grouping the attributes together. You can enter any group name here.
Associated Task Panes Standard Preferences need to be associated with a task pane, so when the task panel opens, standard preferences dialog can refresh itself with that associated class. It is possible to associate more than one task pane with a class. To associate a task pane with the selected class, click the button to display the following dialog.
Enter the name of the task pane and click OK to add it to the list. You can delete an associated task pane by selecting it and clicking . When you are finished making modifications in the Standard Preferences tab, click Save to save your changes. If you choose not to save the changes, click Close to close the Schema Configuration utility without saving the changes.
Note: If you click Close before Save, you will be prompted with a message asking if you want to save the changes before closing.