M. File menu
Contains items for creating, opening, and closing section data files, printing, and exiting the program.
|Menu item||Description||Same effect as selecting…|
|New||Opens an empty section design file. If the currently loaded section has been modified, then the option is given to save it prior to commencing with the new design.||CTRL+N|
Opens the Open Data file dialog, which is used to select an existing Section Sketch Data file (file extension .cns). Controls in this dialog are analogous to a common Windows open dialog, except as noted in the following.
If the Preview option is checked, then a preview of the section can be displayed prior to opening the file.
|Save||Saves any changes made to the current data file.||<CTRL+S>|
|Save As…||Opens the Save data file dialog which is used to specify a file name and location for the section data file. Files are saved in the Free Sketch (.CNS) format.|
|Close||This closes the current section and leaves Free Sketch ready to start a new file or open an existing file.|
|Report||Formats and sends the data to the Report Type option defined in the Misc sheet of the Program Options dialog.
See Options below.
|Calculation||First opens the Poisson's Ratio dialog which is used to specify a value for Nu. Calculates the cross-sectional properties of the composite section and the opens the Basic Geometry dialog to display the values.|
|Stress Field||Opens the Section forces dialog, which is used to specify major axis moments and axial force on the section. Click OK to close the dialog and display the stress distribution on the section drawing.|
|Parametric Sections…||Opens the Parametric Section dialog which is used to quickly create sections based on a section type and a number of key dimensions and insert that section as an external contour.|
|Rolled Section…||Opens the Rolled Section dialog, which is used to select a catalog section to insert into an new drawing file. The section can then be modified, just as you would with any other sketch.|
|Equivalent Section…||Opens the Equivelant Section module with the current section properties as input values, which can be used to search for an Equivalent section to the current drawing.|
|Export to STAAD.Pro >||Select either to export the section as a General or Prismatic section. A Save
If an existing User Provide Table file is selected, the current section will be appended to the end of this table.
Refer to the STAAD.Pro Technical Reference for additional information on using section types.
|Import DXF||Opens a File Open dialog which is used to select CAD files to import in the *.DXF file format|
|Send…||Opens an e-mail (using your default e-mail client) and attaches the current data file.|
|Recent File list||A list of the most recent four section data files. Select one to open that data file.|
|Exit||Closes the program. If any changes were made since the last time the data file was saved, a message dialog opens confirming you wish to save those changes.||<ALT+F4>|