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Views navigator

The Views tab of the project navigator allows you to create user-defined views of the model, which you can use for input and evaluation. The tab also manages the user-defined or automatically created visibilities.

Figure 9.40 Views tab of the navigator
User-defined views

In contrast to object-oriented Visibilities (see below), User-defined views allow you to save and import specific viewing angles, zoomed views, and settings in the Display navigator.

The current view is saved as a display setting -- regardless of the filter specifications effective in the Visibilities list: RFEM always uses the current visibilities settings for the object representation of a User-defined view. A User-defined view manages the viewing angle, the zoom factor, and the specifications set in the Display navigator.

Use the View buttons to quickly set the following standard angles of view:

Table 9.2 View buttons

View against axis X

View against axis Y

View against axis Z

View in direction of or against axis U of work plane
(see Chapter 11.3.1)

View in direction of or against axis V of work plane

View in direction of or against axis W of work plane

The buttons below the views list have the following functions:

Table 9.3 Buttons in the User-defined views navigator section

Creates a new User-defined view from the current view (see Figure 9.41)

Redefines the active User-defined view via the current view

Restores the active User-defined view after modifications

Deletes the entry selected in the User-defined views list

Deletes all User-defined views

Creating user-defined views

The current view can be saved by using the [Create New User-Defined View] button. A dialog box appears where you have to enter the Name of the new display setting.

Figure 9.41 New User-Defined View dialog box

With the so-called "visibilities", it is possible to display partial views of the model or groups of objects (e.g. surfaces in one plane or columns of a particular floor).

Visibility buttons

The buttons above the Visibilities list (see Figure 9.40) allow you to select the displayed objects according to particular criteria. The buttons have the following functions:

Table 9.4 Buttons above Visibilities list

Displays the objects selected in the work window in partial view.

Hides the objects selected in the work window.

Creates a visibility by drawing a window (see Chapter

Defines a new visibility by using object numbers (see Chapter

Restores the previous visibility.

Reverses the current display (new visibility: hidden objects).

Exits visibility mode. All objects are displayed again.

The Visibilities list contains user-defined and generated visibilities.

User-defined visibilities

You can create a visibility with the graphical or numerical selection of objects (see Chapter 11.2).

Use the [Create New User-Defined Visibility] button (below the Visibilities list) to save the current partial view. The New User-Defined Visibility dialog box opens where you can define a name and the Group (see Figure 9.45).

The buttons below the Visibilities list have the following functions:

Table 9.5 Buttons below Visibilities list

The New User-Defined Visibility dialog box appears (see Figure 9.45).

Adds the objects selected in the work window to the group marked in the list above.

Removes the objects selected in the work window from the group marked in the list above.

Reassigns the selected objects to the group marked above.

Reverses the current display (new visibility: hidden objects).

Shows all objects activated in the Visibilities list.

Only shows objects available in each active Visibilities entry.

Shows the objects available in each active Group.

The Add new objects into visibility check box allows you to control, how new nodes, lines, members, etc. should be treated when working in a user-defined visibility. If this option is selected, you can specify the relevant group in the list below.

A color symbol is automatically assigned to each user-defined visibility. In the Display navigator, the colors can also be used for the graphical display of objects (see Chapter 11.1.9). With this, you can quickly detect the customized visibilities in the model. To control the display of groups, use the Views navigator.

Generated visibilities

RFEM automatically generates visibilities for surfaces, lines, members, etc. according to specific criteria.

Figure 9.42 Generated visibilities in Views navigator

These generated visibility types help you to get a quick overview of the model, since you can use the list to specifically filter objects. In this way, you can easily check both input and results in RFEM.

In addition to the multiple selection of generated views (default), the list allows you to create an intersection. Use the navigator buttons shown on the left to set the intersection; you can find them below the list. The functions are described in Table 9.5.

The User-defined / generated check box above the list allows you to control if the filter function is effective for the work window: All objects are displayed again after removing the check mark.

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