Configuring the Display Settings

  

In Advance Design, display settings refer to a comprehensive suite of options that allow you to control how elements appear, including their display mode, lighting effects, rendering quality, load scales, and color schemes. These settings help you to customize your design environment for clarity, precision, and ease of use.

 

 

How to access the command

You can access the display settings using the methods described below:

 

Upon selection, the Display Setting dialog box opens allowing you to configure the desired parameters.

 

Structural elements display mode

Model objects can be displayed as axes, axes with sections or profiles.

 

1. From the menu, select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

 

Display Settings dialog box

Display Settings dialog box

 

 

2. In the Display mode area, select the desired representation type: axes, axes with sections or profiles.

Representation type

Example

Axes

Axes in Advance Design

Axes with sections

Axes with sections in Advance Design

Profiles

Profiles in Advance Design

Axes with sections in Advance Design

 

 

3. Click OK.

 

 

Defining the rendering modes

Using the rendering options it is possible to configure the objects faces display (e.g., shaded faces, linear contour, etc.), the transparency level and the light intensity.

  1. From the main menu: select Display > Display Settings. The Display settings dialog box appears.

  2. Click Rendering options. The Rendering dialog box appears.

Rendering options

Rendering dialog box

 

 

The dialog displays the following options:

 

Note: These settings are applied only for the current project. See the Rendering Modes page for details on how to define the rendering mode.

 

Specifying which elements are visible and selectable

In the Special options panel, you will see that for each type of element there is a status:

You can select/deselect an element, choose a colour, symbol, and add annotations to a group of elements (linear, planar, etc.) or on selection.

 

  1. How to hide elements by type

To hide all elements of a certain type (e.g., all planar loads from the following model):

Hide all elements of a certain type in Advance Design

Hiding elements by type

 

  1. Press <Alt+X> to access the Display Settings dialog box.

  2. On the Special options panel, expand the corresponding tree structure (Loading) and select the type of elements to hide (Planar Load).

  1. On the Planar Load panel, disable the Visible option.

  2. Click OK.

Planar loads are hidden in the graphic area

Hiding elements by type

 

The planar loads are no longer displayed in the graphic area.

Tip: It is possible to hide types of elements using the graphic area context menu: right-click the graphic area while no element is selected and disable the corresponding element type display.

 

Display settings in Advance Design

Hiding elements by type using

the graphic area context menu

 

 

Note: When elements are hidden by type, the elements icons from the Project Browser are not displayed in grey.

 

  1. How to specify which elements are selectable
  1. Press <Alt+X> to access the Display Settings dialog box.

  2. On the Special options panel, select a type of elements.

  3. Disable the Selectable option.

  4. Click OK.

The corresponding elements can no longer be selected in the graphic area.

Note: Elements can still be selected in the Project Browser, but only for displaying their properties or grouping them in systems.

 

 

Loads display mode

The loads display options can optimize the model visualization when there are significant differences between the loads intensities.

 

  1. How to rescale loads graphical representation

If the model loads have significant intensity differences, it is possible to rescale the graphic representation of loads while preserving the intensities proportion between loads of the same type (e.g., point load, linear load, planar load, imposed displacement).

  1. From the menu, select Display > Display Settings. The Display settings dialog box appears.

Note: Make sure the Fixed loads scale option from the General options area is disabled.

 

Fixed loads scale option

Display Settings dialog box

 

 

  1. In the Special options area, expand the Loading tree structure and select a type of loads (e.g., point, linear, planar, imposed displacement). Note: Make sure the Visible option is enabled for the selected type of load.

  2. Adjust the size of the loads' graphical representation using the Loads scale slider.

Rescaling the loads graphical representation

Loads scale slider

 

  1. Click OK. The graphical representation of the loads is rescaled according to the intensity.

Note: This setting does not influence the display of the other types of load.

 

  1. How to display all loads at the same size

It is possible to display all loads at the same size, regardless of their type or intensity, using the Fixed load scale option:

  1. From the menu, select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. In the Special options area, click the Loading group to select it.

  3. In the General options area, enable Fixed loads scale. The Loads scale slider is displayed in the Loading area.

  4. Adjust the size of the loads' graphical representation by dragging the Load scale slider.

  5. Click OK.

How to display all loads at the same size in Advance Design

Loads display settings

 

All the loads are displayed at the same size, regardless of their intensities.

 

 

Displaying elements by colours according to certain criteria

Model elements can be highlighted in custom colors according to specific criteria such as: the element type (linear, planar, load area, etc.), the material, the system to which they belong, the local axes orientation, the thickness, the cross section type, etc.

 

  1. How to assign the display color to a certain type of elements

For each type of element it is possible to assign a custom color which will be used in displaying the elements in the graphic area.

  1. From the main menu select Display > Display Settings. The Display settings dialog box appears.

  2. In the Special options category select a type of element.

  3. Click the color rectangle to display the Windows™ color palette and select a different display color for the object representation.

  4. Click OK to close the Color dialog box.

  5. Confirm the modification by clicking OK in the Display Settings dialog box.

 

Custom colours for elements in Advance Design

Assigning display color to certain types of elements

 

All elements of the selected type are displayed in the corresponding color.

 

 

  1. How to display the structure elements by the local axes orientation

To display the structure elements by the local x axis orientation:

  1. From the main menu: select Display > Display Settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. In the Colors category, from the Display by drop-down list, select Local x orientation.

  3. Enable the Colors legend option located below, to display the legend.

  4. Click OK.

Colors for local x orientation in Advance Design

Display elements by the local axes orientation

 

 

 

Configuring annotations

For easier access to additional information about the model elements, it is possible to define annotations. The annotation is a text displayed in the graphic area next to the corresponding element. You can enter a custom text or select predefined annotations using the Annotation Properties dialog box.

 

  1. How to configure the annotations display

  1. From the menu, select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. In the Special options area, select a type of objects for which to display annotations (e.g., Linear).

  3. In the Annotations field, you can enter a custom annotation text to be displayed on all linear elements of the model, or click the button for advanced options. The Annotations Properties dialog box appears.

 

Annotation in Advance Design

Configuring annotations

 

 

  1. From the Available attributes list select the information to display in the annotation (e.g., Name). Tip: To select several items to display (e.g., Name and Material), simply click each item. The selection is additive.

  2. Click Add>> to move the attributes in the Selected attributes list.

  3. Set the annotation text position using the Horizontal and Vertical drop-down lists.

  4. Click the Annotation color button to display the Windows™ color palette and select a color for the annotation text.

  5. Click OK to apply. The annotation selected in the attributes list is displayed next to the corresponding object.

The annotations can be displayed exclusively on the selected elements, by enabling the Annotations on selection option.

Annonations on selection in a model

Configuring annotations

 

 

Assigning symbols

Symbols such as the local axis, releases and element meshes can be applied to linear or planar elements.

 

  1. How to assign symbols

It is possible to assign a symbol for linear and planar elements.

  1. From the main menu select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. In the Special options category select a type of element: linear or planar.

  3. From the Symbol drop-down list select the type of symbol to assign: local axis, releases (for linear elements) or element meshes (for planar elements).

  4. Click OK.

 

The symbol is displayed on the corresponding type of element:

 

       

 

 

 

Note: The symbol for releases on linear elements is visible when selecting the element or on the "Axes" and "Axes with section" display modes.

 

 

 

Defining the size of text and symbols

 

  1. How to resize the text from the graphic area

It is possible to customize the size of the text displayed in the graphic area, such as elements coordinates, annotations, legend, coordinates system, etc.

  1. From the main menu: select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. Drag the Text size slider towards Min for a smaller display of the text, or towards Max for a larger display of the text.

  3. Click OK.

 

  1. How to resize symbols

It is possible to customize the size of the symbols assigned to elements, such as: local axis and releases on linear elements, meshing for planar elements, etc.

  1. From the main menu: select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. Drag the Symbol size slider towards Min for a smaller display of the symbols, or towards Max for a larger display of the symbols.

  3. Click OK.

 

 

Display styles

All the display settings can be saved as a display style. The display styles pertain to the representation mode of all the elements in the drawing area. They can save the configuration of a particular display (e.g., visible elements Y/N, color, annotations, etc.). With a display style, the display of many objects in the model can be modified using a single operation. At the same time, display styles can be saved and used in other Advance Design projects.

Read here about how you can manage the display styles.

 

 

Restoring the default settings

It is possible to restore the default display settings:

  1. From the main menu: select Display > Display settings. The Display Settings dialog box appears.

  2. Click Default values.

  3. Click OK.

 

 

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