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September 3, 2015
Posted on September 3, 2015 by Synergis Applications Consultant Dave Breiner
In a recent post, I went over the advantages of using an iLogic Form to help input information for a drawing title block. iLogic Forms can be a big help in the entry of model parameters and information. To help with filling out a form, whether simple of complex, I would like to show you how a picture can dramatically help in this effort.
Even if you have a very simple Fig. 1, the verification of dimensions can be a big help in ensuring that the correct part has been selected.
Other times you need to check an orientation, material or a description and an overall length Fig. 2.
A picture, Fig. 3. can help dramatically in complex or confusing parameter entries to help modelers enter the correct values for a particular parameter.
Begin by figuring out how you want the information depicted and does it describe the information you want entered into the form. There are a few ways to setup your picture. I use SnagIt to take a screen shot of my model then use the tools in SnagIt Editor to add arrows, text, shapes or even company logo’s. The pictures can be in several formats: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff & .png. Save your picture in a convenient folder.
Below in Fig.4 you see the Form Editor. In the upper left is the parameters window, lower left is the Toolbox, upper right is the Form Design Tree and in the lower right is the Properties window. All the items in the Parameters, Rules, iProperies tabs and the Toolbox are drag and drop, which means you left click on an item and drag it into the design tree window. As you drag items you will see them show up in the form preview to the right.
To add a picture, go to:
- The Toolbox and drag the Picture icon into the design tree.
- Next, In the Properties window highlight Image under Appearance.
- To the right, select the Browse button to browse to the location of your saved picture.
- Select the picture and select OK.
Your picture will appear in the preview window. You can drag what is now Picture 1 up or down in the Design Tree to position it amongst your parameters. You can rename Picture 1 by highlighting Picture 1 in the Design Tree then in the Properties window, changing Picture 1 to the right of Label to something else.
Next time I will talk about the Picture Folder and how to add multiple pictures that change with a selection from a multi value list.
Dave Breiner joined Synergis in 2013 as a Solutions Engineer on our Manufacturing team with an amazing amount of experience. Coming directly from being a CAD Manager with SPX/Ecolaire, Dave is well versed in implementing and using Autodesk software having transitioned the department from 2D to 3D modeling by developing a 3D modeling program, implementing modeling standards, and creating automated models using iLogic programming. Dave began his career with SPX as a preliminary designer of steam condensers before being promoted to Manager of Drafting. Prior to this, Dave was with Bethlehem Steel for over 20 years, performing many tasks including millwright, rigger and fitter. During this time he also completed his degree in Engineering Design.