We are pleased to announce that, OpenPLANT Modeler CONNECT Edition Update 10 is now having ProStructures product as add in. With this addition, ProStructures Modeling tools are now available in OpenPlant Modeler as default Structural tools. Now OpenPlant users can take advantage of using ProStructures within OpenPlant Modeler without switching to seperate ProStructures product. This will help users to save a good amount of time. This document will explain how ProStructures now looks like inside OPM and how to activate and deactivate this Add In.
In Structural Tab a new switch "ProStructures" is added. Along with this, two Ribbon Groups, Placement and Structural Objects are added.
- Placement group is having all the common placement tools like Structural Shapes, User Shapes, Plates and some Concrete placement tools. These features are free and do not require a ProStructures license.- On the other hand, Structural objects will allow to place Stair, Handrail, Ladder etc. but these tools need to activate ProStructures License.
As mentioned above, except the Placement tools, all other tools like Structural Objects along with other functionalities ProStructures is having can only be accessed after activating ProStructures.
How to use / place Structural Objects?When clicked any tools under Structural Object Ribbon Group, the following message will be displayed.This means without activating ProStructures, user cannot use this tool. In this case, user has to activate the ProStructures and then can place the Object. This will also attract ProStructures License consumption.
As soon as you say Activate ProStructures,
- ProStructures will be enabled with Full functionalities- Secondly, ProStructures License will start consuming.
How to Activate ProStructures?When clicked on the Dropdown under the ProStructures button , you can find Activate/Deactivate (if already activated) option.
When clicked on "Activate", a new Alert box will appear which will say what will be the effect on Activation.
Please note, with the Activation of ProStructures, user can run OpenPlant Modeler along with ProStructures and this will consume a seperate ProStructures license along with OpenPlant Modeler license. In addition to this, there is an additional Checkbox if user wants to continue the ProStructures to be activated in next session. By default, this checkbox is made disabled to avoid any extra license usage.
When ProStructures get Activated, a new Workflow "Structural Detailing" will appear in Workflow Dropdown with all related Structural tools and functionalities How to Deactivate ProStructures?
To Deactivate ProStructures after use, you can follow the below steps:
1. Go to OpenPlant Modeler Workflow and Click on the Dropdown of ProStructures button under Structural Tab.2. Also, in Search box you can type, "Deactivate" to easily find the tool.3. On Deactivation, ProStructures full functionality will be disabled, and you cannot use all the tools except the free tools. Also no more ProStructures license will be consumed. The alert box will explain with all the information.
This is all about the ProStructures support within OpenPlant Modeler.