The CATIA menu and window change depending on which workbench you are in. Thus, knowing which workbench you are in is critical.
- [Instructor] Here I want to talk a little bit about the tool bars. The tool bars within CATIA v5 can be a little tricky for the new user. There are several things that you have to consider when you're dealing with icons and toolbars and how they're laid out. If you initially come in and see chevrons in the lower right-hand corner, you can see here we have these little chevrons. They're kind of hard to tell that they're there, but, they're there. These are indicating that you have tool bars that are either longer than the screen or buried and you have no access to those tools on the toolbar.
Now one of the things that I like to do is customize my toolbars, put them exactly where I like. That way I don't have to worry about where's my icon? If it's buried, how do I get access to that? And, I like to turn on and turn off various toolbars based off of, again, my needs. So the first thing that I like to do is for the most common tools that I use, I like to make sure that they're in the same place every single time. So again with these chevrons, if I come over here, and grab with my first mouse button, I'm holding it down now, and drag this toolbar out into space, you can see that additional toolbars come up and fill in that empty space.
And this toolbar is much longer than it initially appeared. If I grab the toolbar again and I hold the Shift key down on my keyboard, what you'll notice is that toolbar now turns 90 degrees to its original orientation. I can do that again by grabbing it, holding the Shift key, and you can see that it turns once again. So this allows you to customize the orientation of the toolbar.
I'm going to go through and grab on this, in this case, horizontal line, and in certain cases, you can see here, this is a vertical line, they do the exact same thing, this allows me to grab the toolbar, hold the Shift key down and just turn it, and pull these up and out of the way. As you can see, you can potentially have several of these toolbars buried. And, for the new user, it's going to be difficult to navigate not understanding where those toolbars are at.
Now once we've pulled those toolbars out, we can place these where we want. Some people like their toolbars floating out in space, my preference is to dock them. I like to maximize my graphics window. Some people have a different way they like to work. So for this, as I move these up towards the top, you will notice that they want to dock for you. If you deactivate a toolbar, for instance, I will pull out this Standards toolbar, and I'll accidentally turn that off. Oops, I screwed up.
How do I get that back? The easiest way is to go down anywhere in the gray field where there is an existing toolbar and right mouse click. So this is a third mouse button, and you'll get a list of all the available toolbars in the existing workbench. So I'm currently in part design, these are all of the toolbars available to me in part design. If you're in a different workbench, this menu will change. So I've seen it quite often in the past where a user is looking for a toolbar, but it's not available because they're in the incorrect workbench.
So you want to make sure you're in the right workbench in order to find the appropriate toolbar. Now if I go all the way to the top, you'll see standard. By turning that back on again, that toolbar now comes back on and is available. I can take this and again place this where I want, anywhere, upper, lower, and so on. Now other things that you can do with your toolbars is I'm going to go down once again, again, this can be anywhere on top of one of the toolbars, it doesn't matter where it's at, and right mouse click.
I'm going to scroll down to the bottom, you'll see this little Customize. Customize takes you to this panel. Within this panel you have various options to customize your interface. So here you'll see Start menu. Under the Start menu that's where we have a listing of all of our workbenches. Tools all available to us based off of the licensing that we have selected. If I go to User workbenches, I can create my own workbench, customize my own space.
I also have the ability to go into toolbars and customize toolbars. I can create a new toolbar, rename it, add the functions that I want to add to those toolbars. That's another lecture for another time, but the most important aspect of this customize menu, the toolbars that I want to point out, is this Restore Position. Often times you get into a condition where you are unable to find a toolbar. It says that it's turned on, but for some reason you can't see it. If I click on this Restore Position and select OK, what happens is the system resets all of the toolbars to their original positions.
Turns them on, turns them off, and restores them to the out of the box condition for all of the toolbars. If you wish to customize your commands on specific toolbars, you can do that under commands. And, under Options, and this is another very important tab, I don't see it get used a lot. For example, a friend of mine has a very hard time seeing the icons, and he needs to Scale the icons. So you can come in here and increase the size of the icons. If you want to see your tool tips, you can turn them on and off. I recommend making sure that this is turned on and what the tool tips do for you is if I go over the top of something, you'll see a little tip pop up and explain to you what that icon is all about.
And that's something that I feel is pretty important for the new user. Being able to hover over the top of your icon and it tells you what that icon is for.
- Working with the CATIA v5 UI
- Understanding the menus
- Part visualizations
- Part design workflow
- Creating a sketch
- Basic editing
- Creating and editing sketch curves
- Part design
- Measures and analysis
- Building a project