Model Browser

Use the Model Browser to view the model structure while providing full find, display and editing control of entities.

The model structure is viewed as a flat, listed tree structure within the browser. However, if the model has an assembly hierarchy then the Model Browser accommodates this hierarchical structure. The browser can list every named entity within the session and places those entities into their respective folders; however, it does not support non-named entities such as nodes and elements. Some of the more important entities within the model include: assemblies, components, multibodies, properties, materials, entity sets, groups, load collectors, system collectors, vector collectors, and beamsectcols, all of which are placed into a tree-like display.

From the menu bar, click View > Model Browser. The browser displays on one of the tab area sidebars.

Figure 1. Entities Organized in the Model Browser

Multiple entities of the same type are collected into folders in the tree structure. You can expand or collapse each folder to display or hide its contents. Assemblies can also have sub-folders within the main Assembly folder, so that the items related to each assembly appear within that assembly’s folder in the Assembly Hierarchy. Materials, properties, entity sets, groups, load cols, system cols, vector cols, and beamsectcols cannot be organized into assemblies and are all placed at the top level of the tree, each in their corresponding folder. For example, all sets are placed as a flat list in the Sets folder.

Components and Assemblies may appear in multiple places in the tree; for example, a specific component might appear under Components and again as a sub-item of a specific Assembly. When appropriate, the color and display style of entities also display in the Model Browser.

The Model Browser tools include:
  • Toolbars provide the ability to change model views, show or hide entities within the model, and add entities to a panel collector. These abilities are collectively referred to as display controls and browser modes.
  • The context menu includes most of the same functions as the toolbars, however only relevant context menus will appear based on entity(s), folder(s) or white space right-mouse click.
  • You can sort, find, and filter entities in the Model Browser's tree list using column header sort controls and the query builder.
  • The tree list within the browser is configurable, so that you can determine which columns and entity types that display in the tree.

Browser Attributes (Columns)

Each column in the browser displays a different browser attribute.

Add or remove browser attributes by right-clicking on a column header and checking/unchecking the appropriate attribute from the context menu.

Sort by a particular entity in the browser by clicking on the heading of each column. For fields that are numeric and/or alphanumeric, repeated clicks toggles between ascending and descending order.
Column Description
Entity Lists every named entity within the session; however, it does not support non-named entities such as nodes and elements.
ID Unique entity ID
Color Entity color
Include ID of Include file the entity is stored within.
FE-Style Lists the element style applied to each entity. Click the icon to change the element style.
Geometry Style Lists the geometry style applied to each entity. Click the icon to change the element style.
Attributes Append entity attributes for components, properties and materials to the browser as columns to facilitate fast and efficient review, editing, sorting and filtering in the Component, Material, and Property views.
Right-click on a column heading and select More from the context menu to access a list of all entity attributes that can be appended to the browser.
Tip: From the Entity Editor, right-click on an attribute and select Add to Browser from the context menu to append the attribute as a new column in the browser.

Filter entity attributes in their respective columns by clicking in the column header and entering a search string.

Edit the values displayed in each column by double-clicking the cell and changing the value.

Create and assign parameters to attributes by right-clicking on the attribute in the browser and selecting the correct function from the context menu, such as Create and Assign Parameters.

Tool Button Groups

Many of the Model Browser functions are accessed via the View, Global Display, and Action Modes groups of buttons. Rest the mouse cursor over a tool set or call-out in Figure 2 to see the name, or click to jump to help for that tool set.

Figure 2. Model Browser Tool Button Groups. Blue call-out is the View toolbar; green is the Action Modes; and red is the Global Display.
  1. elems/geom/both (filter for all/none/reverse and local display control)
  2. display all
  3. display none
  4. display reverse
  5. entity selector
  6. elems/geom/both (filter for selection controls)
  7. selector
  8. virtual collector
  9. show/hide
  10. isolate
  11. view modes

Drag and Drop

Components, multibodies, and assemblies can be dragged-and-dropped with the left and right mouse button. Use the left mouse button to move an item into another assembly; use the right mouse button to open the context-menu and select remove to delete an item from an assembly. If an assembly is moved, all the items in the assembly are moved to the new location. Items that are not seen in the tree due to filters are also moved. You can drag-and-drop multiple items at any time using the standard Shift and Ctrl keys. When dragging-and-dropping entities, the number of entities you have selected to is displayed.

Figure 3.
Note: If an item is dragged out of the tree and dropped onto empty space, it is deleted in all its parent assemblies and placed at the top level of the tree. A dragged item is added to the bottom of the list in an assembly.