Select Tools > Visualization Filters.
|The Visualization Filters dialog box
|The default current filter All visible
is applied automatically: it lets you see all the contents of the
document. This filter cannot be deleted.
Visualization Filter Editor dialog box appears, allowing
you to build the filter from the following building blocks:
- Criterion: this list box contains the operators you can
use: =, !=, >, <, <= and >=;
The default operator is "="
- the list to the right displays the named layers (you can type
any layer number between 0 and 999)
- And and Or provide you with the
corresponding logical functions for combining layers:
- And lets you add criteria (for instance,
Layer>0 & Layer<10 means that objects displayed in
layers 1 to 9 will be displayed)
- Or lets you filter according to at least one of
the criteria you define (for instance,
Layer=0 + Layer=1
means that objects contained in layer 0, or in layer
1 will be displayed).
- The Filter box specifies the final filter syntax.
Click in the Criterion box (where you see
0), delete 0 then type 1 so that the filter
syntax now looks like this:
Layer = 1
|This creates a new filter
(with the default filter syntax) in the Visualization Filters
|When pointing to the desired
filter name, a tooltip indicates whether the filter definition
location is stored in the document or in the user settings (i.e.
the CATSettings directory).
However, bear in mind that this tooltip is displayed for
information only, you cannot modify the storage location which has
been set as explained below:
- for CATProduct documents, the definition is stored in the
user settings. This means that your visualization filters will be
kept throughout the whole session and from one session to
another. This also means that they can be administered
- for CATPart documents, the definition (if there is one) is
stored in the document. If no definition is stored in the
document, the CATPart documents use the definition stored in the
user settings. These visualization filters cannot be administered
because it is not relevant for the administrator (he would only
be able to lock the instance of the currently edited document)
- for CATDrawing documents, the definition is stored in the
document. These visualization filters cannot be administered
(same explanation as above).
Filters stored in the document cannot be administered because it
is not relevant.
Note that you can also customize the filter application. For
more information, refer to
Select the root object PadandCylinder in the tree,
then select View > Toolbars > GraphicProperties to display the
Graphic Properties toolbar.
Click the Layer list, then type
|The root object is now assigned to the layer number
Select Pad.1 in the tree, click the arrow on the
Layer list and check that the Layer list looks like
Select Sketch.1 in the tree, click inside the
Layer list, then type
|Sketch.1 is assigned to Layer 1.
The Layer list now looks like this:
Select Filter001 in the Visualization
Filters dialog box and click Apply.
|The objects under PadandCylinder are no
longer displayed, and the filter remains active.
|Why are these objects no
All the features below the root object in the tree are
considered to be on layer 0 if applying the
visualization filter makes the objects invisible. This remains
the case even if you assign the objects to layers other than layer
This time, select the root object PadandCylinder
in the tree, click the Layer list, then type
assign it to layer 1.
|The filter is still active,
but this time the object Sketch.1 becomes visible:
only the Sketch object displayed?
This time applying the visualization filter has the effect of
making objects visible, so the Sketch object becomes
||To see all the objects again, select
the All visible filter then click
About Version 4 documents
If you apply Version 5 visualization filters to Version 4 elements, note
that Version 4 elements have their own way of managing such filters (this
is done via a specific menu named Layer Filter).
Depending on the visualization mode you are using, there are two different
- in Design mode, the .cgr format of the component is changed into the
original editable component document (geometry is available). Therefore,
the assembly contains the real Version 4 data and, as explained above,
Version 4 elements are visualized according to their own filter even
though the Current filter on all documents option in
Tools > Options > General > Display > Layer Filter is activated.
This is why some elements might not be filtered as expected
- in Visualization mode, documents appear in .cgr format. Only the
external appearance of the component is visualized (geometry is not
available). As .cgr elements are Version 5 data, visualization filters
can be applied as for any other Version 5 element and the result will be
Regarding dittos, refer to Layers and Layer
Filters for Dittos.