Browsing a Catalog Using the Catalog Editor  

This task explains how to browse and navigate through catalogs.
  1. Open the ALL_FASTENERS.catalog catalog.

  1. Double-click the ALL_FASTENERS chapter.
    The entities contained in the chapter appear in the Catalog tree.

    Two icons are used in the Catalog tree:
    • the folder icon identifies a chapter and the folder + arrow icon identifies a chapter in another catalog,
    • the sheet icon identifies a catalog family and the sheet + arrow icon identifies a family in another catalog.


  1. Double-click a family name or icon.

    The entities contained in the selected chapter appear in the form of a table in the Keywords tab on the right-hand side of the navigator. The values assigned to each component attribute are displayed.

  1. Click the Reference tab.

    Three columns are displayed:
    • Name: name of the description
    • Type: type of the description. It may be a chapter, a file or a feature. 
    • Object Name: name of the pointed object. It may be a file or a CATPart. When a component is resolved, it points to the document generated in the storage folder. Note: If the name of the pointed object cannot be found (i.e. the Object Name column indicates "Document not found"), access the Tools->Options->General->Document tab to indicate how to localize your linked documents.

  1. Click the Preview tab to visualize the listed descriptions.


  1. To modify an individual description, right-click the description and select Definition....
    The Description Definition dialog box appears.


    See Creating a Catalog, Adding a Part Family, steps 4 through 8, for the modification of the following elements:

    • Referenced document (Select document button)
    • Resolution mode
    • Resolved description synchronization mode
    • Preview settings (Preview tab)
  1. Click the Generative Data tab.

When you are browsing a part family, the Generative Data tab displays the generative part that was used to generate the part family (under Generative Definitions) and the part family components (under Filtered Components).

A design table is a feature created in Version 5 either from the current parameter values of your document or from external data. This feature facilitates the definition and management of mechanical parts by enabling you to regroup in the form of a table, in a .xls or .txt file, the various sets of parameter values that can be assigned to a part. Each set of parameter values is called a configuration.
For more information on design tables, see Design Tables in the Infrastructure guide.
You can open an entity in one of the above-mentioned tabs by double-clicking it.
  When selecting an element in one of the above tabs, you can also use contextual commands, according to the object and tab in which you perform your selection: