||This task explains how to preview and navigate
through catalogs using the Catalog Browser.
The Catalog Browser
provides interactive commands to browse a catalog. It is available in
several workbenches, e.g. Assembly Design, Part Design, Generative Shape
Design and Drafting, and it enables you to instantiate components. (For
more information on component instantiation, see
Instantiating Catalog Components.)
In the Start menu, open the Generative
Shape Design workbench.
Catalog browser dialog box by clicking the Catalog Browser
from the Tools toolbar or by selecting the Tools -> Open Catalog...
command (note that some workbenches use the Tools -> Catalog Browser
the Browse another catalog icon
The File Selection dialog box appears.
||Depending on the document environments you allowed in
the Document settings, an additional window may simultaneously appear to
let you access your documents using alternate methods.
These methods will enable you to browse, for instance,
catalogs created using the SMARTEAM CATIA Integration product
(provided that you have the required license) or catalogs already
opened in your current Version 5 session as you could do it respectively
with the former "SmarTeam Catalog" and "Select document" icons.
For detailed information, see
Opening Existing Documents Using the Browse Window.
||You can also
access catalog favorites by clicking the Look in selection
button and selecting the desired catalog from the proposed list. To
configure catalog favorites, see
Component Catalog Editor, Catalogs, Catalog Favorites.
Select the SCREWS.catalog catalog and click
The SCREWS.catalog is opened in the browser.
Note the following:
- The current catalog name is displayed in the title bar and the
current chapter name is indicated at the top of the drop-down list. This drop-down list gives you access to the last five catalogs
- The icon with an ascending arrow
you to the
previous chapter selected.
You can also double-click an icon to directly open a
chapter. By default, the catalog content is displayed with small icons
but you can switch from small
to large icons
by clicking the corresponding button.
- The Launch button
will be activated
when the catalog contains a Supporting Document. For more information
about Supporting Documents, see Associating
a Supporting Document to a Family or Component.
To create a filter, there are three methods:
- enter your search string in the Filter field, e.g.
and hit Enter , or
- enter a string xxx to filter all objects having at
least one keyword value containing the string xxx, or
- click the Search icon
enter the search parameters in the Filter dialog box and click OK.
The results appear in the Catalog Browser.
information about how to query catalogs, see Creating a Simple Filter.
If one of the catalog objects does not point to any element, its
description appears in red and the word "Broken" is added at the end
between brackets. An error icon
is also displayed if
no preview can be found.
Select the desired catalog from the list then click OK to open the
catalog in the browser.