Saving Manikin Attributes in an Catalog File

In addition to manikin postures, manikin attributes can now be saved within catalogs. These attributes include:
  • posture and position
  • anthropometry
  • vision
  • display
  • referential
  • angular limitations
  • preferred angles
  • offsets
  • reports
  These manikin attributes are selected directly from the PPR tree.


Data can be saved/opened from the Catalog

This will include angular limitations properties, Appearance properties, offsets and reports. This data will be modeled and saved within the existing CATSwl files, to which the catalog elements will point, as it is the case for other manikin data that can be reused.

This also will enhance the performance when reusing data for multiple manikins, as well as when applying modification on manikin in different scenarios.

This gives the user the possibility to:

  • Save one or many offsets in a catalog by selecting the offset node directly in the PPR tree or by selecting the parent node.
  • Save one or many reports (the settings and not the data) in a catalog by selecting the report node directly in the PPR tree or by selecting the parent node.
  • Save the angular limitations properties of the manikin's segments including the locked joints and free joints in a catalog.
  • Save the appearance properties of the manikin.
  • Load offsets properties from a R14 or R15 catalog.
  • Load offsets from a R16 catalog.
  • Load reports from a R16 catalog.
  • Load lock properties from a R14 catalog.
  • Load angular limitations properties without Locks from a R14 or R15 catalog and with Locks from R16 catalog.
  • Load appearance properties from a R16 catalog.


Save mechanism 


  • Select in the tree the attributes of the manikin to be saved, and click on Save in the panel.      

  • Reports: It will be possible to save it in catalog by selecting the Report of your choice or by selecting the node Reports, which will save all the reports of this manikin.

  • Appearance: It will be possible to save all the color of the manikins segments, hair, eyes and lips in a catalog by selecting the node Appearance.

  • Angular limitations/ Locks:  You will be able to save the Angular Limitations of the manikin, which also include the locks.  The Angular Limitations including the locks of specific segments can still be saved.

  • Offsets:  Select the offsets node (save all the offsets of the manikin) or the offset itself to save in catalog.


Saving manikin attributes in a catalog file

  1. To save manikin attributes directly into a catalog, select the Save manikin's attributes in catalog The catalog browser is displayed.

  2. Open the catalog in which the attributes will be stored. Note that all saved attributes are displayed as icons for each catalog entry and correspond to the manikin attributes displayed for each manikin in the specification tree.


  3. Attributes that can be saved are:


    IK Behaviors


  4. From the PPR tree, select the attributes to be saved.

  5. Enter a title for the manikin attributes that are about to be saved. Select OK. The catalog browser is updated, displaying the new posture/set of attributes that have been saved.

The Products and Resources Catalog Browser command , originally found in the Insert menu, has been removed.

A manikin must be regarded as a unique entity. Importing the same manikin more than once in an environment (through the use of a catalog) creates referencing problems, for instance, the two (or several) manikin instances cannot have different postures or different anthropometries, although they may have different positions when saved.

We do not advise the use of catalogs to save and reuse the manikin as a whole. However, we do advise catalogs of manikin properties (posture catalogs, for example), as those kinds of catalogs do not generate instance/reference problems. The lack of catalog browser availability for manikins must be considered as a limitation on the current release. We will be enhancing the catalogs of manikin properties in future releases, so that all manikin properties (posture, anthropometry, angular limitations, etc) can be copied and pasted to and from catalogs.

It is no longer possible to open .swl library files. Existing libraries are automatically converted into catalog files.