Feature Dictionary: Creating Classes and Attributes

The feature dictionary editor allows you to create, delete and manage object classes. Object classes are classifications under which you create various objects, like components, for storing in the catalog. You may, for instance, want to have several object classes under functional stiffener, one of them being deck stiffener, and create various types of deck stiffeners under the class. Each of these can have one or more physical parts under it.

In addition to that documentation, you may want to learn how to define class names in a CATfct file.

Also refer to the Understanding Project Resource Management.

If you choose to delete the sample CATfct file provided with this application and create a new one then any resource that uses attributes or subclasses will be unusable. You will need to create a new parts catalog, for instance, and add new parts in it.

You will not have this problem if you use the sample CATfct file to add classes to. You will learn more about these in this section.

This application use the same CATfct file that is used by Structure Functional Design - the sample provided is named CATStrFunctionalDesignSample.CATfct. Its location is defined in the Project Resource Management file resource StrFuncDesignUserDictionary.

Starting the Feature Dictionary Editor
Creating a New Object Class
Adding Properties to an Object Class
Defining Discrete Values for a Property
Generating a Report
Creating a New Feature Dictionary
Managing Colors

Defining User Names for Classes & Attributes
Comparing Feature Dictionaries