Assign Shortcut Keys to Custom Programs in Femap

31 Mar, 2013 By: Alastair Robertson

Femap Tips and Tricks: Save time by performing a repeated sequence of commands with just a couple of keystrokes.

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM.

In Femap it's possible to assign a shortcut key to a particular command, which makes it very convenient to repeat the command — particularly when you are performing a series of actions where the command is used over and over again. However, you can go even further than this, and assign a shortcut key to a custom program, allowing the key to potentially perform repeated sequences of commands.

First of all, let's select a custom program file to assign as a shortcut. If you click the Custom Tools icon, you'll see a list of all the custom programs that are delivered with Femap. In the View section, you'll see one entitled Snap to Closest Orthogonal View. When you execute this program, the Femap view will shift to the closest orthogonal view, which is very helpful when you require exact views of the model to be activated easily.

To assign this program to a shortcut key, right click in the toolbars area of the Femap screen, and scroll down to select Customize.

In the resulting Customize dialog, select the User Commands tab, and click the "…" icon next to the Program field. In the Command Name field, enter a suitable name for the command to be selected.

You'll then be prompted to navigate to a program file in the Open dialog. All of the program files that are delivered with Femap are added to the API directory below the Femap install directory. In this case we wish to select the program Snap to Closest Orthogonal View.BAS in the Views directory. For the default Femap installation location, the pathname is:

C:\FEMAPv1031\api\Views\ Snap to Closest Orthogonal View.BAS

Select the program and click Open.

Next click Add, then Close to finish the program file selection.

The next step is to assign the program to a shortcut key. Go back and right-click in the toolbars area of the Femap screen, scroll down, and click Customize as before. This time pick the Keyboard tab of the Customize dialog. Under Press a New Shortcut Key, enter an unassigned shortcut key — Alt+F6, for example — and click Assign.

The shortcut key should then appear up in the Key assignments box. Click Close to complete the key assignment. Now when you enter the shortcut key, the custom program will be executed. In this example, the view will shift to the closest orthogonal view.

You can watch the video of this Femap tip on YouTube.

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