Export symbols and Symbol Tables in IGSS11

When you create an object in IGSS, you have the option of displaying the object in the diagram with one of the built-in symbols on the Symbol Definition tab of the Object Properties form.

If you need other symbols than the built-in symbols, create your own symbols or edit existing ones, you can use the Symbol Editor form to do this.

The Symbol Editor form is opened from the Definition module > Edit > Symbols or by clicking the Edit Symbol button on the Symbol Definition tab on the Object Properties form.

You can now export a symbol or symbol table* from the Symbol Editor form and afterwards import the symbol or symbol table into any other IGSS11 or newer configuration, quickly transferring commonly used symbols from one configuration to another.

Symbol tables are collections of symbols, grouped together based on shared purposes, use or designs.

Exporting and Importing symbols or symbol tables

Exporting Symbols

When you export an active symbol from the configuration, the symbol will be exported to a *.SYM file which is by default placed in the folder containing the IGSS configuration. The .SYM file can be placed in any accessible folder.

You can only export one individual symbol at a time. If you need to export multiple symbols, you must collect all the symbols you want to export in a symbol table and then export the symbol table.

Tip

You can create a new symbol table for the expressed purpose of collecting all symbols to be exported and then populate the table with symbols taken from other symbol tables, copying the individual symbols into the newly created symbol table and then exporting the table. If you want, you can delete the symbol table (after having deleted the composite symbols first) once you have exported the table.

To export a symbol

  1. In the Definition module, click Edit > Symbols to open the Symbol Editor form.
  2. In the Table view pane on the Symbol Editor form, select the symbol you want to export.
  3. Click File > Export Symbol to open the Export Symbol form.
  4. In the Export Symbol form, select a location for the export file. The default location is the configuration folder.
  5. In the File name field, enter a name for the export file. The exported symbol file will be assigned the .sym file extension.
  6. Click the Save button to export the symbol and close the Export Symbol form.

Exporting Symbol Tables

A symbol table can be exported from the configuration, including all symbols the symbol table contains.

The symbol table will be exported to a *.V20 file which is by default placed in the folder containing the IGSS configuration, but like the .SYM file, you can place the .V20 export file in any accessible folder.

Like the symbol export, you can only export one active symbol at table a time. It is not possible to export a collection of symbol tables.

To export a symbol table

  1. In the Definition module, click Edit > Symbols to open the Symbol Editor form.
  2. Click Tables and the select the table you want to export from the menu list.
  3. Click File > Export Table to open the Export symbol table form.
  4. In the Export symbol table form, select a location for the export file. The default location is the configuration folder.
  5. In the File name field, enter a name for the export file. The exported symbol file will be assigned the .V20 file extension.
  6. Click the Save button to export the symbol table and close the Export Symbol form.

Importing symbols

When you import a symbol, you must select a symbol position in the Table View pane of the Symbol Editor form to contain the imported symbol. The imported symbol will then automatically overwrite the selected symbol.

You can only import one symbol at a time.

To import a symbol

  1. In the Definition module, click Edit > Symbols to open the Symbol Editor form.
  2. In the Symbol Editor form, click Tables and select the symbol table you want to import the symbol into.
  3. In the Table view pane on the Symbol Editor form, select the symbol you want to be overwritten by the imported symbol.
  4. Click File > Import Symbol to open the Import Symbol form.
  5. In the Import Symbol form, locate and select the *.sym file containing the exported symbol .
  6. In the Import Symbol form, click the Open button to import the symbol. The symbol will be imported, overwriting the selected symbol position in the Table View pane.

Importing Symbol tables

When you import a symbol table, all symbols contained in that symbol table will be imported into your active configuration, enabling you to select the symbols for your objects in the configuration.

You can import a symbol table into an existing symbol table or into a new symbol table.

If you import a symbol table into an existing symbol table, all symbols in the existing symbol table will be overwritten by the imported symbols.

You can only import one symbol table at a time.

To import a symbol table into an existing symbol table

  1. In the Definition module, click Edit > Symbols to open the Symbol Editor form.
  2. In the Symbol Editor form, click Tables and select the symbol table you want to import the symbols into.
  3. Click File > Import table to open the Import symbol table form.
  4. In the Import Symbol table form, locate and select the *.V20 file containing the exported symbol table.
  5. In the Import Symbol table form, click the Open button to import the symbol table. The symbols will be imported, overwriting all symbols in the selected symbol table.

To import a symbol table into a new symbol table

  1. In the Definition module, click Edit > Symbols to open the Symbol Editor form.
  2. In the Symbol Editor form, click Tables and click the New Symbol Table to create a new symbol table.
  3. In the Table view pane on the Symbol Editor form, select a blank symbol (No Name symbol) and click Symbol > Properties to open the Properties form.
  4. In the Properties form > Table Properties tab > Table name field, enter the name of the new symbol table.
  5. Click the OK button to save the changes and close the Properties form.
  6. Click File > Import table to open the Import Symbol table form.
  7. In the Import Symbol table form, locate, select the *.V20 file containing the exported symbol and click the Open button to import the symbols.

Important Note

The Symbol Editor form can contain a maximum of 25 symbol tables with 100 symbols in each table.

Updates only

The new calculation functions are only available for IGSS 11 after you have updated your IGSS Installation.