If there are Manufacturer Catalog installed locally onto your computer, they will be found behind the Products button on the Start tab in the Catalogs group. Clicking on the button opens the catalogs. You can also open them by clicking on the Products button on the Toolbar.
First you will see the list of locally installed catalogs. There is only one (Office elements) in the following screenshot. Clicking on the catalog gets you into its subdivisions. These are Cupboards, Container, Tables/linked tables and so on.
A catalog can be explored in two ways. Either browse through the catalog or use the built-in search function. The following sections explain both.
How a catalog is structured and laid out will always depend on the particular manufacturer. There is a small path written at the top of the Catalog window (framed in red in the following screenshot) to help you in browsing the catalog. Clicking on the relevant stage of the path (for example, Office elements) will take you back to the level you are looking for. Catalogs are constructed in a similar way to how files are organized into folders and subfolders. You will be familiar with this from your operating system.
Once you have reached the lowest level in the catalog, a click on one of the articles shown will load it into your design. For details on how to proceed to position the article, go to the Inserting articles free-standing article.
It is also, of course, possible to use the search engine to find articles. The input field for the search starts on the upper right of the catalog window (see screenshot). This field offers searches in accordance with the following settings:
•Search in article numbers: the keyword entered will be searched for among the article numbers
•Search with wild cards: wild cards will be added to the search word internally, so that, for instance, a search for “1234” will also produce “ABC12345678”
To carry out an advanced search, click on the Magnifying Glass symbol next to the search field. This will open an area in the catalog window separated from the rest of the window, as the following illustration shows.
The small arrow next to the Search button provides a number of different settings:
•Search in all programs: Choosing this option (it will turn orange) means that all product programs, not just the one currently selected, will be explored for the search.
•Search in article numbers and Search in article texts are mutually exclusive items.
•Of Search with wild cards, Search exact and Search similar it is only possible to choose one at once.
•Search case sensitive can be switched on or off.
Any products found in response to the search will appear as a list similar to that in the screenshot below. Clicking on the right mouse button and selecting an entry from the context menu will enable you to adapt the display of the search results.
When the mouse is moved over the items in the list of articles found, their images will appear.
If you click one of the articles in the list using the right-hand mouse button, the item Show in catalog will appear in the context menu. If you click on this, the article will be displayed with the other articles to be found in the same folder in the lower part of the catalog window.
Double-clicking on an item in the list means that the article will be inserted into the design. The procedure is given here.
The catalog window can be used either as a floating or a docked element in pCon.planner. The term floating means that it will appear as a separate window in pCon.planner, as shown in the screenshots above.
There is also the possibility of docking the catalog window on the bottom, top, left or right side of the viewport. There is an example here of how to dock a window.