File Properties

Hi,
I am trying to develop an addin application in SolidWorks which will enable users to rapidly search for custom/standard file properties for
a large number of files. The application will use a backend database for efficiency and speed. I was however wondering if designers religiously fill these properties in most files. What I am probably trying to ask is that, will such an application be of any use to anyone?
I look forward to your feedback.
TIA Tat
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A free SW iFilter for Win Desktop Search that is able to query properties would be nice.
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SolidWorks Explorer will do this.
Best Regards, Devon T. Sowell www.3-ddesignsolutions.com

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If your parts collection is not large, or does not need searched frequently, then SW explorer will work well, without requiring database maintenance. If thats not the case, I recall a utility that would parse a directory and pull the custom properties from each file and import them into an excel sheet which would make searching much faster/sortable/ect but would need updated frequently. Unofrtunately I don't recall the name, perhaps someone else does.
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SolidWorks Explorer also has this ability. You can save Search criteria for reuse.
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Tat
It's probably been done. I approached my VAR and he tells me that there is something like that already out.
Dosen't PDM Works do something like that?
I think I know what you mean. I think you're talking about a stand alone aplication. (But then, you did say add-in)
I had a need for nearly the same thing, and developed one of my own. I used VBA and run it as a macro within SolidWorks. Although I haven't integrated to a database, I have considered using a spreadsheet. Either one or the other would be the next step. I currently have the custom properties parameters hard coded into the routine and cut- n-paste the results from the VB immidiate window into a spreadsheet or other text document. This works fine for me as my parameters are few, change seldom and I infrequently retrieve them. It works pretty slick though and saves me hours of tedium filling in dates, client info material and what ever etc etc.
Here's what I do with mine: - Scan a directory for parts, assemblies or drawings applying a filter in the search to target a specific group of files. - Open each file one at a time and apply, read, or modify the standard or custom properties. These can be printed or saved to a file. - in the case of a drawing file, I can change the drawing template if required. - Update the file and close it. - I also batch print as well. (go for coffee and voila! a hundred drawings on my desk)
I'm sure that there's plenty of people that would use such a utility as you propose. Go for it. Good luck
cheers steve
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Hi,
Thanks for all the feedback. I will send the application to you all once it is ready. Probably I will announce it in this newsgroup.
Thanks, Tat
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