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
I look forward to your feedback.
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.
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
- 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
Go for it.
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