I'm glad you mentioned this................. (yes, long pause here)
Solidworks is a very robust and powerful tool but with this comes a
Things changing and updating behind the scenes unknowingly or without
What I am talking about specifically is opening up a drawing and doing
but something else unknowingly changes upon rebuild without any
indication to the user.
By changes I mean the following....
notes with custom properties or linked to dims.
BILL OF MATERIAL PROPERTIES (notice this is capitalized again)
these are the things in a drawing that would be great if there was
something done to
let the user know of any changes.
Now I know of the draw/compare function but this definitely falls under
the "half-baked" category.
This type of functionality needs to happen upon opening up a drawing in
real time without
consciously doing something else.
Let me explain what I have in mind... (I mentioned this to someone at
the 2006 SolidWorks World too)
When opening a drawing there should be a database in written in the
file of what each value is for
all the ORIGINAL notes, dimensions, custom properties, and B.O.M.
properties. When the drawing
rebuilds the system should (this would be a system option on/off of
course to happen at this time) compare
all this data to the new rebuild and "highlight" (I used the same
terminology as well) all the dims, properties,
B.O.M. entries that are going to change, be deleted, or added. It
would then be brought to your attention
that other things happened that you wouldn't have originally thought
would update. Especially on a job
that you haven't looked at in a while. Or even if you are just
referencing old or obsolete files. ( I know this has never
happened to anyone in this group!).
Now what would be really cool (EXTREMELY HELPFUL) is if we could save
this "highlighted" or marked up drawing
to a pdf file that we could look at or print later to check the newly
generated drawing that you are now going to have
to save. I picture it having things not highlighted if they are the
same value. If something has changed it gets highlighted a
certain color based on if its "changed", "added", or will be "deleted".
Now I know that we can still compare to the original file but this is
essentially an automated task and would
significantly reduce errors and save a tremendous amount time. It
would also save embarrassment issues in meetings
when someone asks why something is different on a drawing but you don't
know why.... all you did was open and
save the damn thing!!!!
anyways... I would enjoy any comments or even other suggestions to this
drawing nightmare issue.
and just to save time. PDM software DOES NOT FIX THIS PROBLEM.