Hi Folks -
SW Monkey had asked a question relative to getting the Revision Table
rev & the Title-block revision to match "automatically" . . .
I must confess that up until 1/2 year ago, I was unaware of this
splendid little feature that was now available to anyone using the
"new" revision tables - available in 2004 & beyond.
I was a "let's keep using excel" hold out for a while, mostly from the
horrible space usage on the "new" BOM, so I never investigated tables
Nevertheless, I now exclusively use the New BOM and revision table
regularly and find them quite likable in many ways (still some creepy
issues around editing & space but they are not feature killers).
The "new" option that we now have is the ability to have a Revision in
the title block follow a Revision table's revision.
To use this:
- Create a new "blank" drawing
- Insert a new revision table (Insert-table-revision) and take the
- RMB the table and then "Add New Revision".
You will now have a SW "Revision" property available to use in notes
just like any other sw-generated property (like sw-filename, etc.).
NOTE: THIS IS _NOT_ AVAILABLE _UNTIL_ YOU ADD A REV TABLE & ADD A
REVISION TO THAT TABLE. Adding the table alone is not enough for this
to work - it also needs a rev added. This is the catch.
- Once you are comfortable with this process, you can edit your
standard sheet formats and add the table & initial revision and update
your title-block tag. Once this is done, you will not have to make the
initial steps noted above.
- This works if you control rev levels in drawings. If you are
"inheriting" _model_ attributes, then you can continue to do this the
same way and manually update the table. (I'm not sure of a way to make
the rev-table inherit the model's rev directly).
- This won't work with the excel method.
- It can be used on multiple sheet drawings with no problems.
- When you alter an existing revision or add a new revision line, the
new line will be the "new" revision letter. It will put the
title-block Rev at the last entry (lower in the list) in the table.
- It's a great improvement over the "old" method of manually keeping
all this stuff in parity.
There is a simple file showing this here (also has these instructions
embedded for future use):
Other Facts: I'm a world-class moron for not learning about this so
much sooner - so much anguish could have been avoided - don't be like
me . . .
Fortunately Ignorance is curable, Stupidity is not.
(Bad spelling is also curable when you use the new Google toolbar with
spell checker for forms - just discovered this little gem)
17 years ago