I've not gotten a lot of feedback on XMLPropWorks, so either it's way
to much of a pain to set up, or it's the greatest thing since sliced
Beta testers, which is it?
I ask, as I'm contemplating the next step. I'm a photographer and I
use iMatch to manage my graphic files. The neat thing about iMatch is
it has a VERY powerful scripting capability. I've been corresponding
with the author of iMatch and he assures me that getting SolidWorks
files cataloged in iMatch is doable.
iMatch is inexpensive ($60) and would make a really nice replacement
for Columbus which I had written apps for in the past. Arup went to a
commercial model a while back and there are still way to many bugs in
displaying non-AutoCAD files to spend any further time writing front
ends for Columbus. The free version is still available, but you
cannot use it on any files not on your computer. A fatal limitation
in my view.
Have a look at iMatch
Would the capability
to manage SolidWorks files in iMatch be of use to anyone? If so, what
kind of functionality would you like to see built in? I have a
question into the author about moving files in iMatch. I'm hoping I
could build a script which would reconnect file references if a file
was moved (or renamed, etc), something like Explorer. This would be
really cool. iMatch has some really good cataloging tools which would
be exceedingly handy for managing files. This could be fairly
powerful if done right.
Combining this functionality with XMLPropWorks might be a really neat.
It would allow for effective file management without the restrictions
of a full blown PDM.