This might be a day late and a dollar short, but hypathetically speaking if your parts that
you want to show the custom properties of are in an assembly, what if you were to create in a
drawing a custom BOM showing all of the properties you want to display. Then this BOM
would populate and you just print out your drawing.
Just my 2 cents worth.
I know this is rather late fix to the problem, but anyway...
I had the same need (i.e. to generate a report from a search with all my custom properties, so that I could output a file with the information). I found that when the report is initially created, the custom fields are filled with strange characters. However, if I right click on one of the items and choose "Take Ownership", then all custom properties for all parts will appear. Then you can output the data to a file with no problems...
Perhaps this will work if you choose another option instead of "Take Ownership", but I haven't tested that out.
I hope this helps any others who might run into this issue!
Thanks for posting this up its looks like its what i am trying to achived.
But i cannot even get my custom properties to show in a report if you could explaine this to me that would be great
just wondering if anyone else knows the answer to ^above.
im really stuck on a deliverable and could do with knowing how to report the custom properties
Unfortunately, I am not using the web portal, so I'm not able to help. When I posted, I didn't realize the problem was directly related to the web portal, so perhaps we are doing very different things after all. Sorry I couldn't be of any more help!
I dont mean in the web portal - just out of solidworks!
Ah I see. Well perhaps I can try to offer some suggestions. It's hard to know exactly what the issue is without knowing your set up. Here are some questions:
1) Are you trying to generate a report using the reporting feature, or the "generate report" button in the search dialog?
a) If reporting: What columns show up in the list? For me, there are 11 columns BEFORE my custom properties are listed (to get to them, I have to scroll to the right). If you right click the column headings, you can hide/show/restore the columns. Perhaps your computer has them hidden?
b) if Search dialog: What columns show up here? For me, there are 7 columns BEFORE my custom properties are listed. All custom properties columns are on the right, and by default, all fields contain a triplet of square characters and nothing else. When I right click on an item and take ownership, the comptuer thinks for a minute or two (depenign on the size of the list!) and then all fields are populated with the custom properties I entered.
2) Do your custom properties show up properly in the "document information" dialog? If not, then have you set up the property mappings correctly in the PDM admin program? Also, if you are using the "configuration specific" properties tab, these values won't get transferred into the vault.
If none of these things apply, then perhaps you can describe your situation more? Screenshots are very helpful!
ahhh i see.
Ok so i think i have done none of what you have suggested. So im starting from blank.
I have just gone into the PDMadmin tool and seen properties in there does this have something to do with Setting this up?
Basically all of our models will have custom properties. i need to have a think/play any tips?
is there any way to get configuration specific ones to work?
if not can you use a system where for example
config 1 uses some properties and config 2 uses completely different ones.
then make them none - configuration specific - but different fields does that work?
sorry for all the questions.
It appears that you have some set up to do. Basically, if PDMW doesn't know to look for specific custom properties, it will not track them. I'm pretty sure that you can't use configuration specific properties at all, but I'm not 100% sure.
I suggest you look at the "Solidworks Administration Bible" by Matt Lombard. I used this to get set all set up. The book does a great job of outlining all the options (there are many!) and lists the pros and cons of different ways of doing it.
excellent, i do have that book im just looking though it now - i cant seem to find anywhere where it talks about mapping within PDM tho?
If you have that book, you will be fine. Every panel of the Vault admin program is explained. I suggest that you read the entire section on PDM, which in my version of hte book (2009) is Part IV.
aah there may be the problem i have 2010 - in a number of instances it Quotes "examples of this can be found elsewhere for example in 2009!"
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