8 Replies Latest reply on Dec 12, 2017 8:29 AM by David Matula

    topic prefix

    Nick Gvk

      i have an isue with using this forum

       

      and it keeps popping up again and again

      it gets most obvius while navigating true this
      Parts and Features

      the problem is that people are on all different platforms/years of solidworks

      they post the part file

      but if the post a 2017 sldprt  there is no way of opening it in 2014 2015 2016 or lower

      wich makes helping dificult

      only way of knowing this is downloading the file trying to open it

      if u cant u need to wait until someone posts a picture in order to help

      and since most newwer pieces of software are more capable there is  a big chance i can help using a lowwer software version

       

      this aplies to so many sections of this forum

      macro`s that work on 2017 , wont  work on 2012

      but 2012 wil work on 2017

       

       

      its frustrating going true this

      and could easely be helped with having a topic prefix

       

      im on a programming forum as wel and they have a prefix in the tittle of the topic like , html or c# or php

      example

       

      C#              need help hooking into batch commands

      or

      HTML5      need help with custom H7 heading

       

       

      here is a quicpic of different ways u can go about something like this

      Knipsel2.PNG

       

       

      would be grealty apriciated of this could be adressed

      if the dev`s of this forum do not have enough knowledge/time   i would like to do the work for free
      but since they added allot of functionality to this forum already i doubt they need my help

       

       

      also it would be nice for the  macro section to have special code sections

      and then protect them using spoilers so people that are not a member of this forum cannot see it

       

      quickpic for exampleKnipsel.PNG

        • Re: topic prefix
          Deepak Gupta

          Nick, I can understand your frustration but I may disagree with some of your points.

           

          the problem is that people are on all different platforms/years of solidworks, they post the part file but if the post a 2017 sldprt there is no way of opening it in 2014 2015 2016 or lower which makes helping difficult.

          1. It is more on the user/member who is asking for help, to post all the required details, specially SOLIDWORKS version and SP (though nothing is mandatory but at least for courtesy). Further if that person can properly create the post title and describe the problem in more details this helps other who are trying to help. Check this post and share with others on how to utilize this as well any forums Forum Posting

           

          Now since advanced version has newer features, so it is little difficult to give a backward compatibility within all versions.

           

          only way of knowing this is downloading the file trying to open it

          2. You can use window explorer to find the last SOLIDWORKS version used to save the file.

           

          macro`s that work on 2017 , wont work on 2012 but 2012 will work on 2017

          3. Same is with macros since there are obsolete methods OR additional new methods which sometimes creates issues when using higher version macro into lower version (though it would be ~10% cases).

           

          also it would be nice for the macro section to have special code sections and then protect them using spoilers so people that are not a member of this forum cannot see it

          4. Well I may not agree with you on this particular one. This is a public forum and open to anyone, so hiding the codes might be a biasing. But yes there are some sections of this forum which are only available to customers/user which are on subscriptions.

            • Re: topic prefix
              Nick Gvk

              i do understand what ur saying as i understand the whole problem with backwards compalibilty

               

              but u are missing the point im trying to make


              listen to how stupid it gets

              u find the topic

              look at the problem

              download the sldprt

              open windows explorer to find out how wich version last saved ( it would be faster just trying to open it imo)

              if u can open it great u can help

              if not

              delete the file

              and go back to the forum

               

               

              but it would be nice to just have a option to select the prefix

              people are lazy and if its just 1 click that u need to select it wil save users of the forum time and effort when helping

              its a simple add in

               

               

               

              the spoiler may not make any sense  for this forum

              but the code section just makes it allot better posting macro`s

                • Re: topic prefix
                  Deepak Gupta

                  Nick Gvk wrote:

                   

                  but it would be nice to just have a option to select the prefix

                  I agree that prefix like SOLIDWORKS version would be helpful but what I mean in the above post that unless we get something like that, a user must (to help himself/herself) add details of SOLIDWORKS version and related details.

                   

                  but the code section just makes it allot better posting macro`s

                  I would prefer people posting macro file instead of long macro text/codes but that would be fine for few lines of codes. For making codes look pleasant. you can use syntax highlighting (only available in advanced editor) and pick anyone from the list (they all work the same way).

                   

                   

                  Here is one example

                   

                  Option Explicit
                  Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
                  
                  Sub main()
                      Set swApp = Application.SldWorks   
                      MsgBox "Hello SOLIDWORKS user!!"    
                  End Sub
                  
              • Re: topic prefix
                John Stoltzfus

                As much as we would all like to modify the forum for our own tastes, it ain't gonna happen, so learn to use it as you see it.  Before you go bashing your head up against the wall, I just want to mention that the people on this forum are very helpful and if you have an issue with modeling, design intent and just a simple problem, it will get taken care of and a solution will be found, even if it's something as simple as changing your approach etc..

                 

                Try to search for something, big joke as well and that is why I put together this thread so there is a chance to narrow down the choices, and even that isn't perfect in anyway...

                 

                Forum SEARCH RESULTS - Over 160,000 Search Returns - Excel  (10/10/2018)  Updated - Alin Vargatu & Visualize

                • Re: topic prefix
                  David Matula

                  Nick, 

                  I don't download many parts if any at all.  Those that give a decent description of what has gone wrong I take a wild guess at the problem and offer an idea for the solution.  I could be a mile off, but I hope that it gets the user thinking about options.  If skinning the cat this way is not working today then there are always other ways to do it, sometimes we just need the reminder.