As an instructor I would like to ensure that individual students were the true part file originator - not copying. How can I check for this?
Good luck. As long as students can share logins there is no real way to tell who the originator of a file is. Going to File->Properties and selecting the summary tab only tells you who the last person to save the file. To get a better idea who created a part you must right click on a feature in the feature manager tree and select Feature properties. In the Feature Properties dialog look in the Created by field. This as far as I know cannot be changed (although I have never looked into if it can be done through the API). If you do not tell your students how you found out they did not create the feature they will never think to see if an API call is available.
There's no API to change that. You used to be able to open the file in a hex editor and find things stored as plain text such as the feature names and Created By info. You could change it that way, but since like 2013 or 2015 the data storage structure in the file is compressed and/or encrypted so you can't find it anymore.
Josh Brady Thanks for the info
Thanks for the breakdown - I'll use this approach in my next class
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