It's limiting me to do a lot of stuff I would like to do with the cards. Am I missing anything?
You are probably not missing anything. The Card Editor is designed for non-programmers to use. If there is some specific functionality you'd like to see added, submit an enhancement request to SolidWorks. Or you can post something in the forums and see if someone can help figure out how to do it
EPDM 2011 SP2
Even non-programmers would like an undo button. The Card Editor really could use an facelift. I remember doing SmarTeam Profile Cards 10 years ago in a similar UI.
I'm not a programmer, but I was able to figure out VB in a couple of days. It's been a couple of months with EPDM and I'm struggling to achieve what I want, I'm not sure if it's even possible. Very inconsistent....
Adrian, What are you trying to accomplish? The Card Editor is not very well documented and does lack some nice functionality that you can do in the Visual Studio form designer. Have you taken an Administrating EPDM training class from your VAR? The class has a lesson or two on the card editor.
This is an interesting discussion I am reading here. A specially since my company is looking
into EPDM. I have used Virtual Basic proper to the peropty tab builder days and it wasn't that bad,
but I have never experienced the card editor, but I am hoping it is not going to be a major road
block for what we are going to want to do with it.
I would not let the card editor be a show stopper. The card editor is only used by the administrator in creating and modifying data cards. Yes there are many things that could be improved in it. Here is my list of improvements.
1. Undo button
2. Evenly space horizontal and verticle.
3. Window select when inside a frame or tab control
4. Easier way to create dependent dropdown lists
5. Assign variables to static text (labels)
Nothing to crazy, just interaction within the forms themselves. Stuff as simple as Showing Variables as labels is not possible, I find it very limited. And yes, I took the training and been all over the Admin Guide.
I am sure you are already aware of it, but for others that are monitoring this thread. You can use an edit control instead of a static text (label) control and set its property to read only.
If you wanted this label to display both a variable value and static text, it can be accomplished with the edit control and input formula. The negative of this is that it would add another data card variable to store this string.
Yes, that's what I've been doing; but that just makes the forms clutered and ugly if you ask me.
I would love to see the Card Editor be more like Visual Basic, in fact bring on Windows Presentation Foundation. No more ugly Winforms in Windows 7.
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