Yes, it could be done. You can use the EPDM API for searching the vault. You can also paste as reference to manually link files. If you can give me more specific information, I can give you a quote.
Thanks much for reply & willingness Wayne. Envision single column Excel to find numbers within PDM (in total, not one specific folder) with suffix of file to be excluded in search so it'll find any/all types. Don't believe we'd need much data card info, just actual file name.
Then bring it all to an Explorer window so I can select & copy for "paste as ref" in PDM proper. That would be best / ideal scenario I can muster at this point with my last 2 competing brain cells.
Thought this would be common for many out there who still have 2D & non-CAD files that need to be there for inclusion to BOM's & would still solicit any in the community to shed light on how they accomplished the marriage of CAD, non-CAD & mixed types of documents within PDM.
This is from perspective / context of dealing with large data sets & not one at a time. With limited resources & older 2D drawings that are still building good parts, I can't show ROI in investing modeling time to make all this SolidWorks.