Is it possible to determin if one student is copying a classmates files?
Go to the top feature in the tree and RMB on it and look at its properties. You can do this for every feature in the tree. The feature properties will tell you the user id of who created the feature.
Thank you Anna. These are college students and as I am sure you know, this is very serious. Thanks to your answer, and I tested it and it works great, I can now proceed.
Should point out that it is possible to change the user id in a SolidWorks file using a hex editor.
The cheater could use a copy of someone else's model and then replace the user id, as long as they replace the user id with an id of the exactly the same number of characters the file will be readable and the examiner wouldn't be any the wiser.
You can also write hidden information to the files, templates for example, and make own templates for every student. Then you can check if information meets the student when you get the files back. You can use hidden attributes or 3rd party storage to save the information. I made a tool for my client to save company information to the 3rd party storage because they thought that maybe files were used in another company without permission.
That is the same file. The dimensions are placed in the exact same location which is a tell-tale giveaway. jgarli01 created the features in both files when you right click the 3D sketch & structural member and select feature properties.
Looks like someone is taking your course again next semeseter...
It is sad that some people still cheat on things like this. If you cant do something, why not admit it so then someone can show you how to do it. Whoever copied this file didnt learn anything in cheating, and next time there might not be a file for him to copy....
Greg Hynd wrote: It is sad that some people still cheat on things like this. If you cant do something, why not admit it so then someone can show you how to do it. Whoever copied this file didnt learn anything in cheating, and next time there might not be a file for him to copy....
Greg Hynd wrote:
I dont know about the students,But i just learnd something here....................:P
In college, it's a matter of time...or favors. Unfortunately, engineering students can be pushed impossibly thin if their parents arent paying their tuition. Gotta make money! :/
Not that I've done this, but I can see it being done justifiably on smaller projects...not important ones, as I assume this one to be!
It's NEVER justifiable, Samuel.
With a little programming, you can check a file's internal ID. Then you can tell who copied entire files. You could even write a script that checks entire batches of files. You could do this in VB (even with a macro inside Excel). Does not require any special SW API.
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