I have some print tasks set up. However, when I select a group of drawings to batch print, the task does not seem to send them to the printer in any kind of order. It would be nice if it could sort by the filename and print in order. Any ideas?
This is a real problem. Even the sheets of a multi-sheet drawing aren't print together!
Please SW improve this!
We have projects with a several hundreds of drawings and it takes hours to sort the paper drawings.....
Glad I'm not the only one. Before there were tasks, we had a dispatch routine that would print in order but it became obsolete with newere versions of Solidoworks as the tool used as a basis was no longer updated.
I havent seen it be able to print in order either, I do know that it does take about 15 minutes to run our tasks.
Our VAR made an add-in for EPDM and our drawings are printed in order now. The order we use is according to the tree structure. They also build in a lot of options, like: Header/footer text; Type of printer depending on sheet size; Printing paper size depending on sheet size; Pdf/dwg/dxf/eDrawing export; Reverse printing order. This is a nice tool, which should be standard in EPDM!
I have the same problem. How can we print drawings in numerical order? Many thanks for future suggestions?
We use a workaround:
we are always exporting drawings to PDF and then we merge them together into one big PDF with a Free PDFmerge tool. Printing this big PDF the drawings remain in order.
I know this is not a PDM solution but maybe useful for somebody searching for a simple solution .
The XnView program can be of real interest to those who have no Add-ins.
At the same time the program is absolutely free and is automatically built in context menu PDM.
I use XnView version 2.42 with the ghostscript module for PDF (gs854w32.exe).
There is both a sorting and batch print with a choice and convenient viewing and many other things.
For big formats it is possible to use PDFXChange.
Can do it not absolutely on a question subject, but can be of interest to someone.
I am using CustomTools for printing instead of using PDM print functions since it lets me print in order
+1 for CUSTOMTOOLS printing of drawings!!
Unfortunately my company won't spend more money to get functionality that should come in the software they already bought
Document Creator from ToolWorks is very god add in for SolidWorks and PDM, But it is expired.
It could, with a simple mouse click, sort all drawings in numerical order and merge them in to one pdf file. I can still use it, but the problem is that, we can not get more support for it.
Now I'm testing PDM print task. It runs fine, but without sorting. I will miss my good document creator.
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Apparently you need to get your VAR to add you to the SPR# 687355. It's a known issue with no implementation date yet. Get all your friends to pile on to it too. Maybe release 2020
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