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Copy SW properties to pdf properties

Question asked by Fred Lillywhite on Dec 22, 2011

I have an issue that would really save us some time. I am using a macro to print solidworks drawings to pdf and add the revision number. ie: drawing TEST_122211.slddrw would print as TEST_122211-R0.pdf. What I would like now is to have custom properties in SW become properties in the PDF file properties. For example, the person who creates the drawing in SW adds their name to the DRAWN custom property and uses the macro to pdf print the file. When I open the pdf in adobe and go to File>Properties in the description tab it has text boxes for Title, Author, Subject, and Keywords. I'd like to have the Author text be pulled from the DRAWN custom property in Solidworks and other properties in the title and subject fields. Instead it pulls the computer name and calls that the author. We then open the drawing up in Adobe Pro and manually edit the file properties to be what we want. Not everyone who has solidworks has adobe pro so these files have to be transferred to the person with the adobe pro license. I'm attaching some sample screenshots of what I'm looking for.

 

TEST_122211_PDF_properties.JPGTEST_122211_properties.JPG

 

My macro is a modification of one from duncan.gillis:

 

' C:\Temp\swx4004\Macro1.swb - macro recorded on 08/26/09 by duncan.gillis

' ******************************************************************************

Dim swApp As Object

 

Dim Part As Object

Dim boolstatus As Boolean

Dim longstatus As Long, longwarnings As Long

Dim Revision As String

Dim Proptype As String

 

Sub main()

 

Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

 

Set Part = swApp.ActiveDoc

 

Path = Part.GetPathName

 

'check if document is open

If Part Is Nothing Then

        MsgBox "No current document", vbCritical

        End

    End If

'check if document is a drawing

If Part.GetType <> swDocDRAWING Then

        MsgBox "This Macro only works on Drawings", vbCritical

        End

    End If

 

Revision = Part.GetCustomInfoValue("", "Revision")

 

If Revision = "" Then

        Revision = "DRAFT"

    End If

   

PDFpath = Left(Path, Len(Path) - 7) & "-R" & Revision & ".PDF"

 

longstatus = Part.SaveAs3(PDFpath, 0, 0)

 

End Sub

 

Thanks!

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