I have SP4. Just tried to put a few spaces in front of some part numbers and they still sort alphabetically.
Personally, I welcome the fix. I use a BOM column that has an equation that concatenates 3 fields and spaces between them. Sometimes those first 2 fields are empty, and when sorted by that column (they dont have part numbers assigned yet) the spaces made them jump up first.
Is there another property you can use for grouping? That practice could result with 2 part numbers "12345" and " 12345" having different content.
We use the drawing number as a stockcode, this includes drawings that have been around for 20 years, a lot longer than I have been here.
I loaded sp04 on another workstation and came up with this workaround. Using the periods, it places the drawings first. While this is not a huge deal, there are hundreds of drawings that I have converted to SolidWorks the past 2 years, and I was really hoping not to have to go thru them all again. One thing on my agenda is to find out if this is a permanent feature from now on. Thanks for your input Tom, it got me thinking! (ouch)