4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 28, 2012 12:31 PM by James Parish

    Serial numbers and Sheet Formats

    James Parish

      I've made a bunch of sheet format templates (i.e. Title Blocks) for my company and I've run into a peculiarity in EPDM 2011 SP5.


      I have it setup that when you save a file to the vault, the file data card pops up (I forget which setting enabled this) and on the SLDDRW datacard, I have a bunch of serial numbers that *should* autogenerate when a new file is created.


      The peculiarity is that this autopopulation occurs only when I use 1 sheet format out of the 12 I've newly created, in this case, ANSI A (Portrait). Whenever I save with any other sheet format, the serial numbers do not generate. The two serial numbers I need generated are in Edit Boxes with "Updates all configs", "Show in Explorer", and "Default overwrites" set.


      I've tried this process with the same part across all 12 sheet formats and have tried a different part again with the same 12 sheet formats. Still only the ANSI A (Portrait) sheet format gets serial numbers.


      Does anyone have any insight on what I've missed?






      **EDIT 1: The serial numbers in question are not used on the drawing itself (i.e. not using them in Custom Properties). They are document tracking numbers for our vault. They only live on the file datacard themselves which makes it that much odder that when I save a newly created drawing in the vault, these numbers are not populated except for drawings using the ANSI A (Portrait) template.

        • Re: Serial numbers and Sheet Formats
          Jeremy Feist

          do they show up in the datacard, but not in the drawing? if so, double check the spelling on the custom property the note is linked to.

          • Re: Serial numbers and Sheet Formats
            James Parish

            Bah! Now it isn't working at all. Serial number fields aren't populating on all newly created drawings no matter what sheet format I'm using. I think there is a bigger problem with my datacard. I keep getting


            "Error Creating Card Interface. Cause: Type Mismatch."




            "The file format of file 'C:\...........\file.SLDDRW' is not recognized. Do you want to check it in anyway?"


            I'll create a new thread.

              • Re: Serial numbers and Sheet Formats
                James Parish

                I contacted our VAR and we figured it out. The root of the problem was the Date variable type for the Custom Properties I included in all of my Sheet Formats. I had CheckedDate as type Date and I intentionally left it blank. There is a documented issue with Custom Properties of Date variable type left blank so the solution for me was to delete the CheckedDate line because it will populate later on in my workflow.


                This issue was also the root of my check in errors as well.