11 Replies Latest reply on Jun 20, 2013 8:04 PM by Tom Helsley

    Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D

    Charles Culp

      We currently have a PDF version of a drawing done with pencil at Rev C in the vault. We want to revise it, by redrawing it in SolidWorks, and then making the necessary revisions. I would like to keep it as one entry in the vault; is there a way to do this? To replace a PDF with a SLDDRW? We will probably want to do this with DWG files, too. Thanks.

        • Re: Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D
          Jason Capriotti

          Yes, checkout the file, rename the extension from "pdf" to "slddrw", then save over the file in the vault with the SolidWorks file. This will maintain your history, even the rename in history. The only catch is retrieving older versions might not work properly. We always work with the latest version so it's not much of an issue for us.

           

          The other issue, if you use the internal revision counter, is usually there is an accompanying model file that needs to be in the system at the same revisionas the drawing. We had to write an add-in to handle migrating in files at an existing revision letter.

            • Re: Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D
              Charles Culp

              Thanks. We have a simiar add-in. I am comfortable with part files that are not the same revision as the drawing, but the question there is, is that the part file needs to not go through the regular release process. Anyway, this is something I can work around.

               

              I was hoping to avoid the "renaming the file" quandry, I'm afraid this may be confusing for some people. Regardless, if this is the procedure, then I will write it down and make it so.

              • Re: Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D
                Jeremy Feist

                I had not thought about renaming the file extension. when we had asked our VAR about this when we implemented EPDM, they said it was not possible to have a newer rev of a file as a different file type.

                  • Re: Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D
                    Jason Capriotti

                    It just depending if you want to keep your history in one "container", and if you can live with the issues. We have some files where we didn't do this but instead move the old file to a "No longer used" state that is invisible to everyone except certain groups, mostly admins. I don't like this method as much as you get multiple extra files turn up in a search and the revisions are off so it's confusing to the users. That's why they are hidden to most users........and they only work the latest anyway for the most part.

                     

                    Of course renaming the extension has issues that the end user must know how to deal with such as retrieving the previous revisions, it simply does not work in the system after you rename the extension. We have the setting "Always work with latest" so it's not a problem. If the user needs an older version they have to use the history dialogue and save the old version outside the vault somewhere. It's rare though that anyone outside admins would need to do that here.

                     

                    Enhancement request time I guess.

                • Re: Replace a PDF at Rev C with a SW Drawing at rev D
                  Tom Helsley

                  My company actually has TIF files for every drawing released, and that is what we use for production.  So we have what I call a NDF (Neutral Data Format) directory that mirrors the CAD directory, but stores TIF/PDF/STEP/X_B, etc. formats.  If you run a conversion task after signoff and release of the CAD, then you can have the CAD and NDF files linked together and still go back through the history without any problems.

                   

                  BTW, pretty funny, Charles... "hijack my own thread"