4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2014 3:40 PM by Anna Wood

    Custom Property File issue

    Seth Renigar

      Ever since we upgraded from SW2010 to SW2013, I have had an issue with the Custom Property File.  I've never had any problems with this all the way back to SW95, until this upgrade.


      But for some reason, now, every time I go to the custom properties within SW to edit them, SW will replace ALL of the content from this text file with one property, "PunchID".  WHY???


      If I manually open the text file and edit, SW will replace the content the next time I open the summary information window (File>Properties).  If I use the "Edit List" button from the summary information window to edit these default properties, SW will again replace the content the next time I open the summary information window.


      To combat this, I have set the text file to "read only".  This does effectively prevent SW from over-writing my properties.  However now, every time I go to the summary information tab, or switch between the custom and configuration specific tabs, I get a warning that SW could not write to this file.


      custom properties warning.jpg


      I don't want SW to write to this file.  And why would it need to anyway?!?


      Has anyone ever seen this?  Is there a way to prevent SW from trying to write to this file so that I can remove the "Read Only" attribute from this text file?  The warning it very annoying.  Plus, I can no longer use the Edit List button from the Summary Information window while it is read only either.

        • Re: Custom Property File issue
          Seth Renigar

          Alright, I had a GoTo meeting with my VAR's tech support to show them this issue.  The person I talked to had never seen this problem, nor was he able to find anything on it in their Knowledge Base.  However, we tried a couple things, and figured it out.


          Apparently, SolidWorks is insistent on having the property "PunchID" in the property file.  If "PunchID" doesn't exit, SolidWorks will erase all of the other properties that you have, and insert "PunchID" in their place.  However, as long as you have the property "PunchID" in your property file, SolidWorks is happy, and it won't erase your other properties.


          Try it.  Edit your custom property file and remove "PunchID" (make a backup copy first).  Then, from SolidWorks, go to File>Properties.  Immediately SolidWorks will erase all other properties and insert "PunchID".


          Weird, huh?!?