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Working With Revision Manager

Manny Marquez - Thursday, January 09, 2014

In the past few days, customers have called about revision manager and have asked several questions on how  they can move or copy assemblies to new locations.

There were a few main issues custumers have had in regards to Revision Manager, and what I have done is created multiple scenarios to tackle these issues .  

 

Scenario 1: Copy all assemly with all parts to new location.  

Scenario 2: Copy all parts associated to assembly and folder structure to new location folder.

Scenario 3: If a folder with parts related to an assembly gets nenamed  and links get broken, how to redifine links.  

 

Sample Folder structure (this can be any combination of folder locations) the point is that, we need to move or copy files to a new location.    

 

 

          Scenerio 1: copy all assembly with all parts to new location, this is ideal when you need to clone

          the whole asssembly to send to a customer.  

 

  1. 1. Open TOP level assembly with Revision Manager.

 

 
  1. 2. Expand then select all, this option makes sure that all files will be copied. Notice action is unchanaged.

 

3. Copy; this indicates the coping process.




4.The next step is to set the path for the new location to copy the whole assembly.

 

 

 

5. Final step is to perform actions. At this point the assembly is copied to the (new) folder location.
    However notice the subfolders are NOT copied.  This completes this scenerio.

 

 

   

          Scenerio 2:  Move the whole assembly with subfolder structure and related files only.

          Another method is just to copy all folders to the new location, but note that there may be

          files that do not relate to the assembly.

          In cases where you only need to move  files that relate to that top level assembly and keep the 

          same folder structure, files not related will not copy or move.  

 

6. Open selected assembly with revision manager.

 

 

 

7. We are going to move to (new location) and copy the same folder structure. By selecting the (rename)

    you are moving the files from the (original) folder.

 

 

 

8. Notice action is to rename document.

 

 

 

9. Now click on replace old folder (Original) with new folder (New). Then select replace all then cancel.

 

 

 

 

10.Once replaced, see new folder with new location.

 

 

 

11.Click on Yes and close Revision Manger.

 

12.Notice the new folder structure in new location, notice the subfolders are copied as well.

 

 

 

13.Review new folders using window explorer to take a look at the previous folder location; notice only

     files that were not associated to the assembly did not copy (This is also a good way to isolate

     assemblies) with the folder structure. This complete this scenerio.

 

 

          Scenario 3: Cases when a folder gets renamed and then you open the assembly and notice that

          all links are broken. This is very common in networks with many users.

 

14.So let’s go ahead and rename each folder as shown below, just by adding “1” at the end of each

     word.

 

 

 

     If you try to open the assembly now with RM or Solid Edge, the files will not open; you will get a notice

     that files are missing.

 

 

 

15.Click on the redefine links then select top level folder then ADD (make sure that the subfolder is

     unchecked).

 

 

 

16.The easiest way to get the folder address correctly is by going to the window explorer, and then copy      and paste.

     -(ManufacturedParts) is the original folder

     -(ManufacturedParts1) is renamed folder

     -click next twice

 

 

 

17. Click on Back twice  

 

 

 

18. Repeat for other folders

 

19.Next twice

 


    Close Revision Manager, and then reopen with top level assembly. This completes this scenario.

 

    This was also presented at one of our Solid Edge Productivity summits by Barry

    Shillingford.



ST6 Released!

Cory Goulden - Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hot off the Press….ST6 RELEASED!!!

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I can say Solid Edge ST6 has once again been produced as a top quality product that has TONS of new functionality and features.  The latest version of Solid Edge has been released…officially. 

You may have received a new license file via email earlier.  As this is (once again) an exciting release I wanted to mention a few very high level notes about installing.*

*Of course you will always read and follow the install notes.

Prior versions of Solid Edge required you to turn off User Account Control (UAC) before installing.  This is part of Microsoft’s attempt to make the software more secure.  There are certain areas in programs that require read access and other components that require read and write access.  Microsoft requires programs to have the areas that require write access to be set aside in a designated folder.  This folder, in ST6, is called the “Preferences” folder.

The preferences folder is here:

C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST6\Preferences

 Things like your license file (SELicense.dat by default), options.xml file, material.mtl file are located here now.  Things a user may need to have modified.  For those of you who attended my presentation on the SEAdmin functionality of SE the preferences folder location itself cannot be changed.   See below for an image of what the contents of this file are.

Happy Edging! 

Solid Edge ST6 introduced at SEU2013 – Part 1

John Pearson - Friday, July 12, 2013

In the last few blog articles I have highlighted a couple of enhancements coming in Solid Edge ST6. Having just returned from Solid Edge University 2013 (SEU2013), where customers were introduced to Solid Edge ST6, I thought I should try and list some of the more than 1300 enhancements. Clearly, with over 1300 enhancements, it would be a major job to list and discuss all the changes, so I will only highlight some of the major improvements.


Before looking at some of the new features in Solid Edge ST6, I think it’s worth mentioning that in Q2, Solid Edge license business in the US has seen a 25% year over year growth. Combine this with the growing number of packages that work with Solid Edge; it is clear the Siemens is fully committed to the continued growth and success of Solid Edge.


Some of the new partners introduced at SEU 2013 include CAMWorks for Solid Edge, KeyShot and CRABCAD, just to name a few. I found the CAMWorks for Solid Edge to be the most intriguing new partner. It allows for machining of your Solid Edge model directly in the Solid Edge package. I will discuss this in future blog articles once I have been fully trained on this new package.



It was also clear, to the over 500 users that attended SEU2013, that Siemens is listening to their customers. As I mentioned earlier, Solid Edge ST6 satisfies over 1300 customer requests. This is the breakdown as presented to us at SEU2013:




So what did I find to be the most intriguing new features? First, I really like the new ability to install multiple versions on the same computer (see earlier blog article on how to set this up). Although this is for test purposes only, it will go a long way to allowing smoother upgrades, especially for smaller companies. Solid Edge ST6 also adds some new user experience tools, such as:


New user persona environments - to customize the user environment based on his level of expertise with the software.


YouTube in Solid Edge - The YouTube search and upload feature within Solid Edge ST6 allows you to upload pre-recorded videos, or record your own video within the UI and upload it directly through the Solid Edge application.


Record Videos in Solid Edge - Solid Edge ST6 provides the ability to record design workflows within the application.


Command Finder Updates - Enhancements have been made to the Command Finder to provide the user with additional information for searched items that are not considered Solid Edge commands.

 

Android Tablet Viewer - Solid Edge now has an App available to view part, sheet metal, and assembly files on an android powered tablet. Similar to the iPad App introduced in ST5.

Combine these new tools with enhanced learning tools and the expanded Solid Edge community, and you will find the overall user experience is greatly improved.


ST6 Surface Modeling


Some major improvements in Part modeling also impressed me and many of the other users at SEU2013. My favorite enhancements include the following:


Major overhaul of the Surfacing environment

  • ·         New easy-to-use 3D surface control handles for on screen edits of curvature with graphical            magnitude handles and numeric values.
  • ·         Key-point curves now with C2 support.
  • ·         Robust bounded surfaces also with C2 support.
  • ·         Blue surface command now has C2 handles and optional curvature combs.
  • ·         Trim and extend is now a single super command.
  • ·         Ruled Surface command added - allows the user to pick a curve and
  •        generate a sweep of linear cross section along a curve or edge.
  • ·         Redefine Surface command added - that allows a surface or group of adjacent surfaces to            be replaced with a single editable BlueSurf.
  • ·         Model Reflective Display - a new display mode has been introduced specifically designed            for studying curvature and volumes of surface models of symmetric parts.
  • ·         Plus so much more to allow users to model highly aesthetic consumer products.

There are many more improvements to mention, and I will continue to do so in next week’s blog.



Solid Edge ST6 Offers Multiple Version Installation

John Pearson - Thursday, June 27, 2013

 

Solid Edge ST6 Offers Multiple Version Installation

 

Solid Edge ST6 now provides the user with the ability to run multiple release versions at the same time. This will allow easier testing of new releases prior to putting them into production. The earliest supported version of Solid Edge for multiple install with ST6 is Solid Edge ST4.

 


Solid Edge Multiple Install will not allow certain combinations of the software to be installed together. For example, users will not be able to have multiple versions of MP’s (maintenance packs) installed from the same release version.

 



Users should also not install different 32/64 Bit versions of Solid Edge on the same system.

 

 

 

 

 


Since this new feature is designed for testing purposes, secondary applications are not fully supported with multiple installs. For example, Solid Edge Embedded Client, Standard Parts, Automated Executions, are not supported.

 

In order to successfully install multiple versions of Solid Edge, the user must run a silent install on the latest version. Before running the silent install, a few steps must be followed:

 

1.    When installing multiple versions of Solid Edge, it is recommended that users install the oldest version first, followed by the latest.

2.    Ensure that you install the associated MP for the oldest version prior to installing the second version on your system.

 

3.    Ensure that the user attempting the silent install has administrator privileges.

 

 

Solid Edge Silent Install

 

You can silently install Solid Edge ST6 using the following command. Be sure to enclose path names in quotes if they contain spaces.

 

Note: Do not silently install Solid Edge if you use Standard Parts or Web Parts. These components require the .NET framework, and the .NET framework is installed only when you run setup.exe.

 

C:\>msiexec /i “D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge ST6.msi”

MYTEMPLATE=2

USERFILESPECXML=”K:\temp\My Docs\Options.xml”

USERFILESPEC=”K:\temp\My Docs\selicense.dat”

INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\Silent Solid Edge\” /qn+

/l*v “K:\temp\mysilentsetup.log”

 

·         The string D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge ST6.msi represents the fully qualified path to the Solid Edge MSI file. The drive letter D is only an example of the drive letter for the DVD ROM. Your drive letter may be different.

 

·         The MSI property MYTEMPLATE indicates which type template files are to be installed. Ignoring this property defaults the installation to ISO template files.

 

Integer

Value

1

Metric

2

JIS

3

ISO

4

ANSI

5

DIN

6

UNI

7

ESKD

8

GB

 

·         The MSI Property INSTALLDIR is used to specify the installation folder for the application.

 

·         The MSI Property USERFILESPECXML provides the optional installation of a SE Admin file. You should supply a fully qualified path and filename. This file is copied to the Solid Edge Program folder and processed at the end of the setup.

 

·         The MSI Property USERFILESPEC optionally provides a license file that setup copies to the Solid Edge Program folder at the end of the setup.

 

·         The argument "/qn+" instructs the Windows installer to provide NO user interface and alert you at the completion of the setup using a dialog box. Refer to the Windows help system for further information about Windows Installer arguments. Leaving this argument off the command line will display the setup user interface with selections made and fields provided.

 

Note:  If you are using this option, some installations that require user interaction could fail.

 

·         The argument "/l*v" tells the Windows installer to create a log file of important messages, warnings and errors and write it to the location provided, in this example, K:\temp\mysilentsetup.log. Additional information regarding logging options can be found in the Solid Edge readme.txt file.

 

Note:  Solid Edge requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express. Solid Edge setup.exe automatically installs SQL Server 2008 Express, if it does not exist on the machine. The msiexec utility, commonly used for silent install, will not install the SQL Server 2008 Express software. This must be done manually.

 

Note: After you complete the commands on the command prompt and press “Enter” there will be no indication that the install is running. The install will run in the background until complete, in which case it will inform you whether it was successful or not.



Set Active Solid Edge Version

 

When running multiple versions of Solid Edge on a single machine, users will have to decide which version they will want to be active.

 

 

Users will be provided with a SESetActiveVersion.exe tool in order to switch between active versions of Solid Edge.



 

This will be located within the “DVD\Solid Edge\SptTools\SESetActiveVersion” directory on the installation disk. The User Interface provided with the tool will show which major release versions of Solid Edge are present on the system. To activate a different version, select the desired option from the drop down list and click “Activate”.



Uninstalling Multiple Versions

 

Upon completion of your testing of Solid Edge ST6, it is recommended that you uninstall all versions and reinstall the production version from scratch. The possibility of corruption of the remaining versions exists following the uninstalling of only one version of Solid Edge.