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Linking SOLIDWORKS System Defined Properties to File Data Card (Part 3)

This is the last SOLIDWORKS PDM blog in a three part series. The first posting (Part I) laid the groundwork for understanding different types of SOLIDWORKS drawing file property links ($PRP, $PRPSHEET, $PRPMODEL, and $PRPVIEW). Part I was written with the notion it would benefit both SOLIDWORKS users and SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators. The second blog article provided instructions on how to link property values from the SOLIDWORKS model to the controls on the drawing file data card. The main audience for this topic was for SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators only. 

The information below details how to insert SOLIDWORKS system defined properties (SW-File Name, SW-Author, etc.) to the associated file data card within SOLIDWORKS PDM. Again, this posting is mainly directed towards SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators. Like the second blog, the details contained within apply only to clients with SOLIDWORKS PDM CAD Editor License type. This requirement is reinforced below under “Exercise” section.

Linking Model Properties to Drawing File Data Card (Part 2)

This SOLIDWORKS PDM blog is the second in a three part series. The first posting (Part I) laid the groundwork for understanding different types of SOLIDWORKS drawing file property links ($PRP, $PRPSHEET, $PRPMODEL, and $PRPVIEW). Part I was written with the notion it would benefit both SOLIDWORKS users and SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators. This article, on the other hand, is directed towards SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators solely.

The administrator will learn how to link property values from the SOLIDWORKS model to the controls on the SOLIDWORKS drawing file data card. This blog posting comes from the following SOLIDWORKS knowledge base solution: S-010321. The details contained within apply only to clients with SOLIDWORKS PDM CAD Editor License type. This requirement is reinforced below under “Important Notes” section.

Drawing Property Links (Part 1)

This SOLIDWORKS PDM blog is the first in a three part series. The information about SOLIDWORKS drawing properties contained within is the foundation for the other two topics. The second post (Part II) will be about linking model properties to the drawing file data card. This blog post comes directly from a SOLIDWORKS knowledge base solution: S-010321. The last post (Part III) will also explore linking drawing or model properties to the file data card with a little bit of a twist. The details in the last post is the result of an experiment per a customer’s request.

Please note that this blog is not about how to link annotations/notes to specific properties, but rather highlight the fundamental differences between each type of property link. If you want to learn more about how to create property links, then go to the following webpage: help.solidworks.com.

What the heck is $PRP, $PRPSHEET, $PRPMODEL, and $PRPVIEW?

Upon reading this question, you might answer as a SOLIDWORKS user, “Sure, I know what these property links are, but what does this have to do with SOLIDWORKS PDM?" The answers to this question are clearly defined in the next two blogs. For now, realize that the specifics below are beneficial to both SOLIDWORKS users and SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators.

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