Due to blackmail and extortion a request from my good friend Rohizzle, I have updated the popular Number Generator to work with 2009. I have not made any enhancements so you can refer to the previous version’s post for instructions.
Net: This is an addin for SolidWorks Entperprise PDM that enables users to pick, at run-time, the numbering sequence to use for auto-numbering.
Over the past few months I have received numerous emails from folks using the original PDMWE Number Generator. It is such a simple little app that I was pleasantly surprised at all of the nice feedback people gave me regarding it. To show my appreciation, I have modified the Number Generator to allow it to work with multiple serial number sequences ”on the fly.”
You have always had the ability to set up muliple serial number generators in PDMWorks Enterprise but now the user can decide at File/Folder creation time which serial number to use. An anticipated use case with this improved version of the tools is for users who have multiple categories of parts with numbers being assigned by category. Note: Even though the functionality has been expanded, the tool is still very easy to install and configure.
So how does it work?
In spite of all their positive benefits, which are many, more than a few SolidWorks users look upon custom properties with the same disdain that a pre-schooler would have for green leafy vegetables. You can explain the benefits of custom properties, how they help you find things, how they lead to healthy drawing title blocks, how they improve PDM implementations, etc… until you are blue in the face and with some individuals you still won’t make a dent. There might be a change for a few days even a few weeks but inevitably you are back to files with no custom properties filled out.
In order to increase the life-expectancy of CAD administrators everywhere, I have posted a free .NET Add-In for SolidWorks that will “remind” your users to enter certain custom properties whenever they create a new file or save an existing one (after the initial save). The list of custom properties is configurable and