Title Box

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How do I get the Title Box fields to automatically populate? Mine show
"undefined" for the Date field and everything else is blank. Seeems like it
should be pulling that info from somewhere. If I can't get them to
automatically populate then how do I manually fill them in? Thanks.

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Re: Title Box

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That information comes from the File Properties (if I'm not mistaken), and
once you save the file, you can either close/reopen or find the Update All
Property Text command to see the date.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
"Pete" wrote in message
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> How do I get the Title Box fields to automatically populate? Mine show
> "undefined" for the Date field and everything else is blank. Seeems like
> it should be pulling that info from somewhere. If I can't get them to
> automatically populate then how do I manually fill them in? Thanks.
>


Re: Title Box

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Well it's not quite that easy. There is no "Update All Property Text"
command. It appears to have been disabled in the free version. The rest of
the Title Box fields haven't been configured to automatically pull data from
the File Properties. I did get the Date and FileName fields to update by
right clicking them in the Background Sheet View. But none of the other
fields will automatically populate, even though the information has been
entered in the File Properties.
Although the software works great for 1:1 scale drawings, making scaled
drawings is a pain and not very intuitive. And with the disabled Title Box,
the software becomes very frustrating. I would have to draw my own Title
Box for every drawing. I can do that in any drawing software. Why would I
want to spend time trying to learn the eccentricities of this software? Or
am I missing something?
Is this their way of trying to convince me to buy their product, by
disabling important features? How do I know if these features actually work
in the paid version? So far, all they are doing is pissing me off for
wasting my time.
"PellaKen" wrote in message
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> That information comes from the File Properties (if I'm not mistaken), and
> once you save the file, you can either close/reopen or find the Update All
> Property Text command to see the date.
>
> --
> Ken
> http://grundey.blogspot.com
>
> "Pete" wrote in message
> news:497c30cd@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>> How do I get the Title Box fields to automatically populate? Mine show
>> "undefined" for the Date field and everything else is blank. Seeems like
>> it should be pulling that info from somewhere. If I can't get them to
>> automatically populate then how do I manually fill them in? Thanks.
>>

>
>

Re: Title Box

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OK,
I figured out how to create my own Template that populates the Title Box
from the File Properties data. I still have to open the Background tab and
right click each field to get them to update, but at least it works! I can
live with the quirky drawing scale issues.
"Pete" wrote in message
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> Well it's not quite that easy. There is no "Update All Property Text"
> command. It appears to have been disabled in the free version. The rest
> of the Title Box fields haven't been configured to automatically pull data
> from the File Properties. I did get the Date and FileName fields to
> update by right clicking them in the Background Sheet View. But none of
> the other fields will automatically populate, even though the information
> has been entered in the File Properties.
>
> Although the software works great for 1:1 scale drawings, making scaled
> drawings is a pain and not very intuitive. And with the disabled Title
> Box, the software becomes very frustrating. I would have to draw my own
> Title Box for every drawing. I can do that in any drawing software. Why
> would I want to spend time trying to learn the eccentricities of this
> software? Or am I missing something?
>
> Is this their way of trying to convince me to buy their product, by
> disabling important features? How do I know if these features actually
> work in the paid version? So far, all they are doing is pissing me off
> for wasting my time.
>
> "PellaKen" wrote in message
> news:497c8bf9@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>> That information comes from the File Properties (if I'm not mistaken),
>> and once you save the file, you can either close/reopen or find the
>> Update All Property Text command to see the date.
>>
>> --
>> Ken
>> http://grundey.blogspot.com
>>
>> "Pete" wrote in message
>> news:497c30cd@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>> How do I get the Title Box fields to automatically populate? Mine show
>>> "undefined" for the Date field and everything else is blank. Seeems
>>> like it should be pulling that info from somewhere. If I can't get them
>>> to automatically populate then how do I manually fill them in? Thanks.
>>>

>>
>>
>
>

Re: Title Box

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Pete,
All you need to do to populate the property text in the title block is save
the file, close and reopen. You typically do not need to worry with this
information until you are finished with the drawing anyway. The file date
and file name are not known until the file is saved.
What kind of issues are you having with scale?
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: Title Box

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Hi Rick,
When I was using the default ISO Template that came with the software only
the file name block and the date block had code to pull the data and I had
to right click in the block for it to work after saving the file, closing ,
and reopening. I switched to the ANSI Template and figured out how to enter
the code to pull the data for all of the blocks I wanted. Then I saved a
blank drawing as a custom Template. I still have to right click in the
blocks to get the data to show up. The weird thing is, after I opened my
custom Template and right clicked in the blocks, some of the data was
entered twice. So I am guessing your software writes the proper code in the
blocks only after you save the file. Since I couldn't find anything about
the Title Block in the help file it was very confusing and not at all
intuitive.
Regarding the Scaling issue, I do not fully understand how it is supposed to
work. It seems that you can only draw in 1:1 scale on the Working Sheet. I
am drawing some very large objects and need them scaled 1:4 to fit on a
standard D wide page. I have been drawing them on the 2D Model Sheet, then
using the 2D Model Drawing View command to place the drawing on the Drawing
Sheet. This requires me to guess what the scale should be for it to fit.
Is there a better way? I have tried using the Drawing Area Setup dialog
where again I have to basically guess the scale or dimensions of the sheet
needed. Then in step 3 it asks me to browse for a drawing sheet border
block in the current document or in another file. I have no idea how to
create my own "block", or why I would want to, and if I use the default
Title block as suggested in the help file it just duplicates the info that
is on the background sheet. What is the point? I guess I could have
multiple drawings with their own title blocks all on the same sheet. Is
that it? Maybe if I was already an AutoCAD user this would make more sense,
I don't know. Is there a better way to scale a drawing or am I doing it
right?\
Thanks for your help and advice,
Pete
"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> Pete,
> All you need to do to populate the property text in the title block is
> save the file, close and reopen. You typically do not need to worry with
> this information until you are finished with the drawing anyway. The file
> date and file name are not known until the file is saved.
>
> What kind of issues are you having with scale?
>
> Regards,
> Rick B.
>


Re: Title Box

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Pete,
As far as using properties in text display, I suggest you read about
property text in help. Go to help and click on the Index tab. Ket in
'property text' in the keyword box. When you are creating your own title box
information, use Callouts for the text. Callouts will extract the
properties. Also when you create a callout, there is a button the callout
dialog that will help you create the string to extract the variable. You do
not have to remember the syntax.
In Solid Edge your model geometry is always drawn at 1:1 scale. You are on
the right track be drawing your geometry in 2D Model and then placing 2D
Model views on the Drawing. When the 2D Model View is placed, the software
will choose the scale that best fits the drawing view to the current working
sheet. You can change the scale while placing or after it has been placed.
Read about 2D Model views in help.
If you choose to work in and create your drawings in 2D Mode and use Drawing
Area Setup, There is a delivered standard set of Blocks to be used as the
drawing border. These are in the 'Solid Edge 2D Drafting/Sample Blocks'
folder in the 'TitleBlocks.dft' file. Use the blocks in this file to place
the drawing border around your geometry in the 2D Model space.
Regards,
Rick B.