Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets



Does anybody know a way to remove residual or unwanted part painter style texture jpg files from legacy parts in a batch method?


The txt below identifies "Image missing unused reference" which shows jpegs used on part(s) in the past that were assigned textures by applying images to faces on part files.  Overtime these references have been lost or broken like document links in SE assemblies......


We are trying to clean up these legacy part documents but need a way to kill these unreferenced images for obvious potential performance concerns.  Has anyone encountered this before and if so how did you go about correcting/cleaning the documents of the unreferenced links?


Any help appreciated



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C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST5\Images\textures\other\threads.jpg
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C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST5\Images\Textures\Other\brush_steel_00.jpg -> C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST9\Images\Textures\Other\brush_steel_00.jpg
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C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST5\Images\Textures\Other\GOLDEN_1.JPG -> C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST9\Images\Textures\Other\GOLDEN_1.JPG

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Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

[ Edited ]

you have to change LinkMgmt.txt :





Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

Yer Thanks Tom


Perhaps Im not understanding the LinkMgmt.txt.  I was aware you can set SEARCH and MAP entries in the txt file (and we have been using LinkMgmt through optionsxml for a long time) but I thought this was specifically for finding embedded SE document to document links not missing image references to part document styles??  There appears to be no control over this and it has caught me by suprise?


I need a workflow or a method of removing these missing references from potentially hundreds of part files.This is quite concerning.   I have a tool that can ID the missing references but it cannot purge part documents in one go of these broken paths?


Thx Phil 

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Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets



You can try to use the following command line tool which you may download from here:


Example use as follows:

   c:\goRemoveTextures.exe "M:\12000 - Bogus Project\Model\Dsn\310GA3"


This tool will ignore the "Thread" face style, but cleanup all others.


This was build using framework .NET 4.0 and tested with ST5MP11.


Please test in isolation first as you use at your own risk. This version 0.1 does not "remember" or "know" which models were checked or not. So if something goes wrong with a big batch you need to start over. Therefore do small batches with this version, unless you feel lucky.


If you have requests in respect of ignoring specific face styles then send me a sample file with the name of the face style to ignore as I can easily and quickly accommodate you with this.


Let me know if it worked for you or not, thanks.


Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

Hey thanks Pieter most appreciated I may obviously owe you a carton.....:-)


I'll test on sample and c.



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Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

Hi Pieter wanted to give you some feedback on your style tool.  I ran on a sample of 22 part files.  These part files had missing jpg references.  I very much like how its run from CMD line and that it executes in batch via what ever is contained in the single folder.  It also states that cleaning was successful however on checking the parts after cleanup the missing style references are still in the part files.

Not sure if you have tried this before but a Siemens app eng suggested I use the Linkmngtxt file and place an entry of



old path to jpg

new path to jpg



To be honest I had no idea this SE seed file could be used for this purpose and seems like local support where along side of me on that subject also.




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Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets



Disappointing news you have for me.


Please send me three small sample files where this tool has failed on if you don't mind, I'll attempt to debug my code and see where/why it is failing. You can send me the zipped files off list via e-mail. I am able to quickly setup a temporary programming environment for ST9, as we are still stuck on ST5, and I am curious why this is not working on ST9.




Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

Yer will do Pieter 


Before that I will send you through some screen captures just so you can see for sure that the parts are not clean just to eliminate my workflow.  


Yer if I were to give any advise for you I would not deply ST9.  One big difference is that it has taken on the MS Office 2016 back door UI (spring board for new functionality) but user feed back here is poor.  It is not liked at all not to mention all the graphics related issues.  Not that this is the cause of problems with the version but it appears to be the most buggy release of SE that I can remember.  Normally I move to major versions at MP8 or 9.  However we were encouraged to go early as Siemens informed us that the half dozen or more bugs in xpressroute would not be ported to ST8 but will be addressed in ST9.  Its very disapointing as I know of these same bugs back in ST5.


My 2 cents



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Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets

[ Edited ]


pieter_nienaber wrote:

I'll attempt to debug my code and see where/why it is failing.


Hi @pieter_nienaber


I too tried making a macro for cleaning the textures and found that for several styles with textures, the path for the textures, using TextureFileName property, was pointing to "\Program Files\Solid Edge ST6\" when tested in ST8 whereas it was pointing to "\Program Files\Solid Edge ST7\" when testing with ST 9

As a result even with HasSurfaceProperties(iResult) returning 1 I was not able to decide if the texture should be removed or not.

Another workaround was to check the current version of SE and checking the version in the incorrect path, but that seemed too much clutter to clean which I did not create in first place.


What approach are you adopting ?




Re: Cleaning missing image references (part painter styles) from part documets



Thanks for the info supplied via e-mail. This allowed me to validate that the tool I supplied is working correctly. However this also allowed me to discover a potential bug with the SESysInfo tool that is reporting garbage in respect of "Unused Reference:" information.

I was able to validate this through two methods:

 1. By shutting down Solid Edge ST9 and the SESysInfo tool completely, and then checking the part model again thereafter, only now is SESysInfo reporting correctly (for the first instance report).

 2. By using the awesome Solid Edge Spy tool I can inquire the model directly and see that all is well while the SESysInfo tool is reporting garbage.

Anyone should be able to concur my findings above using these methods. I now need to raise this issue with my VAR, if they can reproduce then they can escalate this to GTAC.