I think there is no way around this. It seems Rev Man regards "copy" as "new", and Windows regards "copy" as just "copy", like using "save copy as" from SE.
It's pretty easy to change the author property though. The simplest might be to open the top assembly in SE and show "author" as one of the property columns in the "Property Manager" window and do a copy/paste or find/replace.
Another way, especially if there are many drafts involved is to use property manager on a folder instead of a file. Open Prop Man from SE with no file open or from View and Markup.
Thanks for the reply Bruce. It wouldn't be a big problem except I need to copy a large number of files, and we use the Author property in a call out on the draft file to show who originally created the drawing. So it's quite a big deal if it changes.
I think I'm going to check out the migration tools today to see if they can help.
That is good advice Dale. We did a similar thing with the creation date - set up a custom property for it in our templates. If only we'd done the same with the Author property...
I still haven't found a clean solution for copying a whole load of files with mixed Authors and keeping/resetting the property so it matches the original.
Have you tried my suggestions using property manager? You can quickly change a whole assembly tree. Or an entire folder. Other than that, yeah, use a different property in the future.
Hi Bruce. Sorry I missed that part of your post - I was reading it in the email notification instead of the web page and didn't realise there was another paragraph!
Yes, it looks like your solution does work well! I can open the original folder in property manager, select the whole Author column and copy and paste it to notepad, then open the copied folder and paste in the column to overwrite. I need to do a bit more work where my files are scattered across different servers but I think I may be able to use Excel match things back up generate my column list for pasting.