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Variable Mapping - Solid Edge Files (For SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only)

You can map variables to both predefined properties (such as Title and Author) and custom named properties in Solid Edge files.

The full Solid Edge application must be installed to manage Solid Edge files, including adding, checking in, reading, and writing of Solid Edge properties in SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Mapping to Solid Edge Custom Properties provides an example of Solid Edge variable mappings.

Common Extensions


Property Mappings

Solid Edge does not always automatically update the properties that are marked with * in the following table. Update must be done manually by the user or some other program or add-in.

Block name Attribute name
SummaryInformation Application Name, Author, Comments, Creation Date, Keywords, Last Author, Last Print Date*, Last Save Date, Number of characters*, Number of pages*, Number of words*, Revision Number*, Security*, Subject, Template, Title, Total Editing Time*
ExtendedSummaryInformation CreationLocale, Name of Saving Application, Status, Username
DocumentSummaryInformation Category, Company, Format*, Manager, Number of bytes*, Number of hidden slides*, Number of lines*, Number of multimedia clips*, Number of notes*, Number of paragraphs*, Number of slides*
MechanicalModeling Material
ProjectInformation Document Number, Project Name, Revision
Custom The attribute names are custom defined.

Mapping to Solid Edge Custom Properties

This example describes how to map a SOLIDWORKS PDM variable to the Solid Edge property Accuracy.

To map a variable to a Solid Edge custom property:

  1. In Solid Edge, view the property information for a file to determine the custom properties to map to.
  2. In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool, open the Edit Variable dialog box and create a variable named Accuracy.
  3. Click New Attribute.
  4. Under Selected attribute:
    1. For Block name, select Custom.
    2. For Attribute name, type Accuracy.
    3. Type the Solid Edge file extensions that contain this block, separated by commas.

      For example: dft, par, asm, psm, pwd.

  5. Click OK.
  6. In the Card Editor, open the Solid Edge file data card.
  7. Add an edit box and select the new Accuracy variable as the Variable name.
  8. Save the card and close the Card Editor.
When a user adds a Solid Edge file to the vault, the control in the data card shows the value found in the Solid Edge file's custom properties.

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