A loss of functionality or maybe I am doing something wrong (likely)... When replacing a part in an assembly, a similar part, using the "replace" function in WF2.0 by "layout", 9 times out of 10 the part would automatically recognize the proper constraints. Not so in WF4.0. Every single time I replace a part I have to select the constraints again.
So far PTC's only response is to suggest the new component interface function, which is nice but of course no existing parts have any defined. Many times I have dozens of assemblies I need to do fast & was quite spoiled by WF2.0's ability to replace a part so quickly. When we first went to WF2.0 I actually would drag people into my office to show them how well it worked!
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Regards, Joe S. 313 410 9034
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We have noticed the same behavior (or lack of) after our move from 2001 from to WF3. Not happy about it. There are several little glitches like this we have found that really slow you down. Not show stoppers, but very disappointing. I have noticed since 2001 that most upgrades are actually downgrades. They add a bunch of fancy interface for new users but take away long time working functionilty and performance that experienced users have relied on for years. All the toolbars in the world will not make up for these losses. Its like PTC and Charter Cable both use the same playbook.
Joe S. wrote: > > A loss of functionality or maybe I am doing something wrong > (likely)... When replacing a part in an assembly, a similar part, > using the "replace" function in WF2.0 by "layout", 9 times out of 10 the > part would automatically recognize the proper constraints. Not so in > WF4.0. Every single time I replace a part I have to select the > constraints again.
This functionality disappeared in WF3. Needless to say this lead to much complaining by my users. However in WF4 this functionality is back and much improved. It works like this: 1. select the component to be replaced 2. rmb and select Replace 3. select "Unrelated Component" in the Replace dialog 4. select the open icon and open the component that will be the "new" replacer component. 5. select "Edit Ref Table" This will bring up a "Reference Pairing Table" dialog and a smaller graphics window that contains the 2 components side by side 6. select "Evaluate" in the "Reference Pairing Table" dialog This will evaluate and pair up matching replacement references based on the "Evaluation Rules". The references matched here are as good or better than what we got in WF2 and earlier by layout. You can change the evaluation rules by selecting "Evaluation Rules >>>". 7. After this then go down through the references that were not matched and match them up. 8. Select "OK" from the "Reference Pairing Table" dialog. 9. Select "OK" from the Replace dialog.
So when you are done the component is properly assembled and also any children of the component are still properly assembled. Basically this process creates an interchange on the fly.
The only drawback I have seen so far is this: In the graphics window that contain the replacee and the replacer components there is no way to control layer visibility. This means there is no way of unhiding layers containing datums that are involved in the replacement. This means that you have to cancel out, unhide the layers needed in the replacee and replacer, and then restart the replacement process.
> > So far PTC's only response is to suggest the new component interface
You must have talked to someone that didn't know about this new WF4 enhancement.
> function, which is nice but of course no existing parts have any > defined. Many times I have dozens of assemblies I need to do fast & > was quite spoiled by WF2.0's ability to replace a part so quickly. When > we first went to WF2.0 I actually would drag people into my office to > show them how well it worked!
This actually worked well in WF2 and earlier versions.
> > Any suggestions would be appreciated. > > Regards, > Joe S. > 313 410 9034 >