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Remove the limit of 31 characters in creo file name

Remove the limit of 31 characters in creo file name

31 characters are not enough for design. This limit sometimes is driving customer crazy. For CATIA the limit of file name is 81 characters.

51 Comments
Guest

I have filed this enhancement for many years ago. Starting Pro/ENGINEER 2000i release, this limit has made me crazy for a long long time.

Newbie

I'm very eager for this enhancement too. It seems this is very difficult task for PTC R&D team.

Regular Member

We will consider this in a future product release

Amethyst

When?

Aquamarine

We are also eagerly awaiting the implementation of this improvement!  Espeically on PDMLink documents.

Newbie

"a future product release", could you please specify Creo 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0, not 10.0???

Newbie

I agree.  This should apply for saving drawings in a PDF format too.  Oddly enough, you can save a STEP file with a filename longer than 31 characters.

Alexandrite

Paul Sagar‌: any updates on this? Its now been over 3 years since you made the statement that will be considered. The idea has been locked so its impossible for people to up vote this for further visibility.

Regular Member

I don't see this ever being implemented by PTC. UG, SW and CATIA all have longer file name limits. PTC is stuck in the 90's.

What is the purpose of such a small file name limit.

Regular Member

Strange the vote button for this suggestion has been removed.

Sapphire II

Once an idea has been assigned a status, as this one is "for future consideration", the voting is removed. You would think that after 4 years, but, well, sometimes, ummmhhh, well, okay, I'll think, well, sooooo, MAYBE.

Obviously there is something technically challenging in this that is buried deep in the code that makes it near impossible.

Emerald I

Per Brian Martin‌'s comment here, this is already planned for Creo 4.0.

Sapphire I

Brian's comment only references spaces and special characters in a file name, nothing about eliminating the 31 character limitation.

Regular Member

I have posted a question in the form to see what the new limit will be?

https://www.ptcusercommunity.com/ideas/1848#comment-24383

Newbie

31 character file limit is not sufficient. There are customers that need a meaningful description reflected on the native drawing file name we provide them with. Even with extensive truncation, we still struggle to satisfy our client's requirements. I imagine the reason on this restriction is because Pro-E is written on Unix which has a 31 character limit, so I have been wondering if this is going to be the case or would be any work around.

Newbie

Maybe the 80's

Opal

Good day everyone,

I have been emailing with product managers - I do not have a date of implementation, but this feature is being worked on.

Best,

Toby

Sapphire II

Thanks for the legwork Toby Metcalf‌. You're a good egg, no matter what everyone else says about you!!

Alexandrite

Thanks for the update. Toby Metcalf can you change the tag for this idea from "FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION" to "UNDER CONSIDERATION" so that people can continue to vote on it and make it more visible? I would guess that multiple of these ideas are being worked on. Having more votes might provide it more visibility to those making decisions about resources being spent. It might also prevent this idea from being created multiple times if its closer to the top.

Opal

Why thanks Stephen!

Opal

Done - great suggestion Christopher

Newbie

It is really true!!! 31 digits is not enough. I had complaint this many many years ago but somehow PTC can't change this, funny enough!!. And they do not seem to know how to do it (??)

Newbie

I don't think it's easy to make this change, also like Creo is not a multi-tasks software, it's only a single- task program.

Maybe because it's transplanting from unix

Visitor

A 32 character limit is not sufficient for designs. In today's conditions, most CAD programs allow more than 32 characters to be used. I think Pro / ENGINEER should be able to use more characters as soon as possible. Especially the EMN and EMP files we use during ECAD / MCAD studies are very troublesome.

Visitor

To handover data in Creo 4.0 from CATIA, NX via UGM makes not really fun if the original file name has to be shortened. ame problem handling idf or idx files from ecad systems if the footprint name is equal in the 1st 40 chars. It is a must which is long overdue.