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Unlimited quantity of windows/parts/drawings open, not just 15.

Unlimited quantity of windows/parts/drawings open, not just 15.

I am using WF5/Creo. The number of files/drawings to be opened at one time is 15. Is there a reason that you can't have more than this?

Thanks,

Also, when editing a weld symbol - it treats the window as a 16th window. I recieved an error message that I had to many windows open. Try closing a few. I had 15 windows of files open and when I closed one, I was able to edit the weld symbol.

Make the weld symbol editing box not the same type of feature/structure so that you if you have the drawing open currently, you would not get an error and the window would open normally for editing.

April 11, 2013: Beside the window for welding, I just found that if I wanted to add a symbol, that window counts for one of you 15 windows too. I wasn't paying attention to the text line and clicked on the symbol icon, and it wasn't doing anything but silently screaming at me that I have to many windows already open.

Sept 11, 2013: Wanting to add a symbol with 15 windows open bit me again - couldn't figure out why the window wouldn't pop up. See http://communities.ptc.com/ideas/1662

May 8, 2014: Adding an annotation that require a pop-up window is considered the 16th window also. Stop what you're doing, figure out what window you can close out, go back to adding the annotation that you need

9 Comments
Bedrock

Having that many windows open just eats up so much RAM that it isn't efficient to work that way.  I can't see this as being good practice if it were implemented.

Moonstone

DHLewis,  Inefficancy of having that many windows open at one time depends on the size of your models compaired to your computer/graphics card and what you are doing while they are open.  So it may be inefficient for you but much more efficient for someone else with different models and a different setup.

Personally, I don't see much of a need to work on that many at one time because I have trouble keeping them straight, but I routinely open that many in order to print them.  If I have an ECN with 35 dwgs and I want to print them to pdf (or hard copy) for mfg purposes, I like being able to tell PDMLink to open them all, and then do another task while ProE/Creo is processing to open all those dwgs.  Once it is done I can come back and start creating pdfs of them one by one.  This is much more efficient than opening, waiting, creating pdf, waiting, closing, opening, waiting, etc.

Newbie

When I read the topic I thought the poster actually wanted to limit the max no of windows open. But after reading the idea it turns out the limit should be expanded or removed.

I would suggest to change the idea title so that it is clear what you want to achieve.

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Status changed to: Acknowledged
 
Topaz II

It is now up to 18 or 20, but why a limit. (Creo 4.0)

Sapphire II

I guess it is easier to set a fixed limit that is reasonably high than let the program calculate when it is out of resources and then trigger the limit.

I know if you have a gaming graphics card, the limit is lower than 15. I used to hit it with 6-8 files open because the system could not handle more.

So the system is still doing its resource checking, but when it gets used a lot, they just cap it as the resources get used anyway.

Try running task manager with memory usage displayed when you open files and watch the available memory shrink.

 

Topaz II

We don't have Windchill so sometimes it is simple things like have to rename a model (family table) and you have to have all the drawing open when you do this or you loose the association between the model and the drawings. 

Sapphire II

"Open" in memory but not necessarily "open" in a current window.

I do understand though, it's much easier to track your save progress when doing the rename to have everything open and then save and close as you go.

Sapphire II

After my first post, I did a test with my system.

Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit

Intel Core i7-4790 @ 3.60GHz

8GB RAM

Intel HD Graphics 4600

Creo 4 m080

 

I was able to open 18 drawings before no more would open. No warning message or anything, just the 19th file did not open.

Some of these drawings contained 30-50 components in the assemblies and some only 3 components. A few were piece part drawings.