you could create a template drawing with format and use the config.pro option template_drawing path\my_template
Do you know if there are symbol files or other text files that come with the default formats? I'm trying to create a new format but the defaults are just the blocks with no text.
What sort of symbols are you looking for?
The PTC provided formats are samples and I'm not even sure they comply with ASME Y14.1.
I just see they offer 'formats' but don't actually provide any way to easily add text to the title blocks. I haven't made a new title block in about 20 years so I was wondering what the intent was. We fill our title block by inserting a symbol that is all the default text. It dates to Pro/E R18-19ish but works so there was no need to change it.
I was hoping maybe PTC had actually provided something useful but of course I'm disappointed. (not really sure why anymore)
PTC has allowed adding parameters to the format that can be automatically filled from the model or from the drawing. This allows the same information to be accessed directly by a PDM system, a much more comprehensive solution than other approaches.
I am aware of this and do agree that its great functionality. My inserted symbol has many auto-populated fields. I was just hoping they had a template as a starting point instead of having to reconstruct everything from scratch. I even searched the web to see if there were any I could use as a starting point but apparently there are not.
This might seem obvious, but make sure your drawing has the "show format" checkbox ticked. Double click the Size at the bottom left of your drawing.
you can set your template_drawing config.pro option to the filename of the format you want to use. Create a new drawing and select "use default template". Typically located in C:\program files\PTC\Creo 2.0\MXXX\common files\formats\d.frm (replace MXXX with your datecode)
You could also try choosing your format manually. For Creo 3.0 (not sure if 2.0 is any different)-
Create a new drawing .
Uncheck use default template.
Select empty with format.
browse to the default formats directory and select a size.
Sorry jstone-2, I think folks are totally missing my point. I know HOW to make a format and how to use it. I was just in a rush last week to make a completely new format for a new customer and didn't want to have to make one completely from scratch. (It needed to look completely different from the one I currently use) Since it has been years since I've even looked at a new format, I was hoping maybe PTC supplied a few good example formats that I could just tweak for my use. Obviously the only thing they supply is the sketched format you have shown with no tables or any default intelligence built in. I managed to grab one from GrabCAD.com that was close to what I needed and modified that.
Thanx for all your responses.