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Currently, there is no way to rename a Workspace in Windchill PDMLink
PTC, please allow this basic functionality.
How to rename a Workspace in Windchill PDMLink
I am curious, what is your business case for needing such a capability?
This would be a nice functionality to have. Our users name their workspaces based on the engineering notice number and sometimes the work gets transferred to another number. Or users will start the work without an engineering notice because one hasn't been pulled yet and then would like to rename the workspace to match the engineering notice number once it has. Just today a user asked if a workspace could be renamed.
While this may be a nice enhancement for some, It really does need a better business case than just 'It would be nice to have.'
There are many reasons that make this a hard case to justify and harder to program. Windchill has to keep track of all workspaces out there on everyone's computers. When you make changes to a file in your workspace or commonspace, Windchill has to keep track of where that change needs to be propogated to. If someone is out for a week, comes back and renames a workspace that had files renamed in commonspace while gone, Windchill now has to reconcile the workspace name change along with all of the file name changes.
To me the use of workspaces is a housekeeping issue. They do have a description field that can be edited. Make your workspaces simple names, I recommend users initials and a context plus a number, bhl-machine-1, bhl-parts-201802, etc. Then use the description field for your project naming, etc.
The business case is not loosing work and spending time trying to find what WS it might be in. Sometimes the nature of a project or the purpose of the WS changes as you are working on it. The fact that you cannot easily move cad objects between WSs amplifies this.
Do not complicate this issue with a second one.
Renaming a workspace is one issue by itself. There are many interactions that make this complicated and I mentioned a few earlier.
You are now introducing a second issue, moving objects between workspaces. Open a new thread and explain your justification for needing this functionality. A 'It would be nice to have' is not justification!
🙂 I am not trying to complicate this, nor promoting 1 idea under another. The request was for a business case, and that I have provided. Part of the business case is undeniably supported by there not being a decent workaround.
I am curious though, why is renaming a WS so much more complicated than renaming a folder in PDMLink? We can rename folders in PDMLink, even when objects are checked out. Although Folders in PDMLink are not typically synchronized across multiple devices like WSs are, synchronizing folders that can be renamed is now common practice with Cloud storage (OneDrive, Gdrive, Dropbox, local email systems, photo managers), which uses labels & folder names.
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