Display model parameter value(s) from within MS Windows Explorer and in the internal file explorer
Daniel Hastings, Toha Poveda, Manthan Patel and B. S. Mani
Reference PTC Case No. 10881984 (ref:_00DA0YLPa._500F0As7Qu:ref). Consultant: Mr. Aseem Sharma,
ABSTRACT: Pro/E should be able to display pre-assigned / selected model parameter value(s) from within MS Windows Explorer and in the ‘file > open’ panel displayed as an internal file explorer in a Creo Parametric session.
BACKGROUND: All prior releases of Pro/E have used the model name which is also the Pro/E file name to reference a part model or sub assembly in further assemblies. This value is also used in the internal file explorer while opening a file. When needed, Pro/E provides the ability to display the file version along with file name and file type in windows explorer or in the internal file explorer panel, (displayed upon invoking
File > open<versions>) to selectively open a Pro/E (versioned) file. However as of the latest release of Creo Parametric 1.0, parameter values cannot be displayed in windows explorer or in the internal file explorer of Pro/E
When examining the contents of a folder in details view and/or when opening a model or assembly in a Pro/E session it would be time effective to view certain parameter values from within windows explorer as well as in Creo’s own internal file explorer system.
IDEA: Most companies use unique part identifiers generated as per company’s internal standard to represent a Pro/E file. Sometimes companies will instead use an extension to include a model name in addition. Example: 123456789_Drlled_Plate. It would be productive in several ways if one could display the model/assembly’s Description as defined in the respective parameter value of the model or assembly. Windows explorer also has inbuilt functionality under the details view option to allow a file property named Description to be displayed. Through modification this value could be utilized by Pro/Engineer to see the value of a parameter such as Model Description in that column.
While model description is considered as a valuable parameter for inclusion in such functionality, there would be several other parameters to be considered for inclusion such as “Modeled by”->Creator and “Creo parametric model version”-> File Version (Windows Explorer).
CLAIMS: By providing parameter value(s) in Windows explorer or in the internal file explorer in a Pro/E session, the Pro/E files can be more readily identified and model parameters recognized more quickly. This is bound to be a productivity improvement since one will be able to differentiate between models without having to physically open the files to view parameters.
Please refer to the "File description" column in the Microsoft "Documents library" image attached below