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Improve Windchill Packages

Improve Windchill Packages

The layout of a Windchill package (9.1) is confusing to users, especially those who don't use Windchill or Pro/E.

Right now there are 3 views (all, product structure and models). At a minimum there should be a document list option.

It would also be nice if the product structure showed the models and documents underneith in one view.

The package should be a single file, open and run file (much like CreoView PVZ, or Adobe portfolio).

Users have problems unzipping all the files to a location and then locating the index.html and then browsing through the files to find what they need.

CreoView viewables won't even open directly if you have java installed as they are defaulted to .jar files in 9.1 (I think this is fixed in 10?)

We currently use packages for Design Reviews. They help collect the information into one place and allow us to export it for users external to our network.

Overall packages should be easy to comprehend and use for the average office user.

7 Comments
slapha
15-Moonstone

We're on 10.2. They fixed the JAR file issue though they took away "collections" and created the managed collection object outside of projects.

So now you can't have the last column that says which collection the object belonged to. This was a nice feature that allowed you to separate data. For example our groups used to have "Review" and "Reference" data so people knew which items needed review for release. The format is still confusing to those that don't have a lot of exposure to it. They muddle through but so many still unzip the package and try to find the documents they're looking for in the folders. We've even had to go so far as extracting published PDF's out of the PVZ files for some people.

Sort of a side note but interesting functionality as it relates to packages:

There is a functionality that isn't talked about much, and I'm not sure if it's still there today but it was documented here for Windchill 7.0 to include described by and reference documents as part of your product structure when opened in ProductView. I'm assuming it either stores them in the PVZ or as a link.

http://support.ptc.com/carezone/archive/newsletters/043004_b.pdf

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Status changed to: Acknowledged
 
cferrec
5-Regular Member

Same need with windchil 11.1, it would be great to improve possibilities of this offline viewer.

In our case it's a good way to exchange CAD with clients but we can't share custom attributes or quantity etc...

hfiedler
7-Bedrock

At a customer, we had to write some customization to show the CAD documents and documents inside the part structure view and to show more OOTB attributes/custom attributes inside the HTML file. It would be great if the OOTB possibilities were better to be able to decustomize that!

pbhakare
16-Pearl

Change Notice exported in Package viewed offline  also do not show relationship with affected and resulting objects

aacciano3
13-Aquamarine

@hfiedler 

Could you share some inside what to look at, to customize the offline viewer in a similar way you have done?

hfiedler
7-Bedrock

@aacciano3: I wasn't involved technically, you can try to contact the technical architect who took care of that back then, Marcin Trojanowski: mtrojanowsk@ptc.com .