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Improve partial family table check in

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Improve partial family table check in

When checking in a generic and an instance of a family table, the other instances CANNOT be BOTH checked out AND unmodified.  If they are, the checkout fails and, according to the documentation, the instances will have their checkouts automatically undone for you (without notice) and you can try again, though this doesn't always happen.

 

The resolution from PTC is to undo the unmodified checkouts before checking in the modified pieces, or select all of the family table and use Set for Checkin.  The second one would be a LOT easier if the "Collect Instances" collector button was present, but this is the one collector that doesn't have it.

 

Best outcome:  Allow check-in of family table instances while others are checked out and unmodified.

Acceptable outcome:  Add the "Collect Instances" and "Collect Generic" buttons that we see on every other collector.

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BenLoosli
Sapphire II

I always check-in the entire family table, even if I only modify 1 instance. I do this by making a change to the part relations in the generic that forces a verify to all of the instances. Doing partial check-ins can lead to things  being out-of-sync, so I do the force to avoid that.

I use a lot of relations in my family tables, especially for generating the part descriptions we use in the assembly drawing BOM.