We've created and used several attributes in CAD, and now we'd like to modify the internal name, but it's graded out. If there is a way to change the internal name of the attributes, please advise.
Probably inside the database with SQL this may be possible.
These names are only internal to the system and you can change the Display Name to something understandable to your users.
But we've created a Drawing template with some of the attributes, So in the template, we need to map the attribute with the internal name,
Users need to change the internal name
Display name: Colour 1 and Colour 2
Internal name: Colour1 and Colour2
But the user needs to change the Colour_1 instead of colour1
Map the attributes in Windchill to Creo Parameters and then use the parameters in your drawing templates.
That is how I have done it for years.
My users never see the internal names.
Looking at my attributes I see where I misspelled an internal name, but the users only see the correct Display Name.
These changes to the internal name should only be done by the system admin and not by end users on any frequent basis. Once set up, they should require little administration of the internal name.
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I think a simple CS article with the SQL commands to rename the internal attribute name would be sufficient. I do NOT see this as being something that should be done frequently. In my case, I did not catch a misspelled internal name and I would like to correct it.
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The internal name of an attribute can be changed with a simple database edit.
In the example below the original internal name, AuditRecord, has been changed to AUDIT_RECORD
NOTE: Windchill restart after the database edit is required to take affect.
Another option for you could be to use PTCs attribute utility, create a new attribute and the utility can move the old attribute onto it, effectively renaming it and keeping the old one which you can delete later. Seems less risky, there’s definitely some attribute internal names which would cause major failures if they were just changed.