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Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Any ideas on how to improve the breath of searching abilities in PDMLink?  Most particularly:

  1. At minimum, PDMLink should be able to search every area that a user can input information in PDMLink, but apparently it doesn't?!  For example, currently it doesn't search Change notice attachments, nor even the description that the user types in the PDMLink description field!  In addition, there are some areas of CAD objects that it has not searched but perhaps someone else can remember which ones.
  2. This may be a stretch, but is there an easy way to get PDMLink to index and search drawing content (that are not attributes...the text actually on the drawing)?

Thanks! Lawrence

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Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Do you have Solr installed?  That is the indexing tool that will allow keyword search to search content.

BTW. What version of Windchill are you using?

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Yes, we use Solr, and it is setup to be used to index everything else in PDMLink, but not the stuff I described above.

Also, our drawings are published to HPGL because if we published them to pdf we had a few problems.

We are on WC 10.1

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Lawrence Scheeler wrote:

Any ideas on how to improve the breath of searching abilities in PDMLink?  Most particularly:

  1. At minimum, PDMLink should be able to search every area that a user can input information in PDMLink, but apparently it doesn't?!  For example, currently it doesn't search Change notice attachments, nor even the description that the user types in the PDMLink description field!  In addition, there are some areas of CAD objects that it has not searched but perhaps someone else can remember which ones.
  2. This may be a stretch, but is there an easy way to get PDMLink to index and search drawing content (that are not attributes...the text actually on the drawing)?

You can configure solr to index the text in (Creo Parametric) drawings by setting indexable to true for the DRW formatName.  See:

http://www.ptc.com/cs/help/windchill_hc/wc100_hc/index.jspx?id=WCCG_Serv_DataFormats_AddUpdateDataFo...

Basically you are going to use:

  • windchill wt.content.DataFormatUtil -list 
    • to list the current formatName's and their information
  • windchill wt.content.DataFormatUtil -update
    • to update the DRW formatName and set indexable=true

after this you will need to run the bulk indexer ( windchill wt.index.BulkIndexTool )  in order to get the drawings indexed - might take a while depending on how many you have

Trying this on a test server is always good...

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

, Thanks for posting this method/suggestion, I will look into this and post back...

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Randy,

Does it matter if the drawings are published to HPGL?

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Steve Galayda wrote:

Randy,

Does it matter if the drawings are published to HPGL?

No. Solr indexes the Creo Parametric .drw file.

As a caution compressed drw's can't be indexed:

https://support.ptc.com/appserver/cs/view/solution.jsp?n=CS205744

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Another description of how to do this is available here "Add CAD Data to Windchill Index Search": http://support.ptc.com/cs/help/windchill_hc/wc110_hc/WCSysAdminIndexSearch_SetUpWCIndexSearchIndexCA...

Also "Specify MIME Types for Content Indexing":

http://support.ptc.com/cs/help/windchill_hc/wc110_hc/WCSysAdminIndexSearchFileContentIndexing.html

See the sections:

  • "Add a MIME Type"
  • "Verify that a MIME Type is Indexable"

Regarding Change Notice attachments -

Yes, it appears that the attachment description field is not indexed OOTB. However, the attachment content and file names should be indexed, and keyword-searchable. The caveat is that the Change Notice is listed in the search results -- not the attachment.

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

We had the same question.  Why does "Keyword" not locate CN's when typing in a keyword we know is in the description?  Through trial/error we learned you must leave the "Keyword" field blank and use "*keyword*" in the "Description" field available through Criteria>Add>Description (shown below).

CN Description.JPG

Re: Searching PDMLink / Windchill

Not sure about Solr, but with the previous tool, FAST, there was a property or file where you could add additional types to be indexed so that the keyword search worked on them.  We had some custom types that we needed to add and some additional attributes on WTDocument that we wanted indexed.  We are using Solr on my current project, but haven't had a need for additional indexing yet.

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