Thursday, 7 December 2017

Running An App From The Quick Access Toolbar

To run a Solid Edge app from the Quick Access Toolbar or QAT, the procedure remains fairly same as that for the radial menu or the ribbon bar.

The difference is in the step to select the tab in the Customize dialog.
In this case select the Quick Access tab:


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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Solid Edge App - Revision Notes

Introduction: The Revision Notes app can be used to mark places on a drawing that
have been revised. In Solid Edge, Revision Notes can be created through a convenient floating dialog invoked from a ribbon bar to convert circles or curves into revision clouds to which a text note can be attached.
Working:


1. Create a circle or closed curve in the drawing.

2. Launch the Revision Notes app by clicking its button on the Solid Edge ribbon bar.

3. A dialog appears. Type in the revision note.

Note: Current date and time can also be automatically inserted.


4. Select the circle or curve in the drawing.

Note: The dialog remains floating on the screen as you pick the curve/circle.

5. Click the Create Revision Note button.

6. Revision Note is created.



Editing a Revision Note:

1. Click the Revision Note tool from the ribbon bar and pick a revision note in the drawing to edit.

2. Click the Edit Revision Note button to extract the underlying curve/circle of the revision cloud.

3. Modify the curve/circle in the drawing and the arc size or note in the dialog.

4. Select the modified curve/circle if not selected and click the Create button. The revision cloud is updated with the new arc size and note.


Viewing a Revision Note:

Text associated with a Revision Note can be viewed by selecting the Revision Note in the
drawing and clicking the View Revision Note button in the dialog.

“Revision Notes are fully associative with their underlying geometry and can be edited.”

    Note: This is a paid app.

For prices and a quote, write to:
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Follow these tutorials to run this app from:
3. Quick Access Toolbar

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Assign a Keyboard Shortcut For An App

Before assigning a keyboard shortcut to an app, the app should be added either to the Ribbon Bar, Quick Access Toolbar or the Radial Menu.

Read how you can add an app to the:

• Quick Access Toolbar

To assign a keyboard shortcut for an app, folow these steps:

1. Right click on any button on the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon... from the context menu that appears.

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Or, from the Solid Edge title bar, click the Customize button which appears as a small arrow pointing down and select Customize... from the menu.

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3. Take the Keyboard tab:



4. From the list for 'Choose commands from' select Macro

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5. All currently assigned macros will be listed. Pick the macro to assign a keyboard shortcut. Select a modifier i.e. the key combination from the list and then type-in the key.






















6. Also specify if this keyboard shortcut is applicable for the current environment or for all environments viz. Part, Draft, Sheetmetal and Assembly.

image Note : The current environment is not the one open in Solid Edge currently but the one selected from the list called 'Environment to customize' at the top of the Customize dialog.


7. Click Close and the Yes in the prompt for saving the current theme. The keyboard assignment will work only for the current theme and not for all themes.


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Friday, 1 December 2017

Adding An App To The Radial Menu

To add an app to the Solid Edge Radial menu, follow these steps:

1. Right click on any button on the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon... from the context menu that appears.


Or, from the Solid Edge title bar, click the Customize button which appears as a small arrow pointing down and select Customize... from the menu.


2. In the Customize dialog take the “Radial Menu” tab as shown below:


3. This will display the Radial menu on the right side and the list of commands on the left side in the form of a tree view with commands grouped similarly to those on the Ribbon.


4. In the pull-down list for “Choose commands from” select “Macros”


5. This will display the Browse button at the bottom of the list:


6. Click the Browse... button at the bottom of the list and navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded apps.



Don’t pick any file yet. Click OK

In newer versions of Solid Edge a modern folder picker dialog will appear:


Browse to the folder. But application .exe files will not be displayed.
Click the Select Folder button.

This will list all macros from the folder in the Customize dialog.



7. Drag a app filename from the list on the left and drop into an existing slot on the Radial Menu on the right. This will replace the existing command in that slot with the app.



8. After dropping, the icon for the app will be displayed in the radial menu slot.


To display an icon for the app in the radial menu, an image file with the same name as the app exe file should be present in the same folder as the apps folder as shown below:


The image can be of size 24 x 24 or 32 x 32 preferably a PNG file with transparent background.

image Every Solid Edge app from www.SurfAndCode.in comes with its image file in the zip download.

Within the Customize dialog, If you hover the mouse over the slot in the radial menu, it shows the full path of the app. This will help you later to find the location of the folder of an app you added to the radial menu.


image If you have stored apps in different folders, repeat from step (6) to add each app to the radial menu.

The radial menu does not differentiate between Solid Edge Apps and other exe files.
If you browse to the Windows folder and drop the Notepad.exe or calc.exe into the radial menu slot, it will be added without any problems and the notepad or calculator application will also start from the radial menu.


image When using the radial menu in Solid Edge if you keep the right-moue button pressed and move the cursor over a slot containing an app and hover the mouse cursor for a while without letting go, it will display the full path of the app as shown above.

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Solid Edge App: Text Search

Introduction: 

The Text Search App can be used to search for text in a Draft document in Solid Edge.



Text Search can be called from a ribbon bar button and the word to search can be specified from a standard search dialog commonly found in text editors and word processors.



Working:

1. Specify the single word or multiple words with spaces to search.

2. Select various options like:
  • Match Case
  • Search Working Sheets
  • Search Background Sheets
  • Search 2D Model Sheet
  • Search Balloons and Callouts

3. Click the Find button.

4. Then click the Find Next button repeatedly.


 The video below illustrates the working of the Text Search App for Solid Edge:




image After downloading the .PIZ file, change the extension to .ZIP, extract the .ZIP and again change the extension of the .EX_ to .EXE

Read how you can run the Text Search app from a ribbon button as shown in the video above.


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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Solid Edge App: Sheet Reorderer

This free Solid Edge app reorders sheets in a Draft document.

The scenario for use of this macro is a s below:
Sheets are arranged in a assembly drawing as: 
1: Sub assembly 1
2: Sub assembly 1, Part 1
3: Sub assembly 1, Part 2
5: Sub assembly 2
6: Sub assembly 2, Part 1
and so on

So the sheets were created accordingly.

When new parts are added to the the sub assemblies,  sheets are added only at the end creating a disorder.

The Sheets Reorderer app is useful to reorder the sheets as explained above.

So if your sheets look like this before:






After running the app they appear as below:






 Download the Sheets Reorderer App



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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip#062

To find which Solid Edge version created a particular file you will need ST9 or higher which has BiDM or Builtin Data Management.

Follow these steps:
1. Open Windows Explorer.
2. From the menu select View - Details.
3. Right click on any column header and select More... from the context menu.
4. Scroll in the list and check ON 'SE Version'.
5. Click OK
6. You can also drag the column header to reorder the column.
7. Click the 'SE Version' column header once to sort the list of files according to the version of Solid Edge.

Here's the interpretation:
20.xx.xx.xxx means Solid Edge V20
106.xx.xx.xxx means Solid Edge ST6
109.xx.xx.xxx means Solid Edge ST9
110.xx.xx.xxx means Solid Edge ST10

The following video illustrates the steps:


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #061

Do you have a STEP/IGES file imported into the part environment and find it oriented wrong ?
Is the top view is actually front of the part and need a way to rectify this and get the model in the desired orientation ?

This is possible and quite easy to do in the Solid Edge Synchronous environment. 
Window select the entire model and rotate using the steering wheel, if required multiple times until you get the required orientation.

Look at prompts at the bottom of the Solid Edge screen for ways to re-orient the model, if necessary.

Notes:
  1. Use Shift+Click on the blue transparent plate in the middle of the Steering Wheel to reorient it.
  2. Hold down Shift to maintain the orientation of the Steering Wheel and then drag the origin of the imported model to snap to Base Coordinate System to rotate about the center of the model.
The following video shows how to reorient the model using the Steering Wheel:


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