Doing the Pro/E Drag
Because of the number that Pro/E puts at the end of the file names, bigpart.prt.9,
it is cumbersome to setup windows to open any possible Pro/E file by double-clicking it. There is a slightly obscure
functionality available in 2000i and above that may help in this area -- just drag the files into an open Pro/E window to
open them. Just drag a file from any open Windows Explorer (or File Manager) window and drop it in a Pro/E window.
It does not change the working directory so be careful as you use the part in assemblies, etc..
The drag and drop works with all the Pro/E files (parts, assemblies, drawings, etc..). However, all the rules of search
paths apply when the file you dropped references other Pro/E objects.
If you drag in an older version of a model that is currently in ram, the following error message is displayed. This
message is what popped up when I tried to drag version 5 of model BOTTOM into
a Pro/E window when version 6 was in ram.
This process works with NT 4.0, Win 2000 and Unix (Solaris). (It may also work with other OS's but we couldn't test it.)
If you want a quick way to open a part and launch Pro/E at the same time, just drag the file onto the Pro/E icon on your
desktop. That will launch Pro/E with the specified part or assembly open.
See you next month.
Have a wonderful day!