Pro/Engineer August 2003 Tip-of-the-Month
Working in Multiple Windows of the Same Pro/E Drawing
Did you know you can have the same drawing open in multiple Pro/E windows at the same time? I didn't either, but Madhusudhana of Satyam sent this tip, and I think it's pretty cool.
To open the drawing in additional windows, Select Windows > New (as shown in Figure 1), then enter the drawing sheet number you wish to view in the new window (Figure 2). The new window appears with the selected sheet.
You can also add a new sheet to the drawing at the same time -- just enter the next higher number. You can view the same sheet in multiple windows by entering the same sheet as currently displayed. In this way you can zoom up on different areas of the drawing at the same time.
Selecting in Multiple Windows
You can select in multiple windows using commands in the GET SELECT menu, but keep in mind the following:
Actions in All Windows
When you are working with multiple windows, Pro/ENGINEER simultaneously reflects changes in all windows of the same drawing for the following types of objects:
The system also simultaneously reflects the following procedures in all windows of the same drawing:
This way of working with drawings is really powerful in certain circumstances, though some manipulation of window sizes is needed to be most effective. Text formatting, copying items from sheet to sheet and editing notes for consistency are some of the greatest helps.
Just for fun, I tried making a NEW window in model mode. That also works if you wish to have multiple views and/or different zooms of the same model active all at once. This is nice for viewing, but not as useful for working because you can only work in one window at a time. Additionally, you have to repaint each additional window independently to see changes update. Kind of fun none the less.