how about autocad doesnt open every drawing when importing changes. example
adding model numbers to all 75 evaporators in a project, import great. now autocad must open 75 drawings at one time, which crashes most computers on earth.
external database editor without opening every drawing !!!!!!!
thats what we do now.
extract to excel
update excel file
changes show up in yellow
when i accept all chnages>>>>>>boom it opens every drawing.....thats when it crashes ( opening all the drawings)
i guess i could manualy accept each chnage limiting the opening of all 100+ drawings.
Though not recommended, you can use an editor like SQLite Expert personal (close P&ID first).
Clear the Data cache first.
The local data cache stores some spec and catalog information as well as information for connecting to projects. Clearing it will force plant 3d to refresh the stored project settings:
Then make your edits to the processpower.dcf in the project folder. The database table follow the structure of the class tree, so columns available under equipment are in the equipment table, etc.
Then, open up AutoCAD PnID, go to project manager and use Resave All Drawings. That should take care of opening/updating all the drawings individually.
I ran accross the same problem and solved it by, after inportin the excel file and getting the yellow boxes, updating one P&ID at at time (by filtering in the data manager). so, only one drawing is opened and at the end the update runs faster.
One other thing you can do when exporting/editing/importing from P&ID is to filter your data manager results into smaller chunks to make it more manageable [before exporting]. For instance, an example of this is when I needed to update some 150 P&IDs with drawing numbers such as X-100 to X-900. I did a filter under drawing number to do them in a series (ie: LIKE'X-1%', for all 100-series drawings, then LIKE'X-2%', for all 200-series drawings, and so on.) This means you'll have to do 9 separate exports/edits/imports, but at least it's completely automated beyond that and won't crash like it would had you not broken them up.
Hope this helps!
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