I have a single company standard that contains 4 parts list styles. I use PLStyle1 only with Template 1, I use PLStyle2 only with Template 2, and so on. One PL style for each type of drawing we do. Is there any way to set the templates to default to their designated PL style by default and still have a single standard governing them all?
It seems I can't but I keep thinking I'm missing something?
You can if the style is stored in the template, this is how we operate part- part lists and assembly- part lists.
If you use a style library then I think it will default to the one standard and the style selected when required.
I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong but this is how it seems to me.
I never really found using the Style Libraries limiting. When I go to place a parts list I select the standard and style I want from the pull down menus that appear at the top of the screen so I always get the correct style the first time. This seems much simpler to me that having multiple template files.
we have multiple templates for a number of reasons, all of which help stream line our detailing process. the varying parts list styles pull different properties depending upon the type of drawing it is. This is important because our PL's for each drawing are exported to .XLS files and then imported into our MRP system. If the wrong style is used and therefore the wrong properties are pulled, it throws a wrench in an otherwise smooth process.
I' was just hoping to find a more automatic solution, so that others won’t forget to switch to the right style. I have a feeling we use PL styles to a greater extent than most.
Yes, all of what you describe is within the capabilities of Parts List Styles which exist in a style library. I also have done extensive work with the BOM data and parts lists for many different purposes.
Could I answer any specific questions you may have or provide any specific examples?
Thanks, I am familiar with Styles Libs, and PL styles, I was just wanting to confim that there was not a way to set a different default style per each template, when using Styles Libs, and it seems that your answer is, no it can not be done.
Certainly this can be done. Even though you are using the Styles Library, every drawing file has an active Standard, and all the styles that are included in that Standard are cached in the file. You merely establish four different Standards in your Library which may be identical except for the different Object Defaults for Parts List style. Then each template file has a different Standard selected as the Active Standard.
I think it took me longer to write the description than it will take to actually do it!
Thanks for the reply Sam,
Unofortunatly I've considered the solution you suggest. The issue there is that this defeats the purpose of using a Style Library (IMO), in that I woud have 4 different Standards to keep in sync, which will cause issues when updating and keeping track of these changes. This would be not much different than using no styles libraries and managing 4 different templates.
The four different Standards would have four different Object Defaults styles, which would refer to four different Parts List styles, but everything else would be identical and refer to the exact same styles. That is, the four Object Defaults refer to the same styles for every other category, so if you modify your text styles, no problem-- all of them use the same text styles, so no synching necessary. The only difficulty I can see is if you frequently add new styles or change names, then you have to make the change to each of the four Object Defaults styles separately, but that still doesn't seem like very much work unless it's very frequent.
Am I misunderstanding something?