Hi. I have changed my spec by adding some material properties in my "S10"-spec. Problem is that the spec-update button does not apply the spec changes. When I route new piping it applies the new material properties. This way i know my spec is updated within the project. Can I edit in data manager manually as a workaround?
I am sorry you are experiencing problems with spec update. We would like to better understand your workflow. When are you seeing the blank dialog? It would help to have a step-by-step description so we can identify the issue and fix it. Thanks.
I have a client that is experiencing similar issues on a project that is under a tight deadline. I will have a copy of their project later tonight to test with...but this is a huge issue as hundreds if not thousands of existing design objects are not updating. Manual updates via the Data Manager is not a realistic solution.
Can you please follow the steps below and let me know what you see?
1. Close all instances of AutoCAD Plant 3D / P&ID
2. Open your spec (say S10) in the 2011 Spec Editor
3. Make your changes to the spec, save it and close it. For now, just make changes to the Manufacturer field.
4. Close the Spec Editor
5. Launch AutoCAD Plant 3D / P&ID, open your project and the drawing you wish to update
6. Run the PlantSpecUpdateCheck command
Do you see the No Specs Have Been Updated dialog? Or, do you see the dialog prompting you to update?
I have a spec with a set of olets in it.
I edit the olets to add a missing size.
I 'syncronize specs and catalogs'....FAIL...references an old cat that doesnt exist. (relevant to thread)
Instead, I open spec and 'check for catalog updates'...FAIL....No updates found!!!!!
I highlight the olet in the spec and hit 'Edit Parts...' if i detick 'Hide parts marked do not include', the new size is shown with a tick in the do not include column...I detick the new size.
Hey presto spec is now updated/synced to spec.
Thank you for sending me your workflow video. I noticed a couple of things that you can have been doing differently:
Hope this helps. Please let me know if this has worked for you.
The Synchronize Specs With Catalogs option is mainly used to propagate property value changes from the catalogs to the specs. It cannot be used to add part sizes to the spec. The correct way to add part sizes to the spec is to use the Edit Parts dialog.
The Edit Parts dialog lists all the sizes already present in the spec. To view all the remaining sizes, in that part family, in the catalog, you need to uncheck Hide parts marked 'Do Not Include' check-box at the bottom the dialog. The part sizes available in the catalog are listed with the Do Not Include column check-box checked. To add more part sizes to the spec, you need to uncheck the required part size and hit Apply. Now your spec part family will include the new part size.
The reason the Check for Catalog updates fails could be because you made no change to the part family in the Catalog except adding new part sizes. Also, when you run Synchronize specs and catalog, make sure you have no open specs or catalogs in the Spec & Catalog Editor.
Please let me know if you need more help with this functionality.