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m.granata
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Editing Time

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09-24-2012 08:45 AM

Does Inventor 2013 have any means of tracking editing time?  I remember AutoCAD had a time command for this.

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Re: Editing Time

09-24-2012 03:09 PM in reply to: m.granata

No, part of the problem is you are not dealing with a simple flat file. You can time spent in your IDW file, time spent in your IAM file and time spent for each IPT file.

 

Now do you roll up all the time in the IDW, IAM and all the IPT files, which could now include time spent on library items which may have been created by someone else or by you for a different project.

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Re: Editing Time

09-24-2012 03:52 PM in reply to: m.granata

I am creating all the drawings, ipt, iam, and idw files.  So I would need the sum of editing time for all three file types for a project.

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Re: Editing Time

09-24-2012 04:11 PM in reply to: m.granata

Sorry, the answer is still no. Break out the watch and or use the old fashioned time log sheets.

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Re: Editing Time

09-25-2012 09:58 AM in reply to: m.granata

You could wrtie an iLogic rule that would "clock in" and "clock out" through an Excel file.

 

I'm thinking one rule set to trigger when the file is opened that "clocks in" by writing a time/date and some sort of ID to identify the entry to that file or project along with an "in" flag. Another rule would then be set up to "clock out" by writing a similar line with an ID and time/date but with an "out" flag. Some Excel magic could then sort the entries into meaningfull data and total the differences for you.

Mike (not Matt) Rattray

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Re: Editing Time

09-25-2012 11:17 AM in reply to: mrattray

mrattray wrote:

You could wrtie an iLogic rule that would "clock in" and "clock out" through an Excel file.


How does it stop the timer everytime my phone rings or someone walks into the office?
Guess I'll just have to stick to average day.

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Re: Editing Time

09-25-2012 11:25 AM in reply to: JDMather

You could tie the rules to keystrokes...

 

Do you write down the time that your phone rang and the time that you hung up when you track time manually?

 

Regardless, I'm not saying any of this is a good idea. However, I think it is feasible and I wanted to offer up a suggestion in contrast to others saying it simply can't be done. Proper implementation would take lots and lots of work and debugging along with diligence from it's users.

 

Another problem would be if IV crashes (which it never does :smileywink:), this would prevent the clock out rule from being fired and essentially "leave the clock running" after you've left for the day in frustration.

Mike (not Matt) Rattray

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