New Representation wizard

Publishing Alternate or Additional formats

“Additional files or Alternate formats” may be created during the normal publishing process. The additional files that are created vary based on the CAD Adapter.

What is Publishing?

Please refer to my previously published post about Publishing here.

Alternate/Additional files publishing – HOW?

Publishing process is controlled by the extensions to the Publish Rules mechanism.

The Job file that controls the worker passes the information about which Additional Files to create. These files are separately identified by the worker from other files that are created.

Alternate/Additional files publishing – WHAT?

The additional files are created by the CAD workers and is dependent on the CAD system’s ability to save these additional formats. The picture below provides a conceptual view of the publishing process for Additional/Alternate formats.

Publishing alternate/additional formats conceptua picture









Alternate/Additional files publishing- WHERE?  

The created Alternate/Additional files are stored as part of the Representation. The  “Files” menu on the Representation can be used to access the Additional Files in addition to showing configured file extensions.

Files Menu



An example of Publish rules for creating Alternate/Additional files 

Publish rules

Publish Rules are Per Container

  • Publish rules are per Product/Project/Library, Organisation, Site
  • Publish rules are managed by administrators from the Utilities page of the appropriate container, using the Visualization Configuration Administration UI as shown below
  • The result of the publish rules execution is held in the Representation, the rules indicate if on a republish this should be used as is, or re-executed
Creo View Configuration for Site

Storage of Alternate/Additional files

These Alternate/Additional files are stored in the Representation as a specific Content Role and hence make it easy to identify. Also, they are tied to the specific Representation that was created using the same Navigation Criteria as the Creo View data

Using New Representation Wizard

Windchill 10.1 M020 builds on the Windchill 10.1 M010 capabilities for using publish rules to generate alternate formats for files during WVS publishing. It is now possible to use the New Representation window to select additional optional files to be created. The files and choices available are controlled by the publish rules and by the capabilities of each CAD worker.

The New Representation window shows an example where the selected option has the STEP and IGES files by default, with the DXF file as an option in the Additional Files section. The user can select or deselect files as needed.

 New Representation wizard










Credits: PTC

Last updated: Feb 2014

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4 comments on “Publishing Alternate or Additional formats

  1. Nice post mramesh … it proves your command of the publishing process, so I have a nice question:
    The publishing process can be carried out in three modes, driven by three underlying command procedures, batch (proebatch.bat) , interactive (proepublish.bat) and server-controlled (proeworker.bat)
    All of them have the -rproe2pv.rcp command option that reads settings from the proe2pv.rcp recipe file.

    Having said so, it appears that the the “output path” in the recipe file is only effective in batch and interactive mode, while the worker appears to completely ignore it….and stores representation files, including PDF, only inside the file vault
    What’s your opinion , shouldn’t all three mode have the same behavior ?

  2. Thanks Ivan, I’m glad you found the post useful.

    As you have mentioned there are three ways of converting CAD/non-CAD data into Creo View format. All the modes of conversion use the exact same technology i.e. Creo View Adapters to convert/publish data. The created Creo View file output will be the same, provided the same settings (recipe settings) are used.

    The Worker mode is primarily meant to be used with Windchill so the CAD data can be converted and stored and managed appropriately in Windchill. This is managed by Windchill Visualization Services (For more information about WVS, click here). This is a very slick mechanism to automate and manage the publishing process. The other two modes provided by PTC offer flexibility to choose the right publishing mode based on customers requirements.

    To summarize, I think the three modes provide great flexibility for publishing data. They cover most of the typical publishing needs that I have seen in working with numerous customers. Also, with the creation of a representation in Windchill, a number of interesting capabilities become available (Dynamic Visualization, Markups management, etc.). For more information on Representations in Windchill please refer to my previous post here.

    What are your thoughts?


  3. Many thanks for the prompt answer, Madhawi!

    Yes this is what I understood … but what looks funny to me is that the worker does write source files into the output_path, but keeps the generated pdf version inside Windchill , hidden inside a zipped .pvz file. that’s it.

    So I found a workaround in two steps:
    1- the worker routinely writes a copy of the source files in the output path, as per recipe file, on check-in
    2- I wrote a simple batch to launch proebatch.bat to convert all the source files appearing in the output path (drw,prt and asm) into pdf format and clean-up all the rest when finished

    Pdf’s are continuously overwrittten with new versions ,,,
    It works but … well it’s not very elegant!

    Maybe a task delegate could do the same thing but this is beyond my capabilities.
    But again, thanks for answering.
    Ivan Zanzani

    This is an OT, but could you recommend some reputable companies in your area capable to develop and detail 3D projects in Creo – PdMLink as a service?

  4. Hi Ivan,

    With regards to your question about companies for custom development – there are a number of PTC partners that you could consider. I have interacted with Tristar, EAC, etc. when I was with PTC.


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