“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.
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.
An example of Publish rules for creating Alternate/Additional files
- 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
Storage of Alternate/Additional files
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.
Last updated: Feb 2014
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