Title block integration is the process of exchanging information between AutoCAD and ProjectWise from a single source of information stored in the database. The primary purpose of Title Block Integration is to automate the placement of a document's attribute information into an AutoCAD design file. The attribute data in ProjectWise is linked to attribute data in the design file.
Title block integration can be quite complicated so it is hoped that this TechNote will provide a descriptive summary of some of the basic Title Block functionality's and explain how to set up a simple Title Block.
There are three basic steps to setting up Title block integration:
Note: On the client machine, be sure that Title Block Integration is installed. To check this, go to control panel>add remove programs, highlight "ProjectWise Idesktop Integration" and click "Modify." When prompted for what products to change\modify, expand the AutoCAD tree until you see "Title Block Integration" and make sure this is turned on then click "Next" to install or "Cancel" to exit if it is already installed.
To create a tag set in AutoCAD:
Attribute exchange rules are created in the ProjectWise Administrator. Attribute exchange rules control what document attributes are updated in place of the default values in the AutoCAD attribute. Attribute exchange rules also control how and when the attributes are updated.
Under the Attribute Exchange Rules there is a category for AutoCAD Title Blocks. Right click on "AutoCAD Title Blocks" and select "New Attribute Class". The Attribute Class must match the AutoCAD attribute block you create in AutoCAD. Above we created an AutoCAD block called "TITLEBLOCK", therefore the Attribute Class needs to be called "TITLEBLOCK".
As in AutoCAD, the Attribute Class and Attributes must be created using all uppercase text. To create an Attribute, right click on the Attribute Class "TITLEBLOCK" and select "New Attribute". The Attribute Wizard loads. Follow the steps in the Attribute Wizard to create a Title Block Attribute. The Attribute name must match the attribute in the AutoCAD attribute block. Above we created the Tags "FILENAME" and "SIZE". The Attributes must have the exact same name and must be in all uppercase text.
In the Attribute Wizard you will create the Binding for the associated document attribute. The Attribute Binding must have a selected environment. After selecting the Environment, choose the ProjectWise database attribute you want to associate. For example: DocFileName and/or DocSize.
Repeat these steps until you have created all the bindings for all of your attributes.
Update file conditions controls when ProjectWise triggers the events to update the tags in the AutoCAD design file. This is done through the AutoCAD Title Blocks Properties.
In ProjectWise Administrator right click on AutoCAD Title Blocks and select Properties. There are three options under Update File Conditions: Document is Opened, Document is Checked Out and Document is Copied Out.
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Can you add a link to this article regarding the Attribute Bulk update tool that allows you to scan your folders and update these attributes in bulk instead of opening or checking out each drawing that maybe already stored in ProjectWise?