Can anyone explain the difference between a URL and URN in ProjectWise. Also are there any issues to be concerned about with changing the default User Interface setting to Use URN Links rather than URL
The reason being is we are starting to have problems with creating shortcuts to folders because of to many characters in the path. We have users who like to use sentences to name a folder (or file names) and like to have several subfolders. Using Copy URL doesn't work with total charcters of more than 256 where URN does for whatever reason.
The character limit is on the Windows side, by using URN link it shortens it so that you aren't over the limit. It uses the document GUID (a unique identifier) as opposed to the full folder path, either way, it will work the same.
Since we're talking about URL/URN and file paths, is there anyone else out there that would like to have the option to paste the entire file path into a document? We have offices that track PW files in a spreadsheet and need to know their location from a printed copy. Currently they have to spend too much time editing the link to show the path. It would be nice to have the option to show the full path.
I will jump on this one.
If the entire path, including the pw:\\, could be inserted into Microsoft documents that would be good. Unless I am missing something this is a 2 step process to get the path and document name inserted which is confusing to some when I have to explain how to do it.
I know this isn't the one click solution you might be looking for in ProjectWise, but as a workaround could you copy the path from PW Explorer and do a "Paste Special Unformatted Unicode Text". It works to get the full pw:\\path in Word 2007. I have a macro that is assigned to a button on the MS Word quick access bar.
Here is the macro.
Maybe this would help alleviate editing links. Just a thought.
URN points to the document "GUID" - which is the secret code that tells the database which document you want. The URL points to the pw folder path and document name. If someone moves the document to a new folder location - the URN will find it, but the URL will not.
If you want to paste either into a Word/Office document.
1- Ctrll-K (opens the inser hyperlink dialog)
2- Ctrl-V (inserts the copied URL or URN path) - this inserts the copied value into the actual link and the displayed path.
3 - Click OK or hit Enter
Works pretty well since Office 2003.
Greg Hruby - State Of MN