The inclusion of an API in Draftsight Premium allows developers to interact with Draftsight from other software and one of the first examples of this is the DraftSight Premium Add-in for Enterprise PDM (EPDM)
The DraftSight Premium Add-in for EPDM is a connector for DraftSight Premium that allows a user to perform vault operations from within the DraftSight application. It consists of a dropdown menu, two tool bars and a status window that users can activate to carry out such commands as:
> Check out and check in files and Xrefs
> Update title block properties
> Access to the file data card and file property information
> Get latest or previous versions of a file and Xrefs
> Access to settings for the DraftSight Add-in
> Access to EPDM functions via a command line
The Add-in leverages the existing DWG compatibility allowing for Enterprise to import data from pre-populated Title Block ‘blocks’ as well as populating them automatically with specific lifecycle information relating to Revision level, Checking and Approvals. AS with SOLIDWORKS Drawings, this information updates real-time in the EPDM Preview window when a file passes through a lifecycle change, without the need to have Draftsight / ACAD installed on that PC.
The image below shows a DraftSight Drawing and it’s DataCard with the EPDM toolbars undocked for clarity.
The add-in requires DraftSight V1R3 with the DraftSight Premium Pack and an EPDM Contributor License. Please contact us to discuss upgrading to Premium or for information on the EPDM Connector.
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Wayne Marshall | Customer Support Manager