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How to Install and Use SWOOD Editor

Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 3:00pm

SWOOD reports provide a comprehensive set of documentation for production including cutting lists, hardware lists, labels, and material summaries.

With the introduction of the new SWOOD report Editor, we can now modify the report much more easily.

Let’s take you through how to install and use the SWOOD Report Editor.

HOW TO ACTIVATE SWOOD EDITOR LICENSE

On receiving the SWOOD Editor, you will need to add the license for it to the Solid Solutions Licensing app.

Browse to the DAT folder in the appropriate SWOOD Data folder.

Run the Solid Solutions Licensing installer SolidSolutionsLicensing.exe. Once installed, you will need to activate the license in the licensing app.

Open the Solid Solutions licensing app through the Start menu, then follow the steps on screen to activate the license.

Simply click Add License, then input your serial key and click Add to activate the license.

If you need to deactivate your license, click to view your license and click Return.

HOW TO INSTALL SOLIDWORKS SWOOD EDITOR

Your license should now be active and the SWOOD Editor is ready to be installed.

Run the SWOOD Editor Setup application from your SWOOD Downloads folder to install the SWOOD Report Editor.

Once installed, the application should open automatically.

HOW TO USE THE SWOOD EDITOR

Watch this video for a full walkthrough on using the SWOOD Editor. The steps shown are outlined below.

The Main tab shows you which data directory you are referencing in the app.

DAT folders can be redirected here by dragging the new folder into the app and you can update the report in the referenced directory by clicking Reset Report.

The update will use the report embedded into the SWOOD Editor tool. To ensure the embedded report is up to date, you can click Update Core Files.

The Main Report tab contains the output report location and the units to be used throughout the report.

Changing the directory to <SW.DIRECTORY>\Report\<SW.TITLE> to ensure reports are added to a Report folder inside your project folder with the same project name.

Naming conventions of your SWOOD files can be assigned on the Design tab and Copier tools can be activated.

The Copier tool allows frames to be renamed on insertion into layouts. This can be applied to panels and SWOOD Boxes as well.

The Default Post Processor and the Auto Drilling Option can be defined on the CAM tab.

Nesting settings can also be modified under the Nesting tab.

The Images tab contains separate options for panel and program images that control how images are displayed for customisation in reports.

In the Tables tab, you can customize panels, stocks, and hardware tables by adding extra columns and editing the sorting order. Columns can be added and deleted, and change referenced data by using the property dropdown list. Tables are fully customisable, including text alignment and formatting.

The Printing tab lets you can decide what you want to print from a report. Pages with ticks will be printed and quantities can be set for each type of pages.

Once you have made changes to your settings, you can use the Main page to reset any unsaved changes using the reload button.

We recommend creating a backup of your settings using the Create Backup button. Backup history is saved to the DAT Backups menu.

Take the Next Steps...

Learn how to take control of SWOOD and troubleshoot issues with the SWOOD Rx Tool.

If you identify an issue or are having difficulty with your installation of SWOOD, then get in touch with our expert Technical Support team on 01926 333777 or email support@solidsolutions.co.uk.

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