DriveWorks Pro 17: Specification Explorer [send feedback...]

Specification Explorer

The specification explorer is where new specifications are created from projects, and existing ones viewed and modified.

The Specification list can be be filtered by using the filter at the top of the list.

Please see the topic How To Use Filters for more advanced filtering information.

To Create a New Specification

To begin a new Specification follow the steps below:

  • When only a single project is available to specify, that does not have a project image associated (see How To: Display A Project Image On The New Specification Dialog).

    1. Click the New button on the command bar.
      The project will launch straight into a specification without any further steps.
  • When more than one project is available to specify or a single project has a project image associated:
    1. Click the New button on the command bar.
    2. Click the project from which you wish to create a new specification from.

      The Project list can be filtered by entering the criteria in the filter box.

      Please see the topic How To Use Filters for more advanced filtering information.

    3. Click the OK button or hit Enter.
There may be a number of reasons why a project is not shown in the new specification dialog, for example, you are not a member of a team with permission to run the project, or the project may be hidden from non-administrators (the default for new projects) on the project settings screen.

Specification Navigation

Once a new specification is started, navigate to the end of the user forms using the navigation buttons at the bottom of the forms. The appearance and position of the buttons does depend if the default navigation and specification flow are in use.

The following navigation buttons will appear when the default Specification Flow is in use:

  • The Cancel button - will end the current specification without saving.
  • The Finish button - will save and finish the current specification and give the option of releasing or editing at a later data.
  • The Release button - will release the specification to either Model Generation Server or to be generated in SOLIDWORKS. This depends on the general setting.
  • The Save button - will save the current specification ready to be edited at a later date.

Remaining Tasks

By default each specification will display a section named Tasks. This is where the Form Messages appear. Not until all Tasks are completed will you be able to move on to the next form, finish or release the specification.

Test Mode

A specification can have all rules and results analyzed when running a specification.

Start a new specification and click the Test Mode button.

Reports and Documents

Once you have finished, released or saved a specification it will appear in the specification explorer.

To view any created reports or documents select the required specification.

  • Documents created for the specification will be displayed in the Documents list on the right of the specification explorer.

    The Documents list can be filtered by using the filter at the top of the list.

    Please see the topic How To Use Filters for more advanced filtering information.

  • Reports created each time the specification is processed are displayed under the Documents list.
  • Model Reports created during generation of any models for that specification are displayed under the Reports list.
If you can not see all of the documents you expect, they may be set to be hidden.

Check the setting Show hidden files when viewing specifications in general settings.

Specification Operations

When a specification is in a paused state (see Specification Flow) it could have operations applied that can perform an action on the specification.

Operation buttons appear on the command bar of the specification explorer.

The default specification flow displays the following operation buttons:

  • For a Saved specification:
    • Edit
    • Copy
    • Delete
  • For a Finished specification:
    • Edit
    • Release
    • Copy
    • Delete
  • For a Released specification:
    • Copy
    • Delete
    • Archive

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