How can I have multiple balloon sets on same drawing? How can show project Item Number on components and subassembly drawings?
In this case the user wanted to have dual balloons on all drawings but it works with as many balloons as you can fit in a drawing.
The first balloon will indicate current assembly Item Number, which translates to what position the item has in the current assembly and the second balloon was to show master Item Number which means what position this member has in the general, whole project, context.
He didn’t want to have dual set of documentation, one for fabrication and one for manuals because it was hard for him to maintain and update.
Three things are needed for this.
The user will place balloons on drawing as usual and we will change them for him but in order to do that we need a way of knowing which ones exactly he needs changing.
1. A new balloon style called “Pars Only”. I suggest you change the shape as well, like hexagonal type, maybe change text style too just to distinguish them better and update the code if you use a different name for the balloon.
2. A “PARTS ONLY” table but of the main assembly. Name it whatever you want but update the code.
User needs to place main assembly (project) “PARTS ONLY” parts list on the drawing so we can track and find this.
Do not filter the Parts Only table, it won’t work, there is no view for it to process. Design View reps or Ballooned Only filters won’t work.
3. iLogic code to process all “Parts Only” balloons and update value as in “PARTS ONLY” table.
You can do this with without a table but have the user browser for main iam and process BOM from that.
Here is a short video:
And here is the iLogic code:
' Set a reference to the drawing document.
' This assumes a drawing document is active.
Dim oDrawDoc As DrawingDocument oDrawDoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument ' Set a reference to the active sheet. Dim oActiveSheet As Sheet oActiveSheet = oDrawDoc.ActiveSheet Dim oStyles As DrawingStylesManager oStyles = oDrawDoc.StylesManager Dim oCurve As DrawingCurve 'Dim oEdge As EdgeProxy Dim oOccurrence As ComponentOccurrence Dim oGeometryIntent As GeometryIntent '----------Update existing balloons on all sheets 'Ask the user if he wants to update values of all balloons (if edited some) booleanParam = InputRadioBox("Update Parts Only balloons?: ", "Yes", "No", True, Title :="Update?") If booleanParam = False Then Exit Sub ElseIf booleanParam = True End If Dim oSheet As Sheet 'process all sheets For Each oSheets In oDrawDoc.Sheets '----------find the parts list oPartsLists = oActiveSheet.PartsLists 'try and get the parts list form the table of this sheet Try For i=1 To oPartsLists.Count If oPartsLists.Item(i).Title = "PARTS ONLY" Then oPartsList = oPartsLists.Item(i) Exit For Else 'do nothing End If Next Catch MessageBox.Show("No parts list named 'PARTS ONLY' found on drawing", "iLogic") End Try '----------end finding parts list ' Iterate over each balloon on the sheet. For Each oBalloon In oActiveSheet.Balloons If oBalloon.Style.Name = "Parts Only" Then Try Dim leader As Leader Leader = oBalloon.Leader 'assuming the leader is a single line segment Dim leaderNode As LeaderNode leaderNode = leader.AllNodes(2) oGeometryIntent = leaderNode.AttachedEntity curve = oGeometryIntent.Geometry oEdge = curve.ModelGeometry oOccurrence = oEdge.ContainingOccurrence 'get the selected item document occurrence name oOccDoc = oOccurrence.Definition.Document 'get the path and file name of the selected item oOccFileName = oOccDoc.FullFileName ' Iterate over each value set (attached balloons) in a balloon. For Each oBalloonValueSet In oBalloon.BalloonValueSets '----------find item in parts list PARTS ONLY ' Iterate through the contents of the parts list. Dim j As Long For j = 1 To oPartsList.PartsListRows.Count ' Get the current row. Dim oRow As PartsListRow oRow = oPartsList.PartsListRows.Item(j) 'get filename of model in row Dim oRowFileName As String Try ' try and get the full file name of the PL item oRowFileName = oRow.ReferencedFiles.Item(1).FullFileName Catch 'on error go to next item Continue For End Try 'compare the filenames 'Performs a text comparison, based on a case-insensitive text sort order 'If strings equal returns 0 If StrComp(oOccFileName, oRowFileName, CompareMethod.Text)=0 Then 'Get the value of Item from the Parts List 'Row name needs to be case sensitive or use 1 for first 2 for second etc. oCell = oPartsList.PartsListRows.Item(j).Item("ITEM")
'Row name needs to be case sensitive or use 1 for first 2 for second etc. 'get the value of text in cell Dim oItemValue As String oItemValue = oCell.Value '------------change balloon value to Parts ONLY Item value oBalloonValueSet.OverrideValue = oItemValue End If 'go to next row in table Next '----------end find item in parts list PARTS ONLY Next 'go to next attached balloon in set Catch'do nothing if error End Try End If 'end of search for Tags balloons Next Next '----------End Update existing balloons on all sheets
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