Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to rename Sheet Set or Sheet Custom Property names

This can’t be done in AutoCAD, GstarCAD or BricsCAD without deleting the Custom Property and adding a new one, loosing the values in the process.

One reason why you may want to rename the Custom Properties could be that you want to have them sorted in a special way and as the show up in sorted order and not in the order they are created you may want to use prefixes to force the sorting as you want it.

Custom Properties

The good news is that with our JTB DST Tool this can be done.

JTB DST Tool

After converting from DST to XML advanced edits can be made like renaming Sheet Set Custom Property names, Sheet Custom Property names, subset names, view category names and most anything else and then convert the XML back to DST. Edits of the XML can be done in Notepad or an XML editor.

Say there is a Custom Property name like “Project Name” that you want to change to “6 Project Name”.

Open the XML file and search for propname="Project Name" and replace it with propname="5 Project Name". Just make sure that only change on all places where the element is AcSmCustomPropertyValue as seen below. The GUID values could be different.

<AcSmCustomPropertyValue clsid="g8D22A2A4-1777-4D78-84CC-69EF741FE954" ID="g8F7DC303-A284-473B-8A92-BCE9B83B1D15" propname="Project Name" vt="13">

Here’s the result in AutoCAD after renaming a few Sheet Set Custom Properties.

Sheet Set Custom Properties

And if you want to use our SSMPropEditor it looks like below because it currently shows the properties in the order they were created. There are plans to be able to show them in either the order they were created or in sorted order.

SSMPropEditor

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