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Alibre Data to SQLite - Drawing Database...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cadtec, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. cadtec

    cadtec Member


    Please can someone testing this Drawing Database for Alibre Design and Atom3D (Releasedate: 2021014)

    With Alibre Data to SQLite you import all information from your drawing inventory into a super fast SQLite database. Individual Alibre files or directories with subdirectories can be imported fully automatically. All General Properties, Standard Properties AND Custom Properties are considered and imported cleanly into the database. This gives you the possibility to search for all contents within all Alibre files. More informations you find here...

    You find also a Readme.txt inside the ZIP.

    Best regards,
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2021 at 4:21 AM
  2. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    Andre, what does

    "The sponsored version can also print from an amount of 30.-!" mean ??
  3. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    I've had a quick play with it - imported records from a local folder and a network folder.

    One or two labels in English version remain in German, not a major issue.

    In viewer, only way to tell quickly if file is part/drawing/smp/BoM is to select it to show full file name, or to put desired object type in search.

    After searching in viewer, first click in results window switches focus to the window - needs another click to actually select the file. Would be nice if that could happen in one click.

    'Open in AD' button works fine - an enhancement would be a 'show in folder' button. Useful if you've found a file that is part of a known project, and you want to look at other things in that folder.

    It seems a useful tool, I can definitely see some benefit.

    I guess it would be much more difficult to make it possible to add/edit information in the files... that would be very handy. This utility already shows me where I've omitted a piece of information from one or more files amongst a collection (as long as there is still some common way to find the files).
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2021
  4. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    Having trouble getting the AUTOSTART (or START as it is referred to in the readme) to work.

    I eventually got it to launch the interface, but nothing happened. And no Update or Refresh option . Maybe more detail is needed in the instructions.
  5. sp1234_De

    sp1234_De New Member

    thanks for providing the Tool, will be a good help to keep organized.
    Glitches food during first Test:
    1.) Window of ZDBImport.exe opens full screen, Titlebar and Buttons (cross to close, minimize, mximize) are not shown on a Surface Book screen with 3000x2000 resolution. To close the App the taskbar RMB "close Window" must be used.ZDBViewer.exe is fine.
    2.) When Viewer list the found files in the list, the first entry /line in the list can be selected but the command "load selecte file ino Alibre" will answer with "Please select a line in the list first"... works fine with all other lines in the list.
    3.) Somehow misleading in Viewer is, that you can edit the Detail fileds for the selected file... but this is not stored , which is not necessary from my pov. Would be best to disable the edit in these fields.
    4.) do not want to be picky but... It is great that in Viewer in the list with the fiound files the Sequence of Columns/ Fields can be rearranged. But after close and reopen the rearrangement is gone.

    Anything else is perfect!
    Thanks again and Grüße
  6. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    Too bad I don't understand German 'cuz CADTEC seems to have a lot of good information on their website. Looks like there is a hardcover training book, and from their online Help, a PDF version of it and some good training videos that could do with closed captions in English especially this one. The question of embossed text on curved surfaces has come up on several occasions and it seems like this video has an answer.
  7. cadtec

    cadtec Member

    Hello all

    We have made a new release and implemented almost all your suggestions and fixed some bugs we found.
    You can download the new ZIP file under the existing link as in the top (1st) post.

    @david: Thanks a lot for testing!
    - :) From USD 30.- , EUR 30.- or CHF 30.- you can freely position any data field in the viewer based on a freely definable HTML file and print out a complete overview of all data fields. Please read the help for "Customize print template".
    - German labels fixed
    - Added selection box for file extension.
    - First click in the list is now triggered the first time.
    - Show in Folder opens the directory and selects the desired file.
    - Write back of data fields may come in one of the next versions.
    - Pardon, "AUTOSTART" is wrong. Correct would be "AUTO". Should work as described in the help.

    @Stefan: Merci for testing as well!
    - 1.) Sorry, I can't test that here because I don't have a screen with such a high resolution.
    - 2.) The First line can now be selected.
    - 3.) All fields are now read-only. (Write-back of data fields may come in one of the next versions).
    - 4.) This is a big act within the program structure and will have to wait for now.... Sorry :)

    @HaroldL: Thanks for the positive feedback!

    As this is a brand-new program (4 weeks old) there might still be bugs we haven't found yet.
    Therefore, please keep us informed if someone finds something.

    Best regards,
    David, Daniel, Sven and André
  8. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    With new version, viewer works fine. Fixes tested so far seem good.

    BUT when running ZDBImport - it complains that ZDB.ini was not found - but it's there and works for the viewer...
  9. cadtec

    cadtec Member

    Thank you David! Its Fixed now.
  10. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    Still same problem here - viewer works, import says .ini missing.
  11. sp1234_De

    sp1234_De New Member

    Import and Viewer working here.


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