SOLIDWORKS Add-In Glossary and Tips

This page contains general tips for usage of CUSTOMTOOLS and terminology used in the products and their user interfaces and helps.

The CUSTOMTOOLS Copy command affects always to the active document.

Document type specific CUSTOMTOOLS commands are also listed in the right-click menu based on type of the selected component.

When performing any of the following CUSTOMTOOLS commands, all CUSTOMTOOLS commands except the Customize menu command in the CUSTOMTOOLS menu gets disabled until you finish the ongoing CUSTOMTOOLS operation:

After the command has been executed or the user cancels the command execution by any reason, the CUSTOMTOOLS commands becomes enabled again.

Anytime you want to use the CUSTOMTOOLS Search feature, click the CTIcon tab in the SOLIDWORKS Task pane.

When saving document and the default saving folder is not defined, the save folder opened by default by the Save As dialog box is the folder you saved the most recent file within the same SOLIDWORKS session.

TIP: The SOLIDWORKS session ends when you close the SOLIDWORKS.

Sheet Metal:

When you create a multibody part from several sheet metal components, the thicknesses of the components are written to cut-list-item properties of each cut-list-item as a property called Thickness.

File Conversion:

When you convert your SOLIDWORKS drawings to the JPEG format, the drawings are zoomed to fit the screen before they are converted to ensure that the output files can be used as planned.

Notes for the File Naming:

Windows and CUSTOMTOOLS have some rules in relation to the names the files are allowed to have in order to be saveable. The following rules applies to the characters used in the file names while saving with CUSTOMTOOLS.

Character Description
< Less than
> Greater than
: Colon
" Quotation mark
/ Slash
| Vertical bar
* Asterisk

NOTE: Neither the backslash ( \ ) character should not be used in the file names. The backslash ( \ ) character is being considered as a folder separator in that context.

When you import a CUSTOMTOOLS profile that has been created with CUSTOMTOOLS 2010 version for example, the options of the new features of the new CUSTOMTOOLS version are setup based on the default settings of those features.

For example, settings of the following features are setup by the default options on migration from the older CUSTOMTOOLS version:

Coord Note The Coord Note feature was introduced in CUSTOMTOOLS 2012 SP0 version as the CoBox feature. The CUSTOMTOOLS CoBox was renamed as Coord Note in CUSTOMTOOLS 2017 SP0 version.
Cutting Profile The Cutting Profile feature was introduced in CUSTOMTOOLS 2012 SP1 version as the CNC Tool feature. The CUSTOMTOOLS CNC Tool was renamed as Cutting Profile in CUSTOMTOOLS 2017 SP0 version.
Cut List Properties Properties for the Cut-list items (Cut List Properties) were introduced in CUSTOMTOOLS 2010 SP5.

When you import a CUSTOMTOOLS profile that has been created with an older CUSTOMTOOLS version than CUSTOMTOOLS 2010 SP5, any Cut List Properties are not included in the imported profile so in that case the users have to create those properties again by themself.

The Copy feature in CUSTOMTOOLS remembers the selections made in the Action box and in the TargetConfiguration box that were made on the previous session. So when you use the Copy feature and then restart SOLIDWORKS, the Action (Action) and the Configuration (TargetConfiguration) selections are retained from your previous SOLIDWORKS session.

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