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Importing CADWorx Legacy Specifications FAQ


How can we import CADWorx Legacy Specifications (Ver 2012 and older) into the new
CADWorx Plant Pro 2013.

Answer :

The CADWorx 2013 specification format is different to the older text based versions.
Instead of working with fragmented files and rigorous folder structures, the 2013
specifications have been enhanced to consolidate all the information into Catalog and
Project files.

Catalog files (*.cat) contain the physical dimension information of the components as well
as additional information such as materials, schedule tables and also thickness tables.

Project files (*.prj) will contain the specifications which is akin to a filter of the catalog
components. The specs will contain information such as Long Description, available size
ranges, SKEY information for Isogen, layer information and much more.

Start the new Catalog and Specification Explorer by typing SPECEDIT on the commandline
if inside CADWorx Plant Pro, or alternatively run the CADWorxSpecEditor.exe from the
C:\CADWorx 2013\Plant\Spec folder.

Start a new Catalog from the SpecEditor beachball.

Give the new catalog a name, change the type to a global catalog and ensure the
unitsystem corresponds to your preferences. The Catalog can also be saved to a different
location however for the purposes of this example we will leave it as default.

Once the (empty) catalog is created, click on the size table icon. This is a minimum
requirement before importing a legacy specification. Schedule tables, Material tables etc.
can all be added at a later stage if requried.

Once the size table is created, rightclick and use the Add Standard Size option.

Use the select all option. If non standard sizes are required such as 110 or 160, these can
be added with the Add New Size option.

To import the legacy datafiles, the easiest option is to do so via Spec. The import from
Datafiles option is a lot more tedious and is also error prone.

Start with the legacy specification file that you would like to import. Note that your specs
may be saved in a different folder towhat is shown in the image below. Also set the correct
library folder and Topworks folder based on your specification.

The window will update with all the datafiles associated with that specification. Use the
select all items tickbox and hit the import button.

You should receive a confirmation that the files were successfully converted.

You will notice that the catalog data has now been updated with the data table

Repeat this process for your other specifications. If you have shared datafiles between
specification you may get a converted failed message. This is normal as the catalog will not
add the same datatable to the catalog twice. Save the catalog.

Start a new Project from the SpecEditor beachball.

Give the project a name and make sure that you reference the default catalog that has just
been created. Long description and Part number formats can be updated at a later stage
also if required.

Once the blank Project has been created use the import legacy specification button.

Browse to the legacy specification and choose the import button.

The specification will then be successfully imported.

Repeat the process for all the other specifications that are required. Save the Project File.

The final step is to click on the branch tab near the bottom left of the screen and then to
set the branch table information. Save the Project file, it is now ready for production.

Load the Project file from the specview palette.

Take advantage of the new improved routing features of CADWorx 2013 with your existing

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