PDXpert PLM Software
On-line Help Guide
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making any changes to custom collections:
1. All users other than the administrator should exit the PDXpert application.
2. The administrator should close all open data records ( ).
Defines a constrained list of choices to be displayed within a custom attribute.
Where used §
Custom attributes in documents, parts, change forms
Data fields §
- Name §
This is the custom collection's name within the Custom group.
It's permitted — but not recommended — to assign the name of a standard collection, such as Persons, to a new custom collection. Future PDXpert capabilities may rely on unique collection names, and duplicate names may need to be renamed later.
- Description §
- This describes the function or purpose of the collection.
Collection member §
- Name §
- This is the complete name for the collection member.
- Abbreviation §
- Specifies a short version of the member name. Although not used within the application, that database value may be available for export via a Data Transformations object.
- Description §
- This describes the function or purpose of the member.
- Custom collection §
- Identifies the collection that contains the member. When first creating the member, you can move it to another collection; however, after saving, the member can't be moved.
- Active: users can select
Default member of collection §
- For a description of these checkboxes, see the Collections reference > Managing collections help topic.
- The first member of the collection will be assigned as the default. If the collection has more than one member, the default can be changed to a different member.
- Making a custom collection member inactive makes it unavailable for new assignment, but doesn't remove it from any items where it's already used.
Setup suggestions §
A custom collection defines a fixed set of choices that can be selected in your items' custom attributes.
Always create a generic record, such as Not specified, as the default collection member. When creating a custom attribute in a part type, document type or change form template, assign this generic member as the default. The value is displayed until a useful collection member is intentionally assigned to the item.
Custom collections can be created to meet a very specific need, or to be broadly reusable. For example, if you want to create a list of possible paint colors for a part, the custom collection might be called either Colors or, more narrowly, Paint colors. The choice affects the number of collections, and how you'll manage each one over time. Consider whether:
- the collection can be used for different purposes — that is, the collection members are generic (Red) or specific (Copper Sunset) —, and
- modifications to the custom collection's members — say, new colors — will be appropriate wherever the collection is used.
Help Guide Contents [PDF]
- 0001. Welcome!
- 0002. Help conventions
- 0100. PDXpert Application Server
- 0101. Server overview
- 0200. How to...
- 0300. Console reference
- 0400. How to start the PDXpert client
- 0500. Program concepts
- 0600. How to set up PDXpert
- 0700. How to use the Item Explorer
- 0800. How to use the Collection Explorer
- 0900. How to work with documents
- 0901. Manage documents
- 1000. How to start a document
- 1003. Fill in the new document
- 1004. Add or remove references
- 1005. Save your document
- 1006. Remove your document
- 1007. Release your document
- 1008. Manage a released document
- 1009. Revise a released document
- 1010. Cancel a released document
- 1100. How to work with parts
- 1101. Manage parts
- 1200. How to start a part
- 1203. Fill in the new part
- 1204. Add, modify or remove BOM parts
- 1205. Import a CAD BOM
- 1206. Add or remove approved sources
- 1207. Add or remove references
- 1208. Save your part
- 1209. Remove your part
- 1210. Release your part
- 1211. Revise a released part
- 1212. Manage a released part
- 1213. Cancel a released part
- 1300. How to revise multiple markups
- 1400. How to work with change forms
- 1401. Processing a change
- 1402. Originate a new change form
- 1403. Analyze a submitted change
- 1404. Fix change processing errors
- 1405. Remove your change form
- 1406. Review a routed change
- 1407. Resolve an on-hold change
- 1408. Analyze an accepted change
- 1409. Use a released change
- 1410. View a completed change
- 1411. Analyze a stopped change
- 1412. View a rejected change
- 1413. Remove a canceled change
- 1414. Return a submitted change
- 1500. How to work with file attachments
- 1600. How to report, import & export
- 1601. Create a report
- 1602. Export a PDX package
- 1603. Use the Report/Export Wizard
- 1700. Import & update items
- 1701. Initialize your PLM database
- 1702. Use the External Data Importer
- 1703. Item Master import
- 1704. Iteration-level relational imports
- 1705. Bill of materials import
- 1706. References import
- 1707. Revision files import
- 1708. Sources import
- 1709. Item-level relational imports
- 1710. Item files & links import
- 1711. Materials import
- 1712. Groups collection import
- 1713. Materials collection import
- 1714. Organizations collection import
- 1715. Persons collection import
- 1716. Custom collection import
- 1800. View & export via ODBC
- 1801. View database objects
- 1802. Create an ODBC connection
- 1803. ItemViews reference
- 1804. ReferencePairViews reference
- 1805. SourcePairViews reference
- 1806. SourceItemMasterView reference
- 1807. StructurePairViews reference
- 1808. ChangeViews reference
- 1809. ChangePairViews reference
- 1810. FilePairMasterView reference
- 1900. How to perform other tasks
- 2000. Menu reference
- 2100. Item Explorer reference
- 2200. Document window reference
- 2300. Part window reference
- 2400. Change Form window reference
- 2500. System Rules reference
- 2501. System Rules window
- 2502. General: Copy files to snapshot
- 2503. General: Item uniqueness definition
- 2504. General: Reviewer's comment required
- 2505. Default File Access
- 2506. Password Policy
- 2507. References Tabs
- 2508. BOM: Allow duplicate parts
- 2509. BOM: Lock part default unit of measure
- 2510. BOM: Allow partner parts
- 2600. Collections reference
- 2601. Managing collections
- 2602. Custom attributes
- 2700. Places/Organizations/Persons
- 2800. General
- 2900. Documents
- 3000. Parts
- 3100. Changes
- 3108. Custom collections
- 3200. Other reference topics
- 3300. Software licenses & legal notices