SSMPropEditor - Sheet Set Manager Properties Editor for AutoCAD based products
Edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View with ease. If you want to change properties like a revision, date or name on two or more sheets at the same time SSMPropEditor is for you. Your productivity will increase and you will save time avoiding a lot of manual work.
Sheet Set Properties, Sheet Set Custom Properties, Sheet Properties and Sheet Custom Properties can be edited and bulk updated.
Copy Sheet Properties from one sheet to one or multiple other sheets.
Copy Sheet Set Properties from one Sheet Set to another.
Increment revisions quickly on multiple sheets.
Paste the total sheet count to any property.
Optionally rename the actual drawing file associated with the sheet.
Export all Sheet or Sheet Set Properties information to a text file or an Excel file.
Import back the exported file after manual changes have been made. Search or Find and replace can be used for example in Notepad or Excel.
Launch your DWG application from the tree view opening the sheet drawing. The application could for example be AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT or TrueView.
Workaround when sheet title contains unsupported characters? Have you got “The name cannot be longer than 64 characters”? SSMPropEditor can help with this.
SSMPropEditor will save you time and money and make you less frustrated when you don't need to edit one sheet at a time.
Update and correct non-existing paths to improve performance of SSM within AutoCAD.
When it comes to Sheet Set Manager performance within
AutoCAD there can be several reasons. There are a
few things that can be done to tune it in. Take a look at these posts:
The DST converter is useful for IT or CAD Managers to correct performance problems with SSM Sheet Sets that started to perform badly. The program converts a DST file to an XML file that can be edited in an XML editor or Notepad and then converted back to DST. One customer used it to replace some dead paths in an SSM file and made a 50 sheet set of construction dwgs each open in 20 seconds instead of the 1½-2 minutes it was taking. Another customer found that the size of the DST was increasing more than reasonable and was able to manually compress and remove erroneous data. Eventually found out that changing the "include in publish" status was what caused the bloat.
There is no trial for DST Converter but if you open a DST file in SSMPropEditor a corresponding XML file will be created in the %TEMP% folder so you can review the format of it. Purchase details.
For one customer there were two "nodes" in this path: AcSmDatabase\AcSmSheetSet\AcSmPublishOptions
each named "AcSmCustomPropertyBag" that each contained over 8MB of data. He
deleted these nodes and converted the XML back to a DST and everything is
DST Converter can also be used to merge Sheet Sets.
Contact us to get a time
limited license file for free.
Current version is 5.0. The installer downloads are up to 3.4 MB.
Other languages like French and Spanish can be made available upon request and with some help with the translation.
There is also a portable download with the possibility to get the files without the need run the installation. Just extract the files to any folder on your computer or USB memory and run SSMPropEditor.exe.
SSMPropEditor as AutoCAD app SSMPropEditor_5_0_AutoCAD_app.zip (3.4 MB) version 5.0 multilanguage version for both 32-bit and 64-bit. This will install a Plug-Ins Ribbon tab panel in AutoCAD 2012 and newer versions as well as verticals. Installation instructions below. (This does not work for AutoCAD LT)
SSMPropEditor can also be downloaded and installed as an app from the Autodesk Exchange Apps site. Purchase is also available through this site.
If purchase has been done via Autodesk Exchange Apps the download is available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing.
.NET Framework 4.0 or later - Download at Microsoft.com
Operating system - Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows NT (SP
6A), Windows 2000 (SP2), Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2012
To export/import directly to/from Excel it is required to have Excel installed.
The software runs stand-alone and does not require AutoCAD to be installed.
Compatible with AutoCAD versions (2005 and up to
AutoCAD 2014) that has Sheet
Set Manager (SSM). Works with all flavors/verticals based on AutoCAD like
AutoCAD Architecture (ACA), Architectural Desktop (ADT), AutoCAD Civil 3D,
AutoCAD Electrical , AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP (AMEP,
ABS), AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D. Compatible with
AutoCAD Architecture 2014, AutoCAD LT 2014,
30 EUR for one license of SSMPropEditor or less depending on the quantity of licenses.
When you purchase with PayPal you can use your credit card or bank account where available. You will be emailed the license (this is done manually but normally within 24 hours). If you want to purchase for example 15 licenses add first 10 to the chart and then add 5. DST Converter download link is also emailed.
If you have a really many users that you want to give access to this software we can discuss a discounted price based on your particular situation and network license needs can be met. Educational discounts available.
The license is perpetual and support is included. If you have more than one computer and you are the only user of the application one license is enough.
Contact us for other payment methods. PayPal, share-it, Mastercard/Eurocard, Visa, American Express, and Diner's Club online are accepted. Alternatively, there is support for bank transfer/wire transfer, or Checks and Money Orders through postal mail. Online transfers via giropay and Nordea Solo are also supported.
To pay by PayPal you can also send payment to the account of email@example.com at www.paypal.com.
It is also possible to run SSMPropEditor from a thumb drive or portable drive or network by downloading the "no installation" .zip file.
For deployment on multiple machines silent/automated installation can be
Run SSMPropEditor.exe from the installation folder or start SSMPropEditor from the Windows Start menu.
If SSMPropEditor as AutoCAD app has been used for installation the application will automatically load in AutoCAD and also add the SSMPropEditor panel to the Ribbon tab Plug-ins. In AutoCAD 2013 if a drawing has an associated sheet set it will be opened in SSMPropEditor and if pressing F1 while hovering over the icon on the Ribbon the help file is opened. Commands defined for AutoCAD are SSMPropEditor (starts the application), SSMPropEditorAppShortcuts (will create shortcut to the program in the Windows Start menu or on the desktop) and SSMPropEditorHelp (opens the local help file).
If you don't have the license file SSMPropEditor or if the Sheet Set is locked SSMPropEditor will run in a read-only mode.
With a time limited license the software works without limitation except for the time period limitation.
Here follows the few steps to use the program.
Click on the open button or the application menu or FILE menu followed by open or select from recent sheet sets to Open a DST file.
Select one or many sheets in the tree or click on the top node to access the Sheet Set Properties.
Click on Show Properties button if "Use Show Properties" is checked. If selecting many sheets it can speed up if "Use Show Properties" is checked but it is a bit less convenient because the button needs to be pressed for the properties to update.
Make the changes to the properties.
If the values of a property is different on at least two of the selected sheets you will see *VARIES* as value.
Click on Apply before selecting other sheets in the tree on the left side. Apply is only a way to accept the changes but they are not saved to the DST file until Save is pressed.
When opening another Sheet Set (DST file) or exiting the application you will be asked to save the changes permanently to the Sheet Set.
Note that changing the Layout property does not change the layout name in the actual DWG file so it should only be used if the layout previously has been or will be changed separately in the DWG file.
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Make the changes on the selected sheets.
Make changes and click on Apply.
When opening another Sheet Set (DST file) or exiting the application you will be asked to save the changes permanently to the Sheet Set.
Use Show Properties
Select this checkbox if you don't want to click on Show Properties when you click in the tree view. This can be good when you select a few sheets but it can be slow if you have many sheets.
Click on this button to show the properties of the Sheet Set or the Sheet.
Cancel any changes.
Click on Apply before selecting other sheets in the tree on the left side. Apply is only a way to accept the changes but they are not saved until Save is pressed.
Increment the value in the active property cell. One or more sheets can be selected. Even if the values are varying each value will be incremented individually. If the existing value is a number it will be incremented to the next number and if a letter to the next letter.
If there is a need for a custom incremental series a file named increment_value.txt can be placed in the same folder as the DST file and it will be used to control the increment functionality.
An example of the content of the increment_value.txt file is:
In the above example if the existing value is 0 it will be changed to A. If the existing value is B there is no value after so it will not be changed.
Notice that each value is enclosed by double quotes. The file can easily be created using Notepad or another basic text editor.
Use the unlock/lock button to unlock or lock the sheet set. This makes it possible to save changes and see them updated in AutoCAD without having to close and open the Sheet Set.
When the button says Unlock, clicking on it will make SSMPropEditor unlock the DST file and make it possible to edit it in AutoCAD and make it read-only in SSMPropEditor.
When the button says Lock, clicking on it will make SSMPropEditor lock the DST file so it is possible to edit properties. If the DST file is locked by AutoCAD for example when you have the sheet properties dialog box open, SSMPropEditor cannot lock it.
Show Copy Checkboxes checkbox needs to be checked first. The Sheet Set or one or a sheet can be selected. Select what properties should be copied and press Copy Properties.
A Sheet Set or one or many sheets can be selected to paste the properties to. It is possible to copy properties from one sheet set and then open another sheet set and paste the properties to.
Before Paste Properties
After Paste Properties
Paste Sheet count
The number of sheets is pasted to the currently selected property cell. This is useful if you have a property holding the total number of sheets either as a Sheet Set Custom Property or a Sheet Custom Property.
Paste Selected Sheet count
The number of selected sheets is pasted to the currently selected property cell.
Makes it possible to renumber multiple sheets.
If a selection of sheets should be indexed select them in the tree view.
Select one Sheet Property or Sheet Custom Property.
Click on Sheet Indexing button.
The dialog box that makes it possible to specify how the indexing should work opens up.
Note in this case how the Sheet Property Sheet number have been changed on all sheets and with the prefix specified.
Show Selection Checkboxes
Check this checkbox to be able to select the properties to copy.
Include sheets with 'No Publish'
This applies to the buttons for Paste Sheet count and Paste Selected Sheet count.
Here you have access to Open, Apply, Save and Recent Sheet Sets.
To check if there is a new version available click on "Check for update"
Click on the Application menu and Options.
Update and correct non-existing paths to improve performance of SSM within AutoCAD. As default "Advanced: Show internal paths" is unchecked.
When activated reopen the sheet set to see the new properties: Relative Path, Full Path, UNC Path, Local Path, Special Path and Environment Path.
AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager and SSMPropEditor will try find the sheet/drawing/"File Name" by first looking at the "Relative Path". This is relative to the DST file location and is empty if a relative path cannot be created like when the DST and DWG are on different drives. If the sheet is found using the "Relative Path" the complete path will show in "Found Path". "Expected Path" will be based on the "Relative Path" if it is available.
If the "File Name" is not found in the "Relative Path" the "File Name" will be searched for in the "Full Path". If still not found "UNC Path", "Local Path", "Special Path" and "Environment Path" will be searched in the mentioned order. If "File Name" is not found in any of these folders "Found Path" will be empty.
Because of the above functionality in Sheet Set Manager the performance can be affected if AutoCAD has to try locating the drawing file in non-existing folders on the network and especially non-existing UNC path. To correct this either make sure all paths are existing or you can delete some of the path properties and just leave one so that the drawing files is found. Suggestion is to make sure the relative path is correct making it possible to relocate the sheet set and also make sure the full path is correct.
If "Rename actual .dwg file" is
activated in Options changing
the "File Name" property will
result in the drawing file being
renamed when saving the Sheet
Set. If "Expected Path" is
changed it will result in the
drawing file being moved when
saving the Sheet Set. Changing
any of the other paths can
depending on the circumstances
also result in moving the
is a path containing an
Special path is
a path containing a CSIDL value.
Right click on a sheet or subset in the tree view for more options.
Sheet data or Sheet Set data can be exported either to a text file (tab separated format) or to an Excel file. Normally it is preferred to export directly to Excel.
How can this be useful? Besides a more free way to edit the properties you can use Excel's functionality to find and replace text. Another thing is to switch properties on multiple sheets. Say you have entered text in the Revision number Sheet property and later found that due to a limitation this property cannot be used in a Sheet List Table, in Excel you can then copy the values from this Sheet property to a Custom Sheet property and thus work around the limitation.
You cannot add or delete sheets or properties this way.
Only edit the property values.
Import Sheet data or Sheet Set data. To avoid not expected ? characters when importing a text file to SSMPropEditor use save as in Excel as Unicode txt format instead. Or use import directly from an Excel file to avoid formatting issues.
The following is avoided by exporting/importing to Excel file. When opening a text file in Excel it sometimes automatically format cells so that for example a value 1:100 is showing as 0.1111111 and 1:50 as 01:50 or 0011 as 11 or having dates changing format. To avoid that make sure to use the Text Import Wizard within Excel. The data is delimited with Tabs. Specifically set the data format for all columns to "Text" to be sure the formatting stays as expected. Tip! In the "Data preview" highlight the first column. Then scroll to the last column on the right and while holding down shift, click the column with your mouse pointer. All columns will then be highlighted. Now set the column data format to Text.
Start SSMPropEditor.exe with the full path to a DST file as argument to open the sheet set.
Create Grid Report or Report Preview to print to a printer or export to PDF, HTML, JPEG or TIFF.
To clear the recent list merge the file SSMPropEditor Clear Recent List.reg to the registry by double clicking on it. The file is located in the installation folder.
If you make use of publishing in the background in AutoCAD you need to first run "Resave All Sheets" in SSM before starting to publish. Otherwise the updated properties by SSMPropEditor will not be used.
Click on Style and select any of the styles and optionally a custom color.
Q: My experience with sheet set manager has shown that in the absence of the .dst file the associated fields retain the last information they were populated with. After running SSMPropEditor and sending the files to a consultant, the consultant only sees # symbols where the fields are located. Any thoughts?
A: Your observation is correct and as expected. SSMPropEditor only touches the DST file and unless AutoCAD has been opened and having resaved the sheets the changes will not be seen in the drawings without the DST file available.
Known issues in latest release and possibly older releases:
Most recent and previous versions:
If you too have a need for any of these wishes please contact us so we know how big the need for it is and can prioritize accordingly.
"I love the SSMPropEditor, by the way. It's the coolest thing since sliced bread."
“I love your SSMPropEditor. I’ve used it on two major projects this past week and it has saved me at least a day, maybe two, over others here not using the SSM. The SSM speeds up productivity, but the SSM Properties Editor makes it feasible considering you can have titles 64 characters long and longer, plus special characters. The ability to change properties on multiple sheets at once is something that really makes this worth having. I was able to change 45 sheet title blocks in a matter of minutes.” - Archie Dodge
"I've just sent out a final issue
of some 40-50 drawings for a
project that I've been working
on all year. I only needed to
use the Prop editor once, but it
worked 'exactly like it said on
the tin'. Excellent! Why don't
Autodesk do this already?
I've purchased The SSMPropEditor and It's the best investment I have made in my life. I'm editing custom sheet set data regarding drawn-by and checked by and lot of other data for hundreds of sheets in seconds while it took me days to do it - quote on AUGI
A new customer about SSMPropEditor: It's like Christmas and Birthday together! :-)
"As a Cad Support person with Brisbane City Council
(Australia) I have been responsible for the implementation of Sheet Set
Manager within AutoCad and AutoCad Map 3D. This initiation was overall
excepted well, however one of the few complaints I have received is the
inability of editing multiple drawing (often in excess of 100 drawings)
Titleblock information (SSM Titleblock Fields.
"I believe everyone should be using AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager, as it greatly improves drawing management. I also believe everyone should be using your Sheet Set Property Editor and Sheet Set Path Editor. Both tools greatly improve AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager. Our users have indicated that using your software allows them to update the title block data more effectively and efficiently, thus saving time with drawing revisions and submissions." - Keith Biggs, CAD Technical Coordinator, RF Binnie & Associates Ltd.
HOLY COW THERE MR JB where has this software been all my life, thanks for taking off at least a day of frustration per job now it takes only 15 min.
This tool is a lifesaver!
SSMPropEditor will help you save time and money when working with multiple sheets in the Sheet Set Manager.
SSMPropEditor can help with: AutoCAD Sheet Set, AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager, AutoCAD Sheet Set performance, AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager performance, ACAD SSM, SSM performance issues, AutoCAD Sheet Set Properties, AutoCAD Sheet Properties and much more.
If you want to create Sheet Sets and their properties in an automated manner take a look at our JTB Sheet Set Creator.
If you want other features added feel free to contact us with your wishes.