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DWG Columns for Explorer

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About

  • Enhance Your User's Experience with DWG Columns for Windows Explorer / File Explorer.
  • Show the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns or even in file dialog boxes within AutoCAD or other applications.

Click to see a larger version with more columns

  • Sort files in Explorer based on any of the columns available like a revision.
  • InfoTip (ToolTip) with all properties can also be seen when hovering over a file.

  • Use DWGPROPS in AutoCAD and add information in the Summary or Custom tabs and you can show this information in columns in Windows Explorer.
  • The columns can show the version of the DWG/DXF file, up to 10 custom properties, title, subject, author, comments, created, hyperlink base, keywords, last saved by, last updated, revision number. By default all columns starts with the DWG prefix. The same columns are used for all file types supported.
  • PROPULATE allows quick, automated population of the Drawing Properties dialog data fields.
  • No need to have AutoCAD installed. That means that everyone at your company can see this information.
  • No need to open the drawing to know information like revision and other valuable information in the drawing.
  • Supported extensions and file types are DWG, DXF, BAK, DWT, DWS, SV$ in any DWG/DXF file version even though some older file versions might not support showing all properties. DXF older than version 2004 does not support properties, only file version.
  • Column names can be customized for example from "DWG Revision" to "Rev" or into other languages.
  • The properties can also be seen in Explorer's Details pane.

See also the complementary application DwgInfoTip to show the information like an InfoTip (Tooltip).

Download

The following downloads are trial versions. Version 2.0 works with full functionality for 30 days, after that only the DWG version column is working. The full version will instead show all properties.

Version 2.0 download:

Dwg Columns trial can also be downloaded and installed as an app from the Autodesk Exchange Apps site (German version). 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.

Contact us for downloads of full version if you are a customer. After purchase we will email the link, normally within 24 hours.

Scripted installation possible of the three required files. Contact us for details. See also the documentation for how to run the installer silently.

Older versions:

Version 1.3 download:

Version 1.2 downloads:

System requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista. 32-bit or 64-bit.

This works with DWG and DXF files edited with applications like AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Caddie, progeCAD, Bricsys BricsCAD, IMSI TurboCAD, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, nanoCAD, MicroStation, ZWCAD+ and others.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package is required.
Either of the following are needed to be installed. A typical indication that the package is not installed is that DwgPropsX.dll cannot be registered.

"Module C:\WINDOWS\system32\DwgPropsX.dll failed to register. HRESULT -2147010895. Contact your support personnel."

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64)

Version 1.2 supports Windows XP but not DWG 2013 file format. Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable required.

Known issues and limitations: In Windows XP files with names and properties with UNICODE characters does not show correctly, DXF files are not supported and InfoTip is not supported.

  
    
  
  
             

Compatibility with any application that creates DWG or DXF files.

Purchase

10 EUR for one license or less depending on the amount of licenses.

JTB World is a VAT-registered Swedish company. If your company is outside Sweden and is VAT-registered in EU (European Union) contact us by email before purchase with your company name, VAT-number and what you want to purchase and how many licenses so we can email an invoice and exclude the VAT (25%) on the purchase.

DWG Columns

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.

Contact us for a quote and include how many licenses you want to purchase and your preferred payment method. 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. Educational discounts available. Network license needs can be met.

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.

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 info@jtbworld.com at www.paypal.com.

Dwg Columns can also be downloaded, installed and purchased as an app from the Autodesk Exchange Apps site (German version).

Documentation

Installation

Installation and uninstallation usually requires administration rights.

For upgrading it is recommended to uninstall previous version, restart or log off/log in, delete any remaining files in the installation folder DWG Columns and then install the new version.

Run the setup .exe (or the .msi) and follow the instructions. Usually a restart or log off/log in of the computer is needed as explorer.exe needs to be restarted.

If you get "The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2203." you can try to install again or make sure to close or disable applications that locks files like anti-virus programs or backup programs like Carbonite.

Silent installation of version 2.0 or newer:
Dwgcolumnssetup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /SUPRESSMSGBOXES /LOG=”%TEMP%\DWGCOL.LOG”

Customization

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Names of properties (column header) as seen in Windows Explorer can be modified in the DWGPropertyHandler.propdesc file. For each property you can change the label as seen below:
<labelInfo label="DWG version" invitationText=" " />
changed to a Spanish translation:
<labelInfo label="DWG versión" invitationText=" " />
To activate the changes take these steps:
Run cmd.exe as administrator and then the following:
rundll32 "C:\Program Files\JTB World\DWG Columns\DWGPropertyHandler.dll",InstallPropertySchema
Restart Explorer or log out from Windows and log in again to see the change.

If special characters like German Umlaut is used saving with Notepad might make the file not working. Open the file in Notepad after saving it and check if the descriptions look like expected or not. If there is a problem, try instead Ultraedit, Notepad++ or Notepad2 to make the saving with.

Windows XP

Names of properties (column header) as seen in Windows Explorer can be modified in the DwgPropertyHandler.txt file for Windows XP installations.
Restart Explorer or log out and log in to see the change.

Enter properties within AutoCAD

Use DWGPROPS within AutoCAD and populate with information.

 

PROPULATE can be used to automatically populate for example attribute information from the title block into the properties.

See this PROPULATE tutorial.

Usage in Windows Explorer

And here is what it look like in Explorer.

Click to see a larger version with more columns

Right click on the column header and you can select columns to view or hide.

When you click on More... you can select among all available details to show. All columns start with the DWG prefix, even for DXF and other file extensions supported.

Now it is possible to quickly see DWG properties or to sort on any of them.

See also the complementary application DwgInfoTip to show the information like an InfoTip (Tooltip).

Troubleshooting

If there are troubles after upgrading, first step to try is uninstall, delete any remaining files in the DWG Columns folder and DwgPropsX.dll in the System32 folder. A Windows restart or log out and log in might be needed to manually delete remaining files. Then install again.

If only the DWG Version is showing it might be that your trial has expired or that the DwgPropsX.dll in the System32 folder is wrong version.

If the property values are not visible in all columns it can be because of a non-compatible version of DwgPropsX.dll already is existing. To update it manually download and extract DwgPropsX.zip into a new folder and run install.bat as administrator.

Error: “Module C:\Program Files\JTB World\DWG Explorer Column Handler\DwgPropertyHandler.dll failed to register. HRESULT -2147024770. Contact your support personnel.” Contact JTB World for help.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package is required for Windows Vista and Windows 7.  A typical indication that the package is not installed is that DwgPropertX.dll cannot be registered. "Module C:\WINDOWS\system32\DwgPropsX.dll failed to register. HRESULT -2147010895. Contact your support personnel."

If you browse folders that are located on a server that you are connected with through a slow connection (WAN) you may notice that Explorer performance is slow. This is unfortunately a side effect of the need to read all files to be able to show the properties. It seems like newer Windows versions handles this better.

Revision History

  • 2013-10-17 - version 2.0

    • Support for DXF files and InfoTip/ToolTip.

    • 30-day trial available.

Wish list

Do you have need to see also Explorer Handler support for Inventor files (ipt, iam, idw and ipn), DXF files, MicroStation DGN files, Revit RVT files and so on? Please contact us with your interest.

Some DWG Columns reference customers

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

BAA Plc

GRIMSHAW

Mock, Roos & Associates, Inc.

Contact us for any questions, wishes or comments. A lot more can be done to automate your work.

 
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