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Manual Context menu commands in detail
  • Properties

    ...opens a dialog window in which the following properties can be displayed:

    The command is available both at directory level and at project level.

    • Path in file system

    • Status: Visible | Hidden by catalog creator | Hidden by administrator | Hidden by user | Hidden by ERP | Hidden by script

    • Brief Description

    • Description

    • Date

    • Version : Catalog version, part version

    • License

    • Catalog preview: Icon

    • Preview: Icon

    • Quality seal

    • Quality seal information

  • Context menu commands concerning display index

    Once in PARTproject or on file level, new directories are created, in PARTadmin, in the index administration, the respective icon is displayed.

    • Add to display index

      The command is displayed when calling the context menu on the respective directory.

      As an alternative - as long as no index exists - you can delete the data again (in PARTproject or on file level).

    • Display index -> Update

      When executing this command, the clicked directory including all subdirectories is searched and the Display index is updated.

      The display index is needed for saving or display of the directory structure. It has to be available in order for catalogs to be displayed in PARTdataManager. Other indices are optional for PARTdataManager functionality.

      This function corresponds to the command Commands -> Update display index.

      See Section, “ Update display index ”.

    • Display index -> Add missing directories to the display index

      The directory directly under "Bolts" is added to the index.

      The directory directly under "Bolts" is added to the index.

      The function only adds missing directories into the index, which are directly under the chosen one. Directories, which are further down in the hierarchy are not added.

      [Note] Note

      For changes Display index -> Update has to be used.

  • Create full-text search index (Lucene index)

    This index is required for the Full-text search in PARTdataManager.

    You can recognize the current state of the index by specific icons:



    Full-text search index available
    Full-text search index available (Newer version)
    Full-text search index available (Older version)
    Full-text search index is missing
    Full-text search index incompatible (Index is too new)
    Full-text search index incompatible (Index is too old)

    [Note] Note

    In PARTadmin under Index administration icons signalize the current state of the Lucene index. Details on this can be found under Section, “ Icons and display in the index tree”.

    • Software update

      Especially at software updates you have to make sure to update the index in order to have fully new functionality.

    • Catalog update

      Catalog updates are advantageous, because they contribute to the improvement of part quantity and / or part quality. Here the case may occur that the index is newer than the software version.

    On the topmost catalog level (Catalogs) the full-text search index can be completely created for all catalogs (Create all catalog search indexes) or only updated for still missing catalog indices (Create not existing catalog search indexes).

    For all top-level directories (norm, <catalog manufacturer>, own part catalog) the index for the full-text search can be created for the selected catalog as a whole. At sublevels the command is not available.

    [Note] Note

    Furthermore it is needed to search for topological measures of length in the input field of full-text search. When updating the software please make sure to update the geo search index and then the full-text search index. On this please see Section, “ Update Full-text search index (and Geometrical search index) for finding topological values via Full-text search ”.

  • Create LinkDB search index / Create all LinkDB search indexes / Create not existing LinkDB search index / Update LinkDB search indexes (on project level)

    [Note] Note

    Please not, that the LinkDB search index has to be created anew, when adding projects to the link database or changing role settings.[a]

    [a] In productive operation, normally this will happen in the course of nightly updates (see Section, “Automated and cyclical update of data ”).

    You can find the respective command in PARTadmin -> Index administration -> Context menu command of catalog.

    The blue database icon shows that a LinkDB index is available (but not necessarily up-to-date), otherwise it is gray with a red x .

    The blue database icon The blue database icon shows that a LinkDB index is available (but not necessarily up-to-date), otherwise it is gray with a red x . shows that a LinkDB index is available (but not necessarily up-to-date), otherwise it is gray with a red x The blue database icon shows that a LinkDB index is available (but not necessarily up-to-date), otherwise it is gray with a red x ..

    The LinkDB search index contains all role information.

    When roles changed, in PARTadmin, a message appears pointing out that the LinkDB search index has to be updated.

    The LinkDB search index has to be updated for all used catalogs.

    Relevant role changes are: (see Section, “ Tabbed page "General" ”)

    • Preferred ranges

    • Filter condition for datasets

    • Viewing condition for table rows

    • Columns to be displayed

    • Columns not to be displayed (export only)

    • Display condition for parts selection

    If search indices are not available or free from errors, in PARTdataManager, the message Missing search indexes is displayed.

    When starting PARTdataManager, it is checked whether all indices are available and free from errors. If not, the dialog Missing search indexes is displayed with a respective note.

    Exemplary message in PARTdataManager

    Exemplary message in PARTdataManager

  • Geometrical search index (Geometrical indexes)

    The Geometrical search index is required for all search methods except from full-text search and variable search.

    • Geometrical search index -> Create/Update

      Open the directory tree at the desired place to see the icons.

      The current index state is signalized by icons:

      Geometric search index is outdated:

      Disadvantages at an deprecated index are a) less search speed and b) less result quality.

      Use the context menu command Geometrical search index -> Create/Update.

      Geometric search index available:

      You have optimal search speed and result quality.

      Geometric search index is missing:

      Use the context menu command Geometrical search index -> Create/Update.

      By clicking on the context menu command Geometrical search index -> Create/Update the settings dialog for the geometrical search index opens.

      Geometric search index settings Search index, geometricsettings

      Geometric search index settings

      • Minimum number of lines to index per table

        • Percentual fraction

          A high percentual value lengthens calculation time for large tables.

          [Note] Note

          Default setting is 100%, because this function is primarily used for own parts catalogs.

          When you create the geometric search index for standard or supplier catalogs, then please change the value to 1 % ! The generation with 100% can take some time depending on catalog.

        • Absolute fraction

          So that for small tables there are enough rows indexed, enter the absolute number.

        Calculation example 1: 10 rows, Percentual fraction: 10, Absolute fraction: 3 -> 3 rows are created

        Calculation example 2: 10 rows, Percentual fraction: 20, Absolute fraction: 1 -> 2 rows are created

        Always the larger of the two values is used. The time for the generation and the amount of storage space needed for the fingerprints on the hard drive is approximately proportional to the number of rows.

      • Geometric fingerprints

        • Update

          If some new assemblies are added and no new parts have been changed, an Update suffices.

          In fingerprints the date of change is saved so that a fingerprint can be overwritten when the project has been changed. In other words it is not necessary to recreate the fingerprints.

        • Create from scratch

          For a CIP installation it is not necessary to create the geometric fingerprints again. These are always available with catalogs delivered by CADENAS.

          Use this command, if you want to index own parts.

        • Always recreate fingerprints for outdated algorithms

          If there are changes concerning an algorithm and this option is activated, then the fingerprints for this algorithm are created anew. If this option is deactivated, then the search works, however possible enhancements are missing.

      [Note] Note

      Problem: If files cannot be loaded by any reason (e.g. failed mesh reduction or corrupt file), then at next update there will be an anew attempt to generate missing fingerprints.

      This may slow down the fingerprint generation considerably.

      Solution: Save files with failed fingerprint generation in a CSV file named ignore.csv. These files will excluded from further generation processes as long as the STL date does not change.

      The file has to be stored in the geo index directory of catalog.



      At least the two columns PROJECT and LINEID have to exist. All other columns are ignored. Fields are separated by semicolon and quoted by double quotes. The PROJECT field must contain the path relative to the catalog root using slashes.

      In order to create the respective CSV file do the following:

      1. Call dialog Manage fingerprints.

      2. Open dialog Export Options by clicking on Export ... and there, activate the option Fingerprints not available.

      [Note] Note

      For the Partial search the standard creation of the Geometrical search index is not sufficient!

      On this see under Section, “ Geometrical search index for Partial search ”.

      [Note] Note

      To be able to search for topological measures of length topological measures of length, after a software update you have to update the Geometrical search index (after this the full-text search index).

      On this see under Section, “ Update Full-text search index (and Geometrical search index) for finding topological values via Full-text search ”.

      [Note] Note

      The function Geometrical search index -> Create/Update is similar to Manage fingerprints.

      However, here you can only generate.

      A statistical evaluation is only displayed at Manage fingerprints. This however can take a lot of time depending on catalog size.

      Especially for own part catalogs the geometrical search index can be generated afterwards. At supplier catalogs the geometrical search index is already pregenerated.

    • Geometrical search index -> Manage fingerprints

      On this please see under Section, “ Manage fingerprints ”.

    • Geometrical search index -> Create partition map

      This special index generation is needed for the search result list in PARTdataManager. In the view mode Partition Map this special index generation is needed.

      Create partition map

      Create partition map

      Display mode "Partition Map" in PARTdataManager

      Display mode "Partition Map" in PARTdataManager

  • Check link index

    If there are errors when performing the command Check link index, a message box appears with the question, whether the Link index shall be created anew.

    The Link index is part of the Display index. If the link index is faulty (recognizable by missing search results for example), the Display index could be generated for all catalogs as well. However that would need considerably more time than only updating the Link index. This takes only a few minutes, even at a hundred catalogs.

  • Add to favorites:

    All favorites are available in the PARTdataManager on the Favorites tabbed page.

  • Cleanup versions

    Corresponds to the function with the same name in the dialog area Commands (see Section, “ Cleanup versions ”).

  • Create CIP-File:

    The catalog status is packed into a CIP file as it is with an index (in case available).

    [Note] Note

    In PARTproject under -> Project selection -> context menu Output -> CIP catalog you have the opportunity to enter licenses or modify files in different ways (e.g. tab -> tac, upper/lower case lettering, etc.).

    Compare Section, “ CIP catalog ” in eCATALOGsolutions Manual.

  • Suppress appearance / Restore appearance

    With this command, both entire directories as well as individual files can be hidden for the display in PARTdataManager.

    Hidden directories are displayed in the index administration in light red font color.

    [Note] Note

    Not to be confused with those in dark red font color: They were hidden for the depiction in PARTdataManager by the modelling process in PARTproject.

  • Uninstall catalog

    This command removes the selected directory from the index tree. Uninstall catalog is only available for top level directories (catalogs) and additionally added directories (own parts).

    Mark the catalog.

    By right-clicking, open the Uninstall catalog menu.

    --> The catalog is uninstalled and no longer displayed in PARTsolutions.

    [Note] Note

    If you delete the top level folder all subdirectories will be removed. In addition a new index must be created (see Section, “ Generate new display index ”).

    [Note] Note

    Index management is usually only available for the administrator. In order to, for example, uninstall catalogs, you must set the entries below. The current mode is displayed in the status bar at the bottom right (Admin Del).

    The corresponding entry in the configuration file can be edited under PARTadmin -> Category -> Configuration files -> $CADENAS_USER --> partsolu.cfg -> COMMON.



    [Note] Note

    Deinstallation when ERP integration is used:

    You get a message, whether you also like to delete the linked entries in the LinkDB.

    The entries from all relevant tables are deleted.


  • Remove

    Only entries under user data can be removed.