Import Name Mapping Edit Window
For a description of how name mapping works, see Name Mapping Overview.
This window is displayed when the user presses the "Add", "Clone" or "Edit" button on the Import Name Mapping List Window. It is used to specify the formulas used to generate the drawing filename, sub-folder and description for a standard name mapping.
In theory, we could enter the description, filename and sub-folder for each drawing. But in most cases this would require repetitive user input. For example, let's say we wanted to put the folders for different disciplines in different sub folders. So the "Interior Elevations" drawing would have a filename of "Interior Elevations.tif" and would go in the "Architectural" sub-folder. The drawing description is used in the Dimension drawing list which is sorted alphabetically. So if we wanted that list grouped by discipline, the drawing description should be "Architectural - Interior Elevations".
Rather than enter the duplicate information, we enter the two pieces of unique information and build the filename, sub-folder and description from those pieces. In this example we would enter the drawing title and the discipline.
This is implemented by specifying formulas for the description, filename and sub-folder. These formulas are like the formulas in Excel except that they are used primarily to concatenate text rather than to add, subtract, multiply and divide as Excel formulas usually do. Figure 1 shows The formulas that would be used for the Discipline/name example. Formula building is described in detail in the Name Mapping Formulas.
Mapping Description : - This is the description of the standard mapping. The description is used to identity this mapping when selecting a mapping for conversion in the Conversion Filename Mapping Window.
File Description Formula : - This is the formula used to build the description of the file in the Dimension project. If you are not importing to a Dimension project this isn't used. See Name Mapping Formulas for more information on creating formulas.
A sample description is displayed underneath the formula. This will be blank if the formula is invalid.
File Sub-Folder Formula : - This is the formula used to build the name of the sub-folder of the file within the root or project folder selected in the Output Folder/Project Selection Window. See Name Mapping Formulas for more information on creating formulas.
A sample sub-folder is displayed underneath the formula. This will be blank if the formula is invalid.
File Name Formula : - This is the formula used to build the actual filename for the drawing (without the folder or sub-folder).. See Name Mapping Formulas for more information on creating formulas.
A sample filename is displayed underneath the formula. This will be blank if the formula is invalid.
Source Page/File Name Assign: - Frequently the files being imported will have file or page descriptions that match one of the desired output fields. This combo box allows you to automatically assign the description to one of the input fields. Simply press the down-arrow button and select the desired input field.
Source Sub-folder Assign: - Frequently the files being imported come from a sub-folder that matched one of the desired output fields. This combo box allows you to automatically assign the sub-folder to one of the input fields. Simply press the down-arrow button and select the desired input field.
OK - When you have finished editing the name mapping information, press this button to save your changes and return to the Standard Name Mapping List Window.
Cancel - Press this button to cancel the addition or editing.
Resizing the Window
This window is resizable. You can change its size with the mouse by clicking and dragging an edge of the window or the "grabber" control in the lower-right corner of the window.