There's an Autodesk Labs technology preview that asks What if we looked at item number resequencing in AutoCAD Electrical in a new way? The current Item Resequence capability of AutoCAD Electrical assigns item numbers by Drawing\Manufacturer rather than across the project. So a project can have:
- Company A gets a 1 on the first drawing
- Company B gets a 2 on the first drawing
- Company A gets a 3 on the second drawing.
- Company B gets a 4 on the second drawing.
With many companies and lots of drawings, it can get rather confusing. The technology preview of Item Number Resequencing for AutoCAD Electrical is different from the released functionality in that it:
- Always processes the entire active project.
- Does not activate each drawing to process it, providing a performance improvement.
- Sorts catalog information based on Manufacturer and Catalog across the project, not on a per drawing basis.
- Assigns item numbers to schematic and panel devices.
- Ignores the project setting to reset for each drawing. Item numbers are always accumulated project-wide.
The technology preview was launched on TBD. Based on feedback received to date to email@example.com and the dedicated discussion group on the Autodesk Labs project, the team provided an update. This update includes:
- Process panel first
- Provide an option to group and reset per Inst\Loc group
- Support for the Reset per Drawing project setting (Reset per Inst\Loc overrides this setting)
- Support for reordering and removing manufacturers from processing
- Correction to include jumpers (missed in first iteration)
- Correction to update related balloons (missed in first iteration)
So if you a user of the English version of AutoCAD Electrical 2014 or 2015, please give this a try and let us know if we need to keep looking or not. Installing the technology preview overrides the existing resequencing functionality. So after it is installed, you run it using the same command (AERESEQUENCE) or ribbon icon, Panel tab > Edit Footprints panel > Resequence Item Numbers. You can tell for sure you have the technology preview version by the dialog. Labs is in the title, and there are only 2 options on it: the starting value and whether to process all or just the ones that are blank. To go back to the old way, uninstall the technology preview version using the regular Windows uninstaller.
Looking at doing an existing thing in a new way is alive in the lab.