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Use Cases

  • Work with different versions of the same document in different projects.
  • Work on different projects and avoid mixing up the files.
  • Creation of different local protypes for new files. 


  • Assembly 1 of Project A contains a component with an older version (e.g. 00) of the document
  • Assembly 2 of Project B contains a component with a new version (e.g. 05) of the same document.

Change Working directories (since /

+    = ...                        
                  = -----------------------------
                  = fnc.workdir.change
                  = -----------------------------
                  = ...  


Function in ECTR


What happens when this function is executed

  1. SAP ECTR opens an dialog for selecting an other working directory

    If no other work directory than the default directory exists, SAP ECTR opens an creation dialog
  2. After selecting an other work directory, SAP ECTR "asks" every active CAD-Integration if a directory change is possible.
  3. If the change is possible, SAP ECTR will change the work directory and report the new directory to all active CAD-Integrations.
  4. If the change is not possible, for example due to locked files in the active working directory, SAP ECTR will open a warning dialog with the message from the CAD Integration.

Effect of the function

  1. The different working directories can contain different versions of the same document (-file) without overwriting each other.
  2. The same CAD integration can employ different working directories.

Manage Working Directories (since /

The function Manage Working Directories (fnc.workdir.manage) calls this window:

The window displays the name of the working directory, the creation date and the date the working directory was last used. A check mark icon indicates an active working directory. 

The column Working Directory Size displays the size of the working directory. The column Number checked-out displays the number of read-write documents. The column Number locally modified displays the number of locally modified documents in the working directory.

(warning) Disclaimer: The values of these three columns are only determined before deleting or when using the function Analyze / Analyze all.

Further functions are available in the dialog:

  • Set Working Directory Active
  • Add (create) Working Directory
  • Rename Working Directory
  • Remove Working Directory ((info) Note: The active working directory, or the working directory containing checked-out documents cannot be deleted.)
  • Analyze Working Directory: The Analyze function collects more information for the selected working directory: Working directory size and the number of locally modified or read-write documents in the working directory.
  • Analyze All Working Directories (similar to the Analyze function, but for all working directories).

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