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Copying Objects Using Save As
You may want to use an existing design as a basis for a new design. The original design may reside in a folder in the commonspace on the Windchill server, or it may be located in one of your workspaces.
For details, see About Using Save As.
Using Save As from the Commonspace
You can search the commonspace on the Windchill server to locate the desired object, and then use Save As to create a copy of that object on the Windchill server.
Consider this information about copying objects from the commonspace:
When you copy a top-level object and all of its lower-level parents, a new complete parallel structure (CAD structure) is created for that object.
If you did not select the top-level object and all of its lower-level parent objects, the system creates copies of only the objects that you explicitly selected.
To create a copy:
1. Search or browse Windchill folders to locate the desired object or structure in Windchill.
2. Open the information page of the object.
3. Select Save As from the actions list.
During the Save As operation, you can assign new names to the copied object using the Set New Name on the Save As page.
Using Save As from the Workspace
The workspace Save As action allows you to create copies of new objects that are located in the workspace. These newly created objects are not saved to the commonspace until you perform a checkin. The workspace Save As can be useful if you want to investigate alternate”design scenarios before selecting the one that you want to check in into the commonspace. That way you do not clutter the database with alternative design versions, and only check in the version that you want to develop further. The rejected designs can be easily removed from the workspace.
The workspace Save As allows you to update a dependency from an existing parent object to the newly-duplicated object, letting you replace an old component with a newly-duplicated component without involving the authoring application. In addition, circular dependencies can be detected and managed.
1. Select an object in the workspace that you want to save as a new object and click File > Save As.
Locally modified or incomplete objects, or objects that have never been uploaded, are not eligible for Save As.
2. Use the Configuration menu to set rules for the dependency and configuration of objects to be listed in the Save As table.
3. Select one or more objects and click the appropriate collection toolbar action to gather, remove, exclude, or include related objects in the Save As table.
4. By default the system appends an underscore to the original name. You specify a naming using the naming icon .
5. By default, Save As creates new objects. However, you can specify that the original object is reused by selecting the object and clicking the reuse icon .
6. By default, newly-saved-as objects are stored in the same location as the original. To set a different location, select one or more objects and click the set location icon .
7. Click Next to update a dependency from a parent object, or click Finish to complete the Save As operation without updating parent objects.