I’m happy to share with you the first version of what I’m calling, “Design Notes”. This add-in for Inventor 11+ is a history based note tool that will record engineering notes, tasks and other information related to the Inventor file. The tool adds a new button to all document environments that looks like this:
Clicking the button will open the ‘Design Notes’ tool where you will be able to add notes to the file. Each note is tagged with the date and author. The author name is derived from the username field set in Inventors application options.
The application also provides a means to email (and print) the notes to your standard email application:
The email can then be edited to include additional information releated to the note:
As you can also see from the above screenshots, each time you rename the file or perform a save-as operation the application will record this as a system note. This can be useful for tracking the history of a file regardless of what the file is called.
This application will install on both 32bit and 64bit systems running Inventor 11 or higher. Still to be tested on the new ribbon interface, but if anyone wants to provide feedback on this aspect please send me an email. The application can be downloaded from this websites ‘CAD Tools‘ menu. This beta version will expire on 04/01/2009 . Currently free… (for now).
Please send me feedback via the comments form on this page: http://cadtoolbox.com/?page_id=227. Enjoy!