Overview - Library Designer

Overview - Library Designer

This article provides an example of how Library Designer can be utilized to make Library wide changes affecting many products at once. Before getting started, ensure that the Library Designer database has been configured and test to make sure it's communicating with the factory database . For help setting up Library Designer for the first time see Setting Up Library Designer .

Make a backup copy of your factory database before experimenting with Library Designer.

Modify Product Prompt Values Across a Library

In this tutorial, we’ll change the standard interior finish material of all closed cabinets in our library to an open finish. Traditionally, we would need to go into each product one by one to change the default values. But with Library Designer, we can make the change across all applicable cabinets in our library at one time.

Start by creating a new Test Project and Room, then Open Library Designer from the Toolbox Setup Menu.

Fig. 01 – Toolbox Setup - Library Designer
Library designer is a separate application from Toolbox. This allows you to return to Toolbox and launch other parts of the program like product prompts while keeping the Library Designer application window open.

From the Database Tree View, navigate to:

Products > Cabinets Frameless > Drawer-Door Base Cabinets > 1 Door 1 Drawer Base > Prompts

Select the Interior Finish Prompt.  Data fields for the prompt will populate in the pane to the right.

Fig. 02 – Library Designer - Interior Finish Prompt

All products listed in the Products Using This Item window at the bottom of the interface share the same prompt, so any changes made will affect all items listed.

Fig. 03 – Library Designer – Products Using This Item

Select the data field for Value and enter a value of 0 to turn Interior Finish OFF

Fig. 04 – Library Designer - Interior Finish Prompt - Change Value

Select the Open Finish Prompt > Then Select the data field for Value and enter a value of 1 to turn Open Finish ON

Fig. 05 – Library Designer - Open Finish Prompt - Change Value

Select the View All Changes button to open the Edited Items window.

This will allow us to view the changes we have made before committing them to the Library. There should be two lines listed with details about the changes made.

Fig. 06 – View All Changes - Edited Items

Close the Edited Items window after verifying the changes are accurate, then click the Commit Changes button.

Fig. 07 – Commit Changes

Select Yes to Commit Changes

Fig. 08 – Are You Sure?

Library Designer will now write the changes to your Database, this process may take a minute or two.

A text box will appear to let you know Microvellum has Finished Merging Changes. Click OK to continue.

Fig. 09 – Finished Merging Changes

Return to your test Room and Draw a 1 Door 1 Drawer Base. When the Product Prompts window opens, select the Finishing Options tab. Notice the radio button for Open Finish is now selected by default for this closed cabinet.

Fig. 10 – Product Prompts – Finishing Options

For more information on how to use Library Designer see Using Library Designer - Beginner’s Guide .



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