Select Edit > Links.
|The Links dialog box appears, confirming
that two links have been found to the documents CHC.CATPart and
Click OK and exit your session.
Move the document CHC.CATPart to another folder.
Restart your session, then reopen the document
|The Open dialog box appears, explaining
that the document CHC.CATPart was not found:
|Whenever a document is opened and one or more of
its links are invalid, the Open dialog box appears along
with the document opened and a broken link icon appears in the
|There are several reasons why a link might no
- the files were not found which means that they have been
moved, renamed or deleted
- or the files contain the wrong information which means they
still have the same name but a content different from the files
originally pointed to.
At this point, you have two options:
|Just select the element that has not been found
then click Find to access the missing file via the
File Selection dialog box.
|You can check link validity at any time using this
In our scenario, we click Desk.
Click the document shown in red in the Desk
Right-click then select Find.
The File Selection dialog box opens:
Explore your file system to find the file, select it,
then click Open.
|The File Selection dialog box disappears
and the file CHC.CATPart, i.e. the file pointed to by
Links.CATProduct is now displayed in white.
If you want to open the CHC.CATPart from the Desk,
right-click it then select Open:
If you now select Edit > Links, the Links
dialog box indicates that the right file has been found and loaded ("OK"
in the Status column).
The Links tab
lets you manage individually each link you select from the list:
Load lets you
load parts (and parts only) that are not loaded. If you do so,
the status changes from "Document not loaded" to "Loaded"
lets you update links in your document.
For instance, suppose you have copied then pasted As Result
with link a pad from one document to another document. You
have then two pads linked together in two different documents.
When you modify the original pad, the status of its copy changes
to "Not Synchronized" to indicate that there is a discrepancy
between the two pads.
If you want the copy to be applied the changes you have made to
the original, you need to click Synchronize. The
status of the copy then changes from "Not synchronized" to "OK".
However, be careful when replacing elements because not all
element types are compatible. For example, a line cannot be
replaced by a circle or curve as their specifications are
different, and the synchronization will not be allowed
Activate/Deactivate lets you avoid or allow the
synchronization of linked elements during part update. A symbol
in the specification tree identifies any "activated" ()
or "deactivated" ()
For instance, if you do not want a linked object to be
synchronized, click Activate/Deactivate: the
"Activate" status of the linked object changes to "Deactivated"
which means that it will not be impacted by the changes made to
the parent element when performing an update.
Inversely, if you want a deactivated linked element to be
synchronized during a part update, click Activate/Deactivate:
the status of the linked element changes to "Activated" and you
will be able to synchronize it.
Note that this command is also available from the
contextual menu by right-clicking the object to be
activated/deactivated then selecting xxx object >
or xxx object >
you remove a link. The status of the linked element changes to
"Isolated" to indicate that the link to the pointed element is
broken. This means that the pointed element cannot be
Note that this command is also available from the contextual menu
by right-clicking the object to be isolated then selecting
xxx object > Isolate
you replace the selected link with another one. This button opens
the File Selection dialog box to let you navigate to
the desired file. Once the element has been replaced, the new
element name and its status are displayed in the Links
Note that when working with .catalog documents,
this command is relevant only for replacing a link from one
catalog to another. You cannot use it to replace a link to a part
pointed to by a catalog, for instance.
If you want to replace the link to a part or a product pointed to
by a catalog, you need to modify the catalog description. For
more information, refer to "Creating a Catalog Using the Catalog
Editor (paragraph entitled "Adding a Component to a Family") in
the Version 5 - Component Catalog Editor User's Guide
Change Publication lets you replace
the pointed publication by a new one. Clicking this button closes
the Links dialog box so that you can select the new
publication to be used, either in the geometry area or in the
If the publication you select is not valid, then the selection is
stopped and a message appears in the status bar to explain why
the publication is not valid.
Once the new publication is selected, the information displayed
in the To element, Pointed document and
Publication columns is modified accordingly. Do not forget
that an update will also be required.
To be able to use this command, the following
three conditions must be fulfilled:
only one link must be selected in the
Links dialog box
the selected link must correspond to a link
between two references without any context notion (e.g. a link
bewteen two parts)
the selected link must be a link to a
For detailed information on how to publish elements, refer
to "Publishing Elements" in the Version 5 - Part Design
Depending on the
document environments you allowed in the Document tab,
an additional window may appear simultaneously to the File
Selection dialog box to let you access your documents using
For detailed information, refer to
Opening Existing Documents Using the Browse Window.
lets you update links related to the document without having to
close then reopen the Links dialog box.
This is especially useful when trying to re-access pointed
documents that are not found (for instance, after a network
disconnection): in that case, clicking Refresh avoids
re-selecting Edit > Links to display an updated view of
Pointed documents tab which
also enables you to edit links but this time, you manage a list of
documents and not a list of links:
Replace lets you replace a pointed
document with another one and reroute any links that may exist to
To do so, select the pointed document to be replaced from the
list, click Replace to open the File Selection
dialog box, navigate to the desired file then click Open:
the selected file opens and the links from all pointing documents
loaded in session are rerouted to the replacing document.
Pointing documents which are not loaded in session still point to
the replaced document.
If a problem occurs during the replacement, a diagnosis window is
However, bear in mind that a replacement needs to
be performed under certain conditions to succeed:
the names of the replaced document and of the
replacing one must be different
the links to the replacing document must allow
the replacement, i.e. they can be modified to match the path of
the replacing document.
Do not forget that the replaced and replacing
documents must have the same internal identifier (UUID), which
means that the replacing document must have been created as a
copy of the original document using File > Save As.
Otherwise, an error message is displayed.
However, note that this do not apply to links between two
references (e.g. a link between two parts) based on publications.
More about the Replace command:
- If you are working with a standalone CATIA V5 and try to
replace a file-based .CATPart document with another file-based
.CATPart document having a different UUID, an error message is
displayed to indicate that the link is refused
- If you are working in an ENOVIA V5 document environment and
try to replace a file-based .CATPart document with another
.CATPart document having a different UUID and saved in ENOVIA
V5, an error message is displayed to indicate that the
referenced instances cannot be found in the new document.
- Find is relevant for broken links only: clicking
this button opens the File Selection dialog box to let
you browse your file system and find the missing files.
Note: depending on the document environments you allowed in the
Document tab, an additional window might appear
simultaneously to the File Selection dialog box let
you access your documents using an alternate method. For detailed
information, refer to
Opening Existing Documents using the Browse Window.
- Open lets you open a pointed document in a new
window. To do so, select the document to be opened from the list
then click Open.
You can also open a pointed document using
xxx object > Open the Pointed Document contextual command.
For detailed information on this command, refer to
As far as temporary documents are concerned, you
cannot open them in a new window. For instance, you cannot open
in a new CATIA V5 window a Product Root Class created in ENOVIA
- OLE Links... lets you manage links to OLE (Object
Linking and Embedding) applications (e.g. Microsoft Office). For
more information on using Version 5 Data in OLE-compliant
applications, refer to About Object
Linking and Embedding (OLE).
- Replace with any revision lets you replace the
pointed document with another revision of this document. For more
information on this property, refer to the Version 5 -
Product Structure User's Guide - Modifying Component Properties.