If you’ve had a chance to take one of our Using SOLIDWORKS PDM classes, it’s likely you’ve heard me rave about the Copy or Move Tree Tool. In a recent class, I was asked to clarify what the SOLIDWORKS PDM Move Tree Preserve relative paths checkbox does…
What does “Preserve Relative Paths” do?
This option allows users to copy/move files and bring their sub-folder structure with them. The image below gives an example where a top-level assembly has its references split into corresponding folders by file-type;
Now I’m going to run a Move Tree on the top level assembly, with the “Preserve Relative Paths” option cleared, and move it to New Folder;
The result is the sub-folder structure is not copied, and all files that were moved are put into the same folder.
Now, let’s try that again with the option checked, and move it to New Folder;
The result is the sub-folder structure is copied, and all the files remain in their file type folder structure within the new location;