Advanced Search

Search is a big part of using Flatter Files.  Search makes finding your content super fast and easy.  If you know the part number then finding a drawing is nearly instant.  Just type in the part number, hit enter and the drawing will appear in the result.  Many times though you don't know the part number and need to find the drawing in another manner.  Here are a few advanced search methods that should make finding your content even easier.
  • Search using a portion of a part number
The part number field is indexed such that you do not have to match the entire value.  If you know a portion of the number then the item will still be returned.  For example, you may have a group of items with a part number that has a specific prefix.  You can find all of those items by searching for that specific prefix.
  • Use the keyword OR
Searches with multiple words require that the item contains both words to be returned.  Add the keyword OR between each word if you want the results to contain any of the words.  For example if you want the results to include any items that contain either plate or full then the query would be the following:

plate OR full
  • Use the keyword NOT
Using the keyword NOT will limit the search results to only include items that don't include a particular word.  For example, if you want the items that contain plate but don't include any items that also contain the word steel the query would be entered as:

plate NOT steel
  • Use quotes
Quotes force the search to only return items that match the words exactly as phrased in the query.
  • Field specific searches
Limit the search to only match values in a specific field by entering the field name and then enter a colon followed by the value.  For example, to search the description field for the value plate enter the query: 


To search for all checked out items enter:


You can also abbreviate the field values to typical abbreviations.  For example, description can be abbreviated to desc.
  • Combine field searches
To search for a description that contains the word plate and is also checked out the search would be entered as following:

desc:plate checkedout:yes
  • Date specific searches
To return any items that have a revision since a specific date enter the following:

date > 2013-1-1

This will result in any items that have a date newer than January 1st 2013.  If you would like to search for any items that are older than a specific date then the query would be:

date < 2013-1-1

The query above will return all items that have a date older than January 1st 2013.

The advanced search methods above should greatly improve your ability to find exactly what you are looking for within your content.

Search All

Flatter Files now automatically searches all items in your library when you perform a search.  Previously, a search query entered at the top right only searched the library that was currently being viewed.  Now the search will return results from all of your libraries including the Assembly library.  These results are shown in a new library that appears that is simply called "Library."  The results for a simple search is shown below.

As you can see, the results are grouped based on the library they are located in.  The results that are displayed can be fully accessed and edited in the same mannar as if you were viewing in the actual items library.  For example, you can right click on an item and the same menu is displayed allowing you to perform various functions.

Performing a search of all items is the default when entering a query and pressing enter but it is still possible to search only a specific library.  To search a specific library, navigate to the appropriate library that you would like to search.  Enter your query and then click the magnifying glass that is located with the search field.  This will open a menu as shown below.

Click "Search Library" and the search will only return results located in this particular library.  The search results will be returned in the actual library that the search was performed.  To cancel the search such that all items are displayed again simply click the "x" button.

Internet Explorer Support

Flatter Files now works with both Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10.  Unfortunately previous versions of Internet Explorer will not be supported due to a lack of modern browser capabilities.  With this update, Flatter Files now supports all of the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer).

Speed and Custom Libraries

Flatter Files has been updated today with a significant overhaul to the application to provide a significant increase in performance.  This increase in performance should be noticeable by everyone although customers with large quantities of drawings or documents will likely notice it the most.

In addition to the performance boost, Flatter Files now contains the ability to create custom libraries.  By default your account contains both a Drawing and Document library.  Now you can add as many additional libraries as you need to help organize your content.  All libraries can easily be renamed as needed and you can also delete any of your custom libraries.  Simply right click on an existing library to display a menu of the library options.

You can also easily move items from one library to another.  Simply right click on the item you want to move and then navigate to the "Move To" option.  This is shown in the image below.

The uploader application has also been updated to support uploading directly into any of your libraries.  The iOS mobile applications will be updated in the near future.  For the time being, all items even if they are in a different library will still be shown in either the drawing or document library when accessing your content on either your iPhone or iPad. 

Automatically Create DXF Files

Flatter Files now provides the capability to automatically create and upload a DXF file of your sheet metal parts for Inventor and SolidWorks files.  DXF files are commonly needed in a manufacturing environment.  With Flatter Files, you no longer manually must create and send the DXF.  Instead the DXF file can be accessed directly from Flatter Files.   There are two ways to download the corresponding DXF for a drawing.  The first is whenever you are viewing an item there is a download button.  By clicking the download button a list of the available downloads is displayed in the top right as shown below:

If the part is a sheet metal part, then the DXF option will apear in the list.  By clicking on DXF a zip file containing individual DXF files for each sheet of the drawing will be downloaded.  In addition you can download the DXF file by right clicking on the drawing from within the library view as shown below:

The uploader application has been updated with a couple of new options.  Anytime the SolidWorks or Inventor file type is selected then the DXF creation option will appear such that you can determine whether the DXF files should be uploaded.  In addition, you can now turn off the uploading of the actual native files for each item and you can turn off the uploading of the 3D geometry files.  By turning the 3D geometry option off you will no longer be able to view a 3D view from within Flatter Files.

These new options allow you to further customize the uploader's operation such that it fits your needs.  For example, if including the native files is not important to you then by turning off this option each upload will take less time.

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