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Use i-drop, XML-based framework developed by Autodesk, to publish design objects within Web pages. You can easily exchange Autodesk design data with part suppliers across the World Wide Web, a company-wide intranet, or local intranet. For example, you can use i-drop to drag an .ipt file or SAT file from the Web site of a directly into an assembly file opened within Autodesk Inventor.
Use your Web browser to locate an .ipt file or SAT file, and then drag the file into your assembly document. The cursor becomes an eyedropper when you pause the cursor over a file that was enabled by i-drop. A copy of the part is created in a target directory as specified by the publisher of the iPart. If the target directory or directory structure does not exist, a message gives you the option to create the part copy in your local workspace. Note the target directory or directory structure on the Web site of the iPart publisher. Optionally, you can then recreate that directory or directory structure on your local drive or server. Autodesk Inventor .ipt files and SAT files are the supported file formats.
The following lists some possible applications of i-drop:
- Retrieve standard or custom-made parts from an outside vendor.
- Help ensure that consistent design data is used across an entire organization.
- Facilitate direct access to standard part libraries.
- Facilitate direct access to a one-off, multiple-use part.
- Visually preview a bitmap image of the file before dragging it.
Use i-drop to add parts to assembly files
You can use i-drop technology to access Autodesk Inventor .ipt files and SAT files on the World Wide Web, a company-wide intranet, or local intranet. You can drag those files directly from your Web browser into an open assembly file.
- In Autodesk Inventor, open a new or existing assembly file.
- With your Web browser, locate the Web site containing the .ipt or SAT file that was enabled by i-drop.
- Hover the cursor over the image bit map associated with the .ipt or SAT file. The cursor changes to the empty eyedropper as shown in the illustration on the left.
- Click and hold down the left button on the pointing device. The cursor changes to the full eyedropper as shown in the middle illustration.
- Drag the .ipt or SAT file into the open assembly document.
- Place the .ipt or SAT file as you would with the typical part placement operation.
Create custom Team Web files
Using i-drop parts requires ActiveX. If you do not have ActiveX installed on your computer you can download it here: http://www.autodesk.com/prods/idrop/download/idrop.cab
- Save the part you want to make available as an iPart to C:\Program Files [(x86)]\Autodesk\Inventor [version]\Web\.
- Close Autodesk Inventor.
- Using a graphics program, create a BMP of the iPart you want to display on your Web page.
- Open to edit C:\Program Files [(x86)]\Autodesk\Inventor [version]\Web\my_template.xml
- Replace my_image1.bmp with the name of your BMP file.
- Replace the caption, My Template of i-drop Parts with a caption you want displayed on this page.
- Replace my_part1.ipt with the name of the part you want to make available as an iPart.
Notemy_part1.ipt is referenced twice. Replace both instances with the name of your part
- Save the file to C:\Program Files [(x86)]\Autodesk\Inventor [version]\Web\ with a new name, and then close the file.
- Open to edit C:\Program Files [(x86)]\Autodesk\Inventor [version]\Web\WebTemplate.htm
- Replace my_template1.xml with the name you have given your new XML file.
- Save C:\Program Files [(x86)]\Autodesk\Inventor [version]\Web\WebTemplate.htm\WebTemplate.htm as SampleWeb.htm.
If you give WebTemplate.htm a name different from SampleWeb.htm, modify the Team Web address specified in:
- Start Autodesk Inventor. On the ribbon, click .
Your new Team Web page displays.