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Compare drawings (Pro version)

With this function, you can create a new test plan version (“target”) based on an existing test plan version (“source”) within a project. In this way, you can create an adjusted test plan for a new version of a drawing with minimal effort. Only new or edited characteristics must be stamped again.

The test plan versions are interlinked when this function is applied. The changes can be seen clearly and any existing characteristic numbers cannot be assigned to new characteristics.


 • Workflow
 • Customization


Step Action Result
1 Call function 1) In the “Project overview”, right-click the target drawing sheet to whose test plan version you want to transfer characteristics.
1) A selection dialog opens.
2) Under the Compare drawing sheet entry (), first select the source test plan version and then the source drawing sheet.

Note A source drawing sheet must be assigned to a different test plan version than the version of the target drawing sheet.
2) The drawing comparison mode is started. The source and target drawing windows are displayed side by side.

See User interface > Function windows > Drawing comparison
[2] [Optional]
Highlight changes
1) To visually highlight changes, you can use the red-green comparison mode by clicking the Highlight changes button. () 1) Added and removed elements are highlighted in the target drawing window.
3 Transfer characteristics 1) In the “Drawing comparison” function window, click Transfer characteristics (). If no characteristic has been transferred yet, you can use the large floating button above the comparison list. It corresponds to the small button in the toolbar. 1) All characteristics that do not meet one of the following criteria are automatically transferred. They are marked in the comparison list with the status “Unchanged”.
When is a characteristic automatically transferred?
A characteristic is automatically transferred (A) unless one of the following cases applies:
 B) The drawing entry has changed in its properties.
 C) The drawing entry no longer exists or has been moved.
 D) The drawing entry is located in a grouped element.
 E) The drawing entry is not grouped in the target.
 F) The characteristic was inserted manually on the source drawing sheet and the setting that manually inserted characteristics should be transferred automatically is not set, see Customization.

Note You can check whether elements are grouped or separated by activating the Stamp tool () and moving the mouse pointer over the elements. Elements that belong together are highlighted together.
2) Go through the comparison list. By double-clicking on an entry, the view jumps to the corresponding position in the source and target drawing sheets. Depending on the case, you can apply the following three steps:
3a) A grouping must first be decomposed (case D)
3b) A view has moved: Use the function Transfer characteristics in view.
3c) The target drawing entry has changed (cases B, C, E, F): Use the Link function
4a Explode groupings in the target In case characteristics were not transferred because the target drawing entries are grouped in a block of drawing elements (case D), you can explode the block and then click Transfer Characteristics () again. It may be necessary to exploded a block several times.

See Functions > Characteristics > Deconstruct text block
4b Transfer characteristics in view If a drawing view has been moved on the sheet itself or to another sheet, or if you want to transfer only the stamps currently displayed in the source drawing window, you can use the Transfer displayed features function (). Follow the instructions on the Compare drawing views page and then proceed to the following step 4.

See Functions > Drawings > Compare drawing views
4c Link characteristics 1)  In the comparison list, a Link button () is displayed in the line of source characteristics that have not yet been transferred (status “Not linked”). Click this and then move the mouse pointer to the target drawing entry. 1) The mouse pointer shows a stamp icon ().
2) Stamp the characteristic either as a single characteristic (cases B and C), …

… as a group (case E)¹ or …
See Functions > Characteristics > Automatic stamping (grouped)

… manually (case F).
Siehe Funktionen > Merkmale > Manuell stempeln

Note¹ The control key (STRG) can only be used from program version 3.1.0.
2) Quell- und Ziel-Merkmal wurden verknüpft. Das Ziel-Merkmal erhält nach Standardeinstellung dieselbe Stempelnummer, siehe Anpassung. Wenn sich Merkmaleigenschaften unterscheiden, wird dies mit dem Status »Bearbeitet« angezeigt. Die geänderten Eigenschaften sind in der ganz rechten Spalte aufgeführt.
[5] [Optional]
Vergleichsliste exportieren
The currently displayed comparison list can be exported in XLSX or CSV formats by clicking Export characteristics compare list () in the toolbar.
[6] [Optional]
Transfer annotations
In the Drawing Comparison function window, click Transfer annotations. ().

Note Available from program version 3.5.0.
Annotations were transferred to the same place on the target drawing sheet.
[7] [Optional]
Export comparison view
The comparison view with highlighted changes can be exported as an image in PNG format by clicking Export comparison view () in the toolbar. The view is exported according to the last set change display (show added and/or removed elements) without stamps and with the export settings set for drawing graphics (width, height, edge smoothing).

Note Available from program version 4.2.0.
8 End drawing comparison Close the drawing comparison mode via Exit drawing comparison () in the toolbar. You can return at any time to view and further edit the comparisons made. To do this, call up the function as described in step 1. The drawing window opens with the target drawing sheet. Here you can continue working as usual.


This function can be influenced via the following settings:


Specify whether the characteristic number should be retained or newly assigned when merging.
See Settings > Settings > Stamps > “Number assignment during drawing comparison” group

Manually inserted characteristics

Specify whether you want manually inserted characteristics to be transferred automatically during transfer.
See Settings > Settings > Stamp > “Transfer of manually inserted characteristics during drawing comparison” group

Highlight changes

Set the display mode of the change highlight mode (red-green comparison).
See Settings > Settings > Comparison > "Highlight Changes (Red-Green Comparison)" group

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