And Where Was That? (FREE)
This add-in scans all drawings selected by the user, finds all the text inside drawings and indexes and saves that text information internally (or if selected, in the remote database). This solves the problem where a user needs to find a drawing in the archive but only knows the specific text he/she hopes the drawing contains. Thereafter, the user can perform an instant text search and the result will be the name of the file that contains the text, which can be directly opened and zoomed to searched text.
drag and drop your archive folder and click "Scan/Update"
wait until indexing process is finished (depending on file size, it takes anywhere between 0.1 to 10 seconds per file)
from now on, all of your archive files can be instantly searched by text keywords
if your company has MS SQL database server, and your archive folder is stored on NAS, then this Add-in will be able to store indexed text information in MS SQL server and every user using this Add-in will have access to this information. In this case, only one user must scan the whole archive, and others can search once they are connected to MS SQL server. This simplifies the whole process and makes it low-cost for large organizations since all users (but one) can have the free version of this add-in.
Free version limitations:
The only limitation is the maximum number of 50 drawings that can be added. There is no time limit, no search limit, but you can add or remove only 50 drawings. Please note that if you choose also to work with a remote MS SQL server, you can benefit from the fact that you can always search everything on already scanned drawings from NAS and MS SQL server without problems as long someone on the network has the full version.
This free version is intended for use in small companies, by individuals, students and others who do not have a large archive of drawings. It can be used in combination with the full app version. If you feel this is uncomfortable, please remove the free version and download The full version of 'And Where Was That?'
Please I need the plugin for AutoCAD 2014
Unfortunately, this add-on will work only on AutoCAD 2015 or newer. The reason is the inability to implement some of the advanced features used by this add-in in AutoCAD releases prior to AutoCAD 2015.
I have tested this application for keeping my growing database of "baseline schematics" in check. I was surprised by speed of this add-in since my drawings were mostly multi-referenced and multi-layered "monsters".
Very very good !