And Where Was That?


This add-in scans all drawings selected by user, finds all the text inside drawings and indexes and saves that text information internally (or if selected, in remote database). This solves the problem where a user needs to find a drawing in an archive but only knows specific text he/she hope some drawing contains. Thereafter, user can perform 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.


Basic use:

  • 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


Advanced use:

  • 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 whole archive, and others can search once they are connected to MS SQL server. This simplifies whole process and makes it low-cost for large organisations, since all users (but one) can have free version of this add-in.

About This Version

Version 1.5.0, 3/23/2021
Added latest support. No change in version number.

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  • Great Tool but wish I could export a list of files names
    Michael Pepe | October 27, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great Tool, for researching who what when where in your drawing library. As a future update I wish there was way to exprt a drawing list from the search results. 

  • Great Tool
    ALEXANDER THORP | March 12, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This app has saved me considerable time searching for historical drawings.  I can remember a keyword or two, but can't necessarily remember which job it was for.  This app solves that.  

  • Amazing Search Engine for Autocad Drawings
    Brett Graverholt | October 16, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This add-in is absolutely amazing. If you have any text (example like a part number) that you need to find in an old drawing for a detail or legend item this add-in will find all the drawings that text was in within seconds!! No need to remember what drawing you last used had that part in. This add-in is defintely a time saver!!! Highly recommend setting it up to use the SQL feature its searches drawings even faster.

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