Using relative / absolute file paths

When working with file-based resources in your model (Text file, Excel file, 3D object, CAD drawing, etc.), you can use relative or absolute paths to refer to these resources. 

A relative path defines the location of the file relatively to the model folder. By default, it is used for the files that are stored inside the model folder (for example, 3D objects or CAD drawings). This allows you to easily distribute the model by copying the entire model folder: the resource links remain consistent.

An absolute path defines the absolute location of the file within the file system. It is commonly used for resources that serve as data sources for the model (for example, text or Excel files) and are stored outside of the model folder (for example, on a file server or a in a shared folder).

You can set a file-based resource to use an absolute or a relative path.

 To switch the file path between relative / absolute

  1.  Navigate to the properties of the element that uses a file-based resource:

  2.  Click the  button next to the Browse button of the File field and choose the required option from the drop-down list:

  3. The path will be switched to the selected type.