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SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on December 01, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Let's clean out the trash!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Have you ever deleted a file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault and wish you had it back? Do you share files and when you’ve removed the last shared instance the icon still shows that it is shared? Hint: the deleted files needs to be destroyed.

If so, then you need to know about the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault recycle bin.

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on November 22, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Symmetry Rev Set Tool is Now Obsolete!

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

SOLIDWORKS has finally added functionality that we have been providing to our customers over the years with the “Symmetry Rev Set Tool” in the form of an PDM Add-in.  This functionality has now been added to the core product of “SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016” formally known as SOLIDWORKS "Enterprise" PDM.

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management Collecting Log Files

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on October 07, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS PDM with clues from the Log Files

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management Collecting Log Files

At times in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management you will have an error message that is limited in detail.  For example, the message below.

Exporting & Importing Folder Cards in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on September 04, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

How do I get these data cards over there!?

Exporting & Importing Folder Cards in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

In SOLIDWORKS PDM there are often multiple ways to accomplish the same task.  In this case, we desire to take an existing folder card from one vault and place it in another vault (a test vault in this case.)  The terms here come up as import and export, but there is an even easier way to duplicate the folder card into another vault.  This is where we get to use drag and drop technology.

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management for Small Design Teams

Written by Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer on August 14, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Learn the Fundamentals of Product Data Management

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management for Small Design Teams

Small design teams face a tough choice for managing their product data. Should they implement a simple document management solution? A CAD-only data management solution? Or go for something fancy that manages the BOM through to manufacturing?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Shortcuts for Your Desktop

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on August 13, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Making Searching Easier for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Shortcuts for Your Desktop

Many times we have users of SOLIDWORKS PDM that have simple requirements when working with PDM, like on a shared shop computer for example.  On a shop computer, its main purpose may be to quickly call up drawings in the vault for reference.  For these users, we can simply place a shortcut icon on the computer's desktop to make it easy for users to get to there drawings, fast.  This blog demonstrates how to accomplish this.

Use Transition Conditions to Control the Workflow in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on July 26, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Stay Outta My Workflow (Transition)

Use Transition Conditions to Control the Workflow in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Workflow transitions in SOLIDWORKS PDM are the “behind the scenes” workhorses. In admin training we learned that they increment revisions, wrote the revision variable, sent notifications, and ran convert tasks. Somebody should write a book about all the things they can do!

I’m not up to writing a whole book but thought I would share some information about conditions for transitions and how they can be used to do different things depending on the value of a variable or a filename.

Did you know you can have multiple transitions with the same name between two states? Each transition can have different actions and different users can have permission to run them.

Connecting Microsoft Excel to SOLIDWORKS PDM

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on July 21, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Who checked out what, when and where?

Connecting Microsoft Excel to SOLIDWORKS PDM

Connecting Excel to PDM!

Take the confusion out of who checked out what, when and where for example!

Just follow these simple steps:

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Lists

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on July 21, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Trick your lists

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Lists

SOLIDWORKS PDM contains list functionality where you can built lists of metadata to be reused on files in your PDM.  Many times this is an on going list that grows over time.  The list is displayed back to the user in the order that it was entered by the admin.  What if you could make it so the list was returned in alphabetic order regardless of how it was entered by the administrator!  

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on June 26, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

The end of life for SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM is near

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future

Important Information Regarding SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future Availability

After many years of helping our customers manage their SOLIDWORKS files, we are changing the future availability of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM (WGPDM).  The product has reached the limit of what it can do with its architecture and we feel our customers will be better served by migrating to either SOLIDWOKS PDM or to the new 2016 data management product called SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will be available with each SOLIDWORKS 2016 Professional and Premium CAD license.  SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will be phased out over the next few years and there will be plenty of time to plan for your future data management solution.  Here is the current timeline and what will take place over the next three SOLIDWORKS releases:

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 2

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on June 02, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 2
Take a live look at writing a simple SOLIDWORKS PDM standalone application.

Is This SOLIDWORKS Drawing Released?

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on May 26, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Make sure everyone knows the status of your SOLIDWORKS drawing.

Is This SOLIDWORKS Drawing Released?

Have you ever had a part manufactured from a drawing that wasn’t released yet? If so, was there any way to tell by just looking at the drawing? If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM, I have a simple solution to prevent this situation.

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 1

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on February 24, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Intro to the PDM API

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 1

What is an API?

API Stands for “Application Programming Interface”.  The PDM API allows a programmer to hook directly into PDM to automate just about anything you can dream up. It is possible to create the perception of new functionality into the software that does not exist today.  For example, let’s say we want to rename a file in PDM but we realize that we have a field on the data card that is linked to the file name when the file was originally created.  If we renamed the file, we would then need to check out the file and update that new name in the data card field.  One could use the API to automatically update the field in the file data card so the user is able to do this in one operation.   Either method gets the job done, but automating it via the API makes sure the data card gets updated and also reduces the chance of human error.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2015 - What's New Part 3

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on December 26, 2014. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Learn What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2015

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2015 - What's New Part 3

I know you've all been waiting for this - the last installment of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2015 What’s New.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM, Part 2

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on November 06, 2014. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM, Part 2

As promised, Part Deux of the PDM What’s New 2015. This time I’m highlighting Copy Tree and the new Move Tree, and enhancements to file visibility in the vault view.

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