SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Conditional Notifications in PDM Workflows (PDM Professional Only) – #SW2019

New functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019 is the introduction of Conditional Notifications in Workflows. Prior to the 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, notifications would be sent to users (or groups of users) during a transition between states. While the you could make the recipients of the notification dynamic (selectable by the user performing the transition), there was not a way to define when to not send the notification at all.

With 2019, in the Workflow editor, you can create a new type of notification called a Conditional Notification.

Conditional Notifications work, like you may have guessed like Transition Conditions. The difference being that while Transitions Conditions are used to determine whether or not a Transition can be done, Conditional Notifications only affect whether or not a notification is sent.

Setting up a Conditional Notification is similar to a Folder Notification with two main differences.

First is that on the Recipients tab, in addition to being able to define users or groups of users to be notified, you can also use a Data Card Variable (such as Author) value to be the recipient.

      

The second difference is the Notification Conditions Tab. This is where you define the conditions for sending the notification. An example, illustrated below, would be to notify a manager upon submitting for review if the Change cost Estimate is greater than $10,000.

With Conditional Notifications in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019, you now have the ability to configure your workflow notifications to specify more accurately who gets a notification, and what notifications get sent, making notifications more meaningful and useful for PDM users.

I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2019. Please check back to the InFlow Technology Blog and CATI Blog as the Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2019. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”

Design Innovation Month – October 2018
What is DI MONTH?
CATI is declaring October Design Innovation MONTH.  We’ve created a month-long series of events and activities around design innovation especially for our customers.  Attend a SOLIDWORKS 2019 event, enter our rendering contest, and learn about some cool tips and tricks at the daily online events. Plan your month at www.cati.com/design-innovation-month

Clay Mosher
InFlow PLM Services Manager, West
www.inflow-tech.com

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