SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard – Missing SQL Management Studio Tools?

  I recently did an installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and I know I selected the option for SQL Management Tools. Once the installation completed, I couldn't find the SQL Management Studio Tools in the Applications list anywhere. (Head scratching & self-doubt set in).   Not to worry, I checked the Installation Guide and found a great section: "Installing the SQL Server Express Management Studio" I followed along and the installation progressed right up until it failed, figures! Turns out (in this case) .net 3.5 was NOT already installed, thus the failure. Once I installed the Windows Component of .net 3.5 from the Control Panel, I was able to resume […]

SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration – Fishing Guides – 2016 Update

It's been said if you give a person a fish you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. In this article we'll show you a couple of good fishing holes for EPDM Administration. Last year we started by having you download the Enterprise PDM Product from the Customer Portal. Click "Here" for last years blog. This year some things have changed; First, Enterprise PDM has been given a new name. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. A new product SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard has been created as replacement/alternative to the WorkgroupPDM product. Second, the SOLIDWORKS download now includes BOTH of these products and the previous […]

A 1938 BUGATTI – THAT FLIES!

Last fall CATI / InFlow Technology had its annual Design Innovation Summit. We kicked off the start of the tour at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. A nice aside to the Design Innovation Summit was the opportunity to walk through the EAA Museum and see some unique and rare aircraft. One aircraft in particular was the 1938 Bugatti Model 100P. It was a one of a kind, designed to race, but never flown. Just prior to our Summit some enthusiasts came in to review and measure the Bugatti Model 100P in an attempt to recreate it and test fly it. Well, yesterday was the day! The plane design from over 75 years ago […]

SOLIDWORKS EPDM Preview Tab Performance

If you've ever browsed into an EPDM folder you've likely seen the Preview Tab, just left of the Data Card tab. It's helpful to be able to Preview/See the content of the files BEFORE you open them! In this article we'll talk about the options for the Preview Tab that either make it MORE FUNCTIONAL, greater PERFORMANCE or how you can have it BOTH WAYS when previewing SOLIDWORKS Files.   First, we see an example EPDM Vault View showing the Data Card Tab when a file is selected:     Next, we see the contents of the Preview Tab set for PERFORMANCE: This picture shows the Preview Pane set for PERFORMANCE […]

SOLIDWORKS WORLD PRESENTATIONS

SOLIDWORKS World is an annual international user conference for all things SOLIDWORKS. Each year 5000+ users come together to share information and ideas related to the engineering process. At the following link you can find the presentations from this years as well as previous years:  http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/proceedings-presentations.htm   Enjoy! Jim Krivoshein – PLM Consultant InFlow Technology

SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration – Fishing Guides

It's been said if you give a person a fish you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. In this article we'll show you a couple of good fishing holes for EPDM Administration. First, we start by downloading Enterprise PDM from SOLIDWORKS.com Customer Login:     Once you've logged in look for the Download and Updates Link:     Next, select the version of your choice to download:     Once the download is complete, run it to start the extraction:     When extracting, it makes sense to rename the Unzip folder to something a bit more specific: Example: EPDM_2015-SP2.0 […]

How can I tell who is Logged into EPDM?

Here's a posting that we had a few years back that I thought was worth repeating… How can I tell who is logged into SolidWorks Enterprise PDM? Answer: SolidWorks Enterprise PDM does not use any fancy license management software, it keeps track of licenses and logged in users inside a SQL database. So, to get a license count, all you have to do is run a user search from Windows Explorer. When logged into SolidWorks Enterprise PDM go to Tools > Users (if there is no Users pick available, your admin has to turn this on in the Search Card form) When the search dialog comes up, just make sure […]

I checked out a file from my vault and it opened read only?!? Help!

Checking out a file to work with and discovering its read only can be frustrating and unfortunately it can happen periodically when working with solidworks Enterprise PDM. Don't worry, Inflow is here to help! Here are a few common reasons why a checked out file in a PDMWorks® Enterprise vault still opens as read-only in SolidWorks or other applications: 1. From the Solidworks Main Menu toolbar select Tools, Options, External References and check the SolidWorks option "Open referenced documents with read-only access" to ensure it is unchecked 2. Verify that you do not already have the file open in SolidWorks or another application. Verify that the file that is being […]

What’s New in Enterprise PDM 2012?

2012 Administration Tool Features Administrators have even more control over menu's, user names and improved replication. Customize Enterprise PDM Menus   Customize how menus and submenus are displayed in the Windows Explorer User Interface. Change the available commands and command order for menus on the Enterprise PDM Menu bar: Customize shortcut menus in the File View pane when selecting files and folders. Copy custom menus to share with other users   Display Full User Names in the User Interface   Make it easier to identify who is using a file by specifying that the full names of users are displayed throughout the user interface.     Replication Failover   Replication […]

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM with mouse gesture and keyboard shortcuts

Every function available in the in-context menu offered by the SolidWorks Enterprise add-in can be assigned to a mouse gesture starting in SolidWorks 2010 or SolidWorks keyboard shortcuts. To reassign a mouse gesture command in SolidWorks: Create a new document Load the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM add-in Click Tools > Customize… and select the Mouse Gestures tab. Set Category to Enterprise PDM Click the Command column header to sort the commands Choose one of the mouse gesture directions to reassign, and in the row for the new command By default, four directions are available. Select 8 gestures to assign commands for eight gesture directions Click OK to save To reassign a […]