Open a file with a PDM data card button

Remember Hannah’s blog post showing some of the clever things you can do with SOLIDWORKS PDM data card buttons? The last topic in the article was showing how to use a data card button to open a file. I thought it would be fun to take a deeper dive into her concept to see how much further we could go. What if the AcroRd32.exe is in multiple locations within your company? It seems unlikely that everyone in a company would […]

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Bulk add variables – SOLIDWORK PDM Pro Vault

If you have ever taken the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional administration class, you know that in the very first lesson, SOLIDWORKS recommends that you make a nice, little chart pre-planning your variables. You are supposed to make a list of variables, the variable types and some notes on how that variable should be used. This certainly is a good idea. Good planning makes a good vault. You’re proud of your list. Lots of variables. Lots of time putting it all together… […]

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You have reached the end of the revision list?

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, if you choose to assign your revision number component with a value from a list, you have three options of what you want PDM to do when a user has reached the end of the revision list. My old standby joke here is to “Refuse the operation” and send an e-mail to human resources, because if someone that makes that many revisions to a file, they should be fired. That joke is fourteen years old. It has […]

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Filtered Droplists in PDM Standard

Here is a screen shot from my SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard data card. When the user chooses his material type as “metal” his material droplist is filtered to show only metals, if he chooses plastics, his droplist is filtered to only show plastics. This is something rather simple to do with SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro, but this is PDM Standard! Can you guess why type of amazing sorcery is going here? You are actually looking at a combobox droplist [for material type] […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – You’ll get 2020 vision into your vault with the new PDM Searches

PDM Pro and Standard got a significant search feature boost in the 2020 release. The ability to search across multiple variables at once in edit boxes “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” Operators Quick search from within Windows Explorer – you don’t have to use search cards anymore The ability to search across multiple variables at once When editing a search card, there is a new property for Edit boxes: “Multi-variable”. When you check that option the variable drop list changes to […]

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PDM Search from the command line

Today I set a goal for myself to figure out a way to search for files in my PDM Pro vault from the command line. It is true that I can start the search tool from the command line. (<install dir>\search.exe), but I wanted something faster. I just want to type the command and a file name, hit enter, and have my file appear in Windows Explorer right before my eyes. I certainly could create an application with Visual Studio, […]

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What’s new in PDM Pro 2018 API

My inbox has been blowing up since my last PDM API blog post talking about the new ability to add and customize a new PDM Pro tab in the user interface. Since you all showed me so much love, I thought I would return the favor and go through the other new APIs that are in PDM Pro 2018. (You can always find this information yourself through the release notes, but I’m going to try to give you some real-world […]

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There’s a new PDM tab in town!

It has been a while since we PDM Pro API guys have had anything new to cheer about during the What’s New in PDM events. I suppose it is true that the PDM “Release Notes” have always had a handful of new structures or interfaces, but the new IEdmCmdMgr6 interface in PDM Pro 2018 gives us the ability to add our own custom tabs to the Windows Explorer interface. This, my friends, is pretty darn cool. This custom tab can […]

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Automatic PDM Standard SQL Backups

It has been over a year since the release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. Nearly everyone agrees PDM Standard is a huge step forward from Workgroup -though we did become a bit spoiled because making backups in Workgroup is much more straight forward than PDM Standard backups. It frightens me how many locations I visit where PDM is not properly being backed up. Most people seem to do a pretty good job ensuring their files are being backed up (any good […]

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OneDrive catching up with SOLIDWORKS PDM

Do you like the new “Status” field in OneDrive? (Maybe the best Windows 10 update so far?) I love it! I think Microsoft finally got it right. I love that they gave us placeholders so we can see what is in our cloud account but not necessarily on our local hard drive. Did you know we have been able to do something similar in SOLIDWORKS PDM for a long time? We can quickly see what files are in our local […]

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