SOLIDWORKS PDM Hyperlink Query

We have seen many instances where a SOLIDWORKS PDM administrator would like to provide hyperlinks to files inside the vault.  The hyperlinks would be used to quickly open files inside the vault from 3rd party applications like an ERP system. Problem: you need to use a special syntax link for your hyperlink, otherwise the file you need will not automatically cache into the explorer folder on your PDM client.  In other words, you cannot use “C:\Vault Name\Folder Name\filename.sldprt” as your link.  If the file is not already cached, the user will get a “file not found” error.  The following syntax is required in a URL link: conisio://<vaultname>/<action>?projectid=<ProjectID>&documentid=<DocumentID>&objecttype=1 Where: <vaultname> is […]

SOLIDWORKS: Registry Update to Connect PDM Clients to a New Server

If you moved your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard database or archive server components to a new server, your existing clients will not be able to connect, as the server connections are hard-coded into the registry.  The best way to point to the new server is to remove the vault view and re-add it.  However, you can also edit the registry to make this change.  You will need to change the keys for the database server and the archive server if you have moved both the SQL database and the archive server to new hardware or renamed existing hardware. On each client, update the SOLIDWORKS PDM registry keys […]

SOLIDWORKS: PDM Overwrite Latest Version Option – New in 2017

PDM Overwrite Latest Version Option In the 2017 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and Standard, a new feature was added to allow users to replace previous versions of documents in the vault. When a user checks in a file, they can choose the “Overwrite Latest Version” option when checking in the file. The benefits: Cut down on all the versions that get stored in the archive as users are checking in their files each day. Give a power user the ability to fix a “non-critical” issue on a document without pushing the file through a state change or revision change. Allow users to change “common parts” in your vault without […]

InFlow Technology releases InFlow CONVERT for PDF Conversion

InFlow CONVERT for PDF Conversion In January, InFlow Technology officially released our new PDF conversion tool for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. The new application, called InFlow CONVERT, extends the capability of the out of the box PDF conversion tasks, with over 100 available source formats and improved scalability and performance. Improved performance InFlow CONVERT can send PDF publish requests to one of many configured “PDF Drones,” built to process hundreds of requests an hour. If your PDF conversions are not keeping up with demand, simply add more drones to improve the speed. The InFlow CONVERT command center will automatically determine which drone is available and send the request. More file support […]

Seeing an Mail client error when accessing SOLIDWORKS PDM eDrawings Preview?

Recently, we have seen reports that users see an outlook mail error sometimes when attempting to use the edrawings preview functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM.  You may be wondering why eDrawings is referencing a mail client.  It is because there is functionality in eDrawings to send the file to others.  This function relies on Microsoft Messaging Application Program Interface (MAPI). Here is the error you may see: "Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request…"   According to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, It is possible that a corrupt registry is causing the error.  For information about how you may be able to […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016 Upgrade Tip

For those users looking to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional from Enterprise PDM or those looking to simply upgrade to the latest service pack, you have to make sure to upgrade your database.  In previous versions, the upgrade utility was in the service pack download.  In 2016, PDM is included in the SOLIDWORKS installation process, so you now have to look for the upgrade tool in that location.  The default location (which you can change during installation) is located here: "C:\Users\loginname\Documents\SolidWorks Downloads\SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64 SP02\swpdmserver\Upgrade" Run the upgrade.exe tool to upgrade your database.  You will want to make sure you back up your database first, unless you want to risk […]

Activating Archive Server Compression in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

When using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Enterprise PDM), the vault can occupy large amounts of disk space due to all the versions being stored from day to day. To save on disk space, you may want to enable compression on the archive server. Enabling compression will automatically compress all older versions in the vault, leaving the latest version uncompressed. As users request older versions, those files are uncompressed on-demand when they are sent to the user. However, on the server, they remain compressed to save on disk space. Below are the steps for enabling compression manually. Keep in mind that each archive server has to be set up individually. Because each […]

InFlow participates in the ENOVIA SOLIDWORKS event in Chicago

For those who missed it, InFlow Technology presented at the first ENOVIA 3DEXPERIENCE for SOLIDWORKS users event this week in Chicago.  Attendees were able to see the ENOVIA SOLIDWORKS integration and see how ENOVIA could be tied together with an existing EPDM environment.  My presentation covered Migration Strategies for ENOVIA. The presentations are available on the Dassault swym site.  Visit https://swym.3ds.com/#post:39476 to see the information.  If you do not have access to the site, you can request a login and then join the community called: Collaborative Innovation: Powered by ENOVIA.  On this same site, you can request my presentation at https://swym.3ds.com/#media:113847.  Enjoy the presentations and other pictures available on the site.  If […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016 Set Revision Feature

One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016 relates back to a question that has been posed by nearly every one of our PDM customers. Question: How can I set the revision of a file to something other than the default? The previous answer involved a complicated sorting workflow or custom application.  In SW PDM 2016, the feature is now available out of the box.  Essentially, a user can chose to "Set Revision" and pick from a drop down list, or have the system read directly from the value entered on the datacard. You can see from the screenshot that the system shows the current revision is blank, the next revision […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016

Just this week SOLIDWORKS announced the pre-release of SOLIDWORKS 2016.  Included in the release is a face lift on ENTERPRISE PDM, which includes a name change to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.  No longer will the EPDM abbreviation be used, but instead the product naming will line up with the other products distributed by SOLIDWORKS (i.e. SIMULATION).  In addition, SOLIDWORKS is launching a brand new product for PDM called SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard.  This product will be a trimmed down version of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formally EPDM), designed for smaller teams of engineers at a single site.  More blogs will come out in the coming weeks with the new look, new features, and Standard vs. […]