SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators…are you looking for more training?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators…are you looking for more training? Since the SOLIDWORKS PDM product was introduced 10+ years ago, InFlow team members have trained hundreds of administrators. Recently, some of our administrators have asked for more. They are looking for classes to get a bit more out of the system, especially covering advanced topics or topics not covered in any training class. Earlier this year, we released 2 new classes and conducted those new classes for the first time in October. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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