SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 What’s New – Copying Group Permissions and Group Members – #SW2017

With SolidWorks PDM 2017 comes a feature that will have admins everywhere celebrating. Right now the quickest way to copy group permissions and group members is manual and error prone (scroll down to the bottom to see this method). In the NEW! 2017 Admin tool it only requires a few clicks. After creating and naming a new group, go to its Group Properties, select Copy from Group, and choose the desired source group. Click Next and OK. That’s it! Inconsistent group settings are thing of the past. By utilizing a template group, new groups can be quickly created so only customization remains, saving precious time and money. Current Method In […]

DriveWorks World 2017 – Atlanta, GA

  Driveworks has officially announced the chosen location for DriveWorks World 2017 – Atlanta, Georgia! The fun and festivities will be taking place in Atlanta, GA from Monday, March 6th until Friday, March 10th 2017 at the Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel. This year DriveWorks is offering two tracks for attendees to choose from. For those new to the product, they are offering Track 1 which will include DriveWorks training and DriveWorks Pro Professional Certification. For those already certified, Track 2 will offer training on more advanced concepts and additional modules that may not typically be used. To register, visit www.driveworksworld.com. Their site will offer discounted rates at the Twelve Atlantic […]

Solidworks Enterprise PDM Permissions, Revisited.

In Enterprise PDM 2015, additional permissions were made available.  Settings Permissions tends to be one of the more confusing tasks for a PDM Administrator due to the different types of permissions that can overlap and intersect with each other.  The new permissions are: Move Folder Delete Folder Add or Rename folder Move File In Prior versions it was required to have both the ability to Add a Folder or File to the Destination and Delete it from the source to perform a move. In order to perform one of these operations on a file or folder, the user will need a combination of both folder and state permissions in both source and […]

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 […]

How To Use Copy Tree 2015: The Basics

EPDM 2015 has given copy tree some more power than previous versions as well as fixes a few bugs that were there previously. For those of you have not used this before, the copy tree function is EPDM's take on SolidWorks Pack n' Go feature. With this tool, you will be able to move files around and outside of the vault while keeping their reference to each other. Many designers prefer creating new parts and assemblies from geometry that exists. Most will use a save as function in SolidWorks, but will then have to spend time finding the references for that new part. Using the copy tree allows a user […]

How to Manually Delete File Vault Views and Why You Would Need to.

Disclaimer: I'd like to first mention that this blog article and solution should only be attempted by EPDM admin and IT. As it does require admin rights on the local machine to edit registry keys, without proper knowledge of the registry key it is very easy to compromise your machine. Also, this blog is intended for use in situations where the vault is already corrupt or not working properly. For people just wanting to replace their view, use the standard procedure for adding and removing the file vault view. Please be sure to always check in all files into vault if possible or at least have copies saved in another […]

SOLIDWORKS & EPDM Full Downloads

If you've used SOLIDWORKS for more than a year you've likely needed to download an update. Those of us who've been around even longer know that this takes a bit of time and its worth getting right. For the newer folks it can be a little confusing so I'm putting this blog together to make it easy for everyone to get what they need so they're ready to go when the time comes. Note: Having a Full Download will allow you to install without requiring any previous versions or service packs.     FIRST, the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Login. If you're doing any sort of SOLIDWORKS Admin stuff, get yourself […]

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 World Attendees

If you are attending SolidWorks World 2015 in February, look on the agenda for InFlow team members, Justin Webster, Jeff Barker, and Ryan Dally.  We will be there presenting on EPDM and Driveworks.  Here are the topics: Configuring the new EPDM Web application – Justin Webster EPDM Migration Tips and Techniques – Jeff Barker Driveworks Hands-On – Ryan Dally See you in Phoenix!  For information on InFlow Technology, please visit us at www.inflow-tech.com.

Indexing Services for 2014 EPDM Content Search No Longer Available on Windows Server 2012

If you are planning to upgrade your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM server operating system in the near future, you may want to reconsider if you use Content Searching in EPDM. Content Searching will search the text contents and properties of a document. Enterprise PDM content search uses the Microsoft Indexing Service to create a catalog for each indexed vault. The catalog contains index information and stored properties for all versions of all documents in the vault archive folders. In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft discontinued the Indexing Service and replaced it with Microsoft Search Server Express for the server search side. Even though EPDM 2014 is supported on Windows Server 2012, the […]