How to make PDM Pro’s Dispatch share files

Shared files in PDM give you the ability to have the exact same file exist in multiple folders. This is a handy way of sharing files without making copies. Below is a procedure to have SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro Dispatch create shared files automatically for you. How it works – behind the scenes [Warning: in this section I do get into some code writing. You don’t really need to know any of this to make it work in your Dispatch. If […]

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PDM hyperlinks to your clipboard – in plain text!

We thought 2018 was going to be a good year because that was the year SOLIDWORKS gave us the ability to copy a PDM file’s hyperlink to the clipboard. The excitement must have worn off because, even though the “Copy Link” function is still available on a file’s context sensitive menu, no mention of it can be found in the 2020 help file. The ability to create SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro hyperlinks to files and folders has been around for many […]

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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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Delete or Destroy: SOLIDWORKS PDM

There’s a commercial that used to play all the time. It wasn’t long ago, probably within the past year. The essence of the commercial is that you wouldn’t take your child on a space mission with you because he/she will just click every button. Can you imagine the never ending question, “what does this do?” Well when people start using SOLIDWORKS PDM for the first time, that tends to be the first question our of their mouth. This week, we’re […]

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How Can You Save Money with PDM Standard?

Saving Money with PDM Standard What is PDM Standard? PDM Standard is a free tool that exists within any SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium license. This means that if you have at least SOLIDWORKS Professional today, then you can start using PDM Standard as well. Obviously, there are tremendous benefits to using a PDM system. And having access to a free tool right now makes this avenue appealing for many people. Today, let me walk you through how you can […]

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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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New Podcast from InFlow – InPOD

I don’t know about all of you, but I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts. I’m a big sports fan, so a lot of what I listen to is about my favorite teams. I was also introduced to a history podcast that I’m a little surprised at how much I like it. One thing every podcast I listen to does for me is that it teaches me something. Now does information about my favorite football team impact me […]

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Automatically Update Database Information

DriveWorks Pro, with all its modules, is an insanely robust and flexible system with what seems to be unlimited potential. One practice commonly used in the application is the ability to connect to outside systems, such as SQL, SAP, Oracle, or almost any other system that you can imagine. Initially getting the data out of those applications and into DriveWorks is relatively simple. But one question that we often hear is, “How can we trigger the database updates to show […]

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Importing Files with Pre-Existing Revisions into a PDM Standard Vault

Introduction If you’ve ever tried to put a file with a pre-existing revision into a PDM Standard vault, you may be familiar with the following scenario: 1. LegacyPart.SLDPRT is at revision “C” and needs to be moved from the folder on your Desktop into your PDM vault Custom Properties for LegacyPart.SLDPRT 2. You save LegacyPart.SLDPRT into the vault and the revision is set to “C” on the data card (so far so good) Data card for LegacyPart.SLDPRT after initial check […]

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