Where did the options in my right click go?

The user interface in Enterprise 2011 PDM has changed and some of the RMB (right mouse button) options have been removed and placed into one of the drop-down lists on the toolbar. Below are some of the options and where they ended up in the menu bar. 1. Get Version was moved to the Actions drop-down.   2. Increment Revision was moved to the Modify drop-down.    3. Finally, History was moved to the Display drop-down.  Remember to visit the InFlow website at www.inflow-tech.com.

Convert to PDF – An out of the box feature for Solidworks Enterprise PDM 2010

With Enterprise PDM 2010 converting drawings to PDF is easier than ever. In this entry we will show you where and how to add the Convert Task feature. In the next entry we will show how to use this tool to convert drawings to PDF once the drawings are approved. Installing the Convert Task on your system 1. Open up EPDM administration tool and right click on your vault name and select "Import…"   2. Browse to your EPDM install directory and then "Default Data" 3. Select the "Convert_gb.cex" file and click Open 4. To double check expand "Tasks" under your vault in the administration tool and make sure "Convert" […]

The simplest solution is often the right one

We recently ran into an issue while attempting to install Microsoft SQL on a customer's server machine. However, the SQL install will always crash during the "Setup Support Files" section. The crash itself was just a plain Windows crash with a "Send this error report to Microsoft" pop up window which did not tell us anything about the crash. Below is where the crash would occur. Right away we believed this to be a SQL issue and started a Solidworks SR along with looking at the SQL install crash logs. Then Googling the crash number inside the crash logs. After a few days we all ran out of ideas on […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 10 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this series may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that InFlow has […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 9 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 8 of an infinite series

    I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these […]

Do You Ship Products to the European Union?

  Recently, we have had a number of customers inquire about solutions to help them comply with environmental regulations.  While many of these regulations have been in place for quite a few years, the enforcement of these regulations is becoming a reality.  Thus, companies have to prepare themselves in order to continue exporting their products, especially to the European Union. This survey is simply intended to understand the value of such solutions in CATI's customer base. Please take a few minutes to let us know if compliance with these regulations is important to your business. <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PpL8Lr3bCTBYb20TRvWADQ_3d_3d">Click Here to take survey</a>

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 7 of an infinite series

  I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges […]

What Do You People Want?

 I found a very interesting poll on CIMdata (http://www.cimdata.com/) regarding the key analytics that companies would like to see from their PLM system.  Interestingly enough, this poll focused on the project management side of PLM, an area that many companies have not yet deployed.  Nonetheless, the masses have spoken, and users undeniably replied that they would like to be updated in real time on factors that may cause projects to miss delivery deadlines. In any case, I simply thought that I would share.