Increase the speed of your PDM Pro Convert Task

SOLIDWORKS 2020 introduced a new “Detail” mode for drawings. It allows you to open a SOLIDWORKS drawing much faster than ever before. However, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Convert Task doesn’t take advantage of this new feature. At least it doesn’t out of the box. If you find your Convert Task is a bottle neck, you can take advantage of this new feature by modifying the task’s advanced scripting options. By implementing Detailing mode, you’ll have a faster SOLIDWORKS convert task with […]

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Working With PDM Templates

With the retirement of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, it’s time for users to move to a new product data management solution: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. To help you understand more about the solutions, we have several webcasts on the CATI YouTube channel showing different features about SOLIDWORKS PDM. Additionally, you can check out another blog post about what makes PDM Standard such an attractive solution. Some of my favorite SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional features include: Automated Tasks Automatically convert SOLIDWORKS drawings […]

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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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Copy Tree and Move Tree: SOLIDWORKS PDM

What Does This Do? Copy Tree vs Move Tree Welcome to part 3 of our “What Does This Do?” series. Last week, we covered Branch and Merge and how to use those tools. This week, we’re going to take a look at another feature named for trees, Copy Tree and Move Tree. These two tools are pretty self-explanatory for their purpose. One makes a copy and one moves the files. However, I want to talk about some of the features […]

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Branch and Merge: SOLIDWORKS PDM

Last week, we covered the first topic in our “What does this do?” series – Delete versus Destroy. This week, let’s tackle another function that you might not be familiar with – Branch and Merge. The Branch and Merge features came out a few years back and to say it’s a game changer is an understatement. Anybody that has ever done prototyping can attest to that. The SOLIDWORKS PDM Branch and Merge features make it quick and easy to test […]

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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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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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