PDMWorks Enterprise Report Generator

For users of PDMWorks Enterprise, you may notice the menu item "Report Generator" under the Tools menu in PDMWorks Enterprise.  There is information in the help about this tool, but in general terms, it allows users to plug in SQL queries to their PDMWorks Enterprise implementation.  For example, if you want to run a report such as: Users in a particular group Groups that the logged-in user belongs to Logged In users (report with License Type in use) Assembly Structure of an Assembly Complete Where Used report including all revisions Documents with Specified Configuration Documents in a particular state These are just a few.  In fact, any SQL query can […]

PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks 2008 Migration Utility

Included in the latest Service Pack of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 is a utility for upgrading all your SolidWorks files in your PDMWorks Enterprise vault to a SolidWorks 2008 format.  The utility comes in your PDMWorks Enterprise installation package under the folder "\Support\File Version Upgrade".  The utility is called "File Version Upgrade.exe".  Double click on this exe file on your file server and it will install the necessary files in your PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Program Files directory.  There you will find a file called UpgradeUtility.exe with a help file to get you started.  Before you install, you need to be at PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 SP2 and you need SolidWorks 2008 and […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Language Options

In the latest release of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008, we saw some additional languages added.  So, at this moment, PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 supports English, French, Korean, Russian, Czech, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Swedish. From an IT perspective, it can be difficult to deploy in multiple languages, so all end user clients can be rolled out in one language and then changed after the fact.  In fact, the language choice can be made from the administration tool, just by changing user or group settings.  It is easy.  Just right-click on a user or group in the admin tool and select settings.  There is a […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Improves Security Options

With the launch of PDMWorks 2008 SP2, there is a new security option that is available for use.  Now users can choose to select specific files and decide whether or not they want to share the files with other users or block access.  To control the permissions, right-click on a file, Properties, and go to the permissions tab.  See image: Here is a little summary:  Before this addition, the security of a file was typically determined by vault location and lifecycle state.  In other words, if you were in the engineering department, and you had rights to see all files in the "New Projects" vault, then you could see all […]

Blank Drawing Data Cards????

Having issues getting information into a drawing data card even though the titleblock is filled out and the part data card is completely filled out? Well PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 has the answer. Just follow these steps: Create an additional block/attribute mapping for just the drawing extension (slddrw). Use the block name “$PRPSHEET” (note that it must be spelled with capital letters) and the attribute name should be the property you want to retrieve from the model, for example “Description”. Note to keep the existing description custom property mapping for the drawing as well. (i.e. CustomProperty/Description). NOTES • The PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks add-in must be enabled. • The linked properties will […]

PDMWorks Enterprise…Why so blue?

For those who use PDMWorks Enterprise, you may have noticed a time when all your folders turn from green to blue (see image on left).  You may think your PDM system is sad, and then you may become sad because you will quickly realize that you can’t see the file data card, you can’t search, and you can’t see all the files.  Your menus will be disabled and even if you reboot, the folders will not go green again.  Weird, huh? Well, the truth is that you are simply in offline mode.  This mode is available so users can work while not connected to the vault.  In Offline mode, users […]

I ain’t afraid of no Ghosts…

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to tell you a ghost story.  This ghost story is about something scary for PDM administrators.  I am talking of course, about PDMWorks Enterprise ghosts, a frightening apparition to those who do not understand.  Here is the 411.  A PDMWorks Enterprise ghost object is created when a file or folder is downloaded to a local user’s cache, but then later removed from the vault.  When this happens, as the picture shows, the folder or file becomes light gray in the cache, thus giving it a ghost-like appearance.   This will happen if a user has already cached a file or folder and then […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 License flexibility

With the release PDMWorks Enterprise 2008, there are some enhancements related to how the client licenses are used.  In previous versions, the administrator had to decide the license type that a user needed up front and the user could not change it after the initial installation.  For example, if a user needed read/write license only 10% of the time, and view only access 90% of the time, the user still needed a PDMWorks Enterprise contributor license or "editor" license.  Now the user can change the license type by opening the Administration tool, selecting help, and choosing the required license from the drop down list (see attached image).  The user has […]

What to Do When PDMWorks Workgroup Gets Spooky

PDMWorks Workgroup is a great tool for keeping your team working together. It can, at times, get a little bit strange in it’s behavior. This time of year, one might be tempted to blame ghosts or the supernatural, but there are a couple of more rational things to check before blaming the phase of the moon. The first trick has been discussed here before. It is a good practice to stop and start the vault on a regular basis. When the PDMWorks vault has been running for an extended period of time, it can become less reliable and less responsive.  Check the link above on how to set up your […]