SolidWorks Hole Wizard and Toolbox cannot be used after Kaspersky anti-virus update

SOLIDWORKS Technical Support is currently investigating an issue affecting SOLIDWORKS users that are running Hole Wizard and Toolbox on machines with Kaspersky anti-virus software installed. Under these conditions, users may find that SOLIDWORKS will generate the following master database error when accessing the Hole Wizard and Toolbox: “Cannot open the Microsoft Jet engine workgroup information file.” The issue has been found to be related to a Kaspersky Antivirus update that was released on April 9, 2014 How to fix this issue: 1.Perform a search on the C:\Windows folder for a file named “system.mdb” You will find that this “system.mdb” will have been created on 4/9/2014 and have a file size […]

AutoCAD EPDM Add-In Setup

Installing the AutoCAD Enterprise PDM Add-In To install or the Enterprise PDM Add-In for AutoCAD you will need to modify the local installation of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. Open up the Windows “Programs and Features” Select “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM” and choose to Change and Modify the installation. Continue through the installation wizard until the Add-Ins window appears and make sure to check “AutoCAD” and select the currently installed version. There is no need to modify any other settings. Continue through the installation wizard until finished. Adding the Enterprise PDM Toolbars to AutoCAD If the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Add-In is installed, it will need to be activated inside of AutoCAD. This will […]

EPDM Tips and Tricks – Add Custom Properties to Your Dialog Boxes

Ever wanted to get more glance-able information in your Check-In/Check-Out dialog boxes? How about your Contains Tab? Well, you can now add custom Column to these areas of your vault interface. Step 1. Right Click on the column header in the dialog screen and select “More” from the fly-out menu. Step 2. Select the columns to display in the file listing Step 3. Enjoy your new information, now available outside of the data card. More to know You can reposition the new column after it has been added. Just drag and drop. The added columns are for your machine only. Every user can have their own personalized column set. You […]

Before upgrading to SolidWorks EPDM 2014

Please be aware that there is a problem with the EPDM 2014 SP0 addin for SolidWorks that will fail to load with SolidWorks 2014 SP1. Enterprise PDM 2014 officially supports SolidWorks 2014, 2013 and 2012. If you are running EPDM with an older (or newer) version of SolidWorks the Enterprise PDM SolidWorks add-in should show a warning that the version is not supported. If you are using Enterprise PDM 2014 SP0 (v.14.0.506) this version check is too granular and will also trigger if the installed SolidWorks version is a newer 2014 service pack, such as SW 2014 SP1. When SolidWorks is starting up or if you try to add the […]

WebEx and Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 Compatibility Issues

With the recent release of Microsoft Windows 8.1, the official release of Internet Explorer version 11 is available for Windows 7. While this new version provides more performance and HTML 5 compatibility, it currently is not supported by WebEx. This can cause issues with the use of WebEx during our InFlow Technology support sessions. WebEx is planning to have IE 11 supported in late January 2014. In the mean time, if you have Internet Explorer 11, you can browse to the website link and then go into the Internet Explorer 11 Tools -> Compatibility Mode for viewing and interacting with the WebEx meeting. The other option is to use an […]

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM API 2014 Help updated.

With the release of SolidWorks Enterprise 2014, the API help documentation was updated to be more consistent with the other SolidWorks API help systems. This means the help now contains syntax for VB.NET, C#, managed C++, and a Send Feedback link on most of the help topics. Previous versions typically only contained the VB.NET syntax so no more having to translate it to your language preference from VB.NET syntax. The API help documentation is still installed in the program directory (typically C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM\API_GB.chm), but you can now access it through the Help menu as well (Help -> API Help -> SolidWorks Enterprise PDM API Help). You can also […]

Random SolidWorks 2013 errors or hangs while using Enterprise PDM Vault

SolidWorks 2013 introduced a new process for opening files called SolidWorks file launcher (SWShellFileLauncher). This process is normally associated as the default application for opening SolidWorks file types. When a user double-clicked (or right-clicked) a file to open it into an existing SolidWorks session the following errors could occur. Error 1: Error 2: Previously the only work around was to try opening the file into a new session (required user to close existing instance of SolidWorks), drag-and-drop the file into the existing session, or use the File Open menu in the existing session. SolidWorks recently released SolidWorks 2014 SP0 and SolidWorks 2013 SP5 which includes updates to the SolidWorks file […]


If you are planning on upgrading your SolidWorks WorkGroup system to version 2013 or 2014, please review the following steps to ensure the upgrade process will not cause any problems and downtime. Client Upgrade – NOTE: SolidWorks 2013 will NOT install on Windows XP operating systems for client machines. SolidWorks 2014 will NOT install on Vista operating systems for client machines. Server Upgrade – NOTE: When upgrading Workgroup Server to 2013 or 2014, keep in mind that SolidWorks Explorer and the Vault Admin tool will not install on a 2003 Server OS. So you can upgrade your workgroup vault and run the workgroup service, but you cannot change any vault […]

InFlow now supports Exalead OnePart

InFlow Technology recently added Exalead OnePart to our product support portfolio.  This application, developed by Dassault Systemes, is a powerful search tool designed to connect all systems in your company.   Here's how it works: Picture a user searching for a part number or part description.  Exalead searches the PDM system, ERP system, sharepoint, and network drives all over the company.  The result is a single list that can be reviewed by the user.  If your system has duplicates, Exalead will present those and allow side by side comparisons to help the user identify the preferred item.   I have attached a video to provide a high level overview.  We […]

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM): Update a Data Card List through the Data Card

It’s not uncommon to have lists inside of an EPDM data card that is continuously being updated and on most occasions the lists must be updated by either modifying as static text list or a list inside of the SQL database. Updating a data card list on the fly by standard EPDM users can be accomplished by using an SQL list that looks at information already in the EPDM vault, such as folder names or variable values. Here is an example of an EPDM template that will create a customer folder, assign a customer name variable and update the lists. List sub-folders of a specific parent folder Here is the […]