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 […]
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Technical tips and best practices for the SOLIDWORKS PDM and ENOVIA User & Administration
PDMWorks Enterprise has different options when it comes to viewing files in the Vault. There is an embedded eDrawings viewer for SolidWorks and AutoCAD. There is also an embedded Stellent viewer which supports 400+ file formats, mainly Microsoft Office and Image files. The Stellent viewer was recently acquired by Oracle and the attached PDF shows some of the file formats supported by the viewer. Download stellent_support_viewer_files.pdf For those who want to store files that are not supported by eDrawings or Stellent, you do have other options. If you already use a viewer for your particular file type, you can simply integrate it by changing the viewer settings. See screen shot: […]
With SolidWorks VARs beginning to present PDMWorks Enterprise to their customers, many VAR’s are beginning the process of building an implementation team for the PDM/PLM application. However, so far the demand for implementations have been so great that some resellers need additional help. With this in mind, SolidWorks has put together a list of service providers to help resellers implement PDMWorks Enterprise. So far, SolidWorks has listed 7 service partners (4 headquartered in the US). InFlow Technology was named to this list earlier this year and has already worked with resellers around the country with great success. Check out the SolidWorks Service Partners at http://www.solidworks.com/pages/partners/categories/service-partners.
I knew the day would come… and it is happening soon! I just came across a note from SolidWorks discussing Visual Basic 6 and PDMWorks Enterprise… For stability reasons, the 2008 version of PDMWorks Enterprise will no longer support VB6. If you have developed addins using VB6 you will need to convert them to VB.Net before upgrading to the 2008 release. Also, make sure you use the "Multi-Threaded" option. Working in .Net will also ensure that your addins work under x64 bit environments. Inflow Technology has API services. Give us a call if you need help!
This little tip has been around for a while and should work with older versions of SmarTeam. If you hold down the control key while starting SmarTeam, you will get a dialog to choose what database you want to log into. For those that don’t have multiple databases, this tip won’t do much for you. However, those that do have multiple databases might find it useful. Anyone else have any little tricks they want to share?
SmarTeam V5R17 SP6 was just posted on the SmarTeam support web site. There seems to be many good fixes in here so we are excited to be able to upgrade users to this SP. If anyone has any questions, just reply to the post or send comments to the team at InFlow Technology.
For those who use PDMWorks Enteprise, you will notice that all documents are assigned a workflow when they are added to the vault. These workflows are developed using the Workflow Editor (here is an example). Everything from a CAD drawing to a word document will have a workflow assigned. Because of this, we have seen some people confuse workflow with document routing. In PDMWorks Enterprise, a workflow can serve two purposes, Document Lifecycles and Document Routing. Here is the difference: Document Lifecycle: This applies to documents that undergo revision control. For example, a SolidWorks drawing may start out as "Work In Progress", then move to "Pending Approval", then "Approved". Once […]
If you are interested in more flexible notification when using PDMWorks Enterprise work flow, InFlow has developed a tool to assist. We wrote about this before, but now, there is a video that explains how it works.