Importing Files with Pre-Existing Revisions into a PDM Standard Vault

Introduction If you’ve ever tried to put a file with a pre-existing revision into a PDM Standard vault, you may be familiar with the following scenario: 1. LegacyPart.SLDPRT is at revision “C” and needs to be moved from the folder on your Desktop into your PDM vault Custom Properties for LegacyPart.SLDPRT 2. You save LegacyPart.SLDPRT into the vault and the revision is set to “C” on the data card (so far so good) Data card for LegacyPart.SLDPRT after initial check […]

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Update Version-Free Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM

The tools that we have at InFlow Technology are second to none. I’ve done posts before about our PigeonHole and PDMSave tools. Additionally, we have great tools like Convert and our Productivity Pack. Now, I want to introduce you to a tool that has flown under-the-radar so far: our Version-Free Property Updater. With the Version-Free Property Updater, you can quickly and efficiently update a list of version-free variables within SOLIDWORKS PDM. How do we update those variables today? I’m glad […]

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Create Custom Dashboards with DriveWorks Professional

Different jobs typically require different tools. You wouldn’t try to put a nail in a roof with a screwdriver. Similarly, you probably wouldn’t try to install a stained-glass window with a hammer. When people think about getting an engineering tool to be used outside of just engineering, they think the same idea applies. “How can one tool do it all?” With custom user interfaces and custom dashboards in DriveWorks Professional, we can show users only what is applicable to them. […]

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DriveWorks Integration with Other Systems

I love talking about and writing about DriveWorks. I love the flexibility and the power of the product to reduce time spent doing repetitive modeling and drawing. I’ve seen customers save hours, even days by using DriveWorks to automate their processes and I want this news to spread around the world. These processes that are being automated can be anything from creating models and drawings, to sending out auto-generated quotes via an email to customers. One topic that doesn’t get […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – You’ll get 2020 vision into your vault with the new PDM Searches

PDM Pro and Standard got a significant search feature boost in the 2020 release. The ability to search across multiple variables at once in edit boxes “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” Operators Quick search from within Windows Explorer – you don’t have to use search cards anymore The ability to search across multiple variables at once When editing a search card, there is a new property for Edit boxes: “Multi-variable”. When you check that option the variable drop list changes to […]

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Smarter PDM Data Cards with PigeonHole 1900

I’m always looking for ways that make my job easier. Whether that is through design automation, with something like DriveWorks, or using PDM to track my revisions for me, I’m all about making things easier on myself. One tool that I can’t believe we don’t talk more about is PigeonHole. How many times have I gone through and tried to create a “smart data card”? How many times have I wanted to make my data cards filter my future selections […]

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Updating your SOLIDWORKS PDM Add ins

What are SOLIDWORKS PDM Add ins and why do I need to update them? Add ins are managed in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool and provide additional functionality either out of the box, in the case of PDF conversion and dispatch, or custom programming solutions. Add ins are currently unique to PDM Professional users. When you update SOLIDWORKS PDM, it’s also important to update your add ins. When do you need to Update your Add ins? Add ins should be […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Hyperlink Query

We have seen many instances where a SOLIDWORKS PDM administrator would like to provide hyperlinks to files inside the vault.  The hyperlinks would be used to quickly open files inside the vault from 3rd party applications like an ERP system. Problem: you need to use a special syntax link for your hyperlink, otherwise the file you need will not automatically cache into the explorer folder on your PDM client.  In other words, you cannot use “C:\Vault Name\Folder Name\filename.sldprt” as your […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 101: Setting Document Revisions

In a previous article, we discussed the inner workings of PDM versions. In a nutshell, versions are the way PDM tracks the changes to individual files. Every time we make an official change to a file, a new version is created and added to the file’s history. The good news is that the system handles versions for us automatically. If you want to know more about versions and how they work, check out our last PDM 101 here. People often […]

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SOLIDWORKS: PDM 101 – File Types and Duplicate File Control

An often overlooked area of SOLIDWORKS PDM is the File Type options found in the admin tool. These options allow you to control how duplicate files are handled in your vault. You can disallow all duplicates or only include certain file types. There are a couple other settings, but those are only required if you use items or if your drawing previews need troubleshooting. The main reason for opening file types is to configure duplicate file rules. Before we dive […]

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