InFlow Web Access vs EPDM Internal Web

Since InFlow released the InFlow Web Access tool last summer, we have recieved quite a few requests to explain the differences between the InFlow tool and the SolidWorks Web interface.  Instead of explaining in written form, I have put together a video.   More videos will come in the near future, including more details on the InFlow Web Access tool.  For more information, check out our website at www.inflow-tech.com.

Customize the Preview Pane in Solidworks Enterprise PDM

Preview Feature The preview feature at its core allows a user to select a file and view its contents without launching the native application and opening the file. This can be a benefit when searching for a specific item or when just looking to work faster. Perhaps a lesser known feature in Solidworks Enterprise PDM is the ability to customize this preview pane to use "other" applications beyond those supported by the default previewers. Customize Here is an example of how to customize Solidworks Enterprise PDM to use a specific application in the preview pane based on one or more file types provided. The steps required for this example may […]

Ensuring the Health of Enterprise PDM

Solidworks Enterprise PDM offers a number of tools and techniques to keep the software working efficiently and effectively and more easily identify issues when they presents themselves.   Archive 1) Keep tabs on the Archive Server Log: EPDM Administration /Your Server /RMB /Show the Archive Server Log. 2) Review the replication monitoring too (when applicable). – in the Administration tool you have the archive status dialog showing the total number of versions needing replicating to a particular server. By right-clicking the node you can get a list of files not yet replicated to a server. You can also use the SQL query to get a list of files needing replicated Client 3) EPDM […]

The Best Practices for Enterprise PDM Convert Task

1) It is recommended to use dedicated task hosts with a minimum of RAM 3 GB for x32 OS (RAM 4 GB and more for x64 OS) and be able to open the drawings and files that are converted. Task host must have Solidworks installed and EPDM client and vault view(s) installed. 2) Enterprise PDM must be started with a continuous login on the task host. 3) Using a dedicated task host that meet the suggested requirements can help minimize resource overextensions which may result in failed tasks. 4) Running tasks requires at least one Solidworks license and one EPDM license. Solidworks license enabling tasks are: SolidWorks Premium, Office and […]

How do I change a users Enterprise PDM License Type?

Users are different in regards to the roles they play at your organization and how they use Solidworks Enterprise PDM. To address this, Enterprise PDM offers several different license options. SolidWorks Enterprise PDM License Types Enterprise PDM uses floating client licenses. When you log in to a vault, the license installed on your system is taken from a pool of licenses that are enabled by the registered license file. When you log out or exit Enterprise PDM, the license is returned to the pool and can be used by another client. Available licenses are: SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Editor & Web Includes these license types: Editor: Supports working with all file […]

I checked out a file from my vault and it opened read only?!? Help!

Checking out a file to work with and discovering its read only can be frustrating and unfortunately it can happen periodically when working with solidworks Enterprise PDM. Don't worry, Inflow is here to help! Here are a few common reasons why a checked out file in a PDMWorks® Enterprise vault still opens as read-only in SolidWorks or other applications: 1. From the Solidworks Main Menu toolbar select Tools, Options, External References and check the SolidWorks option "Open referenced documents with read-only access" to ensure it is unchecked 2. Verify that you do not already have the file open in SolidWorks or another application. Verify that the file that is being […]

Displaying Full User Names in the User Interface

A new feature in Enterprise PDM 2012 allows you to display full names in the user interface where only login names were previously shown. Here is what some of you may have seen in earlier versions of Enterprise PDM ;)… In Enterprise PDM, user names are displayed to indicate who has checked out or created files, sent or received mail messages, or initiated actions performed on files. Here is how you change Enterprise PDM in the Administration Tool to display Proper Names. 1. In the left pane of the Administration tool, expand Users. 2. Right-click your user name and click Settings. 3. In the left pane of the Settings dialog […]

What’s New in Enterprise PDM 2012?

2012 Administration Tool Features Administrators have even more control over menu's, user names and improved replication. Customize Enterprise PDM Menus   Customize how menus and submenus are displayed in the Windows Explorer User Interface. Change the available commands and command order for menus on the Enterprise PDM Menu bar: Customize shortcut menus in the File View pane when selecting files and folders. Copy custom menus to share with other users   Display Full User Names in the User Interface   Make it easier to identify who is using a file by specifying that the full names of users are displayed throughout the user interface.     Replication Failover   Replication […]

InFlow introduces EPDM Virtual Training classes

InFlow (with our parent company CATI) has begun to offer Enterprise PDM classes over the web.  The classes are held using a virtual training lab.  Using the virtual training lab, attendees will have their own machine, just as if they are sitting in our training room.  They log into the machine and can view the instructor presentations and participate in exercises.  The instructor can even toggle to attendee workstations to watch and advise during the exercises.  The technology is really nice and we have received very good feedback regarding performance and ease of use. There are two training classes that we offer: SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Admin – Four (4) 1/2-day […]