Out of Date eDrawings

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated January 31, 2011


The eDrawings viewer displays nested tessellated data of the most recently SAVED version of the file being viewed. The eDrawings viewer will reflect changes to a saved file, but not for any referencing files which are not themselves saved. When these unsaved files are opened in eDrawings, eDrawings will indicate that the document is out of date. Normally this will occur with drawings or assemblies, but it may also happen to parts with external references.

When viewing a drawing in eDrawings the title-block information may not be appear to be accurate. In this scenario there is normally a link between a note in the title-block and a property in referenced document. The property is modified in the referenced document, but the drawing is not opened and saved.

It is important to note the out of date stamp when viewing a document through eDrawings, whether it is through the standalone, or the preview of Solidworks Enterprise PDM. To ensure the information being viewed is accurate, the out of date document should be opened in Solidworks and saved.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.