How to upgrade the SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Add-In

Article by Justin Williams created/updated March 6, 2017

When upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM file vault to a new version, the add-ins in the vault will not automatically update.  You can view a step by step guide to upgrading the Task Add-in.  In this article we are going to look at upgrading the Dispatch Add-in.

It is recommended to run the same major and service pack version of the Dispatch add-in as the current major and service pack version of SOLIDWORKS PDM.

First step is to remove the existing SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Add-in (don’t worry you won’t lose any existing scripts):

  • Administration Tool > Add-ins > Dispatch > Right-Click > Remove
Remove the SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Add-in

Remove the SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Add-in

  • Admininstration Tool > File > Open
    • Change the filter to show “.caf” files
    • Browse to the installation location for PDM and the “Default Data” folder (by default the path is “C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS PDM\Default Data”)
  • Click to Open Dispatch.caf
Open Dispatch File

Open Dispatch File

  • Drag-and-drop the Dispatch add-in into the Administration Tool Add-ins
Drag-and-drop the Dispatch add-in into the Administration Tool Add-ins

Drag-and-drop the Dispatch add-in into the Administration Tool Add-ins

  • Close the Admin Tool and Reboot the client workstation
Upgraded Dispatch Add-in

Upgraded Dispatch Add-in

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.