Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

Searching Additional Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 search is a convenient, single search box that is able to search File Names, Folder Names as well as the Comment and Description variables by default, but what if you need to search more variable values? This can be done easily by modifying the Application Settings for the SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 site. Go…

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Displaying Custom Columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2

A very useful feature in SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Views is the ability to display customized Column Sets built from any Variables that have been created in the PDM Vault. By default, SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 will display columns for “Checked Out By”, “State”, “Days In State”, “Version”, “Modified”, “Size” and “Path” values.  However, it’s possible to…

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Selecting Configurations in SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019

SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 now gives you the ability to preview different configurations of a file other than the one that was active when the file was last saved. This new functionality can allow users to quickly view a specific configuration visually, without having to open the file in SOLIDWORKS. This new ability to preview other…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Login Type Options

When a user logs into a PDM vault online via SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2, many don’t realize there are potentially two different license types that can be chosen, either a Web license or a Viewer license.  The options can be chosen by clicking on the box below the Vault name. What’s the difference between the two…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 New File Shortcut Menu In BOM, Contains, and Where Used Tabs

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS PDM, when right clicking on any referenced file on the Bill of Materials, Contains or Where Used Tabs wouldn’t give access to the full File Shortcut menu. Instead, users had to go through two steps, first going directly to that file using the “Browse to” or “Browse to in a…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Selecting a Configuration in the Preview Tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Preview

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 now gives users the ability to preview a different configuration of a file other than the one that was active when the file was last saved by using an updated SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Preview. This new functionality can allow users to quickly view a specific configuration visually, without having to open the file…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 makes it easy to select a Drawing Sheet in the Preview Tab

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, a new SOLIDWORKS PDM Sheet Preview drop list has been added to the eDrawings User Interface. When previewing SOLIDWORKS Drawing files, eDrawings .eDRW files as well as .DXF and .DWG files, the drop list will populate with a list of sheets in the file and allow the user to select which…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 New “Update History Comments” Permission

When performing certain actions in the vault, such as transitioning a file, or checking a file in, you can add comments to provide context for this action in the file’s history as shown in the example below: These Version comments can be reviewed by right clicking on the file and going to “History”.  The comments…

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