Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

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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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Performance Improvements

SOLIDWORKS PDM Performance is always a concern for administrators. Even small delays quickly compound when they affect multiple users, multiple times a day for repetitive actions.  On the other hand, when dealing with very large vaults with hundreds of users in particular, saving even a few seconds on processes that are repeated hundreds of times…

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Organizing SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Menu Commands

SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch is a very powerful tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. However as the number of Dispatch Actions grows, the right-click shortcut menu list can get larger and larger, as shown below: At this time there is no way to filter out Dispatch Actions so that they only show for some Users or Group,…

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Are you using Full Row Select in your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Full Row Select is one of the most useful interface options in the PDM Vault View and is often one of the most commonly overlooked. This feature allows you to select a file by clicking in any column, not just the file name.  This can be a real time saver if you have…

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How SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site Licenses & Client Access Licenses work together

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional license are available in two basic formats, Processor Site Licenses (PSL), and individual Client Access Licenses (CAL). Client Access Licenses are available as a single CAD Editor, single Contributor license or in 5 packs of Viewer licenses.  The client installation must match the CAL license version that is available on the SolidNetWork…

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