Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard & Professional Backup Process

SOLIDWORKS PDM Backup Process

SOLIDWORKS PDM provides a secure environment for users to store files, and safely keeps archived copies of these files on a central server, preventing most potential causes of data loss on local user’s computers. However, it is essential that copies of the PDM Archives and Database backups be offloaded to a secure location to prevent…

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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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How to change the Serial Number of a SOLIDWORKS Installation

Sometimes it may be necessary to change SOLIDWORKS serial number for your installation, for instance if you need to change from a standalone to a network based license, or if you have installed the wrong license (such as perhaps your coworker’s Premium license … ) on your system. To change the serial number that your SOLIDWORKS installation…

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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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