Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Animated Command Tooltips

A great addition to the user interface in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the new animated tooltips that appear when you hover your cursor over some tools.  This new functionality provides a quick overview of how a command works for new users, or if it’s one that…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Feature Tree Name Translation

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Feature Tree Name Translation

More and more commonly, teams spread out across the globe are collaborating together on designs.  SOLIDWORKS Data Management tools make it easy for designers to work together and share files, even if they are located on different continents. One side effect of this global collaboration…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Command Manager and Toolbar controls

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Command Manager Menu

A change has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that simplifies the process for controlling both the Command Manager and Toolbars. In previous releases, to enable additional tabs for the Command Manager, you had to right-click directly on an existing tab to access a specific menu…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 PDM Menu Integration

A great addition in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 is the new SOLIDWORKS PDM menu.  This menu provides better integration between Visualize and your data management tools. The menu will become active when a file stored in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault is opened in Visualize (this…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 SQL Server Requirements

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 SQL Server Requirements

Starting with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, the SQL Server running the vault database will need to be upgraded to at least SQL Server 2014 SP3. This applies to both SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (running SQL Standard) and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard (running SQL Express). You can check which…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

NOTE: Upgrading PDM carries some risk. It’s your company’s IP contained in your vault. Javelin can perform your upgrade for you to ensure it’s done right with minimal down time and risk of data loss. Contact your Javelin sales account manager for a quote. If…

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How to relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Database Files

Relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Database Files

To maximize PDM performance, the SQL database files should be located on the fastest hard drive available. If the mdf and ldf files for the database need to be relocated, this can be done using the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Before moving the files, ensure…

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SOLIDWORKS Backup / Recovery Settings Explained

The loss of data, whether from hardware failure, software issues or simply human error is a constant concern for all designers.  To help protect your data you may take advantage of Product Data Management software such as SOLIDWORKS PDM, but if you do not have…

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How to display the SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

When a file is saved in SOLIDWORKS, the major version that it was last saved in is recorded as a custom property, as shown in the image below: Display SOLIDWORKS File Version This custom property can be displayed directly in the Windows Explorer detail view…

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