Articles by: Justin Williams

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

SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments Tool

If you’ve had the honor of being named the local vault administrator then it’s extremely likely that someone has approached you regarding their SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments: “I need to be able to <Fill in the blank>, but I can’t.  <Random Name> can, but I’m not allowed.  Why is life so unfair?” Previously as a…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: ‘Failed to extract add-in’

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10 and you’ve received a SOLIDWORKS PDM error: ‘Failed to extract add-in…’ you’re not alone.  This can be caused by the SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in being built with .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows 10 only has .NET Framework 4.5 enabled by default. How to manually enable .NET Framework 3.5 Start > Programs…
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How to create a SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut in Windows 10

A desktop folder shortcut is a useful tool to quickly navigate to a folder you’re frequenting in SOLIDWORKS PDM. How to create a folder shortcut to a vault folder in Windows 10 Navigate into the folder you’d like to create a shortcut to Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy Go back to your…
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3 Reasons for Upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard to Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vs Professional
With fast-moving projects and complex designs, data management is extremely important in any environment.  A primary goal of a data management solution is to keep the designers designing and let the data management system handle all the tedious tasks of updating values, tracking file history and revision management.  SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a great tool…
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Important SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance
I had a support case recently where the SOLIDWORKS PDM Server hard drives were at critical levels and the culprit was the Web2 portal.  To prevent this from happening to any Web2 users, there’s Important SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance that must be completed to clear space as the Web2 system folders will continue to…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles Reference

SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles
Within the SOLIDWORKS PDM (Data) Card Editor, there are four different Combobox Styles to list data; Combobox Dropdown, Combobox Simple, Combobox Droplist, and a Listbox: I find that I’m always forgetting the difference between them, and it’s not clear from within the editor to see the difference.  The purpose of this article is to act…
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Why is the SOLIDWORKS PDM Update Variable greyed out when using Set Revision?

A question I run into often while on tech support is: “Why is the SOLIDWORKS PDM Update Variable checkbox greyed out when using the Set Revision tool?” The minimum permissions required to use Set Revision are; Folder Permission Set Revision State Permission Set Revision But to also update the variable will require; Folder Permission Check out…
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How to create SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views
Did you know that you can build  SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views with additional columns based on variables within the vault? This is a useful tool, as it allows users to obtain specific information about a file at a glance without having to open the file[s] or select the data card tab. This feature can…
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