Articles by: Justin Williams

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Enhanced File Version Upgrade Tool

New File Version Upgrade Tool

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018; upgrading old file versions is quicker with deeper vault analysis available using the enhanced File Version Upgrade Tool. The new enhancements are as follows: Upgrade checked out files on other client workstations. Add or remove folders to upgrade. Sort the file list in Search Results. Stop the upgrade process and…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 File Version Upgrade Tool – Monitoring the Upgrade Process

SOLIDWORKS PDM Monitor Upgrade Process

Included with the enhancements to the File Version Upgrade Tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can now monitor the upgrade process on any client with the tool installed via the following methods: Welcome Screen > Monitor Upgrade Process Then point the tool to the network location for the work instruction files Or on the ‘Ready…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 File Version Upgrade Tool – Notify Users

File Version Upgrade Tool - Notify Users

Included with the enhancements to the File Version Upgrade tool in PDM 2018, we can now notify users about the upgrade process. This is configured on the Upgrade Settings screen: Then the specified vault users will be notified when the upgrade has been Started: When the process has Completed: Paused, Resumed or if it has…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 File Version Upgrade Tool – Detailed Summary

SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version Upgrade Tool

Included with the enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version Upgrade Tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, is a more detailed summary of the files ready to upgrade: The new summary lists: The total number of SOLIDWORKS versions to update. Number of SOLIDWORKS part file versions. Number of SOLIDWORKS drawing file versions. Number of SOLIDWORKS assemblies…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Supports Non-SOLIDWORKS CAD File References

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is support for the 3D Interconnect functionality; the PDM vault will now manage references between SOLIDWORKS files and non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files. Note: The non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files must be added to the vault before being added to the assembly, to save the references to PDM. When the assembly is checked in, all the…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Enhancement: Detailed Warning Messages for Workflow Conditions

SOLIDWORKS PDM Warning Messages for Workflow Conditions

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we are presented with more information as to why the vault is angry at us with detailed SOLIDWORKS PDM Warning Messages for when workflow conditions are not met. Previously in SOLIDWORKS PDM, if a workflow condition was not met…it would look like this: This doesn’t really tell us much, other than…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Administrators can undo check out files by other users!

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018; Administrative Permission – Can undo check out files checked out by other users. Previously in SOLIDWORKS PDM only the default ‘admin’ user account could undo the check out of files checked out by other users or in other views. Why might this permission be useful? When a file is checked out…

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How to prevent transition actions from selecting all child references in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions

By default when SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions complete a change state operation on a file, all the referenced files will be selected to transition: You can de-select any files to exclude them from the transition. Some users like the files selected by default, as it ensures no files are forgotten files when transitioning an assembly….

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