Articles by: Justin Williams

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

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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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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