Articles by: Justin Williams

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

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Database Update Prompt

New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021, after updating the client, when logging in; the user is prompted before updating the database to the new version. Previously, on login, the database was updated without warning. But what does this mean? STOP: Upgrading the database will force all…

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How to Configure the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local HOSTS file to resolve the Server Name

By default, the SOLIDWORKS PDM client is set to use server name, which via DNS lookup will resolve the IP number and communicate with the server.  In a perfect world, the DNS server configuration will resolve quickly and not cause any issues, but this isn’t…

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How to troubleshoot SOLIDWORKS PDM with an Extended Ping Test

When troubleshooting problems within SOLIDWORKS PDM, especially performance issues, it’s important to ensure the client has a strong connection to the server components.  Often, tech support will request an extended ping test, to look for issues. How to complete an extended ping test with log…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Enhanced Settings for File Promotion from PDM

PDM File Promotion Settings

New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021, we have enhanced controls for referenced files when promoting from SOLIDWORKS PDM to ensure all the required references are captured, and there are no orphaned records causing discrepancies between the vault and Manage BOM. PDM File Promotion Settings Start the…

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Export Interference Detection Results in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Export Interference Detection - with preview

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 we now have the ability to export Interference Detection Results as a spreadsheet.  This can be useful in scenarios, where you need to compare similar designs, or maybe the analysis further examination outside of SOLIDWORKS. How to Export Interference Detection Results From…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Dark Mode Enhancement

SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

I’m a big fan of Windows Dark Mode or any app that offers it for that matter.  The darker my screen is the better.  Although SOLIDWORKS does not have an official complete ‘Dark Mode’ option, we can make a few changes to make it more…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Active Window Highlighting

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Active Window Highlighting

If you’re anything like me you can have multiple SOLIDWORKS files open at any one time.  If a command is open on one model it prevents selecting a different window until the command was closed or completed. As a user, this used to slow me…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Log

SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug

Using the SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Mode can generate a log file that can be analyzed by your support team, to help expedite the troubleshooting process.  Database debug mode needs to be activated at the user level and the log will store the last 100…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 New Column Configuration Controls

Included with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, are controls within the columns node, giving more control to customize the view so the content you care about is where it’s needed.   Columns Tab Move to Top/Bottom Allows users to quickly sort the variables, moving them to the…

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