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Nadeem Akhtar

Nadeem Akhtar is a PDM Applications Analyst based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.

Microsoft Office SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Integration

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional includes a Microsoft Office SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In, which provides access to PDM tools within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Using the ribbon, you can perform PDM vault commands and view file information when a file is open in Microsoft Office applications….

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault – Unable to backup destination database

Unable to backup destination database

When using the UpdateBrowserDatabase.exe utility to update SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in SOLIDWORKS PDM vault manually, you may receive the error “Unable to backup destination database” as shown below: The unable to backup destination database error occurs if the UpdateBrowserDatabase utility cannot delete the swbrowser.sldedbold backup file. When…

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How to fix a SOLIDWORKS Manage Can not Authenticate Error

During the process of restoring a SOLIDWORKS Manage database, you could receive the error “Could not Authenticate!” if you try to test the Sites Properties. Reason for this error The reason for this error is an incomplete procedure for restoring the SOLIDWORKS Manage database and…

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How to Reset the SOLIDWORKS Registry Entries

In SOLIDWORKS you can make wide array of customization to your user settings and also the user interface. It can be hard to keep track of these changes if you are editing them on a daily basis like I do. Also, we all know that…

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How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another?

A question I often come across while on tech support is: How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another? When a new SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow has been created and additional logic and transitions or states added. There is a need to…

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How to set default values generation for new sheets in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Drawing

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, when you add new sheets to a checked-out SOLIDWORKS drawing file, SOLIDWORKS PDM generates default values for the newly added sheets and updates the values in the drawing data card. Previously, you had to manually update the values of mandatory…

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How to Show Preview Tabs in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

SOLIDWORKS PDM Show Preview Tabs

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View, there is an option to select/deselect the Show preview tabs to get more information about the files/folders in the PDM Vault. Preview tabs can be turned on by right-clicking in the window and select View > Show preview tabs. With the…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal Error “Failed to check proxy settings”

Why do I receive error “Failed to check proxy settings” when logging in to SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal? When logging in to a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault web portal, an error message displays: “Failed to check proxy settings. Description: The Archive Server could not open the…

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Clean Uninstall of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Client

Sometimes you may need to completely uninstall SOLIDWORKS PDM Client, including all Program Files and Registry Keys. This process is helpful when troubleshooting a problematic SOLIDWORKS PDM Client machine. These steps will allow you to perform a clean SOLIDWORKS PDM Client uninstall and remove any…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Description Character Limit

Some ERP systems limit the description of a part to maximum of 30 characters. This can be controlled for SOLIDWORKS parts when using SOLIDWORKS PDM. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can set the character limit of the Description field. By default this setting is disabled, to…

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How to Switch the installation of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client to Standard

Switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation

Part of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client installation is to select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client. But you can continue the installation selecting the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client instead. In this post we will cover how to switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation from a Professional Client to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Convert Sheet Metal Flat Patterns to DWG/DXF

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Professional we have the ability to convert sheet metal flat patterns. The Convert Task in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional converts flat patterns to the DWG/DXF file format. NOTE: The following SOLIDWORKS PDM Convert Sheet Metal Flat Patterns steps are for SOLIDWORKS…

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What is the difference between ‘Paste’ and ‘Paste shared’ in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, when you ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ a file to another folder, the two files are independent of each other even though the copy would have the same name and physical content. There is no link between the source file and its copy. The…

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How to retrieve an old version from within the PDM vault and save it as a new version

A question I often come across while on tech support is: “How do I retrieve an old SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version from within my Vault and save it as a new version so that the versions in between remain preserved?” Navigate to and select the…

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Repairing SOLIDWORKS and PDM Client Installation

Repairing SOLIDWORKS

If you experience problems with SOLIDWORKS products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS Professional, PDM, eDrawing etc…) you can try repairing the installation. When Repairing SOLIDWORKS Installation search for Control Panel in Windows Start Search and go to Progams > Programs and Feature > Uninstall or change a program….

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