SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

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 files will each have a unique record in the database…

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Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Components without using the Installation Manager

Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Components

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2016, the SOLIDWORKS PDM file set was incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This makes for a convenient one stop location to install all SOLIDWORKS products. Unfortunately, this also makes for a large installation file-set, that can be cumbersome to move around. There are good reason for using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager though. Outside of…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 Redesigned in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 has undergone a complete redesign for SOLIDWORKS 2019, creating an enhanced more responsive system, with a focus on improved user experience resulting in the most powerful version of the tool yet. Some of my favorite new enhancements are: Navigation Bar The navigation bar allows users to quickly access different folders using breadcrumbs; Action Bar…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Drawing Selection Option During State Change

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, we have the option: Do not select references that are defined as drawing nodes during state change.  Previously we only had the option: Do not mark referenced files when changing state and couldn’t specify to only exclude drawings. By default this setting is disabled, to enable it; Administration Tool > Users/Groups >…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 New File Shortcut Menu In BOM, Contains, and Where Used Tabs

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS PDM, when right clicking on any referenced file on the Bill of Materials, Contains or Where Used Tabs wouldn’t give access to the full File Shortcut menu. Instead, users had to go through two steps, first going directly to that file using the “Browse to” or “Browse to in a…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Inspection Integration

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, we now have additional integration with SOLIDWORKS Inspection.  This integration includes: SOLIDWORKS PDM Ribbon We can now access PDM features, directly within Inspection such as; Check-Out Check-In Change State Get Version, Get Latest Search File Reference Handling SOLIDWORKS PDM will automatically create the references for inspection files and update the Contains…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Selecting a Configuration in the Preview Tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Preview

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 now gives users the ability to preview a different configuration of a file other than the one that was active when the file was last saved by using an updated SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Preview. This new functionality can allow users to quickly view a specific configuration visually, without having to open the file…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 makes it easy to select a Drawing Sheet in the Preview Tab

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, a new SOLIDWORKS PDM Sheet Preview drop list has been added to the eDrawings User Interface. When previewing SOLIDWORKS Drawing files, eDrawings .eDRW files as well as .DXF and .DWG files, the drop list will populate with a list of sheets in the file and allow the user to select which…

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