SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

How to include SOLIDWORKS files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types: Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new iFilter is installed the archive must be reindexed to include…

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How to include PDF files in SOLIDWORKS PDM Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types; Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files How to include PDF files in the PDM Content Search We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new iFilter…

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How to show Material and Mass in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

SOLIDWORKS PDM Part Data Card

Information about a file can be added and accessed through metadata. In SOLIDWORKS this metadata is referred to as Properties. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, this metadata is contained within Variables. By the use of PDM Attributes, we can map a Variable value to a File Property. This attribute acts as a conduit, allowing information entered in…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 2)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. The following is required: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access the archive folders via locally attached or SAN storage. Network…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 1)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. This features requires: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access the archive folders via locally attached or SAN storage. Network shares…

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Reduce time and mistakes with a SOLIDWORKS PDM Design Checker Task

The SOLIDWORKS Design Checker is one of the most underutilized utilities in SOLIDWORKS and this is unfortunate, as this utility can help eliminate costly mistakes due to errors in a SOLIDWORKS document. Design Checker can also reduce the amount of time to check documents, by running user defined checks. The SOLIDWORKS Design Checker ensures accuracy,…

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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. All SOLIDWORKS PDM license types can be used with the…

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How to disable SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Launch at Windows Startup

Every time I startup my Windows 10 laptop, I would be prompted to log into all my SOLIDWORKS PDM Vaults. Since I typically have 3+ Vaults this was one of those little annoyances that I finally decided to do something about. After some searching, I found what I believe was the culprit. At some point…

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