SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

How to change user name to full name in SOLIDWORKS PDM

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, the user name can be changed to full name displayed in the “Checked Out By” column. This can be completed on any client machine. Login to the vault in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool as Admin Right-click on Users tab and select Settings……

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What does the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Compare function do?

In this tech tip I’ll describe what the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Comparison function is and how it works: This function can compare two different versions of a file. It can be performed by going to the ‘History’ of the file and multi-select versions of a…

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Setting the path for eDrawings in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

SOLIDWORKS PDM can work with different viewers to preview files within a vault. For SOLIDWORKS files, eDrawings is the default viewer. During the Installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM or SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings can be installed at the same time. During the installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the default…

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Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM External References Search Paths

SOLIDWORKS PDM External References

SOLIDWORKS PDM will normally handle references, between components. If these references do not exist, then PDM will use search criteria used by the respective application, such as SOLIDWORKS. Through the SOLIDWORKS PDM External References tab, additional folders to be searched, can be specified. These folders…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Look for Variable in Configuration Options

When defining a BOM in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration. There are a number of options for choosing which Configurations to grab the Variable Value from. In this article, we will review the following SOLIDWORKS PDM Look for Variable options: Look for variable in all configurations –…

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How to reset the default SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Admin password

During the install of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server, you’re prompted to ‘Set the default admin login password’: Then when creating a new vault, you’re provided options to either set the default password or create a new ‘specific’ SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Admin Password: If (like…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments Tool

If you’ve had the honor of being named the local vault administrator then it’s extremely likely that someone has approached you regarding their SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments: “I need to be able to <Fill in the blank>, but I can’t.  <Random Name> can, but I’m…

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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…

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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…

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