SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Resources including technical tips and tutorials for users and administrators

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Enhanced User Comment Permissions

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Comment Permissions

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 with the enhanced user comment permissions; we have the ability to make version comments mandatory for a check in at specific states or at specific transitions of a state change.  Previously; this permission was an ‘all or nothing approach’ via the administrative permissions for transitions and version comments which applied to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Logged in as User Default Value in Search Cards

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value is new in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, whereby we can automatically define the logged in user as the default value within a Search Card. How to define the logged in user as the default value for the search card variable Checked Out by User Administration Tool > Cards > Search Cards…

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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 file you’d like to get an older version of, then…

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Organizing SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Menu Commands

SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch is a very powerful tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. However as the number of Dispatch Actions grows, the right-click shortcut menu list can get larger and larger, as shown below: At this time there is no way to filter out Dispatch Actions so that they only show for some Users or Group,…

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Are you using Full Row Select in your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Full Row Select is one of the most useful interface options in the PDM Vault View and is often one of the most commonly overlooked. This feature allows you to select a file by clicking in any column, not just the file name.  This can be a real time saver if you have…

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How SOLIDWORKS PDM Processor Site Licenses & Client Access Licenses work together

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional license are available in two basic formats, Processor Site Licenses (PSL), and individual Client Access Licenses (CAL). Client Access Licenses are available as a single CAD Editor, single Contributor license or in 5 packs of Viewer licenses.  The client installation must match the CAL license version that is available on the SolidNetWork…

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Enabling the Windows Status Bar in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Every so often we’ll get a question from a SOLIDWORKS PDM user about the Windows Status Bar. The Status Bar can provide a lot of useful information for Windows Users, such as the number of files in a folder, number of items selected and the total file size of the selected items. However the Status…

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