Let my file go!

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Since PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 will not support custom applications written in VB6, I know a lot of you are busy converting your code to .NET. Here is a little “gotcha” to watch out for: I had a little routine that would write to a file’s datacard at check in time. [EdmCmd_PreUnlock] It worked great in VB6 but when I converted it to .NET, PDMWorks Enterprise could not finish the check in operation telling me that the file was in use […]

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How to ease the pain of writing a PDMWorks Enterprise addin

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Writing and debugging VB .NET addins for PDMWorks Enterprise is not a fun task. First you cannot step through your code and watch your variables update so finding the problem is a lot like finding a needle in a haystack… additionally, between the builds you need to constantly unload the addin, start/stop the explorer.exe process, compile the .dll, then reload the addin. -Too much work for me. I typically write a majority of the code as a “Windows Application” then […]

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Christmas Cards in SolidWorks!

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Each year we send out a Christmas card to our valued customers and partners. This year, we decided to create our own image for the front of the card. We challenged our application engineers to create a rendering using only SOLIDWORKS and PhotoWorks (a photo-realistic rendering software that runs inside of SOLIDWORKS and is included in any of the SOLIDWORKS Office products.) What they came up with may suprise you. PhotoWorks has made leaps and bounds in its ability to […]

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The Little Book of Rules

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If you are new to DriveWorks or DriveWorksXpress, consider getting a copy of “The Little Book of Rules” by Ian Yates. This book helps you go through the process of taking your design logic -i.e. “We always have an 1/4 hp motor in our machines, unless the customer wants a heavy duty version, in which case we use a 1/2 hp motor.” and converting it into rules for inputting into DriveWorks or DriveWorksXpress. This book would also be good for […]

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Can Windows SharePoint be used as your SOLIDWORKS PDM?

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Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 has been out for nearly a year now. It certainly adds a lot of collaboration tools over WSS 2.0. I think that just the simple fact that 3.0 now supports blogs and wikis makes WSS a nice design collaboration tool. With all these new collaboration tools now included, can it replace PDMWorks Enterprise? There certainly is a lot of overlap between WSS and PDMWorks Enterprise. Both products allow you to check in and out documents, […]

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Can Windows SharePoint be used as your SOLIDWORKS PDM?

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Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 has been out for nearly a year now. It certainly adds a lot of collaboration tools over WSS 2.0. I think that just the simple fact that 3.0 now supports blogs and wikis makes WSS a nice design collaboration tool. With all these new collaboration tools now included, can it replace PDMWorks Enterprise? There certainly is a lot of overlap between WSS and PDMWorks Enterprise. Both products allow you to check in and out documents, […]

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Use eDrawings as your ECN document

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I’ve seen a lot of different strategies for ECN documentation. – Word, pdfs and Excel are most typical. The problem is that often times it can be difficult to describe where in the part/assembly you want the change made. Have you considered using an eDrawing as your ECN document? With eDrawings you can point right at the location you want to make the change, add a comment balloon then if you need to be even more verbose in the description […]

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SOLIDWORKS Hardware

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“What hardware do you recommend to get the most out of SolidWorks?” This is a question that I am asked at least a few times a week, and to be honest it is a hard one to answer because “it depends.” It depends on quite a few variables such as: -What is the complexity of the CAD data that you will be working with? -Are you looking for a stationary or mobile workstation platform? -Are you tied down to a […]

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Having Trouble Keeping Track of Your SOLIDWORKS Activations?

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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE 5/1/2019*** Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out Home Use Licenses (HUL) starting October 4th, 2019. At that time, users will not be able to install, activate, deactivate, or upgrade their existing HUL. When HUL was first introduced to SOLIDWORKS users, the ability to work outside of the office was limited by technology. SOLIDWORKS users needed a way to work without having to access company networks or servers. With advances in technology along with the growing use […]

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SOLIDWORKS License Activation and Deactivation

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SOLIDWORKS now uses online License Activation instead of a registration code as of SOLIDWORKS 2007 SP 3.1 for standalone seat licensing. You get one Activation per SOLIDWORKS license.   To Activate a License ·     The first time you start a newly installed version of SOLIDWORKS it should automatically ask if you want to activate your seat. If not go to the Help menu in SOLIDWORKS and select “Activate Licenses”  ·     Follow the onscreen instructions, and prompts. Fill […]

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