SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019 includes the introduction of Conditional Notifications in Workflows. Prior to the 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, notifications would be sent to users (or groups of users) during a transition between states. While you could make the recipients of the notification dynamic (selectable by the user performing the transition), there was not a way to define when to not send the notification at all.
With 2019, in the Workflow editor, you can create a new type of notification called a Conditional Notification.
Conditional Notifications work a lot like Transition Conditions. The difference being that while Transitions Conditions are used to determine whether or not a Transition can be done, Conditional Notifications only affect whether or not a notification is sent.
Setting up Conditional Notifications
The process is similar to setting up a Folder Notification with two main differences.
First is that on the Recipients tab, in addition to being able to define users or groups of users to be notified, you can also assign a Data Card Variable (such as Author) as the recipient.
The second difference is the Notification Conditions Tab. This is where you define the conditions for sending the notification. An example, illustrated below, would be to notify a manager upon submitting for review if the Change cost Estimate is greater than $10,000.
With Conditional Notifications in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019, you now have the ability to configure your workflow notifications to specify more accurately who gets a notification, and what notifications get sent, making notifications more meaningful and useful for PDM users.
I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2019. Please check back to the InFlow Technology Blog and CATI Blog as the Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2019. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”
InFlow PLM Services Manager
Design Innovation Month – October 2018
What is DI MONTH?
CATI is declaring October Design Innovation MONTH. We’ve created a month-long series of events and activities around design innovation especially for our customers. Attend a SOLIDWORKS 2019 event, enter our rendering contest, and learn about some cool tips and tricks at the daily online events. Plan your month at www.cati.com/design-innovation-month