From InFlow: There’s a new PDM tab in town!

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It has been a while since we PDM Pro API guys have had anything new to cheer about during the What’s New in PDM events. I suppose it is true that the PDM “Release Notes” have always had a handful of new structures or interfaces, but the new IEdmCmdMgr6 interface in PDM Pro 2018 gives us the ability to add our own custom tabs to the Windows Explorer interface. This, my friends, is pretty darn cool. This tab can contain […]

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From InFlow Technology: Automatic PDM Standard SQL Backups

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It has been over a year since the release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. Nearly everyone agrees PDM Standard is a huge step forward from Workgroup -though we did become a bit spoiled because making backups in Workgroup is much more straightforward than PDM Standard backups. It frightens me how many locations I visit where PDM is not properly being backed up. Most people seem to do a pretty good job ensuring their files are being backed up (any good file […]

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FROM INFLOW TECHNOLOGY: PDM Branch/Merge

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First, what is the new 2018 PDM Pro Branch/Merge? Say you have a spreadsheet file that you want to experiment with. You may make a copy of that file, make your changes. Then later if you want these changes “permanent” you save the new file on top of the original. It’s easy if you have a single file, but with an entire assembly with many files, branch/merge helps you keep track and automate the procedure. Even at first glance, the […]

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Data card control logic – Test for value in text variable

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Imagine you have a control on your data card that relies on a different text field for its Control Logic, and you want the text control to have to have at least one character in this field before your control is enabled. I run into this issue often with buttons, when I do not want the user to be able to click my button until other required fields on the card are populated first. Unfortunately in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 [Pro […]

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A quick way to make your PDM files dirty

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Let’s imagine you have a lot of SOLIDWORKS files in your PDM vault. Many of these files have a file property defined within them that you now would like to appear on your PDM data card. (This seems to happen a lot after a recent migration.) The problem is that simply adding a control to your SOLIDWORKS data card and linking its variable to the SOLIDWORKS custom property isn’t going to work. PDM only updates its data cards when you […]

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PDM Pro Droplists Connected to Excel

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Everyone loves SOLIDWORKS PDM’s data cards, they are used in so many ways. One limitation though is their values in drop-lists is rather limited. You can control the lists based on one other variable, but if you need something more advanced you are going to need PigeonHole. It can make your drop-lists significantly more advanced. A lot of people like PigeonHole for its ability to have SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro’s droplists filter each other. As an example if you were selecting a […]

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A Certification For Your Resume

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Certifications are a good thing. They help distinguish you from your peers, plus if you learn a little while you prepare, your company gets a nice benefit as well. DriveWorksXpress has a certification process that is free to all SOLIDWORKS users and is designed to improve your SOLIDWORKS skills and make your engineering résumé stand out from the crowd. This year at SOLIDWORKS World, I was introduced to the new certification -“Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate“. Chris Cassettari from DriveWorks was leading a hands […]

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Simplify DriveWorksXpress Logic

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DriveWorksXpress is the only DriveWorks product that does not have any form of a lookup table. As a result, I’ve seen people create very complex rules to get around this limitation. They will nest OR statements within other OR statements within OR statements… I understand why people do this. If you start to build a rule with an “OR” statement, the wizard will get you started with this: DriveWorksXpress builds the beginning of the structure for you, complete with the comma […]

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Transitioning from Workgroup to PDM

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A good portion of my work life is spent teaching new users how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM. Old users, young users, users from other CAD PDM systems, users who have never even used a PDM system… Do you know who are the hardest to teach? Users from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup. Overall, former Workgroup users are a smart bunch, heck many of them have taken a simple program like Workgroup and somehow managed to make it do all kinds of things it […]

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Add Hyperlinks to Parts in Your ECNs

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I received this rather interesting telegram today from Western Union: Stardate: 44995.3 I on behalf of the entire Klingon empire wish to thank you for your blog post on Earth date August 13, 2009 where you first posted the idea of including hyperlinks in ECN documents to make it easier for users to quickly find documents without having to even open SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. You don’t know it yet but the format you used:conisio://[vault name]/open?projectid=[projectID]&documentid=[documentID]&objecttype=1is still in use today. In […]

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