Let Customers Start Designing Your Products Using DriveWorks

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You’ve heard it a thousand times before, but your kids are right, the Internet is not going to go away. More and more customers are wanting…. expecting you to have a web presence of your product – but not your product, your product, their way…and they want it now. Certainly you have seen web sites that can do this. You can design your own Xbox controller, go to your local home improvement center’s page and design your own deck, you […]

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Exporting a Workgroup Vault

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SOLIDWORK Workgroup PDM has treated you fairly well over the years, it had a good run. Now you are looking forward to switching to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard where you can get the ease of use for Windows Explorer and the speed that SQL can provide over Workgroup’s indexing system. All you have to do is install it and maybe migrate your data out of Workgroup. You have three choices to export the data. 1. You can manually export the data yourself This […]

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Background Downloader – too much power for one man

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The SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader is all cool. Behind the scenes it is collecting all required files to make upgrades a quick and painless process….but maybe for PDM Standard and Pro users it is too painless? Don’t forget that all PDM users need to be on the same service pack as the PDM server. The 3DVision Technologies technical support guys have been reporting that they have had several tickets from customers who have [in the past] allowed their users to upgrade […]

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Let DriveWorks Live run your internal web applications

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Internal web apps are great. They require no installation, and are easy to deploy on every computer regardless of operating system; the problem is (or at least you thought it was until you read this blog entry) that web applications require a web programmer to make them. …unless you have DriveWorks Live. Out of the box DriveWorks has many functions designed to read and write to your own custom databases. With DriveWorks Live you can create web forms to act as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Web2 vs Old and Reliable

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It has been a long time coming; SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Web2 is now available! Now that there is a new kid on the block, what is going to happen with the existing web EPDM web interface? In the short term they will both exist (I’ve not heard any plans to discontinue the existing web system) thus, for a while at least, you have the choice of which one you want to use…or even both if you have the hardware. I […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Do you need a DriveWorks form for mobile?

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I don’t have to tell you that more and more of the cool kids are using mobile devices. Mobile web page design is becoming more important -especially now that Google’s search engine favors sites that are “mobile friendly“. It isn’t hard to design your DriveWorks forms to adapt to the user’s viewing size, but is it worth the effort? Does it matter to you? It is really pretty easy to find out. DriveWorks 12 has a special variable – Form Container […]

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Do you need a DriveWorks form for mobile?

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I don’t have to tell you that more and more of the cool kids are using mobile devices. Mobile web page design is becoming more important -especially now that Google’s search engine favors sites that are “mobile friendly“. It isn’t hard to design your DriveWorks forms to adapt to the user’s viewing size, but is it worth the effort? Does it matter to you? It is really pretty easy to find out. DriveWorks 12 has a special variable – Form Container […]

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DriveWorks for Sheet Scales

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If the overall size of your models change significantly, there is a good chance you will need DriveWorks to change your drawing sheet scales to keep your model looking nice on the sheet. Imagine this is my drawing. Let’s say the height of my part does not change much, but my length (which is currently 100 in the model master) can change significantly.   DriveWorks (Pro and Solo) gives us two sheet properties that we can use to drive the […]

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