PDM Service Pack Compatibility The golden rule of SOLIDWORKS PDM service packs has always been; “The PDM clients (users machines) all had to be on the EXACT same service pack as the server, no exceptions.” Unless of course you didn’t want the client to be able to work properly with the server/vault anymore. While someone might have been open to updating a specific machine, having to also update the server as well as all other clients caused people to consider forgoing a SOLIDWORKS PDM service pack upgrade. As of 2016 SOLIDWORKS PDM was combined into the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This further complicated installations as the Installation Manager
Preventing Users From Changing System Options SOLIDWORKS is a versatile software allowing users quite a bit of latitude in making changes to system parameters. This is great because there is tremendous flexibility in adapting designs to meet specific outcomes, but what if it’s a bad idea for users to modify the system options as they see fit? Individuals making changes to suit their own workflow may end up reducing consistency and efficiency for the overall design process – especially for larger companies. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, administrators now have the ability to restrict and prevent users from making changes to SOLIDWORKS system options. This new tool however can only
Uninstall Completes Even When DLLs Cannot be Unregistered We get many installation issue on support. These are usually one of the hard issues we deal with and sometimes it takes a long time to troubleshoot since it can be due to many different issues. We also see issues during the uninstall process. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has addressed one of the biggest issue we usually run in to: DLL (Dynamic-link library) registration. During the install or uninstall process, SOLIDWORKS has to register/unregister DLLs like any other program. SOLIDWORKS relies on Microsoft pre-requisites to accomplish this (.NET C++), which is why it can be a hard issue to troubleshoot. Previously running
Reliability Report and Reboot Check in SOLIDWORKS Rx Oops! Your SOLIDWORKS crashed again. Contact tech support. We get these calls all the time. Users report that their system is crashing constantly, but they can not often tell us anything about their crash. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we are now going to help you out by providing this information at your fingertips. The next time you are asked to record an RX of your issue, you will see a new tab inside of the tool. The Reliability tab: The reliability tab is going to provide information about how your SOLIDWORKS session was shut down.
Visualize License Change Dear SOLIDWORKS Visualize Customer, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional and Premium licenses on active Subscription! For Visualize Standard 2017 and beyond, an additional serial number is required to activate the complimentary seat of Visualize Standard. From October 19th, 2016, and once you have upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017, this new additional serial number for eligible users can be found by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and clicking “My Products.” Once you have copied this new Visualize Standard serial number, launch ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features,’ select SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and click ‘Change’ at the top.
Copying SOLIDWORKS PDM Group Permissions and Group Members With SolidWorks PDM 2017 comes a feature that will have admins everywhere celebrating. Right now the quickest way to copy group permissions and group members is manual and error prone (scroll down to the bottom to see this method). In the NEW! 2017 Admin tool it only requires a few clicks. After creating and naming a new group, go to its Group Properties, select Copy from Group, and choose the desired source group. Click Next and OK. That’s it! Inconsistent group settings are thing of the past. By utilizing a template group, new groups can be quickly created
SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading. The twenty-fifth edition of SOLIDWORKS in currently in beta with some great things coming, but we aren’t going to talk about that just yet. With every version, there are things that we should take into consideration before pulling the trigger on the next version. The Following is a list that we will be adding to as other techs chime in. Preparation List Are your video cards and drivers ready? Many instabilities are when going to a new version are caused by video errors. Be it driver or hardware related, having a certified card with driver tested for that version or
When dimensions are put on a drawing, they are placed where we click or where the Rapid dimensioning (Dimensions Assist Tool) puts it. When tolerances are added, the dimensions move. This is frustrating because more time is spent cleaning up the dimension spacing. The good news is that there is a checkbox for that! Go to Tools > Options > System Options > Drawings Uncheck Reduce spacing when dimensions are deleted or edited (add or change tolerances, text, etc.) If you prefer to leave that option checked, you can control the dimension spacing yourself. Go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Dimensions. Change the Offset distances to
Have you ever been frustrated using SOLIDWORKS? Of course, right? Although bugs in the software are discovered from time to time, the vast majority of issues in SOLIDWORKS actually boil down to user error, network issues, or problems originating in MS Windows. When troubleshooting an issue, it is always important to recall that SOLIDWORKS is completely dependent on Windows architecture, and therefore changes or modifications that occur in Windows (minor updates to new releases), can have a direct impact on SOLIDWORKS performance. Often, users immediately assume their issue is because of a bug in the SOLIDWORKS program when it is actually rooted within the underlying Windows OS. As most of us
SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4 now available Service pack 4 was released on 7/26/2016 and is now available for download. This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here. Or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update. You can also do it the easy way within SOLIDWORKS click Help > “Check for Updates” or in Windows click Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > Check for Updates A listing of Software Performance Reports (SPRs) fixed within the versions and is available click here. There are a number of bug fixes along with enhancement requests. It’s important that if