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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Copying SOLIDWORKS PDM Group Permissions and Group Members – #SW2017

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

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, SOLIDWORKS What's New

SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading.

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

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How to manage the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Spacing Options

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

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Windows 10 Compatibility w/ SOLIDWORKS

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

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4 now available

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

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SOLIDWORKS with a Steam Controller

SOLIDWORKS with a Steam Controller Many SOLIDWORKS users like to have their shortcuts at a quick access to help improve their production throughout the day. Sometimes, pull-down menus and those from the “right click” may take a bit more time to search and find the command you’re looking for – thus slowing down your production time. In fact, the older generation would still like to see more digitizer pads in order to escape that. There is a way for many of us today to program an unbelievable number of shortcuts to one device. 3D controllers are in use today to help with that burden, but many of those may be beyond

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

SOLIDWORKS 2016 – Installation issues with Microsoft KB3139923

Microsoft has done it once again……thank you for securing your OS, but please stop breaking out software installations! Back in July 2016 Microsoft included a security patch in their updates. If you had issues with SOLIDWORKS after this, you more than likely have been in contact with us to correct the problem. Microsoft Security Patch KB3072630 did not affect the SOLIDWORKS installation, however it had many issues of different problems running SOLIDWORKS. The installation manager refers to this for versions prior to 2015 SP5. We published a blog article on the fix for this issue: http://blog.cati.com/2015/08/how-to-fix-solidworks-mircosoft-security-patch-kb3072630-issues.html Well now Microsoft had went 1 step further. A patch released prior to that

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Fix Windows Registry Errors for SOLIDWORKS

Many of us have gone through some instances where Solidworks would fail to install or uninstall for whatever reason. That typically suggests a problem with the registry, and registries need the proper rights in order to edit them. For Windows 7 and earlier, there was a tool called Fixit that would help with this. Many of the same problems were solved by our Technical support team because of this tool. Now with Windows 10, that same tool did not work – but now we have an answer. You can find it at this location: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17588/fix-problems-that-block-programs-from-being-installed-or-removed The nice thing about this is that it’s a portable app, so you can store

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How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS has given us a big power boost to present our designs at the highest level possible. Visualize Standard is a new tool available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses that are current on subscription. If you choose not to renew your maintenance contract, then you will no longer get access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. There are 2 different packages available Visualize Standard – Photo realistic rendering with and easy to use dashboard of colors and finishes. Visualize Professional (separate license required) – Photo realistic rendering with the addition of high quality animations, render ques, and network rendering options. What about Photoview 360? Visualize is not a replacement for Photoview,

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS Customer Request Corner – How Do You Fix SOLIDWORKS Errors Using File Locations?

A common theme in the questions submitted to the Customer Request Corner section of the CATI Tech Notes Blog is File Locations. Here are some questions that have come in that are fixed by adjusting the File Locations: 1. Why are my templates gone since I updated my SOLIDWORKS?2. When SOLIDWORKS starts, I get the message, "SOLIDWORKS database is missing, complete functionality will not be available."3. Why is <MOD-DIAM> showing in a dimension instead of the diameter symbol?4. I am trying to do a callout in a drawing and am getting the error message, "Symbol library (GTOL.SYM) is missing."5. Where is my design library? It is missing. I will stop

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