It’s that time of year again, welcome to “What’s New” season! As always, the CATI team has put together several different articles to keep you up to date on what we’re all excited about. Today, I want to give you part 1 of the top enhancements for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022. Searching with EXALEAD with PDM 2022 Searching with SOLIDWORKS PDM has always been one of my top features. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, you search based on what you know. Maybe you […]
With the release of SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022, we get to share some exciting enhancements! This release introduces some incredible features to our SOLIDWORKS Manage capabilities. There’s a lot to talk about and we should break this up a bit. With the number of enhancements, we decided to make this year’s breakdown a two-part post. So, this first post will cover our five favorites, while the second will cover all the upgrades to tasks. Let’s break it down. #5 – Share […]
If you are unfamiliar, the Document Manager API’s will provide many useful functions for accessing SOLIDWORKS files without having to open them in SOLIDWORKS. This makes running your applications very fast. In addition, it will not use up a license of SOLIDWORKS. It is especially useful for manipulating custom properties, file relationships, or accessing 2D file previews. License keys for the Document Manager are provided directly by SOLIDWORKS. To get one, you must login to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. If […]
Do you use SOLIDWORKS PDM workflows to submit files for approval? Are you kept up at night by the thought of sending a file through the workflow transition without first selecting the team member who must approve the file? Fear no more! New functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 now displays a warning if you try to transition a file through a workflow transition without selecting a recipient. SOLIDWORKS workflows can be used to notify team members when a file changes state. […]
If it’s time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS PDM servers, the task may seem a bit daunting. This guide will help you with everything you need to know and walk you through the process step-by-step to make sure you perform a successful PDM upgrade. Let’s get started.
There are several exciting new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 this year, and I’ve already blogged about one of them here: IES Light Profiles. However, there are a few more topics that are worth mentioning too. SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to impress, so let’s dive into these new features. AMD Radeon™ ProRender SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a raytracing engine that is designed to run on AMD graphics cards. This feature can be enabled from options. I have not […]
When using SOLIDWORKS PDM it is important to release components in the appropriate order. PDM users learn that releasing a parent file before its children will result in the parent file referencing an earlier version of its children. In other words, the result can be a discrepancy between the “as built” and “latest” version of a parent assemblies’ references. In PDM 2020, the transition of a parent file can be prevented unless its immediate children meet conditions. It is now […]
PDM Pro and Standard got a significant search feature boost in the 2020 release. The ability to search across multiple variables at once in edit boxes “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” Operators Quick search from within Windows Explorer – you don’t have to use search cards anymore Click here to read the full article on the InFlow Blog! I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Please […]
There are many benefits to using product data management (PDM) software in project management; when used correctly, PDM can simplify the management of your engineering data, eliminate concerns about data loss, and simplify workflow. But for employees who have never used PDM before (or are not familiar with a certain PDM software), navigating the PDM environment can become time-consuming and less effective than it would be with a more experienced user. This is where PDM training comes in.
One of the best parts of the SolidWorks PDM interface is its integration into Windows Explorer. Users who are familiar with the Windows interface can intuitively browse the PDM vault without need for extensive training on specific systems and interfaces. However, the search functionality has always been one area where the comparison has not been totally apples to apples. Search Cards in PDM are robust and detailed, but for users less familiar with data cards and variables they can seem […]