PDMWorks Enterprise on a Mac?

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Imagine you have several people who use a Mac at work. It would be nice if they could directly contribute to your engineering projects -so all your project data could be in one place. Last week during an install in Kentucky I ran across one of our customers using Parallels Desktop for MAC with Enterprise. It looked pretty good! With Parallels, a window of Microsoft Windows is available on the Mac desktop. The user activates this window if he wants […]

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Delete and destroy at once

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I just learned something new today. When working in the PDMWorks Enterprise vault, if you have “Destroy” rights and hold down the SHIFT key while deleting a file -the file will automatically be destroyed and not go in the Enterprise recycle bin.

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The power of the press

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I have a good friend who worked for a company where they had an elaborate workflow design process. Their workflow was managed by PDMWorks Enterprise. (Actually back then it was Conisio.) In my opinion their designed workflow was way to complex…but I digress… It would take quite a while for their parts to go through this workflow and my buddy was always the scapegoat! In reality the parts sat on his boss’ desk waiting for approval almost as long as […]

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eDrawings is getting smarter

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[…or should that be “eDrawings are getting smarter”?] You can think of a SOLIDWORKS file as having two parts. The video data – what the file looked like the last time it was saved, and the mathematical data. Basically eDrawings reads the video data only. This is great on one hand because it is cheap and fast, but on the other hand your users need to be aware that the file they are looking at may not be the “latest-and-greatest”. […]

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Library parts – in or out of the vault?

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From time to time I like to answer email I get from my many fans. Dear Great Wizard, My Aunt Emily just bought PDMWorks Enterprise 2008. Do you think she should include her purchase part library in the Enterprise vault? Signed, Wondering in Kansas Dear Wondering, The question of if your purchase part library should go into your PDM system has been going on for as long as scarecrows have been afraid of fire. Many argue that once the library […]

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Who names these things?

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Names can be a powerful thing. They can give you connotations of something before you know anything more about it. Naming something poorly is often times a bad thing. The folks making the PDMWorks Enterprise must think there is an award for poor naming conventions. Let’s start with the name of the product itself…the moniker PDMWorks gives users the feeling there is very little difference between PDMWorks Workgroup and Enterprise, except the Enterprise version may have a bit more in […]

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Pro/E files work with PDMWorks Enterprise

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I have seen the future….and it is pretty cool. I got a copy of the beta version of PDMWorks Enterprise SP4 and it handles Pro/E files! Yup, you can drag and drop Pro/E files into the vault, PDMWorks Enterprise recognizes the meta data and the parent child relationships. There is even an interface now built into Pro/E. Works with Pro/E 2001 and the first three Wildfires. [For those of you scoring at home, PDMWorks Enterprise can now work in SOLIDWORKS, […]

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Finding THAT Needle in a Haystack!!

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I was reading the SOLIDWORKS Community online journal when I came across an interesting passage that underscored the need for an integrated data management solution to keep track of analysis results. http://www.solidworkscommunity.com/feature_full.php?cpfeatureid=26119 At a time where huge amounts of data circulate through computers and servers, it is almost way too easy to misplace information. Haystacks of information are growing ever larger and the needles ever smaller!! It is a routine procedure in a battery of analysis tests to make numerous […]

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You no longer have to choose the lesser of two evils

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In the past if you were a PDMWorks Enterprise administrator (or an admin over a lot of other PDM systems), you had two miserable options ahead of you once you upgraded your users to the newest SOLIDWORKS version. Do you manually check out all the files, run the upgrade wizard then check them back in to bring your files to the newest version (thus making a huge mess with anyone who cares at all about version history -let alone what […]

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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