SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – New PDM Search Features

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Quick Search and Re-Ordering Search Columns

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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 […]

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From InFlow: SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 What’s New – File Shortcut Menu – #SW2019

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This 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM will have updates to accessibility for specific PDM functions, such as Check-In or Get Latest, throughout the vault. This blog will focus on the Right Mouse Click menu in specific tabs on the Window Explorer. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the File Shortcut Menu was only available in the Windows Explorer File View. This meant that right clicking on a file that you would find in areas such as the Where Used or […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 What’s New – Mixed Authentication Support – #SW2019

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In SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro, Windows login to the vault gives users access to their files quickly and easily. However, prior to SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro 2019 and when using Windows login, if a user didn’t exist in the domain they couldn’t connect to a vault (besides the Admin user). In other words, a single login type for all vault users was required. This made situations such as testing or giving vault access to users (vendors, customers, etc.) that didn’t exist on […]

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From InFlow: SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 What’s New – User Comments – #SW2019

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This 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM will feature enhanced granularity in mandatory comment control, now including mandatory state change options, and check-in/version comments. This means that you have the ability to now make commenting on state changes mandatory, creating the opportunity for more detailed document history. If you go into the PDM Administration tool, you’ll find the following new options: Must enter version comments Must enter state change comments As found in Administrative Permissions for a group shown below: As […]

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From Inflow: SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Conditional Notifications in PDM Workflows (PDM Professional Only) – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019 includes the introduction of Conditional Notifications in Workflows. Prior to the 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, notifications would be sent to users (or groups of users) during a transition between states. While you could make the recipients of the notification dynamic (selectable by the user performing the transition), there was not a way to define when to not send the notification at all. With 2019, in the Workflow editor, you can create a new type […]

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From InFlow: Updating your Solidworks PDM Add-Ins

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What are Solidworks PDM Add ins and why do I need to update them? Add ins are managed in the Solidworks PDM Administration Tool and provide additional functionality either out of the box in the case of PDF conversion and dispatch or custom programming solutions. Add ins are currently unique to PDM Professional users. When do you need to Update your Add ins? Add ins should be updated whenever you update your version or service pack of Solidworks PDM to […]

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From InFlow: SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro Exclusive Features

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Pro are both robust data management solutions. However, PDM Pro has a number of exclusive features, any one of which could be a significant piece of a company’s data management solution. Let’s look at some of those features. Replication This feature allows companies to share data across multiple locations. Each location has its own archive server, this is where all vaulted files, both CAD and other, are stored. Data created each day at one location can […]

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From InFlow: DriveWorks 16 Now Available!

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Just Released: DriveWorks 16 In DriveWorks 16 we’ve built on our extensive Design Automation capabilities, greatly enhanced our 3D capabilities and made sure DriveWorks is positioned as a powerful configurator and CPQ solution company-wide for manufacturing companies. This release focuses on enhancements to stability and performance, scalability and usability alongside new features. Many of the enhancements in DriveWorks 16 have come from customer suggestions. Thank you to everyone that has submitted requests & suggestions to suggest@driveworks.co.uk. Here’s just a few of […]

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From InFlow: 3DEXPERIENCE & CATIA V5-6: Data-Driven vs File-Driven Platforms

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Whether your company is planning on migrating from CATIA V5-6 to 3DEXPERIENCE or is in the middle of the process, there are a couple of fundamental differences between the platforms that will ease the transition for you and your company. Dassault Systèmes developed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a Cloud-Based, Data-Driven, and all-in-one PLM experience that better organizes workflows and streamlines development. If you have done any research, watched promotional videos, or listened to anyone talk about 3DEXPERIENCE, you will […]

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