SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Logging out of PDM from Windows Explorer – #SW2020

How familiar is this scenario? You are going about your workday, using SOLIDWORKS PDM to help you with your productivity. Suddenly, you get a frantic call from a co-worker: “I need to get into PDM ASAP, but there aren’t any available licenses! I need you to log out so I can get in!” Now, to do that, you have to first remember where that log off menu is located. Once you do, you have to move your mouse all the way down to the Windows System Tray. That’s in the bottom right corner of your screen! What if you are working with two (or three) monitors? Don’t you wish there was an easier way?

, SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Logging out of PDM from Windows Explorer – #SW2020

Okay, I may have oversold that scenario a little bit (If you really are experiencing that scenario frequently, contact your CATI salesperson about getting more licenses). Perhaps more common is remembering to log out when you’re finished working in a shared license environment.

Log out of PDM from Windows Explorer

However, many of our customers have expressed that finding “Log Off” in the System Tray is not an optimal location. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 introduces a more convenient method for logging out of PDM. For those of you keeping up to date with your Service Pack Releases, you may have noticed that this was “soft launched” in 2019 SP3, but 2020 is the official introduction. Now, when you are working in a PDM vault through Windows Explorer, there is a new icon Clicking the user icon will let you log out of PDM next to the embedded search button in windows explorer. If you hover your mouse over it, it will show you the current logged in user

The user icon in context. Click it to log out of PDM

When you click on the little blue person icon, you can log out of PDM right from within Windows Explorer.

Clicking Log Out will sign you out of PDM

Having the ability to log out of SOLIDWORKS PDM from within Windows explorer, provides a more convenient way to log yourself out of PDM, saving you time and mouse clicks. Every little bit helps, allowing you to be more productive.

I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020. Please check back to the InFlow Blog as our Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”

Design Innovation Month – October 2019

What is DI Month? We’re declaring October Design Innovation Month—again! It’s a month-long series of special events focused on what’s new in design and manufacturing technology. You’ll learn about enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that deliver new capabilities for improved performance, streamlined workflows, and a connected design ecosystem. Find out what’s new in 3D printing applications and 3D scanning to integrate into your design process. So, get ready to do things differently. It’s time to innovate! Learn more about Design Innovation Month and register for events here:

Clay Mosher

InFlow PLM Services Manager – West

, SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Logging out of PDM from Windows Explorer – #SW2020


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