Using a Macro Button to toggle the CAM Add-In on the Add-Ins tab

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So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS CAM and you’re excited to start using it, but when you navigate to your Add-Ins tab, there’s no CAM Add-In. To manually activate the CAM Add-In, you need to navigate to Tools > Add-Ins or use the Options drop-down and select Add-Ins. By selecting the checkbox next to SOLIDWORKS CAM and selecting OK, you will now have a new SOLIDWORKS CAM Tab on your Command Manager. However, it would be nice to have an Icon like […]

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Restricting your EPDM addin

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There are a lot of API snobs out there who feel their SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM code is too good to be run by just anyone, perhaps only members of a certain user group are allowed to run their precious code. Perhaps they are writing something that should only be run by administrators. I personally am a programmer for the people; but if you are related to Marie Antoinette, it is pretty easy to accomplish this act of discrimation. You include […]

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Distribute the Enterprise PDM SOLIDWORKS add-in options

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Imagine you have the Enterprise PDM SOLIDWORKS addin tweaked perfectly. Everyone in your company should have the settings exactly as you have them. Is there a way to share your settings? Yes…but it involves editing the registry. Great Aunt Eleanor always scolds me for playing with Windows registry keys. She says that if I want to change the registry, I should call her and let her do it, or at the very least I should make a backup first. Though I […]

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Customizing Enterprise Addin Interface

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Years from now we’ll be sitting around the campfire telling our grandchildren of how EPDM 2009 was the version where they greatly improved the SOLIDWORKS addin. The kids won’t believe us when we tell them how hard our lives were before. That little pane in the bottom of the task pane is pretty sweet eh? …but did you know you can customize it? You can add additional variables to display here too! (By default we only get Description) In SOLIDWORKS, […]

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