The squeaky wheel getting too much grease

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Every CAD Administrator has at least one user that is at the help desk several times a week complaining about something. -Every line that disappeared from his sketches and he “didn’t touch a thing” is reported to you immediately as if the company is going to go bankrupt if you don’t come over to his desk and help him recover his sketch entity pronto. The real problem may be the guy in the corner who may be having bigger problems. […]

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The squeaky wheel getting too much grease

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Every CAD Administrator has at least one user that is at the help desk several times a week complaining about something. -Every line that disappeared from his sketches and he “didn’t touch a thing” is reported to you immediately as if the company is going to go bankrupt if you don’t come over to his desk and help him recover his sketch entity pronto. The real problem may be the guy in the corner who may be having bigger problems. […]

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Save Your Settings Before You Upgrade

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It’s about that time for upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the newest version.  You are looking forward to all the new features and tools in SolidWorks.  But then you think of all the work you are going to have to redo like pointing SOLIDWORKS to the custom files and setting up your toolbars again.  Well there is nothing to worry about because SOLIDWORKS has that area covered.  There is a tool in SOLIDWORKS that has been there for many releases that will […]

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Administrate Zillions of EPDM Users

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If you are using Active Directory for your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM authentication, and you have A LOT of user accounts within EPDM, expanding the “Users” node within the administration tool can take longer than a story from Great Aunt Eleanor about the advantages of dual ranked RDIMMs over single ranked UDIMMs. The wait is caused by EPDM checking each user’s status against Active Directory. Instead of expanding the users node; right mouse button click on “Users” and select OPEN to […]

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Display a graphical history on your data card

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I thought the idea of putting an image of the workflow on a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data card was rather clever. Yesterday, I received an email from a customer in Dayton who has taken the concept one step further: They put data card controls on top of the image. As files go through transitions, the transition puts the values into the controls. Users can now quickly see the history of the file in a nice graphical form. You don’t have control over the order […]

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Include the file’s workflow in its data card

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Recently I saw a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data card similar to this one created by one of our customers in Indiana: At the bottom of their data cards, they include a [static] picture of the file’s workflow. I thought it was a rather clever idea.  

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How to Organize your SOLIDWORKS Template Files

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PROBLEM: Have you ever noticed how disorganized all your default SOLIDWORKS files are (document templates, sheet formats, BOM’s, cut lists, custom property templates, etc.)?  After a default installation, they are all randomly crammed into a handful of directories including but not limited to the locations listed below: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\data\ C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\lang\english\ C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\ There’s something extremely dangerous about storing your customized files in directories like the ones listed above.  What happens if you upgrade?  Uninstall?  Reinstall?  Files in your ‘Program Files’ […]

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Group Settings in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

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Since my blog readership has skyrocketed, I was able to increase my blog budget enough to travel the globe to interview some of the most important people in the world.  My purpose is to get you, my readers, the answers to the questions you desire. Today, I am in Sweden, home of one of my favorite high school memories, to interview Tor Iveroth, Sr. PDM Technical Support & Implementation Engineer for SolidWorks. EDSM: Thanks for having me out here today […]

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