Transitioning from Workgroup to PDM

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A good portion of my work life is spent teaching new users how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM. Old users, young users, users from other CAD PDM systems, users who have never even used a PDM system… Do you know who are the hardest to teach? Users from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup. Overall, former Workgroup users are a smart bunch, heck many of them have taken a simple program like Workgroup and somehow managed to make it do all kinds of things it […]

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EPDM users across the world love sldsetdocprop

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A few years ago Bill mentioned how you could use “sldsetdocprop” to take a Toolbox part and make it behave like a normal part. However you can use this tool to do the exact opposite – take a normal part and make it a Toolbox part. SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM users all across the land think this is cool -here is why: Checkout this screen shot from EPDM’s “Copy Tree” command: See the part cleverly named: “I want this part to work like […]

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Copy Tree puts copy/paste in the tomb

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I usually have my staff answer my letters. They do a good job in beijing, and since they include an autographed 8×10″ glossy of me in all of their replies I think everyone agrees the system works out pretty good. The best part is, a good percentage of the time the staff gets the answers correct. Here is a letter I saw the other day: Dear Engineering Data Specialist Man, Is there a way to copy (and paste) a parent […]

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Pack and Go vs. EPDM’s Copy Tree – Who Wins?

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Pack and Go vs. EPDM’s Copy Tree – Who Wins? When working with files outside of the vault, you have no choice -Pack and Go is the only tool you have, and it is a good tool -all the cool kids are using it. However, for copying files within SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, both tools are an option, which one should you use? Easy. Copy Tree. No question, no contest. I don’t want to hear your argument for Pack and Go…your […]

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