Wild Enterprise Searches

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The searching powers of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM are pretty cool. (What did you expect, it is built on SQL) Did you know you can get pretty fancy with just simple Enterprise searches? Here are some points to remember: * – is a wildcard character that can stand for any number of characters ? – is a wildcard character that can stand one character the space character means OR, if you don’t want the space to act like an OR use […]

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Shun the drawing

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In the PDM world drawings are always seem to be the after-thought. Are they the parent or the child? Should they be revised if you need to add a missing dimension? Does meta data go in the part or drawing or both? If the meta data does go in both, how do you ensure the data is synchronized? Even red-headed step children point to 2D drawings and laugh. During a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM install I did last week, we implemented […]

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Upgrading to EPDM 2010

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I don’t have the exact numbers, but it surprises me how many of our customers have already upgraded to SOLIDWORKS Enterpise PDM 2010. I am sure the number is close to half -and the release hasn’t even been out a month yet! So far I haven’t found anyone that had a bad upgrade experience. The upgrade runs just as your 2009 service pack upgrades went except you will need to get  new license file, and you will need to run […]

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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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