Exporting a Workgroup Vault

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SOLIDWORK Workgroup PDM has treated you fairly well over the years, it had a good run. Now you are looking forward to switching to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard where you can get the ease of use for Windows Explorer and the speed that SQL can provide over Workgroup’s indexing system. All you have to do is install it and maybe migrate your data out of Workgroup. You have three choices to export the data. 1. You can manually export the data yourself This […]

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Background Downloader – too much power for one man

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The SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader is all cool. Behind the scenes it is collecting all required files to make upgrades a quick and painless process….but maybe for PDM Standard and Pro users it is too painless? Don’t forget that all PDM users need to be on the same service pack as the PDM server. The 3DVision Technologies technical support guys have been reporting that they have had several tickets from customers who have [in the past] allowed their users to upgrade […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Do you need a DriveWorks form for mobile?

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I don’t have to tell you that more and more of the cool kids are using mobile devices. Mobile web page design is becoming more important -especially now that Google’s search engine favors sites that are “mobile friendly“. It isn’t hard to design your DriveWorks forms to adapt to the user’s viewing size, but is it worth the effort? Does it matter to you? It is really pretty easy to find out. DriveWorks 12 has a special variable – Form Container […]

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Do you need a DriveWorks form for mobile?

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I don’t have to tell you that more and more of the cool kids are using mobile devices. Mobile web page design is becoming more important -especially now that Google’s search engine favors sites that are “mobile friendly“. It isn’t hard to design your DriveWorks forms to adapt to the user’s viewing size, but is it worth the effort? Does it matter to you? It is really pretty easy to find out. DriveWorks 12 has a special variable – Form Container […]

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DriveWorks for Sheet Scales

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If the overall size of your models change significantly, there is a good chance you will need DriveWorks to change your drawing sheet scales to keep your model looking nice on the sheet. Imagine this is my drawing. Let’s say the height of my part does not change much, but my length (which is currently 100 in the model master) can change significantly.   DriveWorks (Pro and Solo) gives us two sheet properties that we can use to drive the […]

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Store Project Constants in EPDM Folder Cards

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With nearly every design, you’ll have a few variables that nearly every decision hinges off of… working height, conveyor height, cycle time, etc. These values always seem to change, forcing a lot of updates through out your designs. There are several ways you can link your SOLIDWORKS models to these constants. The most common methods involve creating relationships between your parts and other files [“Layout sketches”, “Skeleton Sketches”, “Phantom Parts”] these parts get inserted into all of your assemblies. It works […]

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Store Project Constants in EPDM Folder Cards

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With nearly every design, you’ll have a few variables that nearly every decision hinges off of… working height, conveyor height, cycle time, etc. These values always seem to change, forcing a lot of updates through out your designs. There are several ways you can link your SOLIDWORKS models to these constants. The most common methods involve creating relationships between your parts and other files [“Layout sketches”, “Skeleton Sketches”, “Phantom Parts”] these parts get inserted into all of your assemblies. It works […]

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Use Notepad++ to search API code

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When you first begin programming for applications, the Internet is your friend, it is usually the fastest way to figure out how to write a section of code. Over time your own personal code library is going to grow. You would rather use code from your own library – you trust it. The problem is that it is usually easier to find code examples on the Internet than your own hard drive! I recommend trying the “Find in Files” function in Notepad++. [Notepad++ […]

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