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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How Pack and Go Finds Drawings

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Have you ever been a room and some n00b clicks the “Include drawings” options from within Pack and Go? “Wait! Wait!” Everyone in the room will shout…but the damage is done. There is nothing anyone can do but roll their eyes and scowl as everyone waits for Pack and Go to finally respond again. Ever wonder why it takes so long? First thing to realize is that a SOLIDWORKS part and assembly files do not know what files reference them. […]

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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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