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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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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How to search for every file owned by any user in Workgroup

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Recently a customer asked me to write a routine to release ownership of every file in his SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM vault. I thought finding the files would be rather simple until I realized Workgroup’s PDMWSearchOptions (Workgroup’s API search function) does not support wildcard characters. While contemplating harakiri, I finally came up with this search criteria idea: objSearch.IgnoreCase = True objSearch.SearchCriteria.AddCriteria pdmwOr, pdmwOwner, “”, pdmwContains, “a” objSearch.SearchCriteria.AddCriteria pdmwOr, pdmwOwner, “”, pdmwContains, “e” objSearch.SearchCriteria.AddCriteria pdmwOr, pdmwOwner, “”, pdmwContains, “i” objSearch.SearchCriteria.AddCriteria pdmwOr, pdmwOwner, […]

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