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    SOLIDWORKS PDM: Inserting Form Fields and Linking Microsoft Office Files

    July 6, 2018

    To conclude our two-part blog series, we will describe how to refresh and enable linking to SOLIDWORKS PDM. Plus, we'll outline how to have the variables dynamically link to the PDM metadata.


    SOLIDWORKS PDM: Defining Variables and Properties in Microsoft Office Files

    July 2, 2018

    In part one of this two-part blog series, we'll walk you through the process to define Product Data Management (PDM) variables, manage data cards and designate properties in Microsoft Office.


    Checking SOLIDWORKS PDM System History

    June 7, 2017

    In a previous blog, we answer the top two frequently asked questions about SOLIDWORKS PDM license types. In this blog, we explore another feature that is little known, but none-the-less, often asked about. Keep reading for instructions on how to check your PDM System History.


    Checking and Changing Your PDM License Type

    May 25, 2017

    In this blog, we answer two of the most frequently asked questions about SOLIDWORKS PDM license types: (1) How to change your PDM client license type (This was selected during your PDM client installation as either CAD Editor, Contributor or Viewer) and (2) How to check which version of PDM client you are currently running.


    Checking Your SOLIDWORKS PDM System History

    February 3, 2017

    A feature that is little known but often asked about is the SOLIDWORKS PDM system history log. This shows a log of changes made to your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault, including time and date stamps and the name of the person who made the change.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, PDM

    How to Change Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin Password

    June 6, 2016

    Have you ever needed to change the password for SOLIDWORKS PDM? To modify the SOLIDWORKS PDM admin password you’ll need to follow a certain set of procedures, but it's pretty simple once you know where to look.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    What Do The Status Icons Represent In SOLIDWORKS PDM?

    May 20, 2016

    You may have seen several icon styles in SOLIDWORKS PDM. These icons show the current status of your active SOLIDWORKS file in relation to the latest version of the file in the vault.

    In this blog, we’ll run through some of the most common icons you may see. Below is a full list of SOLIDWORKS 2016 icons for you to print out or save on your desktop.

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    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, PDM

    What Do Different Folder Colors In SOLIDWORKS PDM Mean?

    March 28, 2016

    You may have noticed different colored folders in your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. While green folders are what you would normally expect to see in your file vault, occasionally blue, gray and yellow folders show up.

    What's the significance of these colors?

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    How To: Create A Sandbox Vault In SOLIDWORKS PDM

    March 2, 2016

    Sometimes, you may want to test or make some changes to your PDM environment. Maybe you want to modify a workflow, change permissions or create a dispatch routine.
    It's advised to make such changes in a test, or “sandbox” environment, rather than risk upsetting the production environment.
    These instructions can be used to create a sandbox PDM vault for testing purposes.