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Mar 2, 15
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Guides: Check 'em out!
It has recently come to my attention that not every Enterprise PDM administrator reads the administration guides that come packaged with the EPDM install media. For those who have neglected to look through the guides, you are missing out on [more...]
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Feb 27, 15
SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration - Fishing Guides
It's been said if you give a person a fish you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. In this article we'll show you a couple of good fishing holes for [more...]
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Feb 17, 15
Do not upgrade SOLIDWORKS WORKGROUP to 2015
SOLIDWORKS Workgroup 2015 has a critical issue (SPR 848286) where the workgroup service stops randomly. This issue has been fixed in service pack 2 which is scheduled for release next week (approximate). Do not upgrade your SOLIDWORKS/workgroup environments to 2015 [more...]
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Jan 9, 15
SOLIDWORKS EPDM - System Tray Icon "Blueberry" Visibility
In this article you'll see how to make the SOLIDWORKS EPDM System Tray Icon (the Blueberry) remain visible whether you are connected or not. It will also show you how to login and logout as needed to access the vault [more...]
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Nov 26, 14
Don't Forget to Update Your Task Scripts When Upgrading EPDM
In recent releases of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, there have been some nice improvements in the Task add-in functionality. Most EPDM administrators remember to update the add-in itself, but not the scripts that are used in the tasks for the add-in [more...]
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Nov 14, 14
How to use SSO Basic Authentication in Enovia 3DEXPERIENCE 2014X
With basic authentication, users will be prompted to enter their credentials on accessing the Enovia portal. A successful authentication will take the user directly to the Enovia web page. In enovia.ini, modify the value of MX_PAM_AUTHENTICATE_CLASS with "matrix.util.ServletAuthentication" Set the [more...]
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Nov 10, 14
SolidWorks World Attendees
If you are attending SolidWorks World 2015 in February, look on the agenda for InFlow team members, Justin Webster, Jeff Barker, and Ryan Dally. We will be there presenting on EPDM and Driveworks. Here are the topics: Configuring the new [more...]
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Oct 22, 14
Parallel Approval Data Mapping Is Finally Here In EPDM 2015!
In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2013, parallel workflow transitions were introduced. This was the start to make setting up and administering parallel workflow processes easier. This was a great method as long as you didn't need to map variables for each [more...]
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Oct 20, 14
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Permission Changes
In the latest release of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, there are a few enhancements in the area of group and user permissions. The primary enhancement in this area is related to the separation of the "move" permission from the "delete" permission [more...]
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Oct 8, 14
Moving from DriveWorks Xpress to DriveWorks Solo
DriveWorks Xpress is the design automation tool included with every seat of SOLIDWORKS. The Xpress edition allows you to get to know this easy to use tool, but is limited to only a portion of what is possible in the [more...]
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Oct 6, 14
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 - New Icons
In the 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, SOLIDWORKS has made several nice additions. One, seemingly minor new feature, will really help users. The addition of the "explorer cache status icons" will help users keep track of the status of [more...]
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Sep 30, 14
How to Install SolidWorks Client Connector for Enovia 3DEXPERIENCE 2014X
Two components are needed for SolidWorks integration to the Enovia 2014x environment namely, IEF (Integration Exchange Framework Client) and SW connector for client. These installs are located in: V6R2014x.AM_3DEXP_NativeApps.AllOS.1-11\AM_3DEXP_NativeApps.AllOS\1\DEK-ConnectorforSolidWork\ConnectorforSolidWorks. Install Steps: 1. Install Java JRE (I use JDK7.51) 2. Install [more...]
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Sep 22, 14
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 - Enable New License Manager
For the 2015 release of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, SolidWorks has changed the licensing model to take advantage of the solidnetwork tools (the same tools used by SolidWorks CAD tools). In order to get the new version working, you will need [more...]
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Sep 17, 14
How To Find folders With Large Folder Counts In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM
In a previous blog, we provided a query to find folders that had a large file count (>1000 files). Folders of this size can lead to performance issues in SOLIDWORKS EPDM when browsing or referencing files in these folders. It [more...]
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Sep 14, 14
Creating SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates with Enterprise PDM
The process of creating a SOLIDWORKS drawing template seems to be very lacking in the amount of training resources available. I would like to take some time to explain how the main components work together and show some best practices [more...]
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Sep 11, 14
SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Microsoft® Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM
It's finally coming out of Beta! The new ePDM add-in for Microsoft Office will be included with Enterprise PDM 2015. You will find the new functions in the ribbon under Enterprise PDM. This add-in will allow contributors and editors to [more...]
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Sep 11, 14
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 - What's New
This fall SolidWorks will release Enterprise PDM 2015. There are some nice new features with this release, with a few brand new tools and some new features that users and admins will surely appreciate. First of all SolidWorks is including [more...]
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Sep 10, 14
3DEXPERIENCE Client License
The following steps will ensure your 3DEXPERIENCE client license is setup correctly: On the client PC, go to ProgramData\DassaultSystemes\ folder (unhide if invisible) Create a folder named Licenses Within this folder, create a text file named "DSLicSrv" Add the "server [more...]
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Aug 13, 14
What is the current version/hot-fix on my Enovia system?
To find the current version and/or hot-fixes installed on the Enovia V6/3DEXPERIENCE system: Login to the enovia web portal and in the address bar, replace "emxNavigator.jsp" with "emxHelpAboutFS.jsp" http://hostname:port\enovia\commom\emxHelpAboutFS.jsp The result would be similar to the following: Each product module [more...]
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Aug 8, 14
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Best Practice: Non Revision Changes
When working with design documents, 9 times out of 10 the designer wants to make sure that any changes they make are recorded via revisions. Enterprise PDM does a fantastic job of doing this for us by automating the revisions [more...]
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Jul 31, 14
How To: Set Default Values on Enterprise PDM Search Cards
Search is easily the most used feature in Enterprise PDM. Would you like to save your users time and effort finding the files they need? Try adding default values to your search cards to make searching easier. Here is how [more...]
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Jul 25, 14
New Vault Management tool in SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014
With SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014 comes a much easier way to management your vault server. A new tab "Vault Management" let users validate, rebuild and even reboot their server without having to remote into their server. 1. Change validation of [more...]
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Jul 18, 14
How to: Generate a PDF during a Release Process using WorkFlow in ePDM
Generating PDFs for SolidWorks drawings is a common request by our customers. Here is a step-by-step process to add this to your workflow in Enterprise PDM. By following these steps, you can produce secure, flat files that can be shared [more...]
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Jul 14, 14
3DExperience 2014x Enhancements for SolidWorks Connector
The SolidWorks connector for Enovia 3DExperience 2014x has many enhancements and some of the important ones are as follows: Copy Structure From the Windows Explorer, you can use Copy Structure to copy an assembly and its entire structure (subassemblies, parts [more...]
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Jul 13, 14
Create an Enterprise PDM Report
Enterprise PDM comes with an extremely capable search tool, however there are instances where some advanced reporting is necessary. Typically this more in depth information can easily be acquired by an administrator creating an SQL query to access that information [more...]
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Jul 12, 14
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 Beta 1 is available
Contact InFlow for best practices and requirements regarding Beta participation Support Number 888.285.2284 or email We are excited to announce that SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta 1 is available for download now! All subscription customers are eligible to participate, no sign-up [more...]
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Jul 12, 14
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Service Pack 4 is now available
EPDM Community, InFlow has a team of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM professionals that can provide consulting upgrade solutions packages ranging from a "start-to-finish upgrade" or just "best practices" to ensure a successful transition. For "do it yourself" upgrades that develop issues [more...]
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Jun 23, 14
Reporting Duplicate Filenames in EPDM
In SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, you have an option to allow or not allow duplicates in the vault. Some companies have a valid reason to allow duplicates or they have migrated duplicates into their vault from a network drive, hoping to [more...]
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Jun 5, 14
Linking Files in Enterprise PDM Using "Paste as Reference"
Enterprise PDM does a fantastic job maintaining part references for assembly files, but what about all of those other file types? Enterprise PDM is capable of storing a wide variety of documents, not just CAD data, and it is just [more...]
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