Users have long enjoyed the ability to check their SolidWorks files into and out of the Enterprise PDM vault from directly inside of SolidWorks. This is because Enterprise PDM has something called the CAD Editor that is a SolidWorks Addin that runs directly inside of SolidWorks.
Extensible CAD Technologies has developed an office editor to enable users to work with their MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint files in exactly the same way. Currently, users must close their MS Office files and then operate on them in Windows explorer.
Although we haven’t released the application for sale just yet, we are very close. In the meantime, we are offering a free beta version on our website to anyone who is willing to try it out and give us feedback. You can download the beta version from here: Office2PDM Beta
Note: We still have a little work to do including the help file. Also, after you save a new document you must hit the Refresh button. This is a temporary workaround and will be resolved shortly.
Send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to blackmail and extortion a request from my good friend Rohizzle, I have updated the popular Number Generator to work with 2009. I have not made any enhancements so you can refer to the previous version’s post for instructions.
Net: This is an addin for SolidWorks Entperprise PDM that enables users to pick, at run-time, the numbering sequence to use for auto-numbering.
API development and customization is all about automating repetitive tasks and I am sometimes amazed at how much I have been able to do over the years to make end users’ daily tasks easier to accomplish. One place I have fallen short, however, is automating my own repetitive development tasks. That is why decided to create a Visual Studio Template to automate the creation of PDMWorks Enterprise Addins. This is similar to the SolidWorks Software Development Kit offered by SolidWorks for developing SolidWorks Addins.
Over the past few months I have received numerous emails from folks using the original PDMWE Number Generator. It is such a simple little app that I was pleasantly surprised at all of the nice feedback people gave me regarding it. To show my appreciation, I have modified the Number Generator to allow it to work with multiple serial number sequences ”on the fly.”
You have always had the ability to set up muliple serial number generators in PDMWorks Enterprise but now the user can decide at File/Folder creation time which serial number to use. An anticipated use case with this improved version of the tools is for users who have multiple categories of parts with numbers being assigned by category. Note: Even though the functionality has been expanded, the tool is still very easy to install and configure.
So how does it work?
A year or two ago I read a book that changed the game for me. The book was called .NET Gotchas and it made me about 10x more effective as a developer. The book details 75 common pitfalls with .NET development and explains how to avoid them. I was knee-deep in a few of those pitfalls when I found the book at my local library. In fact, I was at the library specifically to get help for a few problems I was having with a PDMWE Addin project that I was working on at the time. The addin was written for continue