Jeff Niederman

FAQ - Since upgrading to eDrawings 2011, why do I now get a warning when opening drawings that "The SolidWorks Document Manager is not installed on your system...." ?

Blog Post created by Jeff Niederman Employee on Apr 27, 2012

Solution Id: S-053648 

Updated: 3/11/2011

 

Question:

Since upgrading to eDrawings 2011, why do I now get a warning when opening drawings that "The SolidWorks Document Manager is not installed on your system...." ?

 

Answer:

The SolidWorks Document Manager is an additional tool that allows non-SolidWorks applications, like eDrawings, to look at the data in a SolidWorks file.  For drawings, the Document Manager will allow eDrawings to review custom properties and automatically update annotations. 

This is helpful in the following case.

  1. A drawing has notes that are linked to custom properties in the drawing file.
  2. The custom properties of the drawing are edited (typically by a PDM system) without actually opening and re-saving the drawing file.
  3. eDrawings without the Document Manager will see the notes as they were last saved.
  4. eDrawings with the Document Manager can see the updated customer properties shown in the notes.

 

Installing the Document Manager is encouraged to correct this situation.

 

To see an example, open the attached drawing in eDrawings 2011.  If you have the Document Manager installed, the text in the drawing will read:

"This is a note linked to a property

new text"

 

If you do not have the Document Manager installed, the text will read:

"this is a note linked to a property

old text"

 

If you have attempted to install the SolidWorks Document Manager, but it fails with a 1722 error, please see Solution S-052458 for a resolution.

 

In some cases, annotations in a drawing are linked to properties in external model files (not in the drawing file itself).  The Document Manager will not be able to present updated annotations in that case.  The drawing must be opened in SolidWorks, updated, and re-saved to display correctly in the eDrawings viewer

 

 

For more information:

- See eDrawings FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

- Ask an eDrawing question

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