Other SW add-on programs are having issues with relation to Office 32-bit installations when SW 2016 is installed. See here: WPDM api reference in 2016. I am not saying this is your particular issue but I would not be surprised if it is. I am assuming that with 2016, all the side applications are being switched to 64-bit.
Thank you Matt,
that sounds like the same problem. But, as also mentioned in the other thread, Microsoft
does NOT recommend to use the 64 Bit-Version of office. The reason is, that many controls
of the 32-Bit-Version do not exist for the 64-Bit-Version. Best example: The TreeView-Control.
We use it in several Access-forms of ths databases to show and navigate through large BOM's.
So, if I would change to the 64-Bit-Version of Office, possibly the eDrawings-Control might work.
But other parts, not less important, won't work any longer.
So, switching to Office 64 Bit will not solve my problem.
Just got these answer from my local SolidWorks-Support:
There ist no way to get the eDrawings activeX control in 64Bit running in any 32Bit application.
For me that are absolutely horrible news. And I cannot understand, why SolidWorks is doing that
to their customers.
Because it is not possible to run a 32 Bit-Office side by side with a 64 Bit-Office, the consequence
is, that we have to switch on every machine in the company from 32 Bit - Office to 64 Bit-Office.
And that means, that we have to make many, many signifcant Changes to several Applications.
Not only to these, which are using the eDrawings-Control. To ALL running applications, because
of the necessarily needed generally switch to 64 Bit Office. And that is the biggest problem of all.
Currently I have no idea how I could manage this issue. Because there is also no way to do that
step by step during a long period of time. All or nothing at the same point in time. Nothing in
between is possible.
Joke of the day!
To make at least a fast step between the old (2012 32 Bit) and the required
new (2016 64 Bit) eDrawings I just tried to install the latest official 32 Bit-Version,
which ist the 2014 on the old Win 2003R2 X64 Server. The installation failed with
"Für eDrawings 2014 ist Windows 7 oder Windows 8 64-Bit erforderlich"
"For eDrawings 2014 Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-Bit is required"
A 64 Bit Sytem is required to set up a 32 Bit application. Aha.