12 Replies Latest reply on Dec 18, 2007 8:21 PM by Michael Ferree

    PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks

    Jaray Mekkaew
      What's different between PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks and PDMWorks Enterprise Contributor, because we're test on some machine that doesn't have SolidWorks software and check in *.sldprt file. it's can checkin and work well,
      thus, what's exact differrent between this two module.
        • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
          Eirik Sæther
          I belive that the contributor doesn't come with an add-in for solidworks, which mean you can check in/out files within solidworks.

          Eirik Saether
          Well Innovation AS
          Norway
            • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
              Jeff Sweeney
              Think of it this way...the SolidWorks version will work with CAD documents (.dwg, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor) It is CAD aware and can build BOMs and build parent child relationship automatically.

              Contributor can view CAD documents, but that user cannot modify them.

              Both versions can work with non CAD docs equally well.
                • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                  Joy Garon
                  Hi Jaray,

                  In 2008 PDME Contributor was modified to allow the 'initial' checkin of SolidWorks files. You cannot use the client for check-in/check-out of SolidWorks files. Additionally as noted by JWeeney1, you will not have the integrated SolidWorks add-in.

                  In short PDME for SolidWorks is the client needed for the everyday working with CAD files.

                  The PDME Contributor client is for everday working with non-CAD files (ie: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, etc)

                  Regards,
                  Joy
                    • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                      John Layne
                      Can you check in / out SolidWorks and Non-SolidWorks via the web client?

                      If so why would anyone need the contributer licence?
                        • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                          Joy Garon
                          Hi John -

                          The Contributor and Contributor Web clients are different in a couple of ways.
                          The Contributor client is a 'thick' client vs. Contributor Web being a 'thin' client. This means that the Contributor client must be installed whereas the Contributor Web client is acccessed via a URL, login and password. The first time a Contributor Web client connects to the vault an activex control installs the client.

                          The clients also differ slightly in what the user can do. The Contributor Web client does allow users to check in and check out files however, the UI is different. (see attached images) You will notice the bottom right panel in the thick client does not exist in the web client.

                          You can try the web client yourself at:
                          http://pdmdemo.solidworks.com/...dWorks+Enterprise+Web

                          There are three combinations of login password:
                          guesta guesta
                          guestb guestb
                          guestc guestc

                          Regards,
                          Joy
                        • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                          Michael Ferree
                          Joy,

                          Have you had or seen any issues putting Non-Solidworks files in PDM? When we try to access an Excel file, it takes a few minutes and we get multiple error messages before being able to access the Non-Solidworks files.

                            • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                              Joy Garon
                              Hi Michael -

                              No, I have not seen any issues with putting non-SW files into the vault.
                              If you are having problems you should contact your VAR. The VAR will need the following information:
                              What version of PDME are you running, what OS? What are the error messages?

                              Sometimes when you see error messages that are specific to one file type and not another it can be related to a workflow condition or something similar. It needs to be investigated to find the cause.

                              Regards,
                              Joy
                                • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                                  Michael Ferree
                                  Joy,

                                  Below is some information from our PDM Enterprise log.

                                  Microsoft Word

                                  Description

                                  The following database error has occurred:
                                  State:08001,Native:17,Origin:[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]
                                  State:01000,Native:2,Origin:[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]

                                  Location:
                                  Db::mbOpen()
                                  Description:
                                  SQL Server does not exist or access denied.
                                  ConnectionOpen (Connect()).


                                  Error code general description:

                                  Could not access the item in the database.


                                  Microsoft Excel

                                  Description

                                  The following database error has occurred:
                                  State:08001,Native:17,Origin:[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]
                                  State:01000,Native:2,Origin:[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]

                                  Location:
                                  Db::mbOpen()
                                  Description:

                                  Error code general description:
                                  Could not access the item in the database.
                        • PDMWorks Enterprise for SolidWorks
                          John Layne
                          Thanks Joy,

                          Can you list the differences between the two?