As far as I know, the PDM Pro (and all prior names) addin to Windows Explorer has always created more instability in Windows Explorer.
So is there anyway to navigate PDM outside of file explorer?
This is going to sound weird but yeah, there is. 3 years ago, I made a stand alone PDM explorer program to offer them a non-integrated version of the software for a special contractor group in the PDM client's vault so they wouldn't have to install the PDM client on their machines. It can be done completely using the API. Here are some of the features it offered:
- Browse & navigate folder structure
- Synchronized file browsing window with file preview, popup datacard, and customized contains window.
- Single multiple file selection
- Get latest/Get version
- Create serial numbers
- Run templates
- Import CSV data to automatically create project folder structure using a PDM template
- Add files to folders using drag/drop
- Multiple select files, right click, and change state
It can be done. There's also Web2.
Well that is awesome.
This simplest and quickest way without coding is to use the Standalone PDM Search tool. I use it all the time. You're not really navigating, but using the search forms to find the specific things you need. It doesn't show up in the start menu. To launch it:
- Click on your start button/menu
- Type "Sear" (not "search") an item called "SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Tool" should appear.
- Click on it.
- Once it has launched, pin it to your task bar.
NOTE: I'm describing this using Win 7, but I'm pretty sure it works the same way in Win 10.
You can also create a desktop shortcut to the search window and just use PDM like a mini Google window.
Check this post on how to set it up. Joy Garon did a good job getting this in one screenshot!
Hope this helps,
Oh, that's good to know. Thanks, Tim!
Hey Tom, glad to help!
Yeah it's awesome. I used this when I was doc control manager/PDM manager at an aerospace facility 2011-2012. We had 200 PDM licenses and I launched PDM on the shop floor for drawing access but they folks on the floor didn't want to use explorer and "dig", they wanted a mini-google (their words). So I used this and all they ever did was use the search window everyday to find their stuff.
It works great!
Hmm. We are on Windows 7 and PDM 2016 SP4 and I am not aware of this happening here. At any given time throughout the day we have 130 plus user logged into PDM. I leave multiple Windows Explorer open all day long and do not see this. I have had Windows Explorer lock up on me and sometimes killing Internet Explorer unlocks the Windows Explorer window. Not sure if that has to do with shortcuts or something else. Strange stuff.
You said you have checked the event view, have you check the PDM log file (usually not all that helpful)? I would definitely get your VAR involved, this is what they are there for.