Every time I go into the admin side of PDM I feel like i stepped back a few years. When (if at all) are they doing to update the back end of PDM in 2020?
They've posted a few What's New videos (4) about improvements to PDM 2020, but I don't see anything about the Admin tool.
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What specifically would you like to change? Because if you change the user interface or backend completely, it will take years to fix all the bugs.
In this case, I am more of a fan of gradual development than of rapid changes.
I agree that a massive change would ultimately cause bugs and years of work...however they haven't touched the backend of the PDM admin tool in years. Some of the annoying things like zooming in and out of workflows, aligning text and variable boxes/dropdowns/etc. (which once you save the randomly aren't aligned anymore), selection of text/boxes is not as intuitive as it could be (selects background tab box all the time and moves the whole tab box...would be nice to have a lock in place feature)... The list could go on but it's just nitpicky things that are more of annoyances for an everyday PDM Admin lol.
I have brought this up in SPRs, select group sessions at SWW, etc......
Data cards - snap/align text and boxes to the 9 snap areas like every other graphics program. (top left, top center, top right, etc).
An actual WYSIWYG interface. The alignment/look of data cards vary too much between the data card editor and the actual data card. Why not have a preview window as you're building the cards?
Be able to set user standards for text box, combo box, drop down, font size.....PITA changing fonts, making boxes equal.
And along the same lines bring those into the workflow editor.
Another thing that kills me is the option to expand the box size in the template creator. When I go to "Files and Folders" and start to build my folder structure and add folders the whole box for the template creator stays the same. Thus having to use the scroll bars to navigate up and down to get to all my folders. Why not have the option to make the whole template creator box expandable thus showing all my folders? I hate having to work in such a small controlled window.
Again this is a nitpick thing...but when creating a new group and I scroll to set up my Folder Permissions I'd love to have the PDM folder structure in the top box auto size to the folder structure I created.
.....and templates when you create folders....why do we have to map all the folder variables again? Why not just be able to copy another folder from the template (or another template) and have all the variables go along for the ride?
So many things I run into when I'm actually doing the admin stuff, I just can't remember them all right now. Time to start another list.
YES! Why do I have to keep putting these variables in? So tedious and annoying! Going to keep a list going and start adding them here to keep track lol.
I wonder what Gary Radish would add to this conversation...
Kameron Smith wrote: I wonder what Gary Radish would add to this conversation...
Kameron Smith wrote:
NICE! It only took ONE WEEK to get that through moderation!! *face palm*
Don't get me started on this... I've been requesting/ranting about the abandonment of PDMs capability for years.
ie. The DataCard Editor is a joke in 2019 (2020). Why not just enable capability to import forms designed in Visual Studio? PDM is just a query interface for SQL so, the capability of SQL is limited by PDM's inhabilites.
The Dispatch is another one that would expand PDMs capability exponentially, but there has not been a single update since I can remember (2009).
Frustration is aggravated when you realize that SW Manage is built on the same engine, but instead of adding capabilities to PDM they sell it as new/more-capable product
Adrian Velazquez wrote: The Dispatch is another one that would expand PDMs capability exponentially, but there has not been a single update since I can remember (2009).
Adrian Velazquez wrote:
You have a nearly complete interface to every aspect of the system via the API. To me, Dispatch is wasted effort on the part of SOLIDWORKS. They essentially made an inferior, incomplete intermediate layer between the API and PDM. Abandon it. If people want to automate, learn to program via the API or hire a competent programmer to do so.
Whole Solidworks PDM API is too slow. Stored procedures in most of the API functions are far too slow to do anything real and everything needs to be queried directly from database etc. Basically even the most basic API function's uses "bad" stored procedures which does huge amount of extra stuff which slows it down.Yeah for sure we have API in use for automation, but it does not change the facts that it's slow.Good example is getting vault users: SQL query 0.1sec & API 2-3 minutes.
A list of vault users via the API is nearly instantaneous. It's hard to diagnose your problem if you don't post any code.
I can post examples tomorrow but good examples which takes huge amount of time is user listing, group listing. I have mostly solved these always with direct sql query.
Take in mind that we have like 1200 users in database and probably 200 groups, might feel fast with 30 users.
Well API makes any application limitless, was not the point of my comment. The point is that there's this layer of customization that is really powerful, or has great potential, but has just been simply abandoned.
An evolved Dispatch would really add value to PDM Pro out-of-the-box, not all Admins have the time, skill, or will to become developers.
An evolved dispatch is VB.NET or C#. Dispatch is a programming language. A very limited one, but still a programming language. It is not a large step at all to go from Dispatch to VB.
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