Does Solidworks offer a way for others in a company to open an archive file for viewing only? Our sales engineers need to be able to view past projects, but can't open the archive file. With our old CAD software, they could view the DWG files.
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It's also included with the Solidworks Installation Manager. You can deploy it with an admin image installer as well.
Edit: I just realized you are asking about SW Electrical... in which case I don't know if eDrawings will work.
eDrawings doesn't open the .tewzip files, which is what they want to do. What is the admin image installer?
The archive files cannot be viewed outside of SWE. The option that most used is to also produce (export) DWG or PDF files from SWE or at time of check in if using PDM. Those files can be viewed by more readily available programs such as edrawings or adobe or within the PDM edrawings area.
Rename the .tewzip file .zip. Then anyone can open it and get out any of the 3D cad data they are looking for. If you have a database viewer program, you can look into "The Matrix" and see how it's built and run lots of reports. 2D drawings are more annoying to view, but you should have a PDF export of them saved.
The design files or the 'project' can only be viewed within the application.
As others mentioned, I believe the most appropriate method for sharing your design data would be to create a PDF using the export function. I personally believe that the PDF is a much better option over DWGs based on the fact that they are not editable as design changes should happen in the application....
Archive file(.tewzip) only opens in the SolidWorks Electrical Application.You can share the files with .dwg or PDF format.
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