Has anyone heard through the grapevine if SolidWorks will be giving any PDF functionality in future releases of EPDM. Maybe Joy Garon can clue us in here or maybe should would have to kill us if she told us.
So far I haven't heard anything...but this is one of the reasons I'll sign up for the beta program.
Enterprise can make PDF of SW files. You have to install the SW Task AddIn /64 dll and make a task and enable a Task Host to run it.
Einar Gulbrandsen wrote: Enterprise can make PDF of SW files. You have to install the SW Task AddIn /64 dll and make a task and enable a Task Host to run it.
Einar Gulbrandsen wrote:
This sounds like a great capability, but it's hard to understand how to do it from this basic description. If someone could give a more step-by-step set of instructions I (and probably many others) would find it very helpful.
See page 7 in the What's New in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM version 2010 document for a more detailed description of the Convert task.
EPDM 2010 SP2
Michael Dekoning wrote: Convert tasks lets you convert SolidWorks files using the output formats and optionssupported by SolidWorks.
Michael Dekoning wrote:
Mike, from the docs it appears that the Convert Task does not allow conversion to .dxf format even though that file type can be exported from SW. Is that correct?
So are the PDF files created on the client or the server? It sounds like based on what you wrote that the PDF is created from the client. Also, What about DWG files. Do you know if it can generate the PDF's of these?
Tasks can be configured to run on various computers not just the one that the request came from. SolidWorks Professional is required for the Convert task that can generate pdf files so it must be installed on the designated computers.
Alas, you can not use the supplied Convert task to generate pdf files from dwg files. However, you could write your own task to accomplish this.
We have already developed our own PDF process that is triggered from a workflow state change and PDF's are generated on the server. This works well, it would just be nice to see an out of the box solution built directly into EPDM supported by SW. It's probably just a pipe dream on my end. I will submit an enhancement request anyway.
For SW/Enterprise 2010:
You can only convert SW files to another formar like: PDF, DWG, DXF. You can also print SW document with the task manually (menu bar) or triggered by a workflow transition.
See enclose picture for more info.
That's great info, Einar, but your image examples only show conversion to PDF. I don't have EPDM yet so I can't check for myself... can you confirm that the conversion includes the capability to convert from SW drawings to DXF format? Our shop specifically requests that format because their CAM software can read it.
Yeah, it can do the same conversion as SolidWorks can, no more, no less
Thanks, Einar. That will comfort my (typically nervous) shop manager!
I just read your post. (You're funny)
Did your question get answered?
Yes and no. I now understand current capabilities a little better but do not know if anything will be improved on in this department for future releases and I would have to assume that that would be confidential anyway. We have developed are own process for PDF's using AutoView to make the PDF's on the server. We actually made our own addin and incorporated this into our workflow. When a slddrw or a dwg is put into either our "Approved" or our "Being Modified" states a pdf is generated right on the server. As documents enter these states we queue them up into the MSMQ. This allows us to process a large number of requests without taking out the server and since the conversion is done in a viewer even large drawings are processed reasonably fast. My hope is that SW would come up with a feature similar to this so that we do not have to do this kind of customization and we could rely on an out of the box solution to handle this for us.
I suppose I should submit an enhancment request.
There you have it. I hope all is going well for you over at SolidWorks and perhaps I will see you out at the next SW World.
It sounds like your homegrown solution does what you need it to do.
Our solution will continue to use SolidWorks to generate the PDF.
You could take advantage of the task framework to automate the task using the EPDM task framework. (ie: make your own custom task).
Thanks Joy, Currently our solutions seems to be working. We will not no for sure until we fully rollout EPDM scheduled for the end of August for us. By the way this seems to be a great product so far!
Clark and Joy,
I too wish for an out of the box solution for PDF creation from DWG files. I am not a programmer, but am tasked with getting EPDM off the ground and running to mirgate from WorkGroup PDM (90,000 files including revisions, roughly 115 GB). I love the PDF creation for SolidWorks drawings upon it hitting a release state. We plan to have it set to create a PDF with the same file name, place it in a separate folder for Released PDF drawings, and keep the revision history as new releases are generated. I woudl love it for DWG files to be handled this way, because then we would not need a separate work flow for DWG files to get a PDF file created and in the Released PDF Drawings folder.
It seems like all the pieces are coming together for SolidWorks to do this. They have the task functionality now in EPDM, they have Draftsight (our DWG tool we use now) with PDF Export capability, and they now have an EPDM add-in for DraftSight. It seems like the inbetween ware needs to get written to pull it all together just like it is for SolidWorks. I will also submit an enhancement request, because this would be a huge time saver for us.
I have added an enhancement request..... 1-4491767626.
Please add onto that request to get some momentum. As I mentioned all the pieces seem to be in place for this. Here is another thread that is related that discusses the topic....
IES has a pretty good solution for this:
Works with a variety of translators, check it out!
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