What version of EPDM are you using?
as from eDrawings 2008 it was added support for showing updates in title block annotations linked to drawing custom properties ($PRP links, linked to Drawing File Properties) without having to open and resave the drawing in SolidWorks. This means that if a drawing custom property is linked to a variable in the drawing data card, an update to that variable (for example when a workflow transition changes state on a file and writes the revision number to the card), the updated value should be visible in eDrawings preview instantly.
However, this display update will only work if the actual custom property (for example "Revision") exist in the drawing when it is created and saved. If the title block is linked to a custom property not yet created in the drawing - and the property is created as part of the variable update (i.e. when revision is written to the card, the custom property is created at the same time) - any such annotation updates will not be seen unless the drawing is opened and resaved in SolidWorks at least once, thereby having the custom property present upon save. A workaround for this limitation in 2008 and 2009 SP3 (and lower) is to create a placeholder value in the custom property, for example a dash "-" or similar, so that it exist in the drawing and updates can be seen in eDrawings directly.
With SolidWorks 2009 SP4, the drawing format was extended to add support for eDrawings to also see updates done to custom properties not yet present upon drawing creation - thereby solving this problem as well. Note however that the drawing must have been saved or created by SolidWorks 2009 SP4 or higher and viewed with eDrawings 2009 SP4 or higher in order for this to work.
This is basically the same thing I'm running into. I understand that the custom property push ($PRP) works, but it does not stay with the DRW until the file is opened, rebuilt, and saved. Which means, Check-Out, Open, Rebuild, Save, Close, and Check-In. I have been given macros that will do the SolidWorks automation; now I need a Task to run that macro and do the check out/ check in automation within PDM. I tried to find a way to make the Dispatch Add-in call out at Macro, but failed. Any ideas?
I posted a similar question that really didn't get answered for what I need.
DBWorks has an out-of-the-box option to rebuild files on release. I don't understand why this is not, nor ever has been, the standard MO for SW PDM. Maybe someone with knowledge would offer an explanation?
In the KB, there is an enhancement request to add this functionality. SPR 606878. Log into your customer portal accounts and attach to it! Each time you switch employers, attach to it again using the new serial number :-)