First, You can save to PDF through Solidworks, so every seat can do this.
Next, do you have EPDM or PDMW?
Another solution is you can print to a file and who ever did the print to file
will be attached to the properties of that file.
Sorry, I posted this question in the wrong forum (now corrected). Our migrated data is all Autocad files. Many of the production staff are printing from the vault using eDrawings. Not sure there is a setting in eDrawings Professional.
Hello Shanna !
1) With E-Drawings you cannot stamp the User / Date / Time to all the drawings.
The only way i see is to use the tasks to stamp the date and time.
I am bumping this disscussion as this requirement was recently raised by our customers.
They need an indication on the printed files, whether or not they were printed from the vault.
They have a lot of PDFs (originally generated from NX) so the solution has to be robust (not only for Solidworks files).
I was hoping to find a way to add a header during print, with the file's path, but I wasn't able to find anythiong like it.
Do you have any idea / solution for this issue?
That would probably be pretty difficult, there are few programs that open many types of files and have the ability to accept scripted print commands. A different approach would be something like a print logger that keeps all the info for every print so you could cross reference the drawing with the logs and find out who printed it. You could create a "virtual" printer (computer sees 2 printers but they both print to the same place) named Vault Printer and add it to your task machines set the tasks to use that printer and you would be able to find out if the print came from the vault or a user manually printing it. Here's a free one I found from google:
For some perspecive.... http://www.synergissoftware.com/features/batch_printing_pdf_publishing.php. They use this software for these features... http://www.bluebeam.com/us/products/q/. Here is the press release from 2007 http://www10.aeccafe.com/nbc/articles/view_article.php?articleid=403195. This page on the PDF publishing software's site defines what I think you are looking for...http://www.bluebeam.com/us/products/q/workflows/bluebeam-q-workflow-1.pdf. This came up in another discussion I had about publishing DWG files to PDF. https://forum.solidworks.com/message/387768#387768.
It seems as if there really needs to be a 3rd party tool to not only publish PDF files without the need for the original CAD authoring program (if thats possible) , but also printing, watermarking, and markup capability. The markup capability would be a really nice red-line/blue-line way of handling ECOs. Watermarking could nicely handle your customer's request if it could be combined with printing. I see this being handy for us here as we have purchasing folks that access our PDF files to send out for quote. It would be nice to watermark those files with information like the date of vault copy and so on... Ideally I would think this would function as a task so that it could be used in any workflow and also show up in right click menus for documents. Sorry I don't have any ways forward for you, just kavetching about what could and should be possible for the investment that's been made in EPDM. I hope SolidWorks puts this on the list of items to work on... soon.