Can some explain what is the difference between these install options?
You buy each type separately, in any ratio you choose.
Cliff's Notes answer:
Viewer: User has restricted access privileges. User is assumed to need the software only for file viewing and no other purpose. User cannot contribute to workflows.
Editor: User has permissions that are restricted only by the user/group permissions as set by the Administrator. Includes everything you need for full integration with SolidWorks. Anyone who will be altering SolidWorks files should probably have this license.
Contributor: Same as editor, but without full SolidWorks integration. Best for management types, or people that you want to check in and revise files that are not SolidWorks related.
The million dollar question, Do they all require a full license of EPDM?
I'm not a VAR (I'm actually in the middle of an EPDM implementation at my office), so take this with a grain of salt:
As far as I know, you can install as many client views on as many local drives as you like. The licenses are going to be shared on your network, if you want them to be. So, you can have ten licenses for forty users if you like. Just keep in mind that you can only have ten people logged into the vault at any given time.
This is information that was relayed to our Eng. Manager, so I'm going off the top of my head, but I think you generally want a 1:1 ratio (licenses to users) of Editor licenses for all of your SolidWorks users. You can probably get away with 1:3 ratio for the Contributor licenses that you give to management, technical support, sales, etc. Viewer licenses are pretty cheap, so you can do with those as you wish. Maybe you'd want one license on every computer you have on your shop floor, but that depends on how paperless you want your company to be, I guess.
Our IT Dept. were the ones who did the original operation with our VAR, we got 15 Editor Seats, and I'm looking into adding more seats and was wondering if these were different types of licenses or just different clients.
There are 3 different license types......the type installed to the client is determined during the install....although you can change it on the client without reinstall. It's just a setting.
There is what's a called a PSL ....Processor Site License I think it means. This is a bundle that comes in 25,50,100,200 users. It's an "any" license and can be a less expensive option, especially if you have mostly Cad Editor licenses. You can then install whatever license needed.
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