5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 1, 2015 3:41 AM by Arie Van Gelderen

    When is EPDM getting better?

    Adrian Velazquez

      EPDM is a great tool, but it has a lot of work to be done and there hasn't been any really considerable functionality added since I started using in 2009. Software years are like Dog years, so 6 releases without any considerable improvements is a lot of time!


      I know there's another thread with EPDM ideas and I should submit mine to the ER process, but it just feels its an abandoned step child... here a few things I'd LOVE to see:


      • Truly integrate SolidWorks and EPDM!!!!!
        • We shouldn't have to create placeholder Variables to Map MetaData (Properties), this creates a lot of room for issues.
          • Having to create an additional Version on SW files just to "Refresh" variables like Revision is ridiculous.
        • Sync the Revision Tables in SW Drawings to the EPDM Revisions!!!!
        • Ability to automatically propagate Custom Properties to referenced files (ie Push Part Number info from Model to it's corresponding Drawing).
        • SW should now when a File is not Cached, instead of missing
        • Ability to  make  "Get As-Build" the default  vs "Get Latest" when caching files.
        • Better Management of Configurations
          • Allow configurations to have their own Revision Count (should be an option on Configuration Properties)
        • Better Management of Virtual Parts
        • Better Management of Cut-List Items (ability to disable them for non-weldment parts)
      • Allow to design/import forms from Visual Studio for Data, Search, and Template Cards
        •      The Card Editor is EXTREMELY limited and it bogs down the potential of the entire system. Searches and DataCards could allow more robust customization if it wasn't for the Card Editor.
      • Control the Copying or "Save As" of files
        • It's great to lock down modification of files with permissions, but this just makes Users create uncontrolled copies.
        • There should be a tool to identify/visualize offspring of a File, and even better would be to simple be able to eventually merge one of these branches in a Traceable manner.
      • Easy way to customized email notifications
        • Allow different templates to be used and for different triggers



      Those are the ones I can remember for now, I'll add more as they cross me:


      I know there are many WORKAROUNDS the stuff i'm listing, but that is not the reason for this thread.

        • Re: When is EPDM getting better?
          Brian McEwen

          I know what you mean Adrian.  There are a lot of things that could be smoother about EPDM.


          As you have mentioned, it will be interesting to see what happens with EPMD lite (whatever they call it) being included with SolidWorks seats.  Maybe there will be some trickle-up improvements?


          This I don't really understand.

          Having to create an additional Version on SW files just to "Refresh" variables like Revision is ridiculous.

          If it is not version free then check-in should be required to change the variable.  Additional versions are usually not a big deal.


          The revision table thing is pretty bad, the lengths that Admins must go to when linking a drawing table to EPDM. 

            • Re: When is EPDM getting better?
              Adrian Velazquez


              I have a Workflow Transition Action that updates Custom Properties in the SW File. The problem is that for this action to happen EPDM silently Checks-Out the File updates the Variable then Checks it in with an incremented Version.  The only purpose of this is for the SolidWorks file to show the current EPDM Revision....  We should have to do this for "System" Variables.

            • Re: When is EPDM getting better?
              Adrian Velazquez

              Just came across another one:


              The Dispatch Tool!  it has so much potential, but seems like its a very old and there are many time where it falls JUST short of being the ultimate customization solution for EPDM.