Connecting SolidWorks EPDM and ENOVIA V6

Connecting SolidWorks EPDM and ENOVIA V6 from Razorleaf Corporation
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When Search Gets Personal

Most people have come to expect that search results change from one day to the next.  With millions of web pages being created annually, it is not surprising that search results would vary in this way.  But many people are surprised to learn that search results can differ from person to person also.  If you haven’t been using Google-related services (with a Google account) for some time, you may not be able to witness this yourself, but the effect is documented several places on the Web: Google tailors search results based on the company’s interpretation of your search history.  Continue Reading

EPDM and Replicated Servers

There comes a time when your business will expand to other locations.  You might start a new office in another state, or even another country.  The board of directors might decide to purchase another company and wish to bring all of their information under a single data repository.  In any event, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) can handle your company’s need for global operations and other multi-site scenarios.  As with all EPDM software functionality, replication is built into the base application. There are no other software modules or add-ons to purchase to have a distributed Enterprise PDM implementation.  Continue Reading

Setting Up an EPDM Test Environment

When people ask us about SolidWorks Enterprise PDM best practices, we often note how critical it is to have a test environment available for critical business systems that matches the production environment. A test environment allows you to validate patches, service packs, version upgrades, and configuration changes in an environment that will not impact production systems. For SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM), creating a test environment is a very simple process.  Continue Reading

The New Enterprise PDM Task Tool

One of the new tools in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) 2010 is the automated EPDM Task Tool. This tool helps users and system administrators automate a number of things related to Engineering output. With the tool, you can create renditions (alternate format/presentation of content) of SolidWorks Parts, Assemblies, or Drawings. The Task Tool also enables remote printing, and can create these types of output content during EPDM Workflow state changes or from right-click menu options.  Continue Reading

Is Your SolidWorks Data in Shape?


Razorleaf has just released the new CADFIT tool for public consumption.  I don’t recommend actually eating or consuming the tool, but I do recommend that you use it.  “Well of course you do, you work for Razorleaf.”  Okay, that factor not withstanding, CADFIT is a really great tool to help you determine the health of your SolidWorks files, to check and see if they are “fit.”   Continue Reading

Troubleshooting EPDM Permissions

Anyone who works with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) knows that there are multiple factors that play a role in user permissions. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the kind of permission to apply to achieve a desired result or to find the setting that is causing an undesired behavior. So let’s dig in to the EPDM security model and take a look at the different criteria that EPDM uses to provide access to files.  Continue Reading