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tyedi

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I am new to SolidWorks and have been given a project to finish (Am a Pro/E user). All files are currently sitting in one directory. I would like to create sub-directories for library parts, a working directory (for each user)and a read-only directory for files that have been through the formal release process. My question, is there some kind of configuration file that I cancreate search paths for all these newly created directories? Idid find in the SW help section, where you can move files, then do a manual search on the moved file(s), rebuild, then save the sub-assembly. This sounds like a lot of work, considering the number of assemblies and sub-assemblies I would have to do this process to each time I released a piece part. Is there a more "global" way to achieve this?


Any advice would be greatly apprecitated!


Thanks,


Di
 

SSLaser

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We have our hardware/library files located on the network, with the path for the design library pointing to that location (tools > options > System Options tab > File Locations > Design library. Most other files (templates, etc.) are one the network as well. The working directory is local to reduce network traffic.


The file locations option in the system options tab is where you'll set up most of your default locations for various files. System Options is like the configuration file for Pro/E (former ProE user- I miss it!).


I don't know that there is a default working directory, I'm pretty sure it uses whatever the last directory was used. A word of caution here: sometimes, you will have to edit design library files, or other files, and SW will get confused and change the working directory on you; savingyour workingfiles to the new location (this is with SW 2007 SP 3.0). Maybe they've fixed this with the later releases?


As for released files, I strongly recommend that you use PDMWorks. I'm not sure if there is a free version that comes with SW, but the version we use (the paid version) is well worth the money. Once a file is checked in and write protected, you can check it out (and all relavent files) to your working directory to make changes.


This is just to get started. You'll set up your system, then make changes to it and tweak it as you learn about it. Don't expect it to do everything flawlessly all at once.
 

tyedi

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Thanks for the response, very helpful...no option to purchase additional packages, so I will have to maintain the files manually. I appreciate all you input and advice!


Di
 

Holopro

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I have the same problem.NO PDM.I have a hardware file I keep all my commonly use hardware in. if I use a screwI have to make a copy of it and put it in the file with the assm to keep it clean. If I use the same screw in multiple assm'swithout coping it, it causes reference problems. It
 
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tracehae

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Also take a look at CheckOut 5.1 It works very good with multiple users and one user and best of all it is really easy to set up and use. Even with one user there is a need to manage your data so you can find it later and not have to worry about it getting messed up because of common parts getting changed. The link for checkout 5.1 is www.hcs-checkout.com.
 

tracehae

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I forgot to mention above that there is a free single user license for CheckOut 5.2 (It was just upgraded from 5.1). It will do everything the multi-user license will do so if and when you want to add users its a snap, just upgrade the license file and add as many users as you want.
 

c_thompson_68

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I use both Pro-E and SolidWorks, and it is true that Pro-E allows for the creation of a search directory. This file, search.pro, specifies the location of standard library parts. As far as I know, SolidWorks does not have an equivalent.

SolidWorks looks for the file in the location where it was last loaded. If the file location is moved, then you will manually need to look for the file. This is why I would recommend organizing your library for storing part files that will be reused in the future, and not moving those files to another location.

Concerning PDM programs that work with single users, as previously mentioned, I also use DesignDataManager (DDM) as I can run it on my laptop, and manage both SolidWorks and Pro-E files. DDM can be expanded for several users.

I have not looked at CheckOut since I already have DDM, so I cannot provide any information on how that product compares to the other PDM products.
 

vijay12

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You can do to the Sony Ericsson website at www.sonyericsson.com under
the support section. Select your model phone and then go to "Software
Downloads" for the software from the CD. The PC Suite application is
what downloads the drivers of your phone to the computer and can also be
used as a file manager.


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