SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Contributor Window
When Workgroup PDM is added into SolidWorks Explorer, it is referred
to as Workgroup PDM Contributor or SolidWorks Explorer client. Though
similar to the SolidWorks client, you do not need the SolidWorks software
installed on your computer to use the Workgroup PDM Contributor.
Examples of operations handled in the Workgroup PDM Contributor include:
non-SolidWorks documents into the vault
Check any document out of the vault
(SolidWorks documents open only if the SolidWorks software is installed)
Modify document properties
Bump a document's revision
Change a document's lifecycle
You cannot check SolidWorks documents into
the vault with the Workgroup PDM Contributor.
To access SolidWorks Explorer:
click Start, All
<version>, SolidWorks Explorer <version>.
click Tools, SolidWorks
To access the vault from SolidWorks Explorer, you must add Workgroup
PDM into SolidWorks Explorer.
To add Workgroup PDM into SolidWorks Explorer:
In SolidWorks Explorer, click Options
On the Add-Ins
tab, select Workgroup PDM, then
The following items describe interface items
that pertain to the Workgroup PDM Contributor. For an explanation of interface
items that pertain to SolidWorks Explorer only, see the SolidWorks
The vault view shows the projects
stored in the vault. Select a document in the vault view to populate information
in the expanded view.
The Mini Toolbar with frequently
used commands appears when you select a project or document in the vault
view. Below is an example of a Mini Toolbar:
Right-click on the project or
document to display a menu of additional commands.
The local view is a mirror image
of the structure of your computer. Select a document in the local view
to populate information in the expanded view.
locate the selected document in the vault, click Find
in Vault on
the Mini Toolbar. The document name appears in the Search Results dialog box. If you select the
document in the dialog box, the document is highlighted in the vault view.
When you select a document from the vault view, the expanded view (on
the right panel) populates with tabs of information about the document.
These tabs correspond to those in the Document
Information dialog box. Different tabs appear based on the document