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Toolbox with SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox and Standard Library documents are common hardware components that in many cases do not require revision control. Because Workgroup PDM implements revision control when checking documents into the vault, it is recommended that you not check Toolbox documents into the vault.

The Workgroup PDM vault displays documents that are not revision-managed as references. Project folders are created in the vault view for each library (Toolbox References, for example). The names of the folders appear in blue. Users cannot create, rename, delete, or assign ownership to the folders displayed in blue, but they can generate reports, search the projects, and so on.

Documents that are not revision-managed also appear in blue, in both the separate library projects and in the projects where they are referenced. A shortcut menu with limited choices is available. You can right-click a document and select Document Information to determine where the document is used, for example.

Workgroup PDM defines Toolbox or Standard Library documents as documents that:

  • Reside in folders specified on the Workgroup PDM Standard Libraries tab
  • Are marked as Toolbox documents. At SOLIDWORKS 2004, Toolbox documents are marked by the SOLIDWORKS software. You can mark older documents using the utility <install_dir>\toolbox\data utilities\sldsetdocprop.exe.
  • Reside in folders named \Toolbox or \SOLIDWORKS Data.
If a Toolbox or Standard Library folder (specified on the VaultAdmin Toolbox tab or in a designated folder) is shared and the vault computer has read access to the folder, clients can open the documents and view the documents with the eDrawings® Preview.


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