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Client Overview

The client enables users to check documents in and out of the vault, increment revision and lifecycle status, and generate reports.

To use the client, the vault administrator must have issued you an account with a user name and password (which are usually not the same as your Windows user name and password). To check documents into a project in the vault, you must have write permission for the project. The vault administrator creates projects and sets permissions on the Project tab of the VaultAdmin.

You can access the client from inside SolidWorks (SolidWorks Workgroup PDM for SolidWorks client) or within SolidWorks Explorer (SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Contributor).

Workgroup PDM for SolidWorks Client

The Workgroup PDM for SolidWorks client is also referred to as the SolidWorks client.

Add-In. To use the SolidWorks client, you must add it in. Click Tools, Add-Ins, select Workgroup PDM <version>, and click OK.

Task Pane. The SolidWorks client is integrated into the File Explorer tab in the SolidWorks Task Pane. The tab is split into the local view (upper pane) and vault view (lower pane), with tools for Find/Search, Document Information, Reporting, and Refresh above the vault view.

Menus. To access the context-sensitive menus, right-click in the local view or vault view.

Toolbar. A Workgroup PDM toolbar contains commonly-used commands.

Workgroup PDM Contributor

The Workgroup PDM Contributor is also referred to as the SolidWorks Explorer client.

To open the Workgroup PDM Contributor in SolidWorks Explorer:

  1. Click Start in Windows and select All Programs, SolidWorks <version>, SolidWorks Explorer <version>.

  2. In SolidWorks Explorer, click Options .

  3. In the Options dialog box, on the Add-Ins tab, select Workgroup PDM.

If you do not have a license, the option says Workgroup PDM - requires license, and the option is unavailable.

Menus and tools. To access the SolidWorks Explorer client context-sensitive menus, right-click in the local view or vault view. When you select an item, the Mini Toolbar shows commonly-used tools that you can use with the selected document.

SolidWorks Documents. You cannot check SolidWorks documents into or out of the vault with the SolidWorks Explorer client. However, you can perform the following operations:


Various options affect dialog boxes, comparisons between copies of documents, output file information, your login password, the local folder for saving downloaded files, and so on. Options are available from the SolidWorks client and the SolidWorks Explorer client.

Quick Reference

The following topics serve as quick references for project and document status:

Batch Printing

You can schedule batch printing of documents with the Print Workgroup PDM Files operation in the SolidWorks Task Scheduler.

Compare Documents

You can compare documents in the Workgroup PDM vault, including comparing different revisions of the same document with SolidWorks utilities.

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