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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a document management product based on the same architecture as SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM.

You can upgrade from SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional without migrating files or data because SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is based on the same architecture as SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. However, you cannot downgrade a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vault.

One license of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard CAD Editor is included with each license of SOLIDWORKS 2016 Professional and SOLIDWORKS 2016 Premium. Licenses for non-CAD users are available as separately purchased products.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard uses the SolidNetwork License Manager and requires a serial number. Serial numbers for Beta testing are available to all eligible SOLIDWORKS 2016 customers. Contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR) to obtain serial numbers.

This table shows the functionalities of each license:

Functionality SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard CAD Editor SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Contributor SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Viewer
SOLIDWORKS add-in    
Add and edit SOLIDWORKS files    
Integrated preview for SOLIDWORKS files
Add and edit non-CAD files  
DraftSight add-in  
Add and edit DraftSight files  
Windows Explorer integration
Search tools
Electronic workflow participation

This table shows differences between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional:

Functionality SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
eDrawings Professional  
DraftSight add-in
Microsoft Office add-in  
AutoCAD add-in  
Inventor add-in  
CAD Editor client
Contributor client
Viewer client
Multiple workflows Limited to 1
Workflow States Limited to 10
Parallel Approvals  
Offline mode
Transition actions (Limited)
eDrawings preview
Multi-document preview  
External Viewer Integration  
Serial Numbers  
Content search (indexing)  
Integrated search tool
Dedicated search tool  
Search favorites  
Active directory and LDAP login  
Notifications - PDM inbox (database)
Notifications - email (SMTP)  
SQL Server Express support  
SQL Standard support  
Automated tasks  
Automated data import/export  
Custom add-in support  
Item support  
Web client  
Multi-site replication  
Report generator  
Revision schemes Limited to 2
File categories  
Version labels  
Named Bill of Materials  
Paste shared links  
Menu and toolbar customization  
Version free variables
Pro/E Connector  
Solid Edge File Support  

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