The DraftSight for SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in is a connector for DraftSight Professional, Premium, and Enterprise. This add-in allows a user to perform file vault operations from within the DraftSight application. The add-in consists of a dropdown menu, two toolbars, and a status window that you can activate to carry out such commands as:
The add-in installation requires a license for one of these DraftSight editions. You cannot load the add-in in the DraftSight Standard edition because there is no API support for that version. DraftSight Free is also no longer available and would not support the PDM add-in.
The add-in is included with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016 (Standard and Professional edition) or later version client installation. The add-in registers automatically if DraftSight is present when installed. If DraftSight is installed on a system that already has a SOLIDWORKS PDM client installation, you might have to modify the client installation to add the DraftSight add-in.
Learn how to et PDM installed on your system in the video below.
Note: When you set the Client Options make sure you check on the DraftSight add-in as in the image below.
Once you have the PDM add-in and DraftSight both installed you need to turn on the application in DraftSight. To activate the add-in from within DraftSight, go to Manage > Add-ins, and activate SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in.
If you are not seeing the Manage option in the ribbon bar the please note workspace settings in the top right corner of your DraftSight application. You will need to be in the Drafting and Annotation workspace to see the Manage tab for the add-ins.
With the PDM add-in turned on you will see the PDM tab added to the ribbon bar as well as the quick access menu in the top right corner of the interface.
You are now ready to start using the power of SOLIDWORKS PDM with your DraftSight application.
About Jerald Staley
Jerald Staley is an Elite AE with over 15 years of experience as a SOLIDWORKS Instructor, Application Engineer, and Technical Support Lead first at DASI now GoEngineer. Jerald studied at the University of Michigan and Mott Community College where he earned his degree in Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering.
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