During the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault upgrade to a new service pack or version, the existing add-ins do not automatically update to the latest version. Consequently, this needs to be done manually. The following article discusses how to upgrade the Dispatch Add-in as well as explain how to export a Dispatch action script in SOLIDWORKS PDM.
It is recommended to match the same major version and service pack for the dispatch add-in with the current major version and service pack version of SOLIDWORKS PDM.
After the vault upgrade, do as follows:
Open the Administration Tool and select the Add-ins node. Double-click to open the subnodes and select Dispatch. Right-click it and select Remove.
In the Administration tool, select File and then Open.
Browse to the location: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SOLIDWORKS PDM\Default Data and change the filter to show .caf files and open Dispatch.caf.
Drag and drop Dispatch add-in into the Add-ins node for the vault.
Close the administration vault and restart the client machine. The updated add-ins will be distributed automatically to the other clients when they log in.
Removing an old Dispatch add-in as part of the update process (as explained above) does not remove existing scripts; therefore, exporting the action scripts before updating the Dispatch add-in is not needed because they are saved independently as .acn files. However, it is important to create backups of the scripts as well.
To export a Dispatch action script:
In the vault view, open the administrative actions dialog window by selecting Tools>Administrative Actions.
In the Installed actions list, select the action script to be exported and click Save.
Browse to the desired location and save the exported script.
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