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The SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 licensing mechanism has been updated to use the SolidNetwork License Manager. This means administrators no longer have to log into a Customer Portal Account to acquire a new license file each year but instead can rely on the SOLIDWORKS Activation server to acquire a new license. This is more convenient during upgrades and when adding or removing assets from a license of EPDM. Simply reactivate the license and any upgrades or license changes are automatically read into the system.

In order to upgrade to the new licensing mechanism you’ll need to follow these steps:

1 – Disable ‘Automatic Log-off ‘ from a 2014 or older installation. This will be found under the License portion of the Administration application. After logging into the vault simply disable this feature before upgrading.

2- During the upgrade process to EPDM 2015 you’ll need to install the License Server product.

















3- On the License Information screen of the SolidNetwork License Manager installation enter your 24 digit EPDM serial number.


















4- After completing the installation launch the SolidNetwork License Manager application. If there are no other network licensed products on the server you will be prompted to activate the license server.









Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activation process either on-line or via email.

Once the activation is completed you will need to log into the newly upgraded Administration application. Select the License section on the right side of the Administration application.














Your newly activated EPDM license should show the appropriate license information.

** Note that it is possible to use an existing 2015 SolidNetwork License Manager to license EPDM. If a server exists simply add the EPDM serial number to the existing 2015 server and enter the server name in the Administration application. The license server can be another server on the network but TCP ports 25734 & 25735 must be opened to make sure communication functions correctly.

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As hardware continues to change to adapt to new technologies, so must SOLIDWORKS.  32 bit operating systems suffer from a very big limitation.  The virtual address space usable by a 32 bit operating system is 4 GB of RAM. This means that the operating system is incapable of using more than 4 GB of RAM even if your computer had more RAM installed.  At the time 32 bit operating systems were created (over a decade ago) the idea of 4 GB of RAM was unthinkable.  At that time the common machine measured RAM in megabytes (MB).  Of course now you can purchase a new machine with over 40 GB of RAM so this limitation needed to be addressed.  This lead to the 64 bit operating system.  The modern 64 bit Windows operating system will support up to 8 TB of RAM, meaning it will support RAM upgrades for years to come.  What does all this mean to the average SOLIDWORKS user?   You will not be able to install SOLIDWORKS 2015 on a 32 bit computer.  This limitation in usable RAM and the aging nature of the 32 bit operating system means that as of SOLIDWORKS 2015 32 bit operating systems are no longer supported.


NOTE: 32 bit operating systems are still supported for the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM client software.

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A new capability has been added to Nonlinear studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation showing intermediate results.  Nonlinear study types typically take the longest to run and there is no easy way to look at intermediate results before completing the calculation.  With new studies created in 2015 you can now display intermediate results in your regular graphics area while the calculation takes place.  With this new ability, if you see some unintended results it is more efficient to decide to stop the calculation early and re-examine your setup or wait until the the calculation develops further.

To make sure that this capability is enabled by default open your Simulation options from the top Simulation dropdown menu > Options > Default Options Tab > Results, look for “Show intermediate results up to current iteration (when running)

Remember that any Simulation option change only effects newly created studies and does not update any already existing studies.

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Prior to the 2015 version of SOLIDWORKS Composer when you put a lot of text into a box you would need to click on the ellipsis button (…) to open the text window and press ‘enter’ to add carriage returns for additional lines of text.

Now in 2015 SolidWorks Composer they have given us the ability to grab an anchor at the top right-hand corner of the annotation to ‘Wrap’ the text to next line by changing the size of the label.
1. From the Author Tab > Annotations group > grab Label.
2. Place your annotation in the view port.
3. Change your ‘Text’ property to ‘String’
4. Type your text into the ‘Text string’ property without any carriage returns.
5. Check the ‘Enable’ for the ‘Wrap’ property
6. Grab the red anchor dot in the upper right-hand corner of the annotation and adjust the size of you Label.
This Enhancement came directly from the Enhancement Requests on for SOLIDWORKS Composer.
If you would like to submit your own Enhancement Request (ER), log on to your SolidWorks Customer Portal Account then click this link or click the Enhancement Request link on the welcome page of your Customer Portal Account.
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One of the big benefits to using a system like Enterprise PDM is the ability to parse through and manage many files and all their properties.  One feature introduced in Enterprise PDM 2014 is the ability to add User Defined Custom Columns to many of the common dialog boxes in Enterprise PDM.  This allows the user to add a column containing any variable to the Check In, Check Out, Copy Tree and Undo Check Out dialog boxes.  User Defined Custom Columns can also be added to the Contains and Where Used preview tabs in your local view.  This can be done by right clicking the table heading and selecting the “More” option.

This will bring up the “Choose Columns” dialog box where you can select from the list of variables.

After selecting from the list of variables, a new column using that variable will appear in that dialog box or preview tab.  The columns can be re-ordered using a simple drag and drop similar to the standard Windows Explorer interface.

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