This article walks you through the steps necessary to change the license type for your PDM client. PDM uses a floating network license, which checks licenses out and in as you log in and out of PDM. There are three different types of licenses that can be used, depending on the functionality required by the end-user. Most SOLIDWORKS users will need the Editor, however there are two other types as well. See the list below for detailed descriptions of the different license types:
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Editor & Web
Editor: SOLIDWORKS users in the office connected via LAN to PDM server will typically access the vault through SOLIDWORKS using this type to view, add and modify files.
Web: Remote users take advantage of Web based(Internet Explorer Active-X) thin client that supports working with all file types including Microsoft Office applications. Please note that the web client does not have all the features found in the full client. No CAD Add-in or API support, as well as limited workflow capabilities.
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Contributor & Web
Contributor: Contributor is typically used by non-SOLIDWORKS users who will need to make frequent changes to non-SOLIDWORKS files. Typical files are Word/Excel or other related engineering documents.
Web: Remote users take advantage of Web based thin client that supports working with all files types including Microsoft Office applications. Please note that the web client does not have all the features found in the full client. No CAD Add-in or API support, as well as limited workflow capabilities.
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer
Commonly used by non-SOLIDWORKS users that require only read-only access to the vault. Users cannot add or modify(check out, check in, update values) files or use CAD add-ins.
1. Open SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool.
2. Click on the "Help" dropdown menu as shown in screenshot below.
3. Click on "About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration".
4. Select your desired Client type as illustrated below and click OK.
Please note: For PDM Standard in the "Client type" dropdown box you will see SOLIDWORK PDM Standard... instead of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional...
5. After you have selected a different Client type, you will be prompted to restart your computer as shown below. Please save all your work and close all applications before restarting.
If you are not able to perform these steps or you have any questions, please contact Hawk Ridge Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.