New menu in Enterprise PDM 2011

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2011 menu row

The user interface in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2011 is getting some much needed, though incremental, improvement.

All Enterprise PDM commands are now grouped into four menus that appear just above the file view pane in SolidWorks and Windows Explorer.  The advantage of this change is that the shortcut menu (RMB click) is now somewhat shorter.  The most frequently used commands are still available in the shortcut menu.  Hopefully, this menu reorganization will help clean up the notoriously lengthy shortcut menu of previous Enterprise PDM versions.

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM pulldown menusFor example, Check in and Check out functions are now available within the Actions pulldown menu, yet are still also available in the shortcut menu.  Take your pick!

The new pulldown menus and the shortcut menus are still context sensitive, in that the commands which are available still depend on user selection.

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

3 thoughts on “New menu in Enterprise PDM 2011”

  1. I am glad to see the addition to this menu, especially for the view options which could be hard to access when the file viewer was full. Being a long time user of this tool (almost 10 years) it is a hard thing to get used to. As EPDM makes it way into the mainstream, additions like this will help adoption and make it easier for the enduser ramp up. ~Lou

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