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Subject RE: SVN compatibility question
Date Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:24:53 GMT
I’m not an expert on Solidworks, but our MEs use Solidworks here at work and I know that
Solidworks includes its own version control system. The MEs here do not use Subversion because
of this. A quick Google check shows Solidworks Workgroup PDM is the Solidworks way to do what
you want (I’m sure there will be a software upgrade cost, but it sounds like it will pay
for itself many times over…). I would highly suggest contacting a Solidworks rep and have
them walk you through the Solidworks way of doing things (so that you can at least make an
informed decision).

From the Solidworks Workgroup PDM propaganda:

Easy to set up and use, SolidWorks® Workgroup PDM
automatically captures file revision histories automatically and
allows you and other members of your prod- uct design team
to instantly access desired files, determine who has worked
on them, and see exactly when changes were made. By
accelerating time-to-market, SolidWorks Workgroup PDM
helps your design team minimize errors and duplicated efforts..

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM provides an effective approach
to securing files through vaulting – a simple, yet highly reliable
and safe system for storing shared project files. Vaulting allows
members of your design team to share files systematically,
checking them in and out of the Vault one at a time to avoid the
possibility of a team member accidentally overwriting a file or
spending time working on the wrong file revision.

Good Luck,
JT Miller

From: Eric Ahlstrom []
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:53 PM
Subject: SVN compatibility question

To whom it may concern,

Sorry, I'm not a software developer so this message is not following the protocol for reporting
bugs.  Our company primarily deals with aircraft electronics integration.  Software is a small
part of our operations and our people have used Tortoise SVN successfully for years in that

Our hardware department uses a popular CAD package called SolidWorks.  Normally, this package
allows us to build and document assemblies with parts automatically populating BOM's and reporting
to multiple assemblies.  In a standard file system, we can rename files, move them from one
directory to another, restructure common part files, etc. all while SolidWorks maintains the
links between these files and their associations.

In an effort to maintain version control and prevent multiple users from editing the same
file at the same time, we migrated all of our CAD files to Tortoise SVN.  Now our assemblies
routinely crash, hardware loses its associations randomly, BOM's collapse and have to be rebuilt,
and renaming/reorganizing files requires incredibly complex work arounds.  Essentially, a
CAD user has to know every file association in advance of a move, open every association,
and copy/rename/edit/delete dozens of files in specific combination and order.  Often, 100
hour assemblies are corrupted and have to be remade from scratch.

We are running and any attempts to upgrade to a newer version have crashed everything.
 Obviously, this version is out of date and at some point will no longer be available for
new users.  Please do not say we simply need to upgrade.  We need some input from a party
that understands how SolidWorks manipulates files.

It seems that SolidWorks is fundamentally incompatible with SVN.  If possible, could the SVN
community tell us if this is the case?  Does anyone know of another organization using SVN
for SolidWorks PDM (product data management)?

Thank you,
Eric Ahlstrom
R&D Manager
Borsight Inc. 3525 Airport Road,  Ogden, UT 84405
Mobile: (775) 302-6762  Fax: (801) 409-1487<><>
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