Revision and Version Control
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Ensure you are always working with the “right version” of a design by using the revision and version control capabilities of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. Customize file naming and revision control schemes, maintain document history, and easily manage document versions to avoid the costly manufacturing errors associated with working with the wrong revision.
Key revision and version control capabilities include:
Revision Scheme Mapping
Configure your own revision naming conventions using the SOLIDWORKS PDM capabilities for comprehensive mapping of revision control schemes, including single letters, combinations of letters and numbers, and separation using special characters. You can even create unique revision naming schemes for different document types or projects (SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only).
Save time and eliminate errors by maintaining a complete document history with this automated revision management system. The software automatically creates a completely new version each time a document is checked into the vault, ensuring that files are not overwritten through renaming. Access or store old, inactive versions, then easily restore files as needed.
Control access to files that are undergoing changes, to ensure that a revision cannot be corrupted. This capability guarantees that only the current, approved revision is available for designated users. Defining limited access rights enables you to avoid the costly manufacturing mistake of building the wrong version of a product.
Automated Revision Incrementing
Save time and eliminate manual tasks by taking advantage of automated revision incrementing. Using the system’s built-in file plug-ins (to read and write “attribute” information to files) and automated workflow engine, you can increment revision properties when a file reaches a certain workflow state. (For example, you can use these tools to automate updating of drawing title blocks.)
With SOLIDWORKS PDM revision and version control capabilities, you can make sure that everyone in your organization is using the right version of a design at the right time to avoid costly manufacturing mistakes, preserve the integrity of design iterations, and accelerate time-to-market.