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How to set the PDM Preview Tab Viewer

The preview window in PDM File Explorer and the View option in PDM History dialog are dependent on two different applications to display the preview. If the file path to the required viewer application is not configured correctly or is invalid, then the preview may fail with errors indicating the viewer was not found. In some cases, the viewer path may even be set to an older version that cannot preview the newer versions of files. 

Configuring the Preview/View in PDM File Explorer

These steps should be performed by the PDM administrator using the PDM admin user. These options are typically set at the group level, though can be configured for an individual PDM user. 

 

Right-click a group or user and select Settings… 

PDM Group Settings

In the Settings dialog left-side menu, select Viewers. 

PDM Viewers

The default file path and argument are listed below for SOLIDWORKS/CAD files and all other files. We recommend the viewer application file path be verified on client machines. 

 

ALL SOLIDWORKS and CAD FILES (set to EModelViewer.exe) 

 

File Extensions: 

sldasm, sldprt, slddrw, eprt, easm, edrw, dwg, dxf, 3dxml, stl, prt, xpr, asm, prtdot, asmdot, drwdot 

 

Path and Argument to viewer program: 

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\eDrawings\EModelViewer.exe  “%1%” 

(note there is a space between .exe and %1% but not afterwards) 

PDM Viewer Path

ALL OTHER FILES (set to FileViewer.exe) 

 

File Extensions: 

*  (The Asterix is used to capture all other files not associated with a specific extension) 

 

Path and Argument to viewer program: 

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS PDM\FileViewer.exe “%1%” 

(note there is a space between .exe and %1% but not afterwards) 

PDM File Viewer

The PDM viewers are not configured properly to view any type of file. 

Technical Support

If you have any questions or experience unexpected behavior, feel free to reach out to MLC CAD Systems technical support

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