Formatting aside, these notifications have always had one element that has made them particularly useful: not only do they inform the recipient of changes to a file in the vault, but they contain some extremely useful hyperlinks.
Each hyperlink gave you the ability to do something specific with the model question. You could open it in SOLIDWORKS, preview it in eDrawings, get the latest version of the file in your local cache, look at the data card or history and so on.
What's great about these links is that you have the ability to create those links for yourself, to use in any application of your choosing. Maybe you'd like to refer to a drawing in an e-mail to a co-worker, but don't want to have that drawing opened in SOLIDWORKS. Or perhaps you might want a link to the history or data card of files in your vault and make them accessible to other departments from your ERP or PLM system. As a DriveWorks user, I like to be able to give users a way to find and open legacy data from inside a DriveWorks form:
The link functions using a special URL protocol that is included as part of every Enterprise PDM installation. In other words, if EPDM is installed on a machine, it will recognize a special formatting for hyperlinks that looks like this:
Where "Vault" is the name of an Enterprise PDM Vault that has had a view installed locally, "DocID" is an ID number that EPDM uses to reference a specific file, and "ProjID" is an ID number that EPDM uses to track which folder that file is stored in. (If you don't know what the Project ID or Document ID numbers are for a file, you can find them from searching EPDM's underlying SQL database, but that's another lesson for another time)
The "Action" specified is one of the following words, which will tell your link to do one of several different actions:
open – Open in primary application (such as SOLIDWORKS for .sldprt files)
view – Opens the file in its “Viewer” application (like eDrawings for .sldprt files)
explore – Opens an explorer window to the appropriate folder and selects the file
get – Triggers a "Get" of the file to the local file vault view
lock – Checks out the file (if the user has adequate permissions to do so)
properties – Brings up the file properties
history – Brings up the file history
Thus, if you have a link that will find the Document #127 from Project #14 in a vault called "MyVault" and open it in the EPDM Windows Explorer interface, you would create a link that goes to Conisio://MyVault/explore?projectid=127&documentid=14&objecttype=1. If you wanted to instead bring up the history of that file, you would replace "explore" with "history".
You can find more information in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base under S-066794.
By: Dave Mandl, Applications Engineer