It seems our resident SOLIDWORKS expert Sol and his sidekick Sal have been on a bit of a break. Spring Break, to be precise, where they were talked into taking on a seemingly lucrative side job designing a floating band shell and pier on the shores of Sarasota. After it was found semi-submerged and adrift at sea, the pieces were salvaged, new moorings were designed, the lawsuits were settled, and they returned to their jobs in the heartland. Let’s see what else they’re up to since their last post, shall we?
“It’s a good thing we used SOLIDWORKS PDM to track all the changes to that pier design, eh, Sol?” Sal asked shyly.
Sol silently seethed and steamingly stared at his fellow designer.
“I guess I shouldn’t mention that side job ever again, eh, Sol?” Sal asked in a way such that one knew he already knew the answer. “Oh, Sol?”
Sol surreptitiously sighed. “Yes, Sal?”
“Remember how last year, when I upgraded SOLIDWORKS using that Copy Settings Wizard in the Start Menu, but I picked something wrong and then I had to redo a bunch of stuff?”
“Sure do, Sal!” Sol said. “Uh-oh, why do you ask?”
“Because I think I did it again! Look at this!”
“Sure as shootin’, yes you did. Let me ask you this, Sal…when you used the Copy Settings Wizard, did you check the top ‘System Options’ box, like here?”
“Like where, Sol?”
“Like in Figure 1, Sal.”
That’s when it hit Sal. “Oh, I stepped on all my SOLIDWORKS settings, didn’t I? The new release I just loaded is looking in the old locations for files – that aren’t there anymore.”
“Yes, you did, Sal. That’s why the Copy Settings Wizard is better for migrating or backing up settings among computers on the same release.”
“If I recall correctly, I had to fix like a bazillion path settings, but then I was okay, right, Sol?”
“Yes, Sal, in your System Options just replace all the paths with the old folder with the current, and you’ll be fine.”
“Like in Figure 2, Sol?”
“Say, Sol, remind me again, where do you learn about all these cool SOLIDWORKS things?”
“Why, Graphics Systems’ SolidNotes, Sal. Graphics Systems’ SolidNotes.”
By: Sam Hochberg, CSWE, Applications Engineer