SOLIDWORKS Product Data (PDM) & Project Management  Matrix

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SOLIDWORKS data management software is available in two different packages: Standard and Professional. For the most functionality, combine SOLIDWORKS Manage with PDM Professional to add project management capabilities. Learn more about the features included in each option below.

Categories and Features

SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro with Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro
SOLIDWORKS PDM Std
Product Data Management Features
Secure File Vaulting

Establish a secure file vault to control access to sensitive or proprietary product information. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can create and maintain a single data location and vault that can be accessed by users to store and retrieve files. With SOLIDWORKS PDM products, data is kept secure, up-to-date, and accessible. The system eliminates duplicate work and delays, while saving time and development costs. Easily establish and assign individual and/or group user rights. Graphically represent the product development process through an easy-to-use flowchart interface in SOLIDWORKS PDM products.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Secure File Vaulting is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Secure File Vaulting is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Secure File Vaulting is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Revision Control

Ensure you are always working with the “right version” of a design by using the revision and version control capabilities. 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.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Revision Control is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Revision Control is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Revision Control is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Find and Reuse Design Data

Quickly locate and reuse existing design data to save time and control costs. You can create a framework for quickly locating and reusing or repurposing existing design data. Instead of spending time trying to find prior designs on shared drives or local workstations—or recreating designs when you can’t find them—you can use SOLIDWORKS PDM tools to locate them quickly.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Find and Reuse Design Data is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Find and Reuse Design Data is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Find and Reuse Design Data is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Audit Trail

Maintain a complete history of your product design, engineering, and development activities for reporting and auditing purposes.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Audit Trail is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Audit Trail is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Audit Trail is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Integrated Search

Save time and reduce development costs through design reuse by quickly finding needed data across a range of file types using the powerful searching tools PDM offers. You can quickly perform file content searches on multiple data types (such as CAD files, Microsoft Word documents, Excel® spreadsheets, Outlook® emails, and image files) and locate documents using a range of search criteria (including name, date, metadata, and workflow status).

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Integrated Search is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Integrated Search is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Integrated Search is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Integrated eDrawings Preview

View eDrawings®, SOLIDWORKS, and AutoCAD® documents in eDrawings inside SOLIDWORKS PDM.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Integrated eDrawings Preview is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Integrated eDrawings Preview is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Integrated eDrawings Preview is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
1 to 9 Users

For companies with 1 to 9 users and less than 50,000 documents.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
1 to 9 Users is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
1 to 9 Users is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
1 to 9 Users is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
10 or More Users and/or Greater than 50,000 Documents

For companies with 10 or more users and/or have more than 50,000 documents.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
10 or More Users and/or Greater than 50,000 Documents is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
10 or More Users and/or Greater than 50,000 Documents is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
10 or More Users and/or Greater than 50,000 Documents is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Application Programming Interface (API)

The ability to customize out-of-the-box software to automate tasks through programming. 

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Application Programming Interface (API) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Application Programming Interface (API) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Application Programming Interface (API) is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Advanced Search and Favorites

Save and share search criteria as “favorites”, providing you with instant access to common searches.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Advanced Search and Favorites is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Advanced Search and Favorites is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Advanced Search and Favorites is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Engineering Change Management (Workflows)

Graphically represent the product development process through an easy-to-use flowchart interface. Engineering change documentation and change approvals become completely electronic with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Engineering Change Management (Workflows) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Engineering Change Management (Workflows) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Engineering Change Management (Workflows) is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Multi-Document Preview

View multiple documents in the Preview window.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Multi-Document Preview is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Multi-Document Preview is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Multi-Document Preview is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Scalability

Easily connect the design data needs of your entire enterprise, whether for just a few users in a single location or hundreds of contributors working in multiple locations. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides one convenient, vaulted location where colleagues can store and retrieve data. Efficient file storage and retrieval enables millions of files to be managed.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Scalability is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Scalability is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Scalability is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Neutral File Creation

Save time and effort communicating by configuring SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to automatically create neutral file formats.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Automated Neutral File Creation is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Automated Neutral File Creation is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Neutral File Creation is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Custom Configuration

Map variables to both predefined properties (such as Title and Author) and custom named properties in SOLIDWORKS files. If a SOLIDWORKS file contains configurations, the configuration names appear as tabs in the datacard. Configuration-specific values are shown in the corresponding tab.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Custom Configuration is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Custom Configuration is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Custom Configuration is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Multi-CAD Support (Inventor, etc.)

Ability to access SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in in other CAD systems.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Multi-CAD Support (Inventor, etc.)  is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Multi-CAD Support (Inventor, etc.)  is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Multi-CAD Support (Inventor, etc.)  is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Data Import and Export

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can import variable values from an XML file into a vault database. In the vault, existing files or items that match import criteria acquire the values at specified points in the file workflow. Create an export rule to export SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM variables that can be read into ERP systems.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Automated Data Import and Export is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Automated Data Import and Export is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Data Import and Export is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Serial Number Generators (Autonumbering)

Use serial numbers to assign automatic names to files and folders, to assign unique IDs to items, or to add unique running values to card controls. You can set up any number of serial numbers in each vault. Item Number serial numbers are defined by default to generate unique item IDs.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Serial Number Generators (Autonumbering) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Serial Number Generators (Autonumbering) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Serial Number Generators (Autonumbering) is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Distributed Design Teams

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides the tools and capabilities that your enterprise needs to keep people connected, up-to-date, and working on the same set of data, regardless of location. This global connectivity supports the distributed collaboration that is essential for compressing engineering cycles and accelerating time-to-market.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Distributed Design Teams is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Distributed Design Teams is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Distributed Design Teams is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Remote Access (Web Client)

Enable staff and partners to contribute through web-enabled portals from various connected devices including smartphones and tablets.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Remote Access (Web Client) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Remote Access (Web Client) is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Remote Access (Web Client) is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Approval Process

Automatically facilitate multiple required approvers with parallel transitions.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Automated Approval Process is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Automated Approval Process is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Automated Approval Process is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Email Notifications

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Notification can be added from the Local Vault so that the logged-in user will receive an email message when a predefined event occurs in a file or folder.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Email Notifications is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Email Notifications is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Email Notifications is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
eDrawings Professional Viewer

Allows measuring and markups.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
eDrawings Professional Viewer is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
eDrawings Professional Viewer is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
eDrawings Professional Viewer is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
MS SQL Server Standard

SQL Standard licenses are provided with every purchase of PDM Professional and may only be used with SOLIDWORKS PDM.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
MS SQL Server Standard is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
MS SQL Server Standard is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
MS SQL Server Standard is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Regulatory Compliance

Facilitate compliance with government regulatory requirements and industry standards. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can bolster compliance for several types of regulatory requirements, such as FDA, RoHS, ISO 9001 and 14000, ANSI, and others.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Regulatory Compliance is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Regulatory Compliance is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Regulatory Compliance is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Project Management Features
Project Management

Provide critical information to help teams focus on important tasks, and provide an overview of resource capacity for better planning and utilization. Manage project stages, timelines, and milestones along with resource utilization and capacity. Utilize user tasks and timesheets to automatically track progress.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Project Management is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Project Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Project Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Process Management

Streamline business processes, automate document creation and bring together all involved stakeholders for new products, from sales and marketing to production and support. Configure states and decision points for all types of business processes such as Engineering Change Requests (ECR), Orders (ECO) and Notices (ECN), transmittals and approvals.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Process Management is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Process Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Process Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Item Management

Create, edit and compare complete bills of materials (BOM) by associating items, files and free text. Manage product variations for different use cases and applications. Drive SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of materials and item numbers directly from system data.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Item Management is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Item Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Item Management is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
User Tasks

Provide users with the knowledge they need to work more effectively by utilizing tasks and calendars.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
User Tasks is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
User Tasks is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
User Tasks is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Dashboards and Reports

Create and distribute interactive graphical dashboards to display critical information. Configure reports to company standards and publish automatically or on demand.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
Dashboards and Reports is included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with SOLIDWORKS Manage
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Dashboards and Reports is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard
Dashboards and Reports is not included in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

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