Available eDrawings® products are:
View and create eDrawings files and other supported file types. A free version and a fee-based eDrawings Professional version exist (See Licensing).
A SOLIDWORKS installation includes the SOLIDWORKS Document Manager, SWDocumentMgr.dll. When eDrawings is installed on a system without SOLIDWORKS, drawings that include elements such as custom properties and tables may not be displayed with their most current data. When you open a SOLIDWORKS drawing, you are warned about the missing DLL and given the option to install it. If you continue without doing the download, SOLIDWORKS drawings that rely on the DLL are marked with a warning that some of the content may not be up-to-date.
To use the file reference checking for standalone eDrawings installations, you must download and install the SOLIDWORKS Document Manager when prompted. The Mac OS® version of eDrawings cannot check file references.
Create eDrawings files from inside CAD applications. Currently there are publishers for these applications:
These applications are installed directly on the local hard drive.
eDrawings and eDrawings Pro for iPad
eDrawings and eDrawings Pro are available for the iPad®. You can download them on the App StoreSM. For more details, visit the App Store:
* When eDrawings Professional is installed as part of SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium, eDrawings Professional functionality is available if the SOLIDWORKS license has been activated or you are within the grace period.
Silent installations install applications without the display of a user interface or dialog boxes by initially passing all the options on the command line. For more information, see the Windows Installer Help from Microsoft corporation.
To start a silent installation, use the /i and /qn options of the msiexec.exe command. Set the global properties for those installation options that you want to be different from the default values. For example:
msiexec /i "Msi_path" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\your_folder" REGCODE=eDrawings_Professional_license_key ADDLOCAL=All /qn
To locate the eDrawings.msi file:
An administrative image is used as a central location to install the eDrawings software. After administrators install the administrative image, users can run the eDrawings setup from the administrative image to install the eDrawings software. Administrators can also push the administrative image to another location.
Administrators install an administrative image from the command line by using the /a command line option. To get the default English install, type this at the command line:
msiexec /a eDrawings.msi
To install in a foreign language using the administrative image, you need to apply a transform file that contains all the language-specific items. For example, type this at the command line for Chinese:
msiexec /a eDrawings.msi TRANSFORMS=1028.mst
This section contains an example of installation syntax plus a list of all the defined global properties and their descriptions.
Example of installation syntax:
msiexec /i "Msi_path"
LOGPERFORMANCE=1(or 0 (not))
|Property||Description and Format|
|ADDLOCAL||Specifies which portion of the eDrawings application to install.
All is the recommended option. Command line feature names are case sensitive, cannot contain spaces or dashes, and must be separated by commas. See the complete list below:
|Command Line Syntax||Feature|
|All||Installs all the features. The eDrawings application searches for installed SOLIDWORKS applications to validate the install.|
|eDrawingsViewer||View eDrawings and other files.|
|CALS||View CALS files in the eDrawings Viewer.|
|DXFDWGTranslator||View DXF/DWG files in the eDrawings Viewer.|
|Shaders||Supply shader files if SOLIDWORKS is not installed.|
|XML3D||View 3DXML files in the eDrawings Viewer.|
|ENABLECHKFORUPDATE||Specifies whether eDrawings should check for updates.
1 to enable updates every 30 days, 0 otherwise.
|INSTALLDIR||Specifies the installation folder for eDrawings.
Defined for individual installations only.
|LOGPERFORMANCE||Specifies whether the application should automatically email performance data to SOLIDWORKS Corporation.
1 to send performance data, 0 otherwise.
|REGCODE||Specifies the serial number for the eDrawings application. A license key for REGCODE is only required for eDrawings Professional licenses.|
|SNLSERVER||Enter the port@servername for your SolidNetWork License server. Use semi-colons to separate multiple port@servername combinations.
A port server name for SNLSERVER is only required for the SOLIDWORKS SNL server configuration. list_of_ports@server_strings is a list of strings delimited by semi-colons, each of which refers to a port number on a server with the format: xxxxx@server_name1; yyyyy@server_name2;… where x and y are single digits. After the last server in the list, do not put a semi-colon.
|TRANSFORMS||Contains language-specific items. See the complete list below for all languages.|