SolidWorks eDrawings Installation and Administration Guide

Installation Types

Available SolidWorks® eDrawings® products are:

Note: 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.

These applications are installed directly on the local hard drive.

Note: Some CAD applications install the eDrawings application when you install the CAD application. Check your local hard drive for an installed version of the eDrawings application.

Availability

SolidWorks eDrawings products are available at these web sites or from your CAD application disk:

Licensing

Licensing is required for SolidWorks eDrawings Professional, which is the SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer with enhanced functionality. The primary methods of licensing are:

SolidWorks eDrawings Publishers for CATIA and for NX/Unigraphics require licensing.

* When SolidWorks eDrawings Professional is installed as part of SolidWorks Professional or SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks eDrawings Professional functionality is available if the SolidWorks license has been activated or you are within the grace period.

Installation Methods

You install the SolidWorks eDrawings application:

Note:  The SolidWorks eDrawings application detects existing installations and automatically upgrades the installation. Upgrades are performed within major releases. For example, if eDrawings 2007 Service Pack 1 is already installed and you install eDrawings 2007 Service Pack 2, the existing installation is upgraded. At major releases, you can only install as a new installation; upgrading is not permitted.

Silent Installation and Administrative Images

Note: See the Properties section for a complete list of global properties.

Silent Installation

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

Administrative Image

To locate the eDrawings.msi file:

An administrative image is used as a central location to install the SolidWorks eDrawings software. After administrators install the administrative image, users can run the SolidWorks 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

Note: See the Properties section for a list of transform files numbers for all supported languages.

Properties

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>"

INSTALLDIR="<path_and_folder>"

LOGPERFORMANCE=1 (or 0 (not))

REGCODE=<eDrawings_Professional_license_key>

SNLSERVER=<eDrawings_SNL_server>

TRANSFORMS=<language-specific number>.mst

ADDLOCAL=All

Note: Bold values indicate the default value.

Note: In serial number formats, the x is an alphanumeric character.

 

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 and AutoCAD publisher applications to validate the install.

eDrawingsViewer

View eDrawings and other files.

CALS

View CALS files in the eDrawings Viewer.

PublisherForAutoCADR14

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD R14 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2000

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2000 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2004

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2004 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2005

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2005 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2006

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2006 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2007

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2007 application.

PublisherForAutoCAD2008

Create eDrawings files from the AutoCAD 2008 application.

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 SolidWorks 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 SolidWorks 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.

Language

TRANSFORMS <Number>.mst

Chinese

1028

Chinese-Simplified

2052

Czech

1029

French

1036

German

1031

Italian

1040

Japanese

1041

Korean

1042

Polish

1045

Portuguese-Brazilian

1046

Russian

1049

Spanish

1034

Turkish

1055