This is a summary of the 2 responses I've got to the question below. Anyone else want to share more info?
Is anyone out there using Solidworks EPDM to manage their Pro-E files? How well does it work and is it easier and/or cheaper to maintain than the PDM/Intralink solution.
We are currently using Intralink 3.4 and ProE WF3, soon we will upgrade to WF4 which works with our current version of Intralink3.4. We are also looking for a replacement to Intralink. We looked at Solidworks EPDM, Design Data Manager and PTC's Product Point. We haven't made a decision on which way to go yet but I found pro's and con's to all of them. The SolidWorks EPDM looks easy to use but I have heard it may take a lot of search paths and setup to operate with ProE. It manages folders more than it manages files. The Design Data Manager has some nice features and I know of a few companies who have implemented it with ProE. PTC's Product Point 1.0 has some promise. The newer version 2.0 is coming out and is suppose to have many enhancements that the others have already. I would be interested to find out what kind of response you get on this subject.
I looked at SolidWorks EPDM a couple months ago (for managing SolidWorks data). I'm not sure of the cost comparison because our Windchill licenses are bundled with our Pro/E licenses, so I don't know the exact cost of the Windchill licenses. SolidWorks EPDM has a very slick interface and it's certainly easier to use than PDMLink, but it lacks in some big ways compared to PDMLink. Here are a couple major points comparing the two:
. No workspaces with SolidWorks EPDM. The local working environment is basically like a single workspace - no ability to create separate workspaces as you can with PDMLink. No way to do multiple "what-if" scenarios without copying data outside of the PDM environment with SolidWorks EPDM.
. To modify anything in SolidWorks EPDM, it must be checked out (again, no way to do a "what-if" scenario without checking out the data, or saving a copy outside the PDM environment). PDMLink has the ability to modify data locally without checking it out.
I haven't seen anything with SolidWorks EPDM managing Pro/E data. There isn't a non-PTC data management solution that will manage Pro/E data like PDMLink does. One big thing to watch for with any non-PTC data management software is renaming. If renaming parts, assemblies, and drawings is something you do periodically, it can be very tricky or impossible with non-PTC software. Most can rename something in the database, but won't update the local file (where a user has data in his local cache/workspace/etc.)
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