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Portable Workspace (PWS) Functionality

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Portable Workspace (PWS) Functionality

We will be moving to Pro/Intralink 9.1 mid-year. One of the intriguing features is the portable workspace (PWS) functionality.

Has anyone tried PWS in 9.0/9.1? I'm interested in hearing about both positive and negative experiences.

We've got a project involving approx. 250 files and 250 MB of data that we would like to be able to send off-site as a portable workspace.
* Any experience with this number of files or file size?
* How does PWS handle Pro/E file versions when you save models / drawings (e.g. x.prt.1, x.prt.2, x.prt.3, etc.).
* Are all incremental file versions stored in the PWS?
* Any limitations to the PWS file size?
* How well does the PWS integrate back into Commonspace?
* Are all objects marked as modified, or only the ones that were intentionally changed?

Andrew Kelly, P.E. | Senior Engineer | Crane Aerospace & Electronics | +1 440 326 5555 | F: +1 440 284 1090

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Portable Workspace (PWS) Functionality

We use it primarily as branching in Intralink 3.x allowed. We're looking forward to true branching in PDMLInk eventually.

Offline Workspaces work perfectly (as a workaround) to address this fundamental use case.

USE CASE
- Rev B Released exists
- There is a need to make an enhancement, but there is some conceptual development required, maybe involving multiple concepts. You don't want a Rev C to exist in commonspace during development, but the work will eventually result in Rev C. Due to use of top down design, family tables and other Pro/E tools, you pretty much need to do the conceptual work in a PDMLink workspace, not stand-alone.
- While doing the development, you need to make an unrelated small change to Rev C, then move on with the development work becoming Rev D eventually.

There are some major constraints and best practices needed to avoid problems. Leo/Frank - you may want to add to this...