I’m sure most of you have heard that Workgroup is going away and being replaced by PDM Standard. Each seat of SW 2016 will include a Editor seat of PDM Standard. I doubt anyone has gotten up and running with it yet but I have been looking closely at it. It is basically EPDM (PDM Professional) with some limitations. To me the main limitations are:
- 1 Workflow
- 10 Workflow States
- SQL Express instead of SQL Standard
- No Email notifications
- No API, Add-Ins or auto PDF generation
I’m curious if anyone else has any thoughts about the various limitations. I know the migration from Workgroup to PDM Standard will be significant and viewer licenses will be priced similarly to EPDM Viewer licenses from what I understand. Anything else that would prevent someone from moving from Workgroup to PDM Standard?
With regard to lack of auto PDF generation and API, I will mention that I am the founder of Flatter Files and over the years our most popular use case has become using it in conjunction with EPDM. Thus, adding support for PDM Standard was a top priority. Not having an API made it more difficult but I am happy to share that starting today Flatter Files does support integrating with PDM Standard. Here are a few details regarding the integration. In the most basic terms if you integrate Flatter Files with PDM Standard you will have auto PDF generation, unlimited viewer access to your content on Flatter Files, and email notifications when new revisions are created. Not to mention all of the other Flatter Files features.