PDXplorer™ 5.0 release notes (change history)

Published updates in the PDXplorer "5.0 series" software (all dates are UTC).

PDXpert PLM 12.2  •  PDXplorer 4.x  •  PDXplorer 5.1  •  PDXpert PLM 13.0

After you export a PDX package from your PDXpert client software, your supply chain partners use the free PDXplorer to view and export data, and save files, from the PDX package.

PDXplorer 5 is a completely new design with new features. PDXplorer 5 displays data as closely as possible to the PDXpert client layout (within the constraints of the IPC-2570 standards). Because it has different navigation, interface and export features, PDXplorer 5 can be installed and used side-by-side with PDXplorer 4.2 or earlier, if needed.

  • IPC-2570 compliant. Opens PDX files defined by product data exchange standards IPC-2571, IPC-2576, IPC-2578

  • Compatible with Windows 32-bit / 64-bit, including Windows 7 / 8 / 10 and Windows Server 2008 and later.

  • Displays both a PDX detail view and a multi-level bill of materials using SQL queries.

  • Open file attachments for viewing by simply clicking the file name or web link.

  • Flexible file attachment export: Extract a single file as well as all files attached to an item, or all files in the PDX package.

  • Text filtering of item names or special tags.

  • Optimized for use with PDXpert PLM software, and will extract PDXpert data extensions like MRP and Custom attributes.

  • Rich Windows® client built on Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.6 WPF supports easy PDX package navigation

  • Small download and quick setup 2019-06-27

Field validation release

  • Table-oriented data (parts, BOMs, sources, etc.) can be easily searched using a per-table Filter: function.

  • Data tables can be sorted by column, selected by rows, and copied to the Windows clipboard. Columns can be temporarily re-ordered, and their widths adjusted.

  • Window layout closely follows the PDXpert PLM client layout, to provide a more familiar navigation environment. Although PDXplorer can open PDX pacakges from other applications, some advanced features are unique to packages exported by PDXpert software.

  • Up to 10 times faster than PDXplorer 4.2 when opening complex PDX packages (>20K elements).

  •  Smaller working disk requirements than PDXplorer 4.2 because compressed attachments are expanded only if needed.

  • When a file attachment is included in the package, it can be viewed or saved from the package. External web links can be viewed in the default browser.

  • User can save all files in the package; files with duplicate (conflicting) names are automatically marked.

  • The IPC-2570 pdx.xml file is automatically converted to a temporary SQLite database. This database can be saved and custom SQLite queries can extract PDX package data as needed for other software systems.

  • Over 30 SQLite queries show parts, BOMs, sources, and attachments data. These can be exported as CSV files for manufacturing MRP/ERP systems and for the PDXpert External Data Importer tool. New SQL queries can be added to a separate PDXplorerQueries.sqlite database, which can be shared across PDX packages and with other PDXplorer 5 users.

  • A new application log file quickly identifies problems for IT specialists, such as non-compliant PDX packages or missing file viewer associations.

  • Separate per-machine installers for Microsoft® Windows® 64-bit and 32-bit systems. Requires .NET 4.6. 2019-07-09

  • Fix source package name (remove _Accelerator label behavior)

  • Only Summary panel filters can clear the Details panel

  • Replace Segoe MDL2 Assets font with custom vector images and Segoe UI Symbol font

  • Add new Open folder buttons for saved results & saved attachments

  • Registered MSI for antivirus whitelisting (e.g., x64 and x86)

  • Update setup & help instructions