Files on your PC

Where are the MechDesigner Files after installation?

We add directories and files to your computer when we install MechDesigner.

In the paths described below, the default locations are:

<Install Directory> C:\Program Files\PSMotion\MDxx Pro64\

<CommonAppData> C:\ProgramData\PSMotion\

<LocalAppData> C:\users\<user-name>\AppData\Local\PSMotion\

<User-name>: e.g. 'Kevin'


SOLIDWORKS Type Library:

<Install Directory > \ SW_TLByyyy_64 \

yyyy = SOLIDWORKS release. When you use different a SolidWorks release, we will reference a different Type Library.

You should see a Type-Library for each year of SolidWorks.

Database files:

<CommonAppData > \ DBase \

See also: Help menu > Edit Language Database

Local Help:

<CommonAppData > \ Help \ (MechDesigner.CHM)

See also: How to download Local Help

Theme and settings:

<CommonAppData > \ Style \

See also: Edit menu > Application Settings : 'Save' / 'Load' buttons

Example Models:

<LocalAppData > \ Examples \

See: Help menu > Internet sub-menu > Download Example Models

MechDesigner.INI file:

<LocalAppData > \ Inifiles \


The first time you watch a video, it downloads to:

<LocalAppData > \ Tutorials\

See Also: Help menu > Download Tutorial Videos

Timing Diagrams:

<CommonAppData> \ Timing Diagram.xlsm

<LocalAppData> \ Timing Diagram.xlsm

CopyMinder Software Protection Text Files:

There are two files that you may need to email to PSMotion if you have problems with CopyMinder:

Protection Key Number: C:\ProgramData\HW\MD32_0_0\cm\ (File-type: 'Configuration settings')

CopyMinder Log File: C:\ProgramData\HW\MD32_0_0\cm\ (File-type: 'Text Document')


ProgramData and AppData are hidden by default in Windows® 7, 8, and 10. To show:

1.Click : Start (Windows) > Documents or File-Explorer

The Documents or File Explore interface opens.

2.Click View menu at the top of the Documents or File Explore interface

At the far right of the Video ribbon menu

3.Click Options and Change Folder and Search Options in the drop-down menu.

The Folder Options dialog opens

4.Click 'View' tab
5.Click 'Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives' radio-button
6.Click 'Apply' button and Close the dialog.


! Be careful. Hidden files are 'hidden' so that they cannot be moved or deleted by accident, because they are important !

Other Files:

<user account>_*.memopad

Names of the Memos' you can add to the Model and each Mechanism name-tab.

* 'Model' and 'Mechanism' name-tab.


Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd