More what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015

More what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015…

Here are a few more words about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015.  You may have heard that you cannot install SOLIDWORKS 2015 on your 32 bit OS PC! Yes, this is true. SOLIDWORKS 2014 was the last version to support a 32 bit OS. No need to panic. In fact, you’ll prefer working with 64bit. 64 bit operating systems are bigger, faster, and you will really notice it working on a large assembly. 64 bit operating systems don’t have the limitations on RAM that at 32 bit operating systems struggle with. 32 bit operating systems can only utilize a limited amount of RAM, whereas the 64 bit OS doesn’t have this problem.

What's new in SOLIDWORKS 2015

What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015

Now down to basics…more what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – we’ve got an updates course that will be released this week, which takes you through many of the enhancements to the software.

In case you’re wondering how to convert files, you can simply drag and drop the files into SOLIDWORKS or you can navigate to the folder where you’ve got the documents stored, via the Open command.  Beside the file name is the date it was last modified. (In case you can’t see your files, check the filters at the bottom of the open dialog window; the Quick Filter gives you icons for selecting various file types.  Once you select a file and click the Open button, you’ll get a warning:  “Older version file; this file will be converted when saved.”

What’s new about the convert process is that when I go to File > Properties, I can see when the file was created, and which version of SOLIDWORKS it was last saved with. Just another little handy enhancement.

You can also use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to convert files. How do you open this? Go to your programs (click the Windows start button and take a look at your programs).  Hover over SOLIDWORKS, then SOLIDWORKS tools, and choose the Task Schedule. When you click Convert Files, you’re able to add files and you navigate to where you have got them stored. Then you choose an interval for conversion– running once, daily, weekly and so on. Under options, we can specify back up file locations, configuration options and so on. So, this is a pretty useful utility if you have a lot of files to convert.

Basically SOLIDWORKS opens each file and converts it. Depending upon how many files and how complex they are, it might take some time. If you take a look at the scheduler, it shows you how much is left to do. All the files that convert successfully show status Completed or Already Up to Date. If you see Completed with Warning, there may be missing references. These status notes are actually links, and if you click on the link, SOLIDWORKS gives you additional details in an HTML window.

Stay tuned for more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015!

Thanks, Rosanna D – VTN –

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