SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version)

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One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares? Well, as a SOLIDWORKS designer professional, "I DO!" If your SOLIDWORKS models are not on the current version of the software the files perform slow on open and on close. This is because the software will convert the files to a flavor that SOLIDWORKS likes for the version you are using every time you hit the open dialog. It is also slower on close because a bit of code has to look at those files, usually that are read only, and tell the software to discard those new changes.

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015, if you have SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Explorer, or Enterprise PDM, you can see the last version of SOLIDWORKS to save that file. So you can do a search on your all your design data, see what files are not up to date. Then decide if it needs to be brought to the next version. Here is how it works.

1. Open Windows Explorer, Right Mouse button click on the properties header.

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2. Select "More…"

3. Turn on "SW Last saved with"

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4. Search for your files, and sort by "SW Last saved with"

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Cheers,

Bob McGaughey, CSWE

Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

What you missed in SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New Blog Series Links

Part01 – Configuration Toolbar

Part02 – Precision Selection

Part03 – Dynamic Reference Visualization

Part04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version

Part05 – View Selector Preview

Part06 – Selective Delete in Assemblies

Part07 – Equations in Assemblies

Part08 -Selecting by View

Part09 -Angle Mates

Part10 -Open Summary Report on Assembly opens

Part11 – Saving Component Instances as New Files

Part12 – CircuitWorks

Part13 – Composer 2015 SP 2.0

Part14 – Decimal Rounding

Part15 -Enhanced Angle Dimension

Part16 -Duplicate filename warnings

Part17- EPDM SNL

Part18 – Encrypted PDF SUPPORT

Part19 – SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition

Part20 – Asymmetric Fillets

Part21 – Delete Keep Body

Part22 – Over-Run fill Pattern

Part23 – Sheet Metal

Part24 – Spline on Surface

Part25 – Weldments