Does SolidWorks 2015 support Retina resolution? for example in Macbook pro Retina or etc !!!
Just install SolidWorks 2016 and it completely supports higher resolution such as retina or etc.
I know this sounds really crazy but to be able to have support
for retina or 4k monitors you need to upgrade to....... SOLIDWORKS 2005 !!!!
This is no joke.
I did not see SW2015 but from what I heared the problems are still not fixed.
It is really frustrating that support for high resolution monitors takes so long to fix.
I'm going to guess that it doesn't, and then patiently wait to hear that I'm wrong.
On the windows side, it just appears as a very large monitor. Just crank up your windows font DPI and set large icons on the toolbars and it should work fine.
My Two cents.
I ran the SW2015 SP0 30 day trial on my 15" MBPro Retina to have a look at the new features and found that it scaled the same as any other windows application.
As a side note I am not hugely impressed with the scaling of windows on the retina display but it is certainly usable once you connect a mouse and separate windows keyboard. Can't do a screen shot as the 30 days has expired.
Could somebody please sent a bitmap of the edit dimension menu
at 200% scaling. I am really curious if this has been fixed.
I did the same test in 2013 and it is not fixed in 2014.
You can find it here.
Eyestrain and fatigue using Solidworks 2013 because far too small font sizes high res. monitor
This dimension edit menu shows up perfect on SW2005.
I figured I would include the screenshots you have been asking for.
Here is 2015 at 160%:
And 2015 at 200% :
And, just for fun 2005 at 200%:
So, it is better, but not quite where we would like it to be yet. I mentioned in an earlier post that we are working to get the scaling right, and we continue to work in that direction. I appreciate you bearing with us as we work to get it right. I will update you with our progress as we can make it available in service packs and future releases.
For the folks using MacBook Pro, do you mind answering a question or two?
Are you using the 15" or 13"? What setting do you have the OS scaling set to: 150%, 200%, something else?
Oke thanks for the info.
I have seen exactly the same in SW2014, so it has not improved in SW2015.
160% is Oke for me when using 2560x1440 at 27"
But it sure is not enough for a modern 4K monitor at even smaller sizes.
I also like the modify dimension menu more in SW2005, why do you
put the parameter name on top? Changing parameter names isn't used
often. A user interface should only show the necessairy things for the most
used commands. It is oke if you have to press a button to change the parameter
name but to always show it isn't necessairy.
Also, when having more configuration in a part and you want to change dimension
to all or only a single configuration there is a very small area where you have to
do a mousepick which is tedious. A userinterface is much easier and faster to use if
you have big areas where you can click.
According to eye doctors you need to use a font height which is twice as
big as the smallest font you can see to keep your eyes healthy.
That's why my eyes problably are not so healty anymore...
It is now about 2 years later since the problems I sent in about scaling
and I am sorry to say that there is almost no improvement.
We tested Solidcam 2015. We are still dissappointed about the UI with
modern monitors. Scaling at 200% is still not possible which is necessary
for 4 k monitors.
Apart from that there is another problem.
The only way you can increase the size of the incontext icons is by setting
the option "optimze space for touch"
But if you do that Solidworks changes into "Scrollworks" as the vertical
distance between all text menu options in the tree and RMB menus gets
almost twice as big as necessary. That is causing a lot of scrolling and
mousemovement. I sent that problem about 1.5 years ago to my reseller and
in the newsgroups.
We would like to use modern 4K monitors but that is still not possible without
causing visability problem and making much more mousemovement and scolling
If we want to fully see the dimension text in the editor at 200% we still need to use
a version of more than 5 years old.
Why do problems with modern hardware have such a low priority?
Where is this "3D experience" that Dassault is promising us?
I really like to believe that things are getting better but at some point confidence
gets lost. It sure would be interesting to see if this new Solidworks Conceptual
Mechanical also has these scaling problems and how long it takes to fix hardware
related problems there. Not that I think many users are waiting on Cloud Cad and
probably would look at Onshape first, good old Solidworks.
Solidworks has become a great product because of the user interface and it is
disappointing to see that this is now one of the weakest areas on high resolution
screens. It just get's worse. In Solidworks 2005 you could adjust the background
colour of the tree and the userinterface followed the colors of Windows. Now there
is no setting at all to control user interface colours.
With a lot of resources spent on the Cloud I now wonder if the Solidworks UI will improve.
Here some pictures showing the problem when changing the incontext icons.
I have SW2015 and am running a 4k monitor. I have been very disappointed with font and icon scaling at 200%. it is an issue in most dialog boxes, tables, and in-context boxes because you can only see the top 1/2 or 1/3 of text. You run into problems when you can not read the input.
I can not believe 4k has caught SW off guard, but it has and it will be a great day when they fix it which I hope is sooner than later. I may have to go back to my old HDTV until this gets fixed as I get more and more up to speed with SW2015.
SOLIDWORKS 2015 does not have support for high resolution monitors. It was announced at SOLIDWORKS World last week that SOLIDWORKS 2016 will have support for high resolution monitors. So you will have to wait until SW 2016 comes out at the end of the year.
Marketing is assuring us that Solidworks is going to stay but not supporting
modern hardware anymore is like killing it softly. I wonder if Catia products
would have these problems for so long, or maybe do all Dassault Software
problems take long to fix?
Oke thanks Paul, so finally there is an answer. It is hard to believe that it takes a full 3 year to fix these problems.
Why did they ever break it, it worked fine in SW2005, normally regressions are high priority issues.
Find a picture of SW2005 scaling at 250% without half displayed text.
Taking another year to support modern hardware will loose new customers.
Many people use a high resolution notebook nowadays and there is even a new Cad
program in development that can use a mobile phone.
I just made the mistake of buying a Dell mobile workstation with a high resolution display and am having the same problems. In addition, when open something like a search box and start typing, the possible choices come up but all are illegible because they are cut horizontally so only about the top 15 percent of the word shows. Does anyone know a workaround for this?
If I try to dial down the resolution, every time I left click in the model space another, smaller window opens up. If I run in Open GL, this problem goes away. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
I am tempted to return the computer but every other application looks and runs beautifully on it. Why should I compromise everything else because Solidworks refuses to keep up?
First, we are aware of these issues when scaling on high density displays and we are working towards a solution. SOLIDWORKS 2016 will provide a significantly improved experience on hardware like yours.
In the meantime, I'd like to ask a few questions about your current setup and perhaps find a workaround for you with 2015:
Here's a screen shot of the multiple window effect. This happens whenever resolution is set to anything below 3200 X 1800, which is the resolution of the laptop display. Of course, this means that I can't use an external monitor.
I have not attempted to adjust the Windows scaling or DPI and did not see settings for these in the control panel.
The image above looks like it may be related to a graphics card driver issue. Have you verified that your graphics card driver is supported? This is not always the out-of-the-box driver that comes with the machine and is not necessarily the latest one from the Dell website. Visit the site below to check:
The driver that is installed is the latest one recommended by Solidworks for my card, which is an Nvidia Quadro 1100. FYI, when I run SW RX, I get two different results. About half the time I the diagnostics tell me that the system is not recognized. The other half of the time I get a green check for the system, card, and driver. I have yet to find a pattern.
Can you please provide more details on your specific machine (ie: Dell M4800 ??), the operating system and current graphics driver version you have installed? We can see if this combination of items will reproduce the problem on our side.
The computer is a Dell M3800 running Windows 8.1 pro. I have driver 340.75 installed, as per instructions on the Solidworks website. I just got off the phone with tech support at my SW VAR and they said that they had two of these computers and ended up returning them because they were never able to get Solidworks to run properly. I'm about ready to do the same.
We tested a similar configuration in our lab when we certified the card and we can't reproduce the problem. Any chance you have dual monitors?
The problem occurs whenever I set the resolution to anything lower than the maximum 3200 X 1800. This can happen when I connect up to a single external monitor, a projector, or even if no additional display is connected. Today I did a clean install of the Nvidia drivers and updated the drivers for the Intel graphics, all to no effect.
If you can suggest anything to solve this problem I would be extremely grateful as I'm pretty much ready to return the computer and start over again, not something I'm looking forward to.
I have read in some forums that these kinds of problems occur because of the Intel Optimus technology not actually allowing an application to access the graphics card. One person solved a similar problem in another app by uninstalling Win 8.1 and going back to 7.
I'm glad to report that just as I was about to decide to send back my computer I solved the mystery. I went into the resolution adjustment and took the text down one size. Problems mostly solved. I can now run at a resolution that is lower than 3200 X 1800 without getting the strange multiple windows in Solidworks. Text boxes in Solidworks are now readable, although the bottom edges are still cut off. I can eliminate that completely by going down another size, but the text will then be unreadable. This is a good compromise, and I can't wait for SW 2016.
Obviously there's some kind of glitch going on between Solidworks and the graphics drivers, but my system is now usable.
One of our graphics developers was able to reproduce the problem. He found it was tied to multi-monitor and seems to be Win8.1 update 1 and later. He hasn't found the cause, but it is related to Microsoft attempting to autoscale applications when running on monitors with different DPI. The unit we tested was a Dell M3800 with a retina class display, 3200x1800 native resolution.
Until we can find the cause and an actual fix, he suggested two possible workarounds for you:
Choice 1: Go to ‘Screen resolution’ and select the ‘Make text and other items larger or smaller’. Check the option for ‘Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays’ then choose the size you prefer (ie: "150%").
Choice 2: Right-click the SOLIDWORKS desktop icon, click Properties, click the Compatibility tab, and select the box labeled Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.
I hope this helps,
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