Do i need to keep a copy of the files in the old format?
Kevin Phister wrote: Do i need to keep a copy of the files in the old format?
Kevin Phister wrote:
Only if someone at some point will need to open them with SW2017, since if they're saved with SW2018 they wouldn't be able to open them.
I would back them up.. at least for a little while. Once you change them, there is no going back.
For example,, If you wanted to share them with someone on a previous version it would not be possible.
We don't. If someone needs a file, and uses an older version, they receive a STEP file.
Chris Saller wrote: We don't. If someone needs a file, and uses an older version, they receive a STEP file.
Chris Saller wrote:
Do a parasolid instead. No translation that way (Parasolid is the native kernel for Solidworks). STEP file means that there is a translation out and then another translation in (because STEP is not the native kernel for Solidworks).
I agree. But, most of our customers ask for STEP for some reason. Sometimes I send both STEP and Parasolid, and sometimes IGES, so they have options.
Step is the current standard distribution format because it works in all 3 mid range modeling software.
Inventor, Edge, Works.
Both edge and work use perasolid, but works is always a revision or two back because Edge (Siemens) own perasolid.
Parasolid is a better translation if you know that works for the destination.
Is it fair to say that 2017 is your first version of SW? Because if it isn't, this wouldn't be the first time you have been at this crossroad.
To back everyone else's comments, the only time I have had to keep the old version was during a test period when I was making sure the new version worked properly. Once it was used by a single user (me) and proved to be stable, the old version was deleted and updated with the new. Then the formats were upgraded to the new version first and the files came along as used.
Hope this makes sense.
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