i see no problem there. Visualize - former Bunkspeed - was designed as an stand-alone application, compatible with many CAD-systems and file formats. So i've got no problem opening up even older versions of SWX files. And in the other direction Visualize will NOT write back the files.
There is only one - maybe important - thing i have found: In SWX 2017 the Viz 2018 add-in is not shown up. So there will be no possibility to export SWX animations to Visualize.
this is not the case ,
you will have to SAVE ADVANCED instead of EXPORT ADVANCED and all the animation capture should still work it just wont automatically import into Visualize.
In SW2017, go to Options > Add-Ins and add check marks for SolidWorks Visualize (both active & startup).
If Visualize is not listed, then install Visualize 2017 (it is included with SW2017 Professional / Premium).
It is OK to have both Visualize 2017 & 2018 installed. (I have SW2014 to SW2018 installed in separate folders, so I also have Visualize 2016, 2017 & 2018 installed.).
The key is to have just one common SolidWorks Visualize Content folder structure that is used by both 2017 & 2018. Visualize does not change file formats for appearances, etc. each release, BUT the Project (SVPJ) file format is NOT backward compatible.
So the workflow is:
1. Export to Visualize 2017 from SW2017.
2. Open Visualize 2017 project in Visualize 2018 and save as 2018 format.
Hi Gabriel ,
it is absolutely compatible , SOLIDWORKS Visualize can open any file that SOLIDWORKS can.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 can open SOLIDWORKS 2017 files so Visualize can do the same