I am using SolidWorks 2018. Another branch of my company is using 2017.
What is the best way for me to send them my up-to-date models and drawings?
If they are on service pack 5, they should be able to open and look at your files. They won't be able to modify them.If they need to modify them, you may want to save them as parasolid.
They are trying to modify them.
That should work for the models. I don't see a parasolid option for drawings. How do I send them 2017 compatible drawings?
If they are on the same license server as you are (which has to be a 2018 SNL server for you to run 2018), upgrading them to 2018 shouldn't be too difficult. Unfortunately, that's the only way they'll be able to work on your parts, assemblies or drawings without some type of workaround...And before you ask if your VAR can downgrade the 2018 files to 2017...I've asked, and they won't can't.
Edit to Add. The above was a poor choice of words. My VAR asked to downgrade the files, but, Dassault refused.
They can’t. Believe me, if i had a tool to downgrade all the files that have been accidentally upsaved outside of PDM, I would use it.
Sorry, I mean't can't. I fixed my post.
Just to add to Carrie's correct answer... This is called Previous Release Interoperability. You can find info in the help guide about this here:
2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Future Version Components in Earlier Releases
The older version of the file is not being accessible and I have to print some important documents from the older version of the file but I couldn't make it. When I am trying to do the printing, the file is not being accessible and it is also showing Epson error code 031008 while doing the process.
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