Someone sent me a part created in 2019. I have 2018 version, How can I open and look at it ?
Generally Solidworks is not backward compatible. (See Why am I getting a "Future Version" error when I try to open a File?)
If you are running Solidwork 2018 SP5, then you should be able to open and view it but you wont be able to make changes.
If you want to edit the file in 2018, you will need to ask for STEP or Parasolid instead.
My SolidWorks is 2018 Student version.
I checked the version of the file I have, it says Future Version and doesn't say which version.
Then, my question what would be my option to eventually to open that file ? Should I buy 2019 version?
Do you need the feature history? (Eg: how the part is modeled from scratch) If yes, you will need at least the same Solidwork version as the future version part provided.
If you do not need the feature history, you can ask the person who create the part to save it as STEP/Parasolid and send it to you, or you could ask someone on the forum to help you with the conversion to STEP/Parasolid by providing the future version part file (I am sure there are many helpful soul lurking around )
You are right. I couldn't see much with older version.
I asked to send the same version as mine.
Yes. For open and use Feature Tree, you must buy SW 2020
please right-click on the file to find more information about the file version.
And please notice: The 2020 student version of SOLIDWORKS is the commercial 2019 Version (with some branding). So you'll NOT be able to open up any file from the 2020 commercial version!
It worked. thanks
Use free edrawings viewerto open/view the file.
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