Is there a standard range of backwards compatibly with file versions? For example, if i have Solidworks 2019 would i be able to open a 2012 version file? How far back can you open without issues?
Out of the box the normal behavior of the program is that the last service pack (SP5.0) of a major yearly release (2019) will open the files of the next major release (2020) in a "read only" capacity. It shows the geometry of the file but not the feature history.
I find the most useful application for this is inserting newer version files into an older version assembly to build up an assembly that isn't in need of editing the feature history of particular parts.
The ability doesn't translate back further than that though. A 2020 file could not be opened directly in 2018 for instance without translating through a neutral format (IGES, STEP, Parasolid).
EDIT: I read this totally wrong. Forward compatibility (opening 2012 files in 2019) goes back as far as I can remember.
...files will open from as far back as the beginning.. although it is very rare, some old sketches, features, constraints, assemblies... "may" have some issues which are usually easy to repair.
Hello Zachary,.. have you tried the trial for Saving into an older version of SOLIDWORKS | BACKWORKS
You should be able to open 2012 on 2019.
Its supposed to go back all the way.
SWX should open up older files from almost *any* version. SWX has worked on this maybe 10 years ago. At that time SWX was only backwards compatible 2 versions.
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