How can I do this? My client can't open my sldprt I created with SW 2011 in his SW 2010.
A lower version of the software can't open up files from higher version. The only option is to save your files as a neutral format from SW2011 and then the client import/open those files in SW2010. In case he needs to just view these drawings, he can use e-drawings viewer (a free software).
I would save them as a Parasolid file first. If he don't like Parasolid then as STEP file. He will be able to open them.
But I have made "point" marks with sketch tool to the model to point out thread locations centerpoints and they will dissappear once saved to STEP or IGES.
Best will be to make a drawing with the required points, save as DWG/DXF and send them.
They can't open DWG either they say, that's why I'm trying to convert the files with SW (I'm using AutoCAD myself).
I think only way to include markings for threads are just photoshop the points with dimensions.
SW is really pain in the ass to work with
They can use DraftSight, a free tool for DWG/DXF reading/editing.
Instead of Photoshop, make a drawing with reqd. points and save as PDF and send them in case they can't open DWG/DXF.
BTW this is not only with SolidWorks but almost every 3d software which will not let you open a higher version file in lower version.
With AutoCAD you can save to older formats.
Yes but a 2d drawing and I mentioned about 3d software. For your information there is discussions going on for bringing up a compatibility version to open higher version files in lower version in SolidWorks.
Can you please try e-drawings, DraftSight or PDF.
Isn't autoCAD 3D?
I think I will try to send them STEP files which they can use to take all measurements and then PDF which will have thread locations marked. Lets see if they can work with those.
Latest versions but not older versions. I haven't used the 3d version of it, so not sure if the compatibility version works for older version for the 3d DWG files.
I've saved DWG's to 2000 and 2004 format with my AutoCAD and they have worked fine.
But I'm sure 2000 and 2004 version don't have 3d capabilities.
Ok. At least the clients haven't said anything when I've sent those files. I only own 2010 myself.
I should mention that with DraftSight they should be able to open up ACAD files and best part is that it is a free software.
Ok, thanks for the suggestion. I will look into that later today, maybe that might be the solution. You never know though how eager the clients are to install new softwares.
AutoCAD has had 3D capability for ages. It has been able to create 3D wireframe and solids with boolean operations for a long time. The vast, vast majority of AutoCAD users only create 2D drawings with it.
It is just not the sketch based, parametric 3D solids that the mainstream CAD systems use today.
I have some assembly models in sw2011. I have sw2010 but not sw2011, so obviously I can not open them.
How can I convert a file so I can open files on 2010. (.iges or step or... would be OK) I know they will be dummy files but looking for a way to convert the files without bringing them up on sw2011 first.
Is there some software out there that will perform this function?
Send me an e-mail and I will convert them for you. My contact info is on my render farm website at www.renderbay.com
I can set up a Dropbox share with you to transfer the files.
just remember the file when opened in SW2010 will be dumb solids, no features, just a solid blob.
Deepak Gupta wrote: Yes but a 2d drawing and I mentioned about 3d software. For your information there is discussions going on for bringing up a compatibility version to open higher version files in lower version in SolidWorks.
Deepak Gupta wrote:
Mr. Gupta, Can you shed more light on your comment about a "compatibility version" under discussion? Are these discussions on the forums or behind the scenes? Thanks
This was # 9 on the Top ten list during SWW 2011 but I've no idea on when it'll be available.
Check here for complete list: http://www.fcsuper.com/swblog/?p=2360
After submitting my enhancement request along these lines I have been informed the SPR number is 60612.
Description: Ability to open SolidWorks file in older versions or previous version of SolidWorks - Backward Compatibility
While reviewing this request we have determined that this enhancement request has already been identified in our system as an existing Software Performance Report (SPR). What this means is that our development team will be evaluating the request for possible inclusion in a future version of the software. The SPR’s reference number is: 60612
So maybe someday.
I think this is essential. I maintain my license anually like many, so I'm always up to date. NONE of my clients run the latest. So what incentive do I have to maintain a subscription? Because I could just sit happily on 2010 for years and save money. But I don't. I pay my money in good faith, start to do work for my clients and then get screwed when they can't open ANYTHING!
Even Micro$oft manages to allow office documents to be saved in older formats. This isn't right and should be corrected.
Multiple versions of SW can be installed andused on one machine. You just have to be maintain different libraries and version folders and be very careful to not mix files from different versions.
Don't hold your breath Solidworks to make this software backward compatible. I personally put in an spr back in 1998 for this particular issue. I have yet to see Solidworks address this issue.
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