2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2014 12:39 PM by Kelvin Lamport

    Backward compatibility between EDU 2014-15 and 2013-14

    hajime hajime

      Hello, is EDU 2014-15 fully backward compatible with EDU 2013-14? If one group uses the former and the other group uses the later, will there be problems in sharing the files for editing during the design process?

        • Re: Backward compatibility between EDU 2014-15 and 2013-14
          Glenn Schroeder

          hajime hajime wrote:

           


          If one group uses the former and the other group uses the later, will there be problems in sharing the files for editing during the design process?

           

          Files created or saved with the newer version will not be able to be opened with the earlier version.  Beginning with SW2013, there is some limited backward compatibility with SW2012 sp5, such as being able to use 2013 parts in 2012 assemblies, but for most purposes there is no backward compatibility.

          • Re: Backward compatibility between EDU 2014-15 and 2013-14
            Kelvin Lamport

            IMO, the "Previous Release Interoperability" is next to useless. Basically it turns SW into a very expensive viewer.
            I'm sure some users may find it useful, but for the vast majority, not so much.

             

            From http://help.solidworks.com/2014/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/c_previous_release_interoperability.htm?id=c00dc33536594817adeac8c4be6f4faa#Pg0

            Future version files appear in read-only mode when opened in the previous release and have reduced functionality.  The FeatureManager design tree contains limited data.
            future_version_file_FMDT.gif

            Any actions that require FeatureManager design tree data cannot be performed with a future version file open in the previous release Service Pack 5. However, once you upgrade to the next version of SolidWorks, all the FeatureManager design tree data is available. 

            With a SolidWorks part or assembly open in Service Pack 5 of the previous release you can: 

            • View configurations.
            • Use the Measure tool.
            • View Mass Properties and Custom Properties.
            • View Materials.

            You cannot edit future version SolidWorks parts or assemblies in Service Pack 5 of the previous release.  However, you can use future version parts and assemblies in drawings and assemblies of Service  Pack 5 of the previous release.