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.
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.
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.