We are still in 2014, and might skip 2015. Base on experience I've come up with a Checklist for making the decision:
1. What new features/functionality in the latest release are the ones that will immediately benefit the users/environment.
-Lot's of times one dives into a new release just because it's new... but not really evaluate how it will benefit.
2.Is the new release stable.
-Pretty much what you're doing now, what is the experience of the adventurous (the ones that dive in early).
3. Install the New release locally for in-house testing:
-Open up your files (larger assemblies and complex parts are a good test).
-Make sure they don't crash
-Test any files that use advance features (Equations, configurations, macros, surfacing...)
* I've experienced functionality on new releases that BREAKS how some models are setup.
4. Can we afford a potential productivity
-Make sure to do the upgrade on the middle of a critical project.
The main reason we might skip 2015 are the first two steps. Again, this my Checklist based on lessons learned
I waited also, and watched the Forum closely, but the only issue I saw that would affect me was with the Hole Wizard. It was fixed with sp 1.1, so I went ahead and updated then. I haven't had any significant issues.
Working awesome here - I hate to miss an update
Update 2015.Mar.05: One thing I really like about SW Dev. is how fast they react on releasing new patches if required. At this time I suggest waiting for SP 2.1. It should be out very soon.
I would suggest waiting until SP3. there is a bug in the memory and GDI usage when you are using the weldment/structural member tool in that the memory keeps going up if you have the structural member tool active. Eventually have to close solidworks otherwise it crashes.
Apparently it will be fixed SP3.
Greg, did you actually reach the 10000 threshold?
Yes, twice yesterday. I normally close when I get the solidworks warning about it to avoid crashing.
I think there are two separate issues here. One with the memory problem caused by weldments and the GDI problem which seems to happen if you open and close a lot of different parts/documents in a single session.
The GDI object count in the image above isn't too bad, but the memory is terrible. I will post a shot of the GDI usage next time it shows.
Funny thing is I had the GDI problem at the beginning of 2014 upgrade which got sorted, it seems to have come back.
I would suggest holding back on any upgrade for now. We jumped 2014 as one of customers was running 2015 and was sending us models which we couldn't open. We are having random crashing issues with trivial tasks such as selecting a face during mating or if we double-click a part feature to change a dimension while in an assembly. Pack and go has an issue with the font colors not changing properly.
Wished our customer had stayed on 2014.
What's your history with upgrading? Do you generally run into problems when you upgrade to a new version? If you don't, I'd say go for it, as you probably don't work on stuff that's too hard for SW. If you generally encounter problems when upgrading, I'd be hesitant, install 15 on a test machine, and try it on some files.
We don't have issues here, so we go all in on upgrades. Go big or go home.
In response to Alin, it appears that Sp2.1 is out, and we are more product and don't do alot of weldments, so wondering if people are pretty happy now in general with 2015 Sp2.1?
Thanks, in advance for any input;