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SolidWorks 2014 What’s New – Chapter 3: SolidWorks Fundamentals, Part II


Here’s part 2 of chapter 3 of the SolidWorks 2014 What’s New document, on the “Fundamentals.”

Chapter 3: SolidWorks Fundamentals, Part II

Honorable Mentions

Equation Enhancements

Configurable Equations: When creating an equation through a PropertyManager pane, you can choose to apply it to some or all of the existing configurations.  You can also specify a different unit of measurement for each configuration. For example, you can have one configuration where a global variable is expressed in millimeters and another where it is expressed in inches.


Opening Document Copies

First there was Save, then there was Save As, then there was Save As Copy, now there’s Save As Copy and Open.


Save SolidWorks Files as PNG

Allows you to save screenshots of your model in a format where the background can be replaced with transparency.



Recent Documents Shortcut Enhancements

You now have a lot more control over the files listed in the Recent Documents shortcut popup (which appears when you hit “R”).


You can now drag a Recent Documents tile into:

  • An open part to create a derived part.
  • An assembly to insert the component.
  • A drawing to create a view of the model.
  • An empty graphics area to open the file.
  • Windows Explorer to copy the file to that location.

The Recent Documents window even collapses for you when you drag off a tile, so you can see what you’re doing.

Additionally, you can expand individual tiles to see more options, and select parameters such as mode, configuration, display state, read-only, and more options that were previously only open through File >> Open.

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Between being able to quickly open my favorite large assemblies in LDR, and instantly inserting new drawing views, I can see this quickly becoming one of my favorite tools.

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