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

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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.

1

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.

2

Save SolidWorks Files as PNG

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

3

Winner

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”).

4

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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