SolidWorks 2014 What’s New – Chapter 4: Installation

I don’t know much about advanced installations, admin images, etc, so I’ll just breeze through these for the CAD Admins out there, and we can get back to the good stuff. Check the SolidWorks 2014 What’s New document for all the details.

Chapter 4: Installation

Installing SolidWorks Electrical

SolidWorks Electrical used to come from a standalone installer. In SolidWorks 2014, it is included in the main Installation Manager. The SolidWorks IM allows you to choose where to install the Electrical client and server tools.

Environment Variables for Administrative Image Installation

Environment variables such as %ProgramFiles% and %SystemDrive% can be used to define file locations when customizing an Administrative Image.

Accessibility Enhancements: @JeffMirisola Wins victory for the colorblind

An accessibility change which has been championed for years by SolidWorks blogger and Man-stuck-on-the-wrong-coast, Jeff Mirisola, has finally arrived in SolidWorks 2014. From the What’s New document:

“An updated color scheme for certain icons makes the SolidWorks application more accessible to people with color blindness.
Icons in the active PropertyManager use blue to indicate what you must select on the screen; faces, edges, and so on. Adding blue to the icons provides a sharp contrast in colors so that people with color blindness can distinguish one icon from another.
Along with style updates to the main elements of the SolidWorks user interface, there is a new, more readable font.”
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Congrats, Jeff. You finally did it. Now get back to work.

SolidWorks 2014 will be last release to support 32-bit OS

Found in the release notes for ePDM:

“SolidWorks 2014, including SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014, is the last release that supports 32-bit operating systems. SolidWorks 2015 and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 will not install on 32-bit operating systems.”

News to me.