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What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 8 – Composer


Even though Composer is a completely standalone product with its own subscription fees and an entire development team behind it, once again there are almost no interesting enhancements to speak of in this document. In fact, the functionality of this product has been reduced thanks to new restriction on file importing.


Importing Third-Part File Types

In an interesting loss of product functionality, as of 2016, it will no longer be possible to import Parasolid (*.x_t, *.x_b, *.xmt_txt, *.xmt_bin.) or Unigraphics (*.prt) files into SolidWorks Composer. If you use Composer to generate work instructions or product manuals from these file types, this development is very likey to prevent you from upgrading.

I can’t imagine what drove Dassault to this decision, especially since one of the affected file types is a widely-used neutral format which forms the foundation of core SolidWorks. Could it be, perhaps, because Parasolid also forms the foundation of Onshape?

Honorable Mentions

New Timeline Tracks

The timeline now includes several new tracks, offering greater control over the various actors and annotations you can use in 3D animations. In addition to the existing Camera and Digger tracks, the timeline now includes tracks for:

  • Location: displays the keys indicating an actor’s location.
  • Properties: expands into sub-tracks (such as Opacity, Materials and Events) displaying property-related keys.
  • Viewport: displays all the viewport property keys.

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