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Solidworks 2016, and 32bit drawings viewer.

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Hey guys,

I have run into an issue, that appears to be something that the guys behind solidworks dont seem to care about.

I run Solidworks 2016, but my whole production, machines and office (apart from drawing pc) is running 32bit. Reason for 32bit wont be discussed, but its needed, and will not be changed.

For every Solidworks, there has been an eDrawings viewer, and always in 32bit, until now. My problem is, i have my guys that recieve parts coming into the house, in need of looking and checking the drawings made in Solidworks, but with parts slolwly making their way in and out of SW2016, the 2015 viewer is no longer able to open the parts.

I need this possible, i need a program, that can open and view .slddrw 2016 files on a 32bit machine.

Anyone have an idea of where to look?
post #2 of 3
I don't have alot of experience with Solidworks..

Why is the 2015 viewer unable to open the files? Lack of backward compatibility?
or due to the jump from 64-bit to 32-bit?
Does it give any error messages? Or does it simply refuse to open the file-type?

Try looking at these:
http://blog.cati.com/2015/12/how-to-open-solidworks-2016-files-in-solidworks-2015.html
https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/102054

https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/22836 (Talks about RAM limit being an issue)
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The best solution is to have the SW2016 computer save as a jpeg for your obsolete computers to view, if they just need to look at a drawing and not make changes. That will always work, and doesn't even need a drawing viewer, any photo viewer would work.

After creating a drawing, save it normally, then go file > save as, and select jpeg from the file type. You will have to remember to update the jpeg separately every time you update the drawing.
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