SolidWorks What’s New Guides! – Yes, ALL of Them!

April 25, 2009 26 Comments »
SolidWorks What’s New Guides! – Yes, ALL of Them!

SolidWorks What's New Guides Page

Have you ever wished that you could turn back time and look at what previous versions of SolidWorks looked like?  Perhaps you have a customer who is a few versions back and you can’t quite remember if they have access to one of the newer features.  Perhaps you are just plain curious and would like to see how far the software has come.  Nevertheless, until today, I have been unable to find a single website where you can download legacy documentation for ALL versions of SolidWorks.  I’m happy to announce that I’ve added a new page to the site which allows you to take as step back in time.  The What’s New Guides page contains ALL of the available SolidWorks What’s New Guides!   This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time and thanks to some help from SolidWorks Corp. and my good buddy Rich Hall, this idea is now a reality.  I turns out that the What’s New Guides only date back to SolidWorks 98Plus (in electronic form).  To cover the first couple of versions of SolidWorks, I have provided the User Guides.  (Some of which were not available in electronic form, so the data was taken directly from the Help files.)

Now, is this page going to increase your productivity at work?  No..probably not.  That is unless you are on a REALLY old version of SolidWorks and you catch a whiff of some of the new features in some of the latest What’s New Guides.  The main intention of this is to provide a little history for ALL SolidWorks users (new and old).  If you are a CAD History Buff…you are really gonna love this.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Stay tuned….more to come!

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  • Ricky, either you were bored or driven to seek out all this information. I believe it will be a cool resource to have to compare the changes between versions. Too bad Disqus does not have a Like/Dislike to rate the overall post because I would give it a Like.

  • Cool! You know I told you I was just looking for something like this a while back when researching something for an article…

    Glad to see you got it up! Hope you didn't have to do too many installs to get at all of them! ;)

  • Chris Serran

    I tried to get these a while back! Was only able to get 2004+ and couldn't find anything older. Thanks for posting them.

  • Ricky,
    Thanks for the link to my blog. I enjoyed looking at the old stuff again! I hope everyone enjoys it.

  • LOL! I'm glad you like the page Rod. It was A LOT of fun gathering the docs! Brings back MANY memories! Especially SolidWorks 97plus…which was my first version of SolidWorks! :-)


  • Actually…I ended up installing SolidWorks 95, 96, 97, 97plus, 98, 98plus, 99, 2000, & 2001plus! It was the only way to make sure I found all the supplied documentation that was pertinent to the page. It was really cool to see the old install screens!


  • Not a problem Chris! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it would be cool to have a page with links to all of them! :-)


  • No…THANK YOU! You made my life SO MUCH EASIER since you had all the old install disks! It would have taken me MUCH longer to gather all this without them!


  • Just love your work Ricky, keep going like this.


  • Matt Lombard


    Thanks for putting these up, I just had to research a topic, and having all of this available to me made it a lot easier than having to install a bunch of old versions.

    Still waiting for an index of all of the enhancements… ;)

  • Matt,

    I'm glad they have already come in handy for ya! :-)

    Index of enhancements…..hmmm…..might be something I could implement later in the year if I can find an easy way to do it. :-)


  • Hi Ricky-

    I just found this, way to go! Very cool stuff, thanks for posting.


  • Don

    Hey Ricky, nice post! Question though, how did you go about installing the older versions like 98… I tried for nestagic reasons myself and I couldn't because of OS compatability reasons.


  • Don,

    You can browse to the install file on the CD the right click on it selecting Properties. There should be a Compatibility tab. Go to that tab and run the program in compatibility mode for Windows 95. That seemed to work for me!


  • Hi Devon,

    I thought a long time user of SolidWorks like yourself would think this was cool! :-)

    Glad you like it!


  • So nice to see that before! Vrmya goes forward and things change!

  • It's good. thank you for post.

  • good nice.

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  • I'll post the SolidWorks 2010 What's New guide as soon as the NDA is lifted by SolidWorks Corp.

    That should happen VERY VERY soon…so stay tuned!


  • You can now find the SolidWorks 2010 What's New Guide on the What's New Guide Page.

  • You can now find the SolidWorks 2010 What's New Guide on the What's New Guide Page.

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