SOLIDWORKS Data Management 2018 SP2 Release Notes

You can view the most recent Release Notes here.

For a list of fixed SPRs, click here.

Refer to What's New, available from the Help menu, for descriptions of new functionality.

IMPORTANT: End of Life Announcements

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM

SOLIDWORKS 2018 and later will not include the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM product. It is replaced by the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard product.

Microsoft Windows 8.0 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2015 was the last release to support the Windows 8.0 operating system.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is the last release to support the Windows® 8.1 operating system. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 products will not install on Windows 8.1.

Windows Server 2012 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows Server® 2012 operating system. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 products will not install on Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows Server® 2012 R2 operating system. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 products will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2008 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2014 was the last release to support the Windows Server 2008 operating system.

Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 is the last release to support the Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 operating system. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 products will not install on Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 SP5 is the last release to support SQL Server® 2008 R2.

Microsoft Excel and Word 2010

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel and Word 2010.

Microsoft Excel and Word 2013

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 will be the last release to support Microsoft Excel and Word 2013.

System Requirements

To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see System Requirements.

Installation

SolidNetWork License Manager

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 requires the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager 2018 to manage licenses.

Modifying SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Installations

To modify an installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM Server and its components, use Programs and Features from the Windows Control Panel. You cannot modify the installation with SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager (SLDIM), even if that is what you used to install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server.

Technical Alerts

SQL Server

As of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft changed the licensing model for Processor Site Licenses (PSLs) to a core-based model. For SQL Server 2008 R2 and earlier, which used the PSL model, licenses were based on the number of available physical processors on the server. For SQL Server 2012 and later, core-based licensing is based on the number of available physical cores on the server. SOLIDWORKS PDM customers who purchased PSL licenses and want to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 must ensure that they have the proper number of core licenses. In general, one PSL license translates into four core licenses.

For more information, see here or contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR).

Functionality

Compatibility with SOLIDWORKS PDM Products

Starting with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017, the service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM client can be different than the service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM server as long as they are the same major version.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2018 supports SOLIDWORKS 2018, 2017, and 2016. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2018 supports SOLIDWORKS 2018 only. The combination of a newer version of SOLIDWORKS and an older version of SOLIDWORKS PDM is not supported.

Documentation

There are no documentation-specific items at this time.

Service Pack 2.0

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM is now available within SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2018.
  • You can access SOLIDWORKS PDM features (such as Check Out, Check In, Search, and Get Version) on the SOLIDWORKS PDM tab in the CommandManager.
  • This new integration helps quality engineers manage and centralize the storage of their inspection projects along with all the files and reports related to those projects.
  • The version control helps prevent data loss and the search feature reduces the time spent searching for inspection projects.

Service Pack 1.0

SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Manage is an advanced data management system that extends the global file management and application integrations enabled by SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

SOLIDWORKS Manage:
  • Reduces the time in creating complete Bills of Materials (BOMs) through:
    • An easy-to-use editing feature that combines file and record data.
    • Automatically sharing product data with other business systems.
  • Lessens the expense of maintaining multiple data management systems and separate applications by:
    • Providing access to synchronized data all in one system.
    • Eliminating the need for external resources or consultants.
  • Avoids project development time and cost overruns by linking all timelines, resources, tasks, and deliverables to a common project object and updating in one system.

  • Provides information to project managers to make critical product development decisions with the help of interactive dashboards and an overall view of resource capacity.

SOLIDWORKS Manage uses the SolidNetwork License Manager and requires an activation-based serial number in order to run. For more information, contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller.