SolidWorks 2009 Release Notes

This document provides general information about Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation releases. Refer to the What's New book, available from the Help menu, for descriptions of new functionality. For information about releases of SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM and SolidWorks eDrawings®, see their release notes at Administration Guides.

For a list of fixed SPRs, click here.

System Requirements


Antivirus Software

Some antivirus software prevents proper installation of SolidWorks. For additional information, see the Antivirus section of the Support web site.

Technical Alerts

Parallel Installations of Service Packs

Effective with SolidWorks 2010, to reduce service pack size and download time, parallel installations of service packs within the same major version will no longer be supported. Parallel installations of major versions are not affected. For example, you will be able to install SolidWorks 2010 SP 0.0 in parallel with SolidWorks 2009 SP 5.0; however, you will not be able to install SolidWorks 2010 SP 1.0 in parallel with SolidWorks 2010 SP 0.0.

Uninstall Service Pack 2.0 EV Before Installing Service Pack 2.0 Full

Due to changes made to Service Pack 2.0 Full, you cannot upgrade from Service Pack 2.0 Early Visibility to Service Pack 2.0 Full without first uninstalling the Early Visibility version.

To upgrade to SP 2.0 if you have already installed SP 2.0 EV:

  1. Uninstall SP 2.0 EV.

  2. Upgrade an existing SolidWorks 2009 SP 0.0 or SP 1.0 installation OR do a full download of 2009 SP 2.0.

Running SolidWorks Over a Network Share

SolidWorks uses .NET features that cannot, by default, be run over a network share. To run SolidWorks over a network share, you must enable Full Trust for the local intranet zone in the .NET runtime security policy.

To enable Full Trust, run the following commands from a Windows command prompt and replace C:\ with your Windows drive letter and replace * (asterisk) with your specific version of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

On 32-bit systems, run this command:

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.*\caspol.exe -q -force -machine -addgroup All_Code -zone Intranet FullTrust

On 64-bit systems, run these commands:

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.*\caspol.exe -q -force -machine -addgroup All_Code -zone Intranet FullTrust

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.*\caspol.exe -q -force -machine -addgroup All_Code -zone Intranet FullTrust

Product Name Changes

The following product names have changed in SolidWorks 2009:

Previous Name

New Name

SolidWorks® 3D MCAD Software

SolidWorks® Standard

SolidWorks® Office Premium

SolidWorks® Premium

SolidWorks® Office Professional

SolidWorks® Professional

PDMWorks® Enterprise

SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM

PDMWorks® Workgroup

SolidWorks® Workgroup PDM


SolidWorks® Simulation


SolidWorks® Simulation


SolidWorks® FloXpress


SolidWorks® Flow Simulation


SolidWorks® Motion

COSMOSWorks® Advanced Professional

SolidWorks® Simulation Premium

COSMOSWorks® Designer

SolidWorks® Simulation

COSMOSWorks® Professional

SolidWorks® Simulation Professional


SolidWorks® SimulationXpress


SolidWorks® DWGseries


SolidWorks® eDrawings®

eDrawings® Professional

SolidWorks® eDrawings® Professional


PhotoView 360

PhotoView 360 is a state-of-the-art progressive rendering solution for SolidWorks models. This new product is included for all PhotoWorks users.

You must have SolidWorks 2009 and a valid SolidWorks license installed on your system to use PhotoView 360. If you have a valid license but get a license error message, reactivate PhotoView 360 by selecting Activate Licenses from the SolidWorks Help menu.

If you installed the separate PhotoView 360 Beta release, you must uninstall that component before updating to 2009 to install the latest PhotoView 360 version.

If you are using PhotoView 360 on Windows Vista, we recommend that you turn off the screensaver.

SolidWorks Simulation

Nonlinear static studies do not support beam elements in SolidWorks 2009.

Compatibility with SolidWorks Enterprise Products

You cannot use PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 (or earlier version) with SolidWorks 2009.

Shape Feature

Creating and editing the shape feature is not supported in SolidWorks 2010. Existing shape features are still supported unless you change their parent features. We recommend that you use the freeform feature instead.


New Functionality Not Included in Help Indexes

The Help indexes do not include new 2009 functionality. To locate new functionality in Help, use the Help Contents or Search functionality.

Access to Compiled Help Files

After specific XP security updates are applied, SolidWorks compiled help files (.chm) cannot be accessed over a network (although they can be accessed from a disk or local installation). The Microsoft Knowledge Base article includes a resolution to this problem.

View Palette Support for AutoCAD

The SolidWorks View Palette supports AutoCAD® 2002 through 2008.

ECAD Interfaces

In the Routing section of the What’s New book, the ECAD Interfaces sub-section should read as follows:

You can import net lists from several 3rd-party electrical schematic packages to drive the creation of an electrical route in SolidWorks. Supported packages include:

You can import the data by clicking Start By From/To (Electrical toolbar) or by dragging the net list into an assembly.

Display State Properties

The Hide new components option in Display State Properties is described in Help but is not available in this release.

Updating Help Files and Tutorials

User documentation is not included in service pack downloads.

To get the latest help files and tutorials in this service pack:

  1. Log in to the Customer Portal on

  2. Click Downloads and Updates.

  3. Select the version of SolidWorks needed and click the corresponding SolidWorks product. For example, select 2009 and click SolidWorks Service Pack 2.1 XP and Vista - 32 bit.

  4. Click your language and accept the license agreement.

  5. On the Download and Install screen, in Step 3, click download, unzip, and install all the files.

  6. In Upgrading from Service Pack, select the version you upgraded from.

  7. Click Continue.

  8. Under Step 4 – Required updates, click SolidWorks Help.

  9. Run swHelp<language>.exe to install the help files.

The installer places the updated help files in C:\SWDist\swHelp<language>\Files\lang\<language> and automatically copies them into your SolidWorks installation.

Service Pack 5.0

Windows 7

You cannot install SolidWorks 2009 Service Pack 5.0 on Windows 7. Windows 7 is fully supported starting with SolidWorks 2010 Service Pack 1.0.

Displaying and Hiding Decals

The View > Hide All Types command no longer affects decals. To display or hide decals, click one of the following:

Service Pack 4.0

Installing SolidNetWork License Manager Requires the SNL Serial Number

Beginning with SolidWorks 2009 SP 4.0, installing SolidNetWork License Manager requires that you enter the SolidNetWork License (SNL) serial number. You are prompted for this serial number during the SolidNetWork License Manager installation process, which launches separately from the SolidWorks Installation Manager. (Previously, you were not required to enter the SNL serial number when installing the license manager.)

Note: This is the same SNL serial number that you use when installing on SNL client computers. You do not need another serial number from SolidWorks.

Simplified Product Activation

To simplify the product activation process, the Product Activation wizard contains fewer required fields.

Fasteners in Drawing Views

When you select Exclude fasteners in the Section View dialog box, the option excludes all SolidWorks Toolbox fasteners except structural members. This option applies to section and broken-out section views.

PhotoView 360

PhotoView 360 now imports decals applied using PhotoWorks. PhotoView 360 translates all mapping information, but does not translate advanced illumination properties. Decals in PhotoView 360 always inherit properties of the underlying appearance. You must save the model in SP 4.0 for decals to be visible.

Decal Visibility in SolidWorks

SolidWorks now provides view-only support of decals for users who do not have PhotoWorks. To control the visibility of decals, click View, Decals.

Distributed File Conversion from Task Scheduler

You can now distribute file conversion tasks across multiple computers. Network Monitor, a new Task Scheduler facility, coordinates the tasks. See the Task Scheduler online help for details.

To schedule a distributed file conversion task, you must have a SolidWorks Professional, SolidWorks Premium, or SolidWorks Office license. To participate in a distributed file conversion task, you need only a core SolidWorks license.

Cosmetic Threads in Drawings

Cosmetic threads in drawings created in SolidWorks 2009 SP 4.0 and later appear appropriately for the JIS standard. Cosmetic threads in drawings created prior to SolidWorks 2009 SP 4.0 remain unchanged.

Lightweight Drawings

The option to load drawings lightweight/resolved has been restored to the File Open dialog box.

Newsfeed in SolidWorks on 64-bit Systems

On 64-bit systems, the RSS newsfeed in the SolidWorks Task Pane is not available if Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is installed.

Service Pack 3.0


When two structural members intersect with a butt corner type, you can use options in the Structural Member and Trim/Extend PropertyManagers to make a:

Focal Length Support in PhotoView 360

A new control, Set Camera Focal Length in the Settings dialog, lets you control the focal length of the camera, resulting in different levels of perspective.

Print Selection and Scaling Options

The missing print selection workflow from SolidWorks 2008 has been restored. To print drawing selections at the desired scale:

  1. Click File, Print.

  2. In the Print dialog box, under Print range, select:

  3. Click OK.

  4. In the Print Selection dialog box, set the print scale and click Apply Scale.

  5. Move the selection frame that appears in the graphics area as desired.

  6. Click OK to print.

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 Support

You can open Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire 4.0 files in SolidWorks.

New SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation Tutorials


  • DimXpert

  • Electrical Routing

  • TolAnalyst

SolidWorks API

  • C#

  • VB.NET

SolidWorks Simulation

  • Design Check for Assembly with Mixed Mesh

  • Design Check for Connectors

Click Help, SolidWorks Tutorials to access the SolidWorks and SolidWorks API tutorials. Click Simulation, Help, Simulation Online Tutorial to access the SolidWorks Simulation tutorials. The DimXpert, TolAnalyst, and SolidWorks API tutorials are not localized. The English version is accessible from all localized versions of SolidWorks. Updated tutorials and documentation are available in complete installations of SolidWorks 2009 Service Pack 3.0.

Renaming Configurations

You can rename a configuration in a part or subassembly even when another open document is referencing the configuration. Previously, you had to close the parent document before renaming the configuration. This functionality was introduced in SP 1.0.

Service Pack 2.1

Drawing Views Not Updated Properly in SP0, SP1.0, and SP2.0

If the following sequence of events occurs, drawing views might not show the latest model geometry after you reopen the drawing, even with a forced rebuild (Ctrl-Q):

  1. SolidWorks updates one or more drawing views (for example, when a model changes).

  2. SolidWorks saves auto-recover information for the drawing.

  3. You manually save the drawing immediately after the auto-recover.

2009 SP2.1 fixes the problem so that drawings are saved properly.

If you want to continue to use 2009 SP0, SP1.0, or SP2.0, turn off the auto-recover feature (Tools, Options, System Options, Backup/Recover and clear Save auto-recover info every) to avoid the risk of encountering this issue.

To fix a drawing that already has the problem:

  1. Turn off the auto-recover feature.

  2. Switch to the model window (or open the model if not already open).

  3. Rebuild the model using Ctrl-Q.

  4. Switch back to the drawing window.

  5. Save the drawing.

A macro that performs these steps is available at the Customer Portal.

Service Pack 2.0

Publish to 3DVIA

You can now publish directly to the 3DVIA web site from SolidWorks. Click File, Publish to 3DVIA to upload your model in .3dxml format to your 3DVIA account for viewing on the web.

PhotoView 360 Localization

Although the PhotoView 360 application and documentation are now localized for all languages, some user interface elements have not been translated, for example, the names of materials.

Display States

Display State Properties in SolidWorks Help describes the Hide New Components option for Display States, although the Hide New Components option is not included in this release of SolidWorks and its user interface has been removed. Previous versions of SolidWorks Help also stated this feature was available.

Selection of Faces

Use the Select Connected Faces pop-up toolbar to help select connected faces in models. Right-click a face, click Select Connected Faces, and select an image from the pop-up toolbar. Use commands, such as fillet, to manipulate the selected faces.

New SolidWorks Simulation Tutorials

Two new tutorials, Creating Surfaces from Solid Geometry and Converting a Thin Solid Body into Sheet Metal and Surface Body, are available from Static lessons in SolidWorks Simulation Online Tutorials.

Table Document Properties

You can now select Use template settings from Tools > Options > Document Properties > Tables to override table document properties with those of an imported template.

Print with Scale Option

You can select scale options in the Print dialog box to print your drawing selection at the desired scale.

Service Pack 1.0

Export to 3D XML

Save As 3D XML saves the file to the V4.2 specification of 3D XML.

Routing - Ribbon Cables

You can create folded ribbon cable routes. You can define ribbon cables from the cable/wire library, use the Auto Route PropertyManager to specify the path, and add ribbon cable connection points to connectors using the Connection Point PropertyManager.


The "Solid Sweep Cuts" section of the What's New book mentions the ability to create a solid sweep cut along a non-tangent path. A solid sweep cut along a non-tangent path is not supported in this release.