SolidWorks eDrawings 2013 SP5 Release Notes

This document provides general information about the SolidWorks® eDrawings® 2013 release. For more information:

For new eDrawings features See Administration Guides and select the What's New in SolidWorks document.
For installation tips See Administration Guides and select the eDrawings Installation and Administration Guide document.
For eDrawings Help Click Help > eDrawings Help Topics.
For eDrawings product information See
Known Issues Service Pack 5.0
System Requirements Service Pack 4.0
Installation Service Pack 3.0
  Service Pack 2.0
  Service Pack 1.0

Known Issues

eDrawings and component-level display states

The component-level display state functionality is not yet supported in eDrawings.

Republishing assemblies

If you republish an existing assembly in SolidWorks 2013 and open the *.easm file in eDrawings, the display states might not work properly.

SolidWorks DimXpert

Dimensions and annotations created in SolidWorks using DimXpert for parts are not shown in SolidWorks documents opened in eDrawings. They are shown in documents published to eDrawings files.


Pro/ENGINEER® models can be imported with the following limitations:
  • Pro/ENGINEER version 16 through Wildfire 5.0 are supported.
  • Parts and assemblies can be imported, but drawings cannot.
  • If a model uses Pro/ENGINEER family table instances, then the .xpr and .xas accelerator instance files must be present for correct results. Although these instance accelerator files are optional for Pro/ENGINEER, they are required in eDrawings. When the family table instance modifies the top level of an assembly, open the .xas file corresponding to that instance.
  • Colors in part files are recognized, but colors applied at the assembly level are lost during translation.
  • Certain Pro/ENGINEER features, such as annotations, sketches, and layers, are not imported.

Adobe Acrobat 3D

Executing 3D Capture in Adobe® Acrobat® 3D causes eDrawings to consume large amounts of memory. The problem has been reported to Adobe.


The eDrawings Viewer does not support the option Always display text at the same size for SolidWorks documents (in SolidWorks, select the Options tool, and then select Detailing for the Document Properties tab). Annotation text scaling is supported for eDrawings part and assembly files published from SolidWorks. Only 1:1 text scaling is supported for SolidWorks part and assembly files opened in eDrawings.

eDrawings 2013 for Mac

Known issues:

  • Password-protected dxf/dwg files are not supported.
  • The Search command in the Help does not work.

SolidWorks drawings

Perspective views created in SolidWorks drawings are not shaded in the eDrawings Viewer.

eDrawings Measure

Measure is disabled for non-draft quality broken views.

System Requirements

Operating system requirements

  • eDrawings 2013 is supported for production use on Windows® 8.
  • eDrawings 2013 supports Microsoft® XP Service Pack 3 or later.
  • Tablet PCs require Tablet XP Service Pack 2 or later.
  • eDrawings is supported on Macintosh® Mac OS® X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). It is no longer supported on Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, or the PowerPC™ platform.
  • Attention Windows XP Users! Following Microsoft’s retirement of the Windows XP operating system in April of 2009, eDrawings 2013 is the LAST RELEASE that will install on Windows XP.


End-User License Agreements

You must accept the End-User License Agreements for every service pack upgrade for every product.

Service Pack 5.0

eDrawings on Android® Mobile Devices

eDrawings is available for Android mobile phones and tablets. You can download eDrawings from the Google Play store, (English only).

Service Pack 4.0

There are no version-specific notes for this release.

Service Pack 3.0

There are no version-specific notes for this release.

Service Pack 2.0

eDrawings on Apple® Mobile Devices

eDrawings and eDrawings Pro are available for the iPad®, iPad mini, iPhone®, and iPod® touch. You can download them on the App StoreSM. (English only).

Service Pack 1.0

There are no version-specific notes for this release.