eDrawings 2018 SP4 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.

End of Life Announcements

For current information about active products and End of Life products, see System Requirements. For Microsoft Operating System Lifecycle information, see Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows® 7 Operating System. SOLIDWORKS 2021 products will not install on Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 mainstream support ended January 13, 2015. By exception, SOLIDWORKS 2018-2020 support is extending into Microsoft’s Extended Support period, which ends on January 14, 2020.
SOLIDWORKS Version SOLIDWORKS Support Microsoft Extended Support SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle Start SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle End
SW 2018 Yes Yes Oct 2017 Dec 2019
SW 2019 Yes * Partial (15 months) Oct 2018 Dec 2020
SW 2020 Yes * Partial (3 months) Oct 2019 Dec 2021
SW 2021 No/Install blocked No Oct 2020 Dec 2022
* A SOLIDWORKS fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows 7 fix cannot be provided during the latter part of the SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle.

System Requirements

System and Graphics Requirements

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

For optimum graphics performance and stability, see Video Card Requirements. Recommended graphics cards and drivers are flagged with the RealView icon.


Antivirus Software

Some antivirus software prevents proper installation of SOLIDWORKS. For additional information, see Antivirus.


OBJ Files

You can open .obj files in eDrawings. Limited functionality is available with these files.

Service Pack 4.0

There are no service pack 4.0 specific items at this time.

Service Pack 3.0


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Opening Files

Fixed a problem on Microsoft Windows® 10, where a large amount of system memory was used when opening files that contained many images.

You can open Autodesk® AutoCAD 2018 files in eDrawings.

Service Pack 2.0

STEP Files

If you try to import STEP files in the eDrawings free version, you may get an “Error reading file” message. To fix this issue, install Visual C++ Redistributable Package 2013 at Microsoft.com.

Service Pack 1.0

3D Views

If you use SOLIDWORKS files (.sldprt, .sldasm) with 3D Views, you must resave them in SOLIDWORKS 2018 Service Pack 1 for the 3D Views pane to show only the 3D Views for the active configuration on last save.