SOLIDWORKS Data Management 2020 SP4 Release Notes

You can view the most recent Release Notes here.

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

For the list of fixed SPRs, click here.

End of Life Announcements: SOLIDWORKS PDM Products

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SOLIDWORKS PDM Web client. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 products will not support Web client. You can use SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 to access PDM via web browser.

End of Life Announcements: SOLIDWORKS Products

SOLIDWORKS Explorer

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SOLIDWORKS Explorer as a stand-alone application. The supported functions such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace, and Move are available in file shortcut menus in Windows Explorer.

End of Life Announcements: Microsoft Products

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

Microsoft Windows 7 mainstream support ended January 13, 2015. By exception, SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018-2020 support is extending into Microsoft’s Extended Support period, which ends on January 14, 2020.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Version SOLIDWORKS PDM Support Microsoft Extended Support SOLIDWORKS PDM Lifecycle Start SOLIDWORKS PDM Lifecycle End
SW PDM 2018 Yes Yes Oct 2017 Dec 2019
SW PDM 2019 Yes * Partial (15 months) Oct 2018 Dec 2020
SW PDM 2020 Yes * Partial (3 months) Oct 2019 Dec 2021
SW PDM 2021 No/Install blocked No Oct 2020 Dec 2022

* A SOLIDWORKS PDM fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows 7 fix cannot be provided during the latter part of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Lifecycle.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-Bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows® 8.1 64-bit operating system. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 products will not install on Windows 8.1.

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 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.

Microsoft Excel 2013 and Word 2013

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel 2013 and Word 2013.

Microsoft Excel 2010 and Word 2010

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel 2010 and Word 2010.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SQL Server® 2012.

System Requirements

  • Install Microsoft ODBC driver 17.3 or later for SQL Server on the client and the servers.
  • To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see System Requirements.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 requires the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager 2020 to manage licenses.
  • To use SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 with SQL Server® 2014 or SQL Server® 2014 Express, you must install Service Pack 3 or later. To upgrade your SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2014 Express installation to SP3, download the service pack here.

Installation

DVD Distribution Media

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, DVD distribution media for the SOLIDWORKS installation files is provided only on request. Contact your Reseller for more information.

SQL Server Management Studio

The installation package of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 and later do not include the installation of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). To download SSMS, see Download SQL Server Management Studio.

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.

Functionality

Compatibility with SOLIDWORKS PDM Products

The service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM client can be different from the service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM server as long as they are the same major version.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 supports SOLIDWORKS 2020, 2019, and 2018. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2020 supports SOLIDWORKS 2020 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 4.0

There are no specific items for this service pack.

Service Pack 3.0

Microsoft SQL Server® 2019

Starting with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 SP0, SQL Server® 2019 is supported.

Service Pack 2.0

Treehouse View in the Contains Tab (For SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Only)

In the Contains tab of SOLIDWORKS PDM File Explorer, you can switch to Treehouse view to see a hierarchical tree of components of the selected file. This tree displays the structural relationships between the top assembly, drawings, subassemblies, and parts.

Service Pack 1.0

There are no specific items for this service pack.