SolidWorks 2014 SP5 Release Notes

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

For a list of fixed SPRs, click here.

System Requirements
Technical Alerts
Service Pack 5.0
Service Pack 4.0
Service Pack 3.0
Service Pack 2.0
Service Pack 1.0

IMPORTANT: End Of Life Announcements

Attention Microsoft Office 2007 Users

SolidWorks 2014, including SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014, is the last release that supports Microsoft Office 2007. SolidWorks 2015 and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 will not support Microsoft Office 2007.

For the complete list of supported Microsoft Products and versions, see System Requirements.

Attention 32-Bit OS Users

SolidWorks 2014, including the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014 CAD Editor, is the last release that supports 32-bit operating systems. SolidWorks 2015 and the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 CAD Editor will not install on 32-bit operating systems.

Attention SolidWorks Network License Server Users

SolidWorks Network License Server 2014 will not install on Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows Server® 2003 operating systems.

Attention License Server Dongle Users

SolidWorks 2014 will not run with a parallel-port licensing dongle.

Attention SolidWorks Viewer Users

SolidWorks Viewer will be replaced by eDrawings Viewer 2015, starting with the SolidWorks 2015 release. eDrawings Viewer 2015 is available on 64-bit operating systems only. For the complete list of supported operating systems, see The SolidWorks 2014 Viewer will remain available for download, but will not open SolidWorks 2015 and later models.

Attention SolidWorks Server Products Users

The SolidWorks 2015 and Enterprise PDM 2015 server products, including the Network License Server, will not install on the Windows Server 2008 ® operating system.

Attention SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Users

SolidWorks 2015 will not support the Swedish version of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

System Requirements


Antivirus Software

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

End-User License Agreements

You are now prompted to accept the End-User License Agreements for every service pack upgrade for every product.

Technical Alerts

Microsoft Office Documents Embedded in SolidWorks Documents

If you use Windows® 7 64-bit version, you should install Microsoft Hotfix KB 983396 This fixes problems when trying to embed Microsoft® Office 97-2003 Compatible Format documents into SolidWorks documents. This applies to all installed versions of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Support

SolidWorks 2014 supports the use of the Windows Server 2012 operating system for the SolidWorks Network License Server.

Previous Release Interoperability

Previous Release Interoperability is not available in SolidWorks 2014. SolidWorks 2014 SP5 will not open files created or saved in SolidWorks 2015.


Sheet Metal

  • You can only apply corner reliefs to SolidWorks 2013 files and later. For older files, the Corner Relief tool is unavailable.
  • You can control the precision for sheet metal bend line notes in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Tables > Bend.

Compatibility with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Products

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014 supports SolidWorks 2014, 2013, and 2012. The combination of a newer version of SolidWorks and an older version of Enterprise PDM is not supported.


What’s New in SolidWorks 2015

The What’s New manual for SolidWorks 2015 is included in the SolidWorks 2014 SP5 release at: install_dir\language\manuals\WhatsNew_SW2015.pdf.

What's New Book - Drawing Views

The Drawings and Detailing chapter of the What’s New book should contain an item for drawing view rotation angles. You can display drawing view rotation angles by typing the tag <ViewAngle> in a note.

Service Pack 5.0


There is a new error message for mates with missing references in assemblies. Click Tools > Options > Messages/Errors/Warnings and select Treat missing mate references as errors to display mates with missing references as errors.

Service Pack 4.0

There are no items specific to this service pack.

Service Pack 3.0

Derived Parts

When you create a derived part that is linked to the base part, the Description property of the derived part’s cut list uses the same evaluated value as the base part. The derived part’s units and dimensions are disregarded.

Copy with Mates

Previously, when using Copy with Mates in assemblies, if you used the Repeat option, at least one mate had to use a different reference than the original instance. Now, you can use the Repeat option for all mates without that requirement.

Service Pack 2.0

Optimize Spacing for Touch

The option to enlarge user interface elements such as menus, buttons, and trees for easier touch interaction has changed. Click Tools > Customize. On the Toolbars tab, under Options, select or clear Optimize spacing for touch. This option replaces the large icon size button.

Service Pack 1.0

Sheet Metal Corner Relief Changes

For Rectangular and Circular relief types, changes in the Corner Relief algorithm now extend flange edges and place rectangular and circular cutouts at the intersection of the extended edges. As a result, the Narrow Corner option has been removed.

If the flange edge extension does not remove enough overlapping material in the bend state, the software makes an extra relief cut to remove the material. If you clear Show Slit in the Flat-Pattern PropertyManager when you flatten the pattern, the software removes the extra relief cut.