eDrawings 2019 SP5 Release Notes

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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.

macOS Sierra (10.12)

eDrawings 2019 SP5 is the last release to support macOS® Sierra (10.12).

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, 64-Bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support the Microsoft 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. These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products.
eDrawings Version eDrawings Support Microsoft Extended Support eDrawings Lifecycle Start eDrawings Lifecycle End
eD 2018 Yes Yes Oct 2017 Dec 2019
eD 2019 Yes * Partial (15 months) Oct 2018 Dec 2020
eD 2020 Yes * Partial (3 months) Oct 2019 Dec 2021
eD 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.


Fixed an issue where printing with the Entire sheet option cut off a portion of the image on the lower and right edges.

Service Pack 5.0

There are no service pack 5.0 specific items at this time.

Service Pack 4.0

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is not supported for virtual environments (hypervisors).

Service Pack 3.0


eDrawings supports the following:
  • macOS® 10.14 Mojave
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Service Pack 2.0

Microsoft Office 2019

Microsoft Office 2019 is supported in eDrawings 2019 SP2 and later.

Spell Check

Spell check works for comments and descriptions in markups. The rules for the spell check follow Microsoft Office® rules.

Virtual Reality

To use VR in eDrawings Professional, you need:

If using a mobile workstation, connect to a power adapter. VR may use more power than required in non-VR mode.

For optimal performance, use SOLIDWORKS 2019 materials. If you do not have SOLIDWORKS 2019 installed or have an older version of SOLIDWORKS installed, follow the steps below.

To use SOLIDWORKS 2019 materials:

  1. Download and install the materials at http://www.solidworks.com/plugins/edrawings/download.cfm?Release=LATEST&Type=MAT.
  2. In eDrawings Professional, click Tools > Options > Import.
  3. Under SolidWorks Materials Folder, click Browse and navigate to the location where you installed the materials in step 1.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart eDrawings Professional.

Service Pack 1.0

Virtual Reality

VR is supported in eDrawings Professional as beta functionality on computers with Microsoft Windows 10 and later. With HTC Vive devices, you can walk around the model and pick up components for closer investigation. You can also place the model in sky and floor environments.

To enable VR:

  1. Close eDrawings.
  2. From the Windows Start menu, type env and press Enter.
  3. In the System Properties dialog box, click Environment Variables.
  4. In the Environment Variables dialog box, under User variables for user, click New.
  5. In the New User Variable dialog box, for:
    • Variable name, type ED_RS_ENABLE_VR.
    • Variable value, type true.
  6. Click OK three times.

This is a one-time setup.

To access VR:

  1. In eDrawings Professional, click File > Open in VR (Beta).
  2. In the dialog box, open a part or assembly.