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The Retirement of PhotoWorks and Windows XP

Thursday September 10, 2009 at 3:31pm
The End of PhotoWorks
SOLIDWORKS 2010 will be the last release to include PhotoWorks. PhotoView 360 will be its replacement and the photorealistic solution for SOLIDWORKS software. There are many more features to PhotoView360 in 2010 and by 2011 I expect there will be a full suite and be at least as rich as PhotoWorks is today without the depth of knowledge required to use it. Will you miss it? Let us know. What else would you like to see in PhotoView360? Leave a comment below.

SOLIDWORKS Viewer Change in Deployment
Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2010 the SOLIDWORKS Viewer will not be part of the SOLIDWORKS software installation. It will continue to be available as a separate download from the SOLIDWORKS website under the “Free CAD Tools” area Do you use this? Many people much prefer the interface and extra viewing capabilities of eDrawings so this is the reason behind it. Let us know if you prefer it and why.

Windows XP
Microsoft officially retired Windows XP in April of this year. SOLIDWORKS 2010 will be the last release to support both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows XP. SOLIDWORKS 2011 products will run on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit versions) only. SOLIDWORKS is a Strategic partner of Microsoft and so always keeps in line with Microsoft as to what operating systems it supports.

Support for Windows 7

SOLIDWORKS products will run on Microsoft Windows 7 operating system starting with the 2010 release. Microsoft’s published shipment date for Windows 7 is Oct 22nd. Thus, the earliest version of SOLIDWORKS 2010 products that will be officially supported to run on the Windows 7 operating system will be SP1. However, if you search the web you will find several people are using SOLIDWORKS on Windows 7 already! Reports so far is that performance on Windows 7 is much better so things are looking very promising.

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Richard Kershaw | October 2, 2009, 10:06am
In Photoview 360 I would like to see the possiblity to be able to rotate the part independently within the environment. Eg. in the kitchen I could place our trays precisely on the table or worktop!...
Louis della-Porta | October 13, 2009, 7:21pm
Yes, I will miss Photoworks, as I have invested alot of time over the years to master it. It gives me an added value income stream as an independent design consultant, which sounds like will no longer be available. So 'tis a case of SOLIDWORKS not serving my interest. Hey Ho....
Mark Stevens | October 15, 2009, 11:13pm
But Louis, surely you can capitalise on this? With PhotoView being so much easier to use, surely you can produce just as nice images in less time? You still need an artistic eye in order to create stunning images by getting camera angles correct and perspective etc......
Louis | November 29, 2009, 1:11pm
Yes, I agree. Some customers will do more themselves, but they should be room for our work value as well. It doesn't look like PV will be full featured for another year, but PW has already been abandoned, which is a problem. At the moment PV is not as well featured as PW. SW should have a longer transition overlap in products....

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