While enjoying the end of my annual leave away from the office I couldn't help but notice that on the 24th October 2013 Service Pack 5 was made available for download for customers on Subscription.
The release cycle for SOLIDWORKS 2013 Service Packs was as follows:
| Service Pack || Release Month |
| SP0 || October 2012 |
| SP1 || November 2012 |
| SP2 || January 2013 |
| SP3 || April 2013 |
| SP4 || June 2013 |
| SP5 || October 2013 |
As you will notice, SP5 is to be the last service pack for 2013 and hopefully you are attending our 2014 Launch events
as you look to migrate over to the newest functionality. What's more SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP5 can open 2014 files
- the only 2013 SP that can do this- this is great when working with customers and suppliers that have already upgraded.
For further information of fixed Software Performance Reports please look see the release notes
There are a couple of ways you can access the service pack updates, so I will just highlight 3 examples:
1) Via the Start Menu - "SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager"
2) Via the Help Menu of SOLIDWORKS 2013
3) From the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (This requires a log-in attached to your serial number.
Please do look after your Service Pack downloads and keep them stored securely. Perhaps if there are multiple users wihtin your company store them on the Network and even download a complete DVD copy of the entire product in case your SP0 DVD gets lost.
If you have any difficulties though in implementing your service packs please contact our Technical Support Team.
By Simon Beamish
Elite Applications Engineer