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Highlights of SolidWorks 2012

SolidWorks® 2012 includes many enhancements and improvements, most in direct response to customer requests. This release focuses on the following themes:
  • Automated functionality that you use most often
  • Improvements in performance and quality that speed up software operation and create a more continuous workflow
  • New tools that greatly extend current SolidWorks design capabilities and enable fundamental changes in your product development process
  • Extensive support for collaboration and connectivity that allows your design teams to work on joint projects across the globe

Top Enhancements

The top enhancements for SolidWorks 2012 provide improvements to existing products and innovative new functionality. Throughout this guide, look for the symbol in these areas:

Large Design Review
Drawings and Detailing
Align Balloons with Magnetic Line
Ordering Balloons
Punch Tables
Reuse Letters from Deleted Views
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
Customized Enterprise PDM Menus
Browse to Option
Searching Within File-based Dialog Boxes
Version Toggle on Where Used Tab
Motion Studies
Motion Optimization
Parts and Features
Feature Freeze
Exploded Views for Multibody Parts
Sheet Metal
Forming Tools
Swept Flanges
Beams in Linear Dynamics
Beam Results
Motion Optimization
SolidWorks Fundamentals
Performance and Customization Enhancements
User Interface
Search Commands

For More Information

Use the following resources to learn about SolidWorks:

What's New in PDF and HTML
This guide is available in PDF and HTML formats. Click:
  • Help > What's New > PDF
  • Help > What's New > HTML
Interactive What's New
In SolidWorks, click the symbol to display the section of this manual that describes an enhancement. The symbol appears next to new menu items and the titles of new and changed PropertyManagers.

To enable Interactive What's New, click Help > What's New > Interactive .

What's New Examples
What's New Examples are updated at every major release to provide examples of how to use most top enhancements in the release.

To open What's New Examples click Help > What's New > What's New Examples.

Online Help
Contains complete coverage of our products, including details about the user interface, samples, and examples.
Release Notes
Provides information about late changes to our products.

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