Where can I get the What’s New documentation for the latest release of SolidWorks?

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated December 12, 2013


This is a question we are asked periodically when SolidWorks has made a new release of their products available.

It’s not that SolidWorks users are looking for bedtime reading to place on their night-stands. Typically the SolidWorks user-base is evaluating if they should update to the latest release of SolidWorks or hold on to their current setup.

The question being : Where can I get the “What’s New” documentation for the latest release of SolidWorks?

What's New in SolidWorks 2014The first thought of course; is to download the Software using your customer portal account and install it or dig around on the DVD for the PDF File – however this takes precious time.

SolidWorks has done a wonderful job in recent years of consolidating resources for support and information regarding all aspects of SolidWorks, especially the Installation and Administration guides for SolidWorks, EPDM, and other complementary products that have been added to the suite of tools that SolidWorks Provides.


The fastest way to obtain Installation, Administration and the What’s New guides for supported releases is via the following URL:


At the top of the page you will be prompted for the yearly release for which you are seeking the documentation, and you can then search the listing for the desired document – including the What’s New PDF.

With any luck the What’s New PDF will reveal wonderful features and enhancements that will have a positive impact on your workflow.

Happy Upgrades!

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.