Included in SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, is the ability to download service packs from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. The Early Visibility (EV) Program enables SOLIDWORKS users to participate in the last testing stage of a new service pack before it is fully released. An EV release is usually available a couple of weeks before a full release and it appears in the Downloads and Updates section of the Customer Portal.
Anyone with a valid SOLIDWORKS Subscription can sign up for the Early Visibility Program.
A SOLIDWORKS EV release can be used to test known issues. It is particularly helpful to customers affected by a software issue that is being corrected in an upcoming service pack. For the EV program:
- You will receive an email, with instructions, when an EV is available.
- The SOLIDWORKS Customer Experience Improvement Program System Option is turned on for all EV releases.
- The EV release will be upgradable to the full release if there is a change.
- All problems specific to EV releases are evaluated for fixing prior to general release.
We recommend that you update your installation from the Early Visibility release to a full release service pack when it becomes available.