Which SOLIDWORKS Render Tool should I use? PhotoView 360 or Visualize?

Article by Scott Ellery updated July 2, 2018


Are you confused why we have two choices of SOLIDWORKS render tool in the Innovation Platform? When should we be using PhotoView 360 and when should we be using SOLIDWORKS Visualize? Should we be using only one and not the other?

Both of these render tools are great for different purposes. Watch this on-demand webinar to clear up any confusion about these two products, and how and when to use them.

Who should watch this on-demand webinar?

  • Product designers
  • Industrial designers
  • Marketing professionals


SOLIDWORKS Visualize provides a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with visual design-oriented features and workflows, allowing easy and fast creation of visual content that communicates a design’s vision, passion, and emotion. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.

SOLIDWORKS Render Tool Visualize Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Configurations

About SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360

PhotoView 360 is a visualization and render tool included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. PhotoView 360 provides a highly interactive environment for viewing designs as well as for creating photo-realistic renderings that can be used to showcase designs. PhotoView 360 is based on SOLIDWORKS Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT) and helps beginning CAD users achieve expert results. Its simple-to-use progressive rendering tools lets users photo-realistically render a scene while allowing the user to continue working on the same scene.

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Scott Ellery, CSWE

Scott Ellery is a CSWE and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community, He is a ten time SOLIDWORKS World\3DExperience World Presenter and contributes regularly to SWUG meetings organized by four different user groups in Canada, Scott has worked with many CAD Software packages for over a decade in a multitude of different industries including Steel Fabrication, Injection Molding and Sheetmetal. With a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Design, Scott enjoys pushing SolidWorks to it's limits and teaching users to be as fast and efficient with SolidWorks as humanly possible.