October 13, 2015

SolidWorks 2016 New User Interface

SOLIDWORKS 2016 - New User Interface

SolidWorks 2016 is here with many new upgrades.  First and foremost let’s look at the new user interface:

solidworks 2016 new user interface

All the icons have been updated to increase clarity and consistency across the software.  Text and icons scale now scale with operating system preferences and the software supports high resolution monitor displays up to 5K.

Functionally let’s take a look at a few new features in SolidWorks 2016.  To take advantage of the screen real-estate you can hide the feature manager tree.

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However, in doing so you lose access to all your features and important model information.  New to SolidWorks 2016 is a tool called Breadcrumbs

new in solidworks 2016

When you click on the model in the graphical window, breadcrumbs appear at the top left hand corner showing all the relevant commands and features based on the item you selected.  This reduces clutter and highlights information that is important for that selection.
On a separate note, there are many times when a user will use the software and accidentally click and drag the command manager away from its original position resulting in something similar as shown below:

solidworks 2016 new user interface

SolidWorks 2016 has implemented an option to prevent this from happening.  Simply go to tools> Customize

solidworks 2016

In the toolbars tab under options, you will find a Lock CommandManager and toolbar selection box.  By selecting it you can prevent undesired changes to the position of the command manager.

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