trophy.jpgThere’s usually a lot of change in a new software release that doesn’t get reported. There’s also most likely an equally sad employee that doesn’t get to bask in the brilliance of that small “mediocre” addition.

Well, that’s about to change. Whether you’ve been noticed or not, we know you’re in front of your computer screen, fingers blazin’ across the keyboard, adding additional goodies to that new version of SolidWorks.

So, here’s to the people that add that itty-bitty smidgin’ of pixel shading, a touch of resource consumption, a burst of consideration for the environment, and everyone else that scrubbed the corners of the program after everyone else went home.

8 Absolutely Odd Facts About SolidWorks 2008

  1. SolidWorks 2008 uses 16,204 Kilobytes of Memory when it’s running and nothing is loaded. SolidWorks 2007 uses 13,604 Kilobytes.
  2. SolidWorks 2008 has 584 toolbar icons. SolidWorks 2007 has 451 toolbar icons.
  3. SolidWorks 2008 shows a Customize toolbar menu when you right-click on the title bar. SolidWorks 2007 shows window options; double-clicking it still toggles min/max window size in both.solidworks-bagel.jpg
  4. SolidWorks 2008 has 2820 images in the installation folder; 2007 has 1087. Both have a hi-res image of the top and bottom of a bagel.
  5. SolidWorks 2008 allows you to use RealView graphics in drawings; 2007 doesn’t.
  6. SolidWorks 2008 ships in is the same size box as the 2007 box except it’s .75” thinner. No Notepad and 5 fewer discs.
  7. The 2008 beta program started April 2007 and ended July 30th. Thanks to Kevin, Amit, Charles, Koka, Steve, Jeff, Pabitra, and YueSheng that took care of my submissions.
  8. The SolidWorks 2008 splash screen slimmed down 70 pixels, and grew 27 pixels taller.


So, notice anything else about 2008 that could be left out but shouldn’t?


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.