- Is Beta testing confidential?
- How do I sign up?
- How do I download the Beta releases?
- How do I setup the Beta release on my machine?
- What can I do to be an effective Beta tester?
- How do I submit bugs and feedback?
- Is there an easy way to test SOLIDWORKS® PDM functionality?
- If I install Beta, does it affect my production or commercial licenses?
Is Beta testing confidential?
Yes. You are under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) during the Beta period. You cannot share any information about the Beta release.
How do I sign-up?
No sign-up is required. Access to the Beta software is automatically available to SOLIDWORKS® subscription service customers. If you are currently on subscription and your SOLIDWORKS® serial number is registered in your SOLIDWORKS® Customer Portal account, then the Beta software will be available to download during the Beta period.
To be notified about the Beta Program, create or login to your SOLIDWORKS® Customer Portal account, click on 'My Profile’, select ‘Notify me for Beta Programs’, and click on ‘Save’.
How do I download the Beta releases?
- Go to the Beta website.
- Click on 'Login'.
- Login with your SOLIDWORKS® Customer Portal credentials.
- Read and accept the Beta Program Terms and Conditions.
- Click on 'Download'.
- Read and accept the SOLIDWORKS® Download End User License Agreement.
- Click ‘Download’ to download the SOLIDWORKS® Beta Installation Manager.
- Run the SOLIDWORKS® Beta Installation Manager to download and install products.
Once you have a Beta release installed, you can use the SOLIDWORKS® Background Downloader to receive notifications and automatically download new Beta releases.
How do I setup the Beta release?
- By default, the Beta installation does not overwrite or upgrade existing production installations of SOLIDWORKS® products.
- Set ALL file locations in Tools > Options to Beta-specific testing locations.
- Keep ALL Beta templates, design library data, etc. separate from your production data.
- Do NOT use SOLIDWORKS® Beta products with your production files. If you want to test your production data, make copies of that data for testing purposes.
What can I do to be an effective Beta tester?
- Test your normal production workflows.
- Modify your normal production workflows to accommodate new functionality.
- Review the “What's New” document (in SOLIDWORKS®, Help > What’s New) and test new functionality with newly created data or with your copied production data.
- Connect with the SOLIDWORKS® Beta community and interact with the R&D and management teams on the Beta forums.
How do I submit bugs and feedback?
To submit bugs (option 1):
- Go to the Beta website
- Click on 'Login'
- Login with your SOLIDWORKS® Customer Portal credentials
- Read and accept the Beta Program Terms and Conditions
- Click on 'SUPPORT' at the top of the page
- Click on the 'New' button to fill out and submit a Beta Service Request (SR)
To submit bugs (option 2):
- Run SOLIDWORKS® Rx
- Click on the 'Problem Capture' tab
- Complete 'Step 1' and 'Step 2'
- In 'Step 3', choose 'Describe the problem by submitting a service request through the customer portal. This requires an active subscription.' and click on ‘Continue’
- A web browser opens and automatically directs you to the Beta support page. Fill out and submit a Beta Service Request (SR) form
To submit feedback:
- Visit the Beta forum and create a discussion or ask a question
Notes for submitting bugs:
- Describe your issue in detail and attach relevant images, instructions, and files. Use SOLIDWORKS® Rx to expedite this process.
- Do not contact your local reseller about Beta issues and bugs. Please submit Beta SRs.
- The SOLIDWORKS® Beta Program Support Team will review your SRs.
- Bugs will be assigned an SPR number and you will be notified by email when the bug is resolved.
Is there an easy way to test SOLIDWORKS® PDM?
Yes. We provide hosted database and archive servers for you to use. This allows you to create your own vault so that you can test the Beta version without affecting your production environment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If I install Beta, does it affect my production or commercial licenses?
No. Although you use your commercial serial numbers to download and install Beta versions, Beta license activation is completely separate from commercial license activation, regardless of whether you have standalone licenses or SolidNetWork licenses (SNL). You have as many Beta licenses as you have commercial licenses.
For example, you have a commercial SNL server that serves 5 licenses of SOLIDWORKS® Standard and 5 licenses of SOLIDWORKS® Premium. During the Beta period, you can mimic your commercial SNL server and install and setup a separate Beta SNL server that serves 5 licenses of SOLIDWORKS® Standard and 5 licenses of SOLIDWORKS® Premium.