“We upgrade our SOLIDWORKS to the latest version, why it becomes slow when open files?”
This is one of the common questions from SOLIDWORKS customer. Well, you have upgraded the software version but not for the file’s version. Every time SOLIDWORKS open an older version file, it will first convert the file to the newest version and thus cause the slow performance. It becomes more frustrated when it comes to complex assemblies.
The solution is simple, we just need to save the files in the latest version of SOLIDWORKS and it will convert the files to the latest version.
“But we have thousands of files, impossible for us to save them one by one.”
Not to worry, SOLIDWORKS provide tool to batch convert previous version files automatically. Here comes the “Task Scheduler” tool which available for each SOLIDWORKS license. By using one of the options in Task Scheduler, we can easily batch convert SOLIDWORKS files to the latest version.
Now, let us show you how to use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to batch convert files.
Steps To Batch Convert Files
1. From “Start” menu, we can easily find SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler under SOLIDWORKS Tools.
2. In SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler, select “Convert Files”
3. In the pop-up dialog, we able to define which file or folder we wish to upgrade and the specific time to carry out this task.
- Task files or folders
|Include subfolders||A folder task includes subfolders by default. Clear Include subfolders to convert files in only the specified folder.|
|Add File||Click to select one or more files to convert. A given task can contain files or folders but not both.|
|Add Folder||Select one or more folders containing files to convert.|
Distributed tasks have special folder requirements. See Folders for Distributed Tasks.
|Delete||Deletes the selected file or folder from the list.|
|Folder||The path to the folder or the files to convert.|
|File name or type||Click to change the file type to convert.|
- Task settings
|Distribute Task||Select to make the current task distributed. Network Monitor must be running to select Distribute Task.|
|Network Monitor||Starts Network Monitor.|
|Network Test||Verifies folder access for distributed tasks.|
|Options||Click to set conversion options and backup locations.|
|Advanced||Click to set task options.|
- Task schedule
Tasks without schedule information start immediately.
To run a scheduled task, your computer must be on at the scheduled start time. Network Monitor must be running for distributed task processing. The SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler window does not need to be open for a task to run.
|Running mode||Specifies how often the task runs. Select Once, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.|
|Start after previous task||Makes a new task start after the last listed task is completed.|
4. That’s it, now the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler will start automatically and convert the files you selected to the latest version.
Something that you should aware of:
- Once the file is upgraded to the latest version, it is no longer be opened in the previous version of SOLIDWORKS.
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