New situation came up today, have to figure out how to open ST8 files in ST7. Upgrading is being discussed, but it involves other customers upgrading at the same time, not a simple decision.
Looked at some exporting options, the .jt file retained some file property information, but no material when we open it back into ST7. I looked at the batch converter, it doesn't appear to convert solid edge sheetmetal files to another type.
Anyone tackled this issue with good results? We are looking at fairly large assemblies, and trying to make this happen with the least time involved.
Have you considered to use ST8 just for this customer ?
Parasolid should be the exchange format that retain more informations; for example it retain the treaded holes. I don't know about material and other properties. For sure it is very fast to export and import from a realease to the other.
That might be an option, setting up another desktop with ST8, but would require another $$$$$ for that license being used.
I tried exporting x_t files and they didn't retain file properties or materials. I think we also tried jt, iges, and step formats.
I don't know you license situations but while you use 1 license for ST8 you will not use it for ST7 so the total number of license it is the same.
For example we have 7 floating license, if 1 is busy for the ST8 there will be only 6 available for ST7, and after all the number of designers that use Solid Edge are always the same.
Also you could ask your IT to install a dual boot on the same workstation, so you will have one with ST7 and one with ST8. I would avoid to install ST7 and ST8 on the same boot.
We have individual licenses, not floating. I'm probably wrong, but I think this would also rule out doing a dual boot, that user can only register one license. But, it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong, today.................
I think we are going to test this out, doing the silence install thingy. Our reseller sent me this information:
When opening "newer" files in older versions, best is to save out as Parasolid. As previously mentioned, you will lose some information and intelligence. However,
As you run across specific scenarios, if you have questions on the "how-to", feel free to contact me direct if you want.
As long as you aren't working with managed data, that should work well for you. Just have to run a utility to switch between versions when that is needed.