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6 Reasons SOLIDWORKS Changed Its User Interface In 2016

By Heather Sutton on January 7, 2016

SOLIDWORKS InterfaceAs our customers upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2016, we’re hearing some feedback both positive and negative regarding the new user interface (UI). In order to give our customers the best service, we want you to understand why these changes were made.

In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you'll notice a fresh color scheme and flat icons. It's a significant shift from the more colorful UI you may be used to.

So why the big change? There are a lot of theories swirling around the message boards. but ultimately, the changes were designed to do six things:

1. Provide support for high resolution monitors (making SOLIDWORKS responsive to scaling)

2. Fix underlying user interface code

3. Ready the SOLIDWORKS user interface for future changes

4. Modernize the user interface

5. Stay consistent with SOLIDWORKS products on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

6. Address color-blind issues

>> See how the user interface changed again in the SOLIDWORKS 2017 release

The video below is a presentation from the man behind the new UI. Tom Spine, User Experience Design Director at SOLIDWORKS, discusses the new UI changes and clears up some important myths.

Discussion With Tom Spline

Even more changes have been made to the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Classic User Interface. In fact, SOLIDWORKS enhanced several features in the recent release. Download our SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features infographic to see our engineer's favorite updates.

Download The Infographic