It is now 2012 and this release is a couple service packs in. So it may be time for you to start looking at upgrading.
There are many things that you need to consider before you deploy and making sure your models work is top priority. What else may need to be considered before you decide to upgrade? This is a question you should ask yourself before any upgrade be it a new version or even just a service pack.
- First find out if your current files have any conflicts with the new version as somethings do change with the new release.
- Make sure customer and vendors will be compatible with the new version.
- See that you are still running a supported OS this will be important for the 2013 release as Windows XP will not be supported.
- Then look at the graphics card and driver. Every year SolidWorks does test card and driver combinations but not all cards make the list for testing. So if you have an older card and do not find it on the testing website you may need to get a new one. But if it is still being tested you may just need to update the driver.
- Other things to consider are peripherals and software to see if they are compatible with the new version. This could be CAM software, printing drivers and even partner products. These may need to be upgraded as well and may keep you at an older version longer.
Those are just a few things to keep in mind before doing any upgrade. It would be best to have a procedure in place with a check list so you know what has been finished.