It's official, 3DVIA Composer is being re-branded as SolidWorks Composer. “What does this mean to me and why the need for such a change?“ is a very logical question. Well for starters, moving forward, there will be one annual release, followed by multiple service packages consistent with the SolidWorks release schedule. This means that you will now be able to upgrade your CAD and technical publication tool simultaneously. So, the next major release will be SolidWorks Composer 2014 launched with SolidWorks 2014 in the fall of 2013.
A key point to note: there is no change in functionality. However, SolidWorks Composer will employ the SolidWorks licensing activation to streamline and automate the licensing process. You will be able to download SolidWorks Composer from the Customer Portal and a media kit will be available later in the year. Also, SolidWorks Composer can be installed and function on a machine without SolidWorks.