eDrawings for iPad from 3DS SolidWorks ( #edrawingsforipad )


Zooming methods are the same as assemblies, with zoom fit, zoom home, panning, etc.  Play is also available.  I don’t know what it is about Play; there is just some inexplicable joy that comes from watching a model transition between views.

Configurations are also supported for parts.  Switching between configurations is a breeze.

Same as other eDrawings releases, DimXpert dimensions are viewable in eDrawing part (.eprt) files.


Zoom tools work a little different for drawing.  There is still pan, zoom in and out, zoom fit, and zoom home.  Logically, you won’t have the ability to rotate a drawing sheet into 3D space.

When viewing a drawing, Play works the same in eDrawings for iPad as it does in other versions of eDrawings.  Watching a drawing transition between drawing views is even more enjoyable than watching a model because the associated dimensions are displayed at each waypoint.

Drawing sheets are also supported.  Switching between drawing sheets may be done through the Sheets tree.

Usability and Performance

eDrawings for iPad is very intuitive for anyone familiar with multitouch screens.  One finger drag rotates the model.  Two fingers pan.  Pinching zooms.  I’ve used this app on both an iPad and iPad 3.  On either of these devices, manipulating the model orientation has great responsiveness that is as immediate as you may expect any iPad app to be.  For example, switching between configurations and sheets using the tree is very quick.

Loading a file into eDrawings for iPad is also a snap.  You can copy files to your iPad via your iTunes interface.  Even easier, just email the file to yourself or someone else who has this app installed.

When downloading the model file through your email interface, you are automatically presented with the option to open it in eDrawings.  If you accept, it is added to your User Files and opened.  Very convenient.


eDrawings for iPad has enough functions to immediately make this a useful tool.  It is very inexpensive when compared to similar applications that view native SolidWorks files on the iPad.  The app is very easy to use.  These points give this app a  great combination of qualities.

eDrawings for iPad is available as of May 1, 2012 from the Apple App Store.  Please find and install this app through App Store from your iPad device.  Search word: edrawings.  Or, follow this iTunes link.  There is a lively discussion on Twitter under hashtags #edrawingsforipad, #eDrawings, or just plain search for edrawings.  Also, if you wish, check out the SolidWorks.com introduction site

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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  5. Irons,

    The professional versoin of eDrawings allows you to make mark-ups on your models. Since this is a viewer app, the ability to create geometry is not available.

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