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What is Share and Markup? – SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services 2/6

Understanding Share and Markup: Collaborating with 3D Experience

In today’s rapidly evolving world of design and collaboration, it is crucial to have efficient and accessible tools to share and markup files. This blog post aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the share and markup tools available with various cloud services, apps, and tools. By the end of this article, you will gain valuable insights into how to set up and utilize share and markup effectively. Want to learn more? Request a Demo here.

Section 1: What is Share and Markup?

Share and Markup, a collaboration tool powered by the 3D Experience platform, enables seamless file sharing of SolidWorks files both within and outside of your company. The fascinating aspect of Share and Markup is that recipients outside of your organization do not require a license to access the files. This democratizes collaboration and breaks down barriers, making it easier to collaborate with vendors and stakeholders. The shared files are viewed in a 3D viewer, accessible directly through a web browser, eliminating platform and operating system constraints. 

Section 2: Set Up and Configuration

To utilize Share and Markup, you will primarily be working with two applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform: 3D Drive and 3D Play. 3D Drive functions like Dropbox, allowing you to upload files, generate links, and share them effortlessly. While the files in 3D Drive are not considered production files, they are ideal for sharing with others. On the other hand, 3D Play serves as a 3D web-based viewer that integrates seamlessly with Share and Markup. 


Setting up Share and Markup within SOLIDWORKS is a straightforward process. If you have purchased new SOLIDWORKS seats after July 1st, 2023, you will have access to these collaboration tools. However, if you are unsure about your access, contacting technical support or your SOLIDWORKS representative can quickly clarify the matter. 

Section 3: Workflow and Collaboration Process

Now let’s explore the workflow and collaboration process from an end-user perspective. Suppose you want to send copies of a SOLIDWORKS file to a colleague for review and feedback. Share and Markup support various file types, including 3DXML, STEP, STL, and IGES. These file types get copied into your 3D Drive application, ensuring maximum compatibility. The 3D Play viewer can render all these files in a web browser without any limitations, making it convenient for recipients. 


To share a file, a link is sent via email. The recipient will need to log in with a 3D Experience ID, which only takes a few minutes to create and is free of cost. Once the recipient opens the file in a web browser, they can begin marking it up with notes, drawings, and text. The markups are saved within the shared file in 3D Drive, allowing both the sender and recipient to view and respond to the markups. 


The collaboration process doesn’t end there. Changes can be made, additional markups can be added, and the link can be updated seamlessly. The sender receives notifications regarding the markups and can view the marked-up file side by side with the original SOLIDWORKS file, facilitating effective design critique and evaluation. 


The share and markup tool revolutionizes collaboration by providing an intuitive platform to share 3D design files. With its browser-based 3D viewer and seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS, it allows for efficient communication among team members and stakeholders. Whether you are an engineer, designer, or project manager, understanding share and markup is essential to enhance collaboration and streamline your design process. 


So, the next time you need to collaborate on a project, remember to leverage the power of share and markup to streamline your design workflow and exceed your collaboration goals. Embrace the future of design collaboration with Share and Markup on the 3D Experience platform. 

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