Ever wish you could rename your assembly models in the tree, instead of closing down and doing it in Solidworks Explorer?
Well Solidworks 2008 takes a big leap in this direction. Yesterday while doing some flow analysis in 2008, I was inserting "lids" into my assembly. I was noticing a different behavior upon inserting new components. First off, you no longer get prompted where to save, or how to name the new part. Upon clicking Insert > New Component, you then select a face or plane for the new model to be created on, and your instantly in sketch mode creating geometry.
In this picture, you can see I have Part 10 which was my first part that the assembly was started with. I then created parts 11 and 12, and have just finished creating part 13, and SW is now prompting me to name it. Notice the brackets around part 12, which will also appear around part 13 upon naming.
Now lets imagine you want to be a little bit more descriptive in your model names than I have. Time to close out the assembly, and launch SW Explorer right? Not any more!
Solidworks will then highlight the model name, and you can change it. You will then get the window shown in this picture. You have the option to save it internally into the assembly resulting in no file in your folder, or you can save it to a path which will place the file into a folder. Here I named it Post 2 and chose to save it into my working assembly folder.
Imagine now being able to go through your assembly and rename your files once your assembly is done with relative ease. Functionality you like or dislike? You will know after using it a few times. I was a bit frustrated with it at first, but after reading through the help files, and understanding the intention of the new feature, I can see many benefits from it.