DriveWorks Pro 15: DriveWorks Feature Comparison [send feedback...]

Learn about the differences between DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro and decide which software solution is right for you.

From stand-alone seats to company-wide solutions, DriveWorks software can be used for Design Automation and Sales Configuration by most companies creating ‘Same but Different’ products.

Whether you are an engineer looking for a Design Automation solution or a company wanting to provide Product Configuration and Guided Selling for your own teams, Distributors and Dealers, DriveWorks software is modular and scalable so you can set up and use the products to your advantage and at your own pace.

Click on the check mark in each product column to learn more about each feature!

Supported Operating Systems and Browsers

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (DriveWorks Desktop Applications)
All of the above plus Windows Server (2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016) (DriveWorks Live Web application)
Google Chrome 8+, Mozilla Firefox 4+, Microsoft Edge 12+, Microsoft IE 11+, Safari 5.1+ (Configuring products in a Browser through DriveWorks Live)

CAD - Controlling SOLIDWORKS 3D Models and 2D Drawings

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Drive Dimensions, Features and Custom Properties
Drive Color, Material and Textures
Drive Advanced Feature Properties (Hole Wizards, Sheet Metal, Weldments)
Drive Advanced Feature Properties
Drive Instances
Replace Components (with existing files or dynamically driven files)
Create additional model file formats (drive3D, STEP, STL, PDF, DXF, JPEG, etc.)
Full control over new model file names and locations
Control multiple model sets from a single project
Run SOLIDWORKS Model Macros
Generative design - create new features on the fly (configurations, insert components, mates, etc.)
Create a drawing for each part and assembly
Create multiple drawings for each part and assembly
Full control over new drawing file names and locations
Create additional drawing file formats (PDF, DXF, DWG, JPEG, etc.)
Control Drawing Sheets (Re-scale, Rename, Delete)
Control Drawing Views (Re-scale, Re-position, Delete)
Control Annotations (Dimension Text, Notes, Symbols, etc.)
Control Dimension positions
Control Custom Properties, Break Lines and Layers
Run SOLIDWORKS Drawing Macros
Run additional tasks on the fly (Auto Balloon, Arrange Dimensions, Rescale and Position Views, etc.)

Document Creation

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Create documents (such as Sales Quotes, Purchase Orders, Bills of Materials, etc.)
Built in document templates
Fully customizable document creation (from Word, Excel, XML, etc.)
Send HTML emails with attachments
Create Additional File Formats (PDF, HTML, TXT, XML, etc.)

Output Generation

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Immediate generation of SOLIDWORKS models and drawings
Real Time Preview (On Demand) - updates model while specifying
Manual release of generation queue - allows multiple specifications to have their models generated from a queue
Automatic generation - unattended generation of outputs
Load balancing - distributes output generation over multiple machines
Priority processing - Change the order that outputs are created based on rules
Output Tagging - Generate outputs on targeted machines or in specific locations

User Interface Design

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Automatic Form designer
Expert Form Designer (Resolution and Control Guides, Control Grouping, Control Property Grid, etc.)
Multiple form creation with dynamic navigation
Basic Form Controls (Text Box, Numeric Text Box, Drop Down, Spin Button, Check Box)
Enhanced Form Controls (Hyperlink, Label, List Box, Option Group, Picture Box, Slider)
Advanced Form Controls (3D Preview, Child Specification List, Data Table, Date Picker, Frame Control, Macro Button, Upload Control, etc.)
Dynamic options for list controls
Dynamic control of Enable and Visible properties of form controls
Dynamic control over fonts and colors
Static validation and validation messages
Dynamic validation and validation messages
Copy and paste form controls
Re-skin controls
Support for responsive forms (allows re-positioning of controls when used on screens of different sizes)
Project hierarchy (run a specification inside a specification to any level (For example a contract with multiple configurable line items)

Working with Data and Rules

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Use tabular data to calculate rules
Copy and paste Excel data
Create internal data tables
Use dynamic data from ODBC Data sources in rules (SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer, etc.)
Export data to ODBC data sources (for example SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer)
Pull and Push data dynamically to and from SQL Server Databases using SQL or Windows authentication
Create Group Level Tabular data for use across an entire implementation
Create Calculation tables where each cell can be calculated from other cells
Create Rollup data tables - where information such a price or BOM Quantities is rolled up through the project hierarchy
Web Service integration - communicate with any web service OR use DriveWorks as a web service
Over 240 engineering, mathematic and scientific functions
Rules builder with function wizard and rule insight (rule breakdown and drill down, function assistance, syntax highlighting and function helper text)
Reusable rules (Variables)
Pervasive search/filtering capabilities

Maintainability, Reporting and Diagnostics

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Rules commentary
Rules revisioning
Reporting on model generation success or failure
Reporting on specification process success or failure
Real time testing during form design
Rules analysis and breakdown
What-if scenarios (Specification Test Mode)
Interactive step through of model generation
Rule Profiling (rule specific error debugging, performance solving and insight features)


DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Import DriveWorksXpress Projects
Import DriveWorks Solo Projects
Underlying database - Microsoft SQL Server
Security - Users and Teams
Security - Active Directory compatibility
Granular permissions
Zero-Conversion web access
Unattended model generation
Standalone user seats
Fully customizable work flow - (who, what and when)
Automatic processing of external data
Fully documented API with Software Development Kit


DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Automatic check-in of models, drawings and documents)
3rd party system Integration through file import and export
3rd party system Integration through SQL\ ODBC connections
3rd party system Integration through web services
3rd party system Integration through fully documented Application programming Interface

Online Configurator and DriveWorks 3D

DriveWorks XpressDriveWorks SoloDriveWorks Pro
Direct web access through the application
Run as a service through Internet Information Services (IIS)
Application Mode - replicate desktop running directly on the web
Web Theme with basic re-skinning
Choice of fully responsive skins
Session Management - control license usage over the Internet
Image gallery - display image files as they are created
Configurable 3D in a browser
Server side rendering of web optimized DriveWorks 3D files
Image fall back mode when no WebGL on client machine
Model click interaction
Transparent image support
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules - Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

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