CATIA Watermark appearing in Composer with a Network License

Matthew Fisher

After installing SOLIDWORKS Composer onto a system and utilizes a SOLIDWORKS Network License there is a chance that any imported files into Composer will have a CATiA watermark appear when rotating the model.



This issue is typically caused by Composer not properly obtaining a license from the SolidNetWork License Manager Server that host the network license. You may find that if you borrow a Composer license it will import files as intended. Composer believes the software is running in a evaluation version since it cannot properly obtain the license, causing the watermark to appear.


To correct the issue a new string value must be made in the FLEXlm License Manager registry key that references the SolidNetWork License Manager Server.

  1. Search your Windows programs for RegEdit and launch the program as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager.
  3. After clicking on the FLEXlm License Manager key right click in the window and choose to create a new string value and name the key SW_D_LICENSE_FILE.
  4. Once the string is made right click it and choose to edit the string. Within the Value Data box type in 25734@"Server Computer Name" similar to how you add the server to a client.


Once the key has been created you can close the regedit tool and restart Composer. The next time you import a file the watermarks should be removed and Composer opens outside of the evaluation mode.

Contact Us

For further troubleshooting assistance please contact Hawk Ridge Systems at 877.266.4469 for the U.S. or 866.587.6803 for Canada.

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    Frank Lynn

    Once the watermark is no longer appearing on a "NEW" smg. (test by importing a new SLDASM or SLDPRT and see if the background is clean now) If yes, You can "fix" the old SMG by selecting and exporting all the views at once, then re importing the SLDASM or SLDPRT into a brand new SMG, then importing all the views back in to the new SMG. Now you should have a perfect copy of the original SMG but without the watermark. FL

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    Frank Lynn

    SW_D_LICENSE_FILE must be in HKCU
    and HKLM, two places!

    Thank you Matt !