SolidWorks PDS? Connect?...No n!Fuze

It appears that some of the cats will be let out of the bag before SolidWorks World 2011 even starts.  Today on the SolidWorks Blog they announced the final name of the debuted SaaS offering from SolidWorks World 2010 called SolidWorks n!Fuze.  This product was initially named "SolidWorks PDS" which stood for Product Data Sharing and then around summer time it was referred to as "SolidWorks Connect".

This new offering, which is to go into a full public beta in a few weeks, will finally bring a web-based version controlled repository that allows sharing and collaboration of SolidWorks files.  n!Fuze appears to offer two experiences to those that utilize the service:

1. A Task Pane UI in SolidWorks

2. A website UI with "Workspaces" or projects

The service had been explained to offer version control, similar to Google Docs, so every upload of the same name would keep the previous versions for access.  There was also mention of a mobile strategy at SWW10 of which there is no evidence as of yet.  There is a "Treehouse" like UI as well to display the associativity tree of SolidWorks assemblies that looks very cool.

SolidWorks will be showing off n!Fuze at the SolidWorks Booth here in San Antonio in the Partner Pavillion but if you want to join the public beta, you can send your name, company and contact informatoin to "nFuzeBeta@solidworks.com" and you will be contacted with details and instructions when beta opens.  

If you are at SolidWorks World 2011, you can check out the breakout session in the Partner Pavillion (theater) on January 245, 2011 at 4:30pm.  They are also offering a hands on session as well in Room 216AB on both January 24 & 25 at 2:45pm.

I am sure they will be talking about it in one of the general sessions so stay tuned for more details as the conference begins! ~Lou