SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 283 - July Tech News

July Tech News:

This podcast covers the SolidWorks tech news that broke since the middle of last month.  July is always a big news month since it is the month of the SolidWorks Beta program.  Topics covered:

SolidWorks Blog:

- SolidWorks at "SustainableBrands 2010"

- Dassault Systèmes launch of DraftSight

- DS & SolidWorks launch 3dvia Composer V6R2011 (brief list of enhancement highlights)

- SolidWorks user gets Popular Science Award

- Mike Puckett's Formula SAE Journey

- Terrafugia's FAA Ruling Milestone

- Two 5 Questions Friday with Jason Balser & Brian McElyea

Tech Alerts:

- SolidWorks 2010 SP4 released and SPR stats (89 addressed SPRs! total)

- Awareness of Design and Engineering Tools, Features and Functionality survey

- SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2010 SP4 released

- SolidWorks 2011 Beta 1 available for download

- SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Beta 1 available for download

Other SW News and Tech Announcements:

- Digital Dimensions moved YouTube Channel:

- SolidSmack: "Ask the Reader: Would you switch CAD systems for mobile options?" (interesting poll results)

- SolidWorks:HEARD: "3D Printing From CAD to Cloud?" (Shapeways SolidWorks Add-in)

- Deelip: "Spatial's CAD on the Cloud - The Real Story" (6 part posting on Cloud CAD)

- DezignStuff: "Of CAD, clouds and iPad" & "The shape of clouds to come - boxy"

- Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 beta available for TechNet and drops support for XP SP2.

Welcome to SolidWorks Beta Month!  This is the time of the year where we rollup our sleeves and get elbow deep into the next release of SolidWorks.  July is full of great news stories as well since SolidWorks pushed out service pack 4 for both SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM 2010,  V6R2011 for 3dvia Composer and launched SolidWorks 2011 Beta 1.

The discussion about mobile and cloud computing also flared up quite a bit over the past few weeks and more companies are taking a seat at the table to test out their proof of concepts.  Spatial, a DS property, has launched a web-based CAD concept at where you can specify what kernel you want to use and have a go! (does require Internet Explorer since the plugin is ActiveX).  In today's landscape of the Internet, connection speeds and reliability are a serious factor to the success of a 3D cloud-based CAD app and everyone has an opinion to why it will fail.  It is a great discussion and there are many places to get into the conversation! ~Lou

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