SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 358 - October Tech News

October Tech News:

This podcast covers the SolidWorks and CAD-related tech news that broke since mid-September covering the SolidWorks Blog, various tech alerts and other industry news. Topics covered:

SolidWorks Blog:

- Strategic Retreats: Transforming Technology into Product (Rick Chin)

- SolidWorks Simulation on Umbrellas and Mary Poppins

- Let's Go Design HR Buggy coming together

- Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (Rick Chin)

- n!Fuze take 2? ... Thoughts on Collaboration

- Hirschtick leaves SolidWorks .. We'll miss you Jon!

- Javelin Technologies is growing!

- SolidWorks World Trivia contest launches ... Hurry! Ends October 28th.

Tech Alerts:

- SolidWorks 2012 will be the last version to support Windows XP (finally!)

- DVD is not required to apply service packs (SolidWorks 2011 forward)

- SolidWorks 2011 SP5 is available for download

- SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2011 SP5 is available for download

- SolidWorks & EPDM 2012 SP0 ship.

Support Monthly FAQ:

- Top Questions

- New Knowledge Base articles

Other News:

- Step by Step books for SolidWorks are available on Amazon

- New for 2011 - Improving Large Assembly Design using SolidWorks (Amazon Link here)

Last week started my rollout road show so I was in Southern California showing 2012 to customers and I am at it again for the next two weeks.  I wanted to sit down and get the tech news out since I push it back a week with the What's New series coming to a close.

Wow what a month! SolidWorks ships their 2012 line of products, Steve Jobs dies, Jon Hirschtick leaves SolidWorks... what more is there to say?  This month the SolidWorks blog was littered with posts on the new features in the 2012 line and if you have not seen some of these new features in action, many of these posts have videos.

I continue to believe that SolidWorks 2012 is really the release of the "little things" and to me it is the little things that really matter!  After this week seeing the reaction of customers who just want their tool to have better performance and let them get their day to day done fast, I like this release a lot. If you have attended a rollout, what is your take or favorite feature? ~Lou

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