SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 340 - July Tech News

July Tech News:

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

SolidWorks Blog:

- CEO Sicot's progress on the CSWP

- Let's Go Design starts scanning

- 3DVia Composer V6R2012 launched (Video highlights)

- SolidWorks Beta 2012 begins

- 1-2-3 Present! at SWWC 2012

- Japan's recovery from Sicot's eyes

- AMD SW Partner Profile

Tech Alerts:

- SolidWorks 2011 SP 4 ships, addresses Win7 SP1 & IE9 compatibility

- SolidWorks EPDM 2011 SP4 ships

- SolidWorks 2012 Beta 1 downloads are live

- 3dvia Composer V6R2012 SP0 is available for download (tips for downloading)

- SolidWorks EPDM 2012 Beta 1 downloads are live

SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ: (not out yet!)

Industry Tech News:

- Google launches Google + (roundtable coming soon)

- Collaboration service booms from SolidWorks and Autodesk

- More reports on Dropbox being used as a universal sharing tool for engineering and CAD

July tends to be a little slow for tech news, especially during "beta season" and the slow nature of the summer months.  There was a steady stream of product patches and announcements across the industry in CAD as well as the tech industry in general.

With the launch of n!Fuze, which was never mentioned by SolidWorks on their blog or any other channel for that matter, a few customers have voiced their opinions thus far and the tone is not that positive.  The good thing is this service does have a not credit card, 30 day trial and is a starting point for them to get feedback, which they are welcoming in the SwYm community.  Autodesk also is trying out a collaboration and markup service and stories are more common about Dropbox becoming a go-to service to share data with others.

In the coming weeks I will be pulling together a panel to talk about Google Plus and the possibilities this new service could offer for product developement teams.  With features like Hangouts, I wonder if Google has got a possible solution for remote teams to virtually be together. ~Lou

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