SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 348 - September Tech News

September Tech News:

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

SolidWorks Blog:

- Green Design Contest comes to an end

- Customer reactions to SolidWorks 2012

- SolidWorks Veterans on SW2012

- Let's Go Design resumes with Episode 4

- 3DVIA Composer V6R2012 Rendering Enhancements

Tech Alert:

- SolidWorks 2012 Pre-Release 1 is available for download from the Customer Portal

Support Monthly FAQ:

- Not out yet but will cover next show...

SolidWorks 2012 News:

- Pre-release testing

- Release Notes

- Layout for this year's What's New series

This past month the SolidWorks camp has been busy prepairing for the pre-release of SolisWorks 2012 with a barriage of blog posts titled "SolidWorks Veterians on SolidWorks 2012".  It is interesting to hear from many familiar faces, all of which have been around the product as long as I have...or longer.  One of the posts that grabbed my attention was a tribute to the past 20 releases of SolidWorks starting with the first release in 1995.  Each year had a bulleted list of the top 5 or 6 featues that were added in each release, 13 of which I have shown to customers in our rollouts.

Although this is the first year I didn't get a chance to install any beta builds, I have read through the what's new 3 times and feel a bit distant.  One of the things that makes a new release new to me is finding the new things or approaches that were not there in previous releases, which you can only find using the beta.  Now that Pre-Release is out, I will try to get some time in and find more of the "easter eggs" in the product.

The What's New Series wil start next week and I am thinking of chaning the format a bit and organizing things in a better category coverage to make listening selection easier.  I am still working out the details on the format but suggestions are welcome too! ~Lou

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