SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 414 - October Tech News

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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 tech news. Topics covered:

SolidWorks Blog:
- A ton of What's New videos
- Registration for SWW13 is now open
- Assuming Small Displacement: The Large Displacement Flag
- Remembering our friend Wayne Tiffany 
- Set Document Property for SW EPDM 
- Increasing Performance in SW Patterns
- SW library features to "Die" for (video tutorial)
- Rho, Rho, Rho YourBoat: Conics in SW 2013
- Maximize your punkin' chunkin' catapult with SW Simulation
- Change Your Tree: See the Mates First!
- The Stratos Project: One Gial Freefall for Mankind
- Customizing SolidWorks Flyout Toolbars
- SolidWorks Enterprise Licensing Made Simple

Tech Alerts:
- SolidWorks EPDM 2013 SP0 is available for download
- Would you like to help define the future of SW? (survey)
- SolidWorks 2013 SP0 is available for download
- Creation of Inspection Documentation and Related Data (survey)

Industry News/Misc:
- SolidWorks to support Windows 8 on SolidWorks 2013 products (64 bit)

SolidWorks Beta is over, pre-release has now come to a close and SolidWorks 2013 SP0 has shipped! Now that the newest release is available to the general public, we can all get started really getting serious about moving to the latest and greatest.

One of the pieces of news that came out last week was that SolidWorks 2013 will ship with full Windows 8 support right out of the gate at service pack 0.  With many of the Microsoft legacy products coming to retirement (Windows XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista) it is great to see support even before the official launch on October 26th!  I have been running Windows 8 since it's first debut in the developer preview and now that RTM has shipped (release to manufacturing), it is my primary OS.

After 11 years of presenting and talking to customers about the newest release of software, it is great to see some genuine excitement to upgrade immediately since SolidWorks 2013 seems to have some focus on a lot of core features.  Time will tell but so far the SP0 build seems to be pretty solid.  ~Lou

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