SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 424 - 2012 Year In Review


2012 Year in Review:

This podcast covers a summary of 2012 and the specific SolidWorks' most memorable moments from the rise and fall of n!Fuze to eDrawings on the iPhone and everything in between.  Topics covered:

SolidWorks 2012 Highlights:

- SolidWorks hints at SolidWorks V6 in early 2013 (@ sww13)
- SolidWorks early testing on Windows 8 (March 2012)
- Introduction of SolidWorks Plastics (Simpoe agreement in April 2012)
- 3DVIA Composer V6R2013 ships (May 2012)
- eDrawings for iPad (May 2012)
- SolidWorks Electrical hits the scene (August 2012)
- Unveiling SolidWorks 2013 product line (September 2012)
- Debut of eDrawings Pro for iPad (September 2012)
- SolidWorks launches 2013 products with Windows 8 Support on day 1 (September)
- SolidWorks 2013 SP0 Ships (October 2012)
- eDarwings Pro support for iPhone (November 2012)
- SolidWorks 2012 SP5 (giving backwards interoperability to 2013 (November 2012)
- 3DVIA Composer V6R2013x ships (December 2012)

Technology Highlights:

- Apple ships retina iPad and iPad mini
- Google ships Nexus 7 and 10
- Windows 8 goes live
- Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD
- Microsoft launches Surface RT (Arm based tablet)
- The rise of webGL 3D tools emerge with Sunglass, GrabCAD and TeamPlatform

From a technology standpoint, 2012 has been an amazing year!  Consumer electronics were brought to a new level, not only in technology but in adoption.  Tablets have hit the scene in a huge way, brining larger screen mobile devices to a significant portion of the population.  This is changing the way many of us compute on a daily basis.

As far as the CAD scene, the emergence of more mobile tools that extend the workflow of markup and communication is far overdue and I hope becomes more expansive in the coming year.  Web-based collaboration tools for 3D are also growing in capabilities allowing teams to use cloud centric tools to bridge the gap.

2013 should bring many technological surprises, especially since the comfort with the cloud is slowly but surly growing.  We might actually see something from DS SolidWorks at SolidWorks World this year if the hint of Bertrand Sicot stands true.  

I want to take a moment to thank you all for listening/reading for another year and I am excited to see what 2013 brings to us in the engineering and tech world.  Happy New Year!  ~Lou

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