SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 379 - March Tech News

March Tech News:

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

SolidWorks Blog:

- SWW12 Contest winners

- SW Interview with NAO Robot Father

- Riding the free CAM highway

- Saving $$$ on Books and Workstations

- Breaking the Hot Rod Baby Buggy

- New public Demo library

- DraftSight (2D 2M strong)

- 3D, Beer and Cloverleafs?

SolidWorks Tech Alerts:

- New Featured Content Blog (link broke on the alert site)

- Model Mania 2012 files posted

SW 2012 Release Notes (tech highlights):

- SW2013 will be the last version of EPDM to support server 2003

- How to repair equations from SW2011 (multiple instances and externally linked)

- Mirror Components bug squashed in SP2

- Sheet Metal menu rename in SP1

Industry Tech News:

- Experiences with Windows 8 after 2 weeks

- iPad and the tablet market views 

March tends to be a slow news month since the news from SolidWorks World has died down and it is before any of the products are in beta.  However, there are always things to talk about and there were a few good nuggets in the SolidWorks blog worth mentioning as well as some technical alerts and release notes tidbits.

I also share my experiences with Windows 8 Consumer Preview after using it for 2 weeks and the aspects of this new OS that I am looking forward to.  I hear a lot of push back from some users but the reality is, Windows 8 is almost the same as Windows 7 with some nice navigation options and a new platform that can be used across all platforms and input devices (Desktop, Mobile, Tablet, Touch, Mouse and Keyboard).  I call that flexibility.  I am anxious to see how developers will use the Metro UI and what types of applications lend themselves to the full-screen, web tech, touch friendly environment.

I also wonder how the new iPad launch with superior screen and hardware/form factor specs will impact the tablet market.  My fear is the iPad, as a whole, has marked its position at the top of this category like the iPod did before it in the MP3 market.  I hope Google enters into the market with their own device (like they did with the Nexus brand in phones) to show the OEMs how to do it right.  In the end, competition is good for us, consumers, so manufacturers are always on their toes and innovating. ~Lou 

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