SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 393 - Tech Alert 2012 SP4

Tech Alert 2012 SP4:

This podcast covers a few new features and news that was pushed out in the latest service pack of the SolidWorks 2012 product line. The May support monthly FAQ also was pushed out late so we will cover that as well.  Topics covered:

- 2012 SP4 technical alerts

- New features in SolidWorks SP4

- Recap of addressed SPRs

- Upgrading EPDM and Toolbox

- Support Monthly FAQ (May 2012)

Last week we covered the tech news but after EPDM 2012 shipped, I wanted to read through and dig into the release notes to see what has changed. After doing so, I found a few things worth mentioning and figured we'd talk about them now instead of waiting a month to roll them into the July tech news.

SolidWorks has also aligned they operating system support with Microsoft, as they have in the past, and now is sharing that 2013 will be the last version to support Windows Vista.  Along with Vista and XP, Windows Server 2003 will be dropped for the server support of products like EPDM and license managers. It is good to be aware of these retirements early in order to avoid this creeping up on you.

Beta season is close and SolidWorks has begun sending out reminders to get your customer portal profiles updated and to check the option to be notified for beta programs.  They have also explained the benefits of getting into the beta program in their FAQ so I am hoping the launch is close.  Are you going to test or are you of the belief that should be left to SolidWorks? ~Lou

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SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 324 - SolidWorks & IE9

SolidWorks & IE9:

This podcast covers the current status of the SolidWorks product line and the newly launched Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.  With IE being so tightly integrated in the Windows operating system, it is not surprising when certain aspects of other products stop working as intended! Topics covered:

- SolidWorks' statement on SolidWorks & IE9 in the Forums

SolidWorks & IE9 in the Knowledge base:

- Interaction issues with IE9 and 3D Content Central (workarounds)

- SolidWorks Search script errors after IE9 Installed

- SolidWorks customer portal issues with downlods (workarounds)

PDM & PDF issues:

- WPDM & EPDM PDF viewing problems

- EPDM Web Client and IE9 needing compatibility mode

This past week Microsoft released their 9th build of Internet Explorer and since IE has always been tightly integrated with Windows, it was not surprising that some technologies ran into compatibility issue after installation.  

Unfortunately, many of these issues are just annoyances but have surfaced right after SolidWorks releases service pack 3 for SolidWorks 2011.  This means that some of the problems that SolidWorks is facing, although minor, will probably not be addressed till SP4.  Most of the issues that are correctable by SolidWorks themselves and currently have a workaround article posted in the knowledge base in the customer portal.  There are, however, a few related to the PDF previewing in Workgroup PDM and in the 64bit version of Enterprise PDM that are due to compatibility with IE9 and Adobe (and Foxit for those running 64bit EPDM).

IE9 is argueably the best browser that Microsoft has shipped, finally competiing on the front of web standards and speed along side the heavy competition of Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome.  Unfortunately due to IE's tight integration into Windows, many product are forced to rely on IE for certain aspects of their own offering and an upgrade of this magnitude is bound to cause an error or two! ~Lou

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