Al Dean is one of the best resources we have since Joe Greco died.
The new Reference Viewer is interesting as it consolidates a number of existing tools into a single chunk of functionality for inspecting product structure and the inherently complex parent and child references that exist in a modelling system like Pro/Engineer.
It allows you to explore inter-part and inter-assembly relationships to a very granular level (we=92re talking feature to feature level). This serves a couple of purposes. If you have a complex product model, a seemingly small change can wreak havoc with your model, so with this tool you can graphically see how changing a feature can propagate through your model where problems could potentially arise. In many cases, a bit of forethought can save you the sheer pain of having to redo that work if you can see the effects and make an informed decision. Also, accepting that sometimes you do need to break though relationships, the Reference Viewer allows you to do that in a controlled environment."
You will never read about the real problems with SolidWorks on a SolidWorks User Blog with the current group of SolidWork Bloggers
It's time SolidWorks fixed the core basics that are so badly broken like PTC is doing with Pro/E.
Jon Banquer San Diego, CA