2006 SP.0 available

I was trying to be humorous about waiting for SP2 to see whether to install SP0. :)
Given the short time period, "All is well" can also mean haven't
gotten too deep into it and haven't gone through the process from beginning to end on any substantial project.
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Actually, that's exactly why users should wait (because of issues with previous sp's). I'm referring strictly to SW related SP issues, fix it, break it, fix it, break it, etc....
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wrote:

I have installed SP 0, it wouldn't update EV properly -- the install crashed right at the end. Removing EV fixed this. DWG editor won't install --- it cannot find its .msi file near the end of the install, and when pointed to it says it isn't usable.
So far most seems OK, but one very clever bug found so far. When inserting fasteners from the toolbox into an existing 2005 design they are almost always the wrong way "up".
This is actually very clever -- 9 times out of 10 fasteners are inverted (just like you pressed TAB), but it doesn't matter which way you leave them -- they always end up the wrong way. This doesn't happen with new files. Trying to write code that works out which way you didn't want it must have been very, very hard. Every now and again it puts one in correctly just to annoy you ie. place 4 fasteners in the same view -- 3 end up the wrong way regardless of which way you leave them, but one is correct.
It only takes changing two mates to fix this.
Other minor issues:
BOM's are narrow and very, very tall by default, and all print is enormous (24pt). The context sensitive right click menus don't learn which menu items you use often -- there might be a way to change this I havn't found yet.
Not having to remember to take the USB dongle home is great :-)
-- Regards, Gavin Melville snipped-for-privacy@acclipse.co.nz
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DWG editor won't

I had no trouble with my DWGEditor, but I had to download the samples again. The download never finished.

Heh. Still glad I don't use Toolbox. I worked in 06 most of the day with no sign of stability problems. The only thing I noticed today was that it seemed to want to do a zoom to fit when I dragged in a sketch block. One day down...

There isn't one. Have you seen the new enhancement request form yet?
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So far so good. installed only sw2006 and photoworks. Installed as new installation. I have tested several things what stopped me from going to sw 2005 (Im still working with sw 2004 sp5. very stable on my system).
no problem with old dawing converted to new. large printing goes ok (was big problem in 2005 0.0) I tested for 6 hours now with sweeps,lofts surfaces , renderings, drawings. No crashes, no quirky drawing views. no performance slow down. I will keep on doing some more tests the next month before considering to move over to 2006, but so far it feels really good.
Bram

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How do you find performance?
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I dont do benchmarks but it seems the same or better.

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After 3 days work I would have said better, but these are not large models -- 100's of parts, 10mb assemblies etc. It seems very stable so far.
There are still times I wish I had the chief programmer in my office -- and a large piece of wood in my hand, but now I only want to use the wood to explain things, rather than for genocide on the entire programming team......
-- Regards, Gavin Melville snipped-for-privacy@acclipse.co.nz
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You are a brave man, I feel worn out with SWX 2005. I installed at SP0, had to as a client did. In hindsight, buying another box to run SWX2005 or dual booting would have been a much better option.
I still have 11 SPR's "open" going back to February. There would have been more but some of my bug reports are now answered with it has been fixed in SWX 2006, implying there will be no fix in 2005.
If a client of mine installs 2006 so will I, on a new machine this time. I hope SP5 or 5.1 for 2005 will solve some of my issues and will continue to use 2005 for all new projects (where I work for clients without SolidWorks 2006) at least until SP4.0 for 2006 is available.
They biggest improvement to 2005 was SolidWorks RX at least it was easier to file bug reports. Although the majority of SolidWorks users I know do not bother to file bug reports--- they just find workarounds.
Geeze --- sorry to sound so negative I really do like SolidWorks! It sure beats 2d or pencil and paper.
Regards
John Layne (Still a happy, mostly productive user of SolidWorks)
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