Just venting, but why can't SW Corp. slow down and stop releasing so
many darn releases/SP's and just release one that has all bugs fixed.
I think 2004 is the worse release so far. We all know, that we as
subscribers, are their program testers, it truely sucks that we have
to pay them to fix their own screw ups.
Anyone using Inventor have this many problems? Would like to know.
Hate to say it, but even Microsoft at least fixes/releases their screw
ups for free.
Vent away, it's good to get it out sometimes.
I would be interested to here exactly what problems you are having that make
you think this is the worst release. I've run into 2 bugs (and was shown a
third) that are irritating but do have work-arounds. Other than that, I find
this to be the very best SWX release ever. . I don't consider myself a
"non-paid tester" - I consider SolidWorks to be a partner in our business
and as such we both have responsibilities to each other. They produce the
finest software I've ever used for mechanical design and I help them make it
better. This might be an unpopular opinion, but it works for me.
Yes, Inventor users have the same issues. IV8 has a "migration" error that
is rendering the initial release useless for some users. Take a look at the
IV7 newsgroup and you will find many of the same complaints about IV as you
will about SWX (it's moderated so the flaming is kept to a minimum).
AutoDesk is working on the problem and will have it fixed soon I'm sure.
Point is, all software has bugs, all software works in ways that may not be
"the right way", and all software will have it's advocates and detractors.
If you can make a business case for time lost, lower productivity, and
consistently poor software performance, switch to something else. If you are
interested in working with your software vendors to provide the tools you
need to get your job done better and faster, then take the road more
traveled and submit bugs to your VAR, submit enhancement requests, gather
with other users (user groups/conferences) to learn from them, and help make
SolidWorks even better.
And every now and then come in here to vent away.
One dirty word: Marketing.
And the Marketing works if you're not experienced with the software. I was
all giddy and had to have the latest and greatest the minute it came out, I
even ewwwed and awwwed over the demo back in the day, until I started
realizing that I was getting burned in the process of jumping on everything
the moment it was released.
As far as the value of the Service Packs, I believe it has diminished. I
really think that bug fixes and software enhancement should be separated.
Bug fixes should be free and software enhancement should be paid for. I
would argue that all the other CAD companies make the end user pay for bug
fixes, but even AutoDesk offers patches for free. Something like Express
tools though was always reserved for subscribers. Bentley's Microstation
is/was set up that way. The only value I see is getting the major upgrades
when they are released (just don't install them right away).
In a perfect world I would like to see these benefits included in
A printed/online magazine with content like SolidWorks Express (which is
randomly published). Doesn't have to have a lot of pages, just has to be
A moderated forum in which SolidWorks tech employees are actively
participating all day. The forum should be formatted with vBulletin
A lot of message boards use this, not that
there's anything really wrong with the current SW message board.
E-Learning that follows the same format as the SolidWorks training books.
More discounts on hardware and third-party software and a discount on
SolidWorks World registration.
A thorough searchable tech database published online (similar to Pro/E's).
My VAR has one, but SolidWorks should have one that could be constructed by
VARs across the nation accessible to everyone on subscription.
Maybe it's time SolidWorks increased their prices so that they can make
better software and put more value into the subscription services. Would any
of you object to a slight increase in the cost?
Side note: I just looked down at my McDonalds cup to see "New! Chicken
Nuggets made with white meat." "Change is good."
What the hell was I eating before? I guess one day we'll see "New!
SolidWorks 2010 made with stable, 99% bug free code." At least we'll know
what kind of software we were using before. :p
Thanks for saying that so nicely.
I'm not as nice as Richard :o)
Sometimes its a little too easy to take potshots at someone who won't
defend themselves against specious claims. It's like going home and kicking
the dog. It's not his fault, but he won't bite you, so he gets to bear the
brunt of your frustration.
By blaming the software or the software company, you make the situation
something that you can't control. Situations you can't control are
If people had to post a specific example of what was bothering them every
time they posted a flamer, you would see two things: many fewer flaming
posts, and a lot of utter nonsense debunked.
The thread earlier about "loft weirdness" had a specific example. Yes
there was something screwed up in the software, but the poster got a way to
get where he needed to go, and he learned something about lofts. The guy
who just said basically "PDMWorks sux" with no specific reason went home
and kicked the dog. The guy who had a "fillet bug" posted a file, and
learned something about multibodies, it turned out to be user error. The
guy who had a "drawing bug" learned something about settings and fixed his
"problem". You, who offer nothing specific, I suspect, will just go home
and kick the dog.
What if, just what if, the problems were something you *could* control?
Wouldn't you feel better about that? Chances are very good that the
problem *is* something you can control. That's good news.
As Richard so nicely said, SW04 really is a nice release. Sure, there are
some specific problems here and there, but this is by far not the worst.
That means that if you are having problems, there's a good chance that
there's some sort of rational explanation that you can control and
So it's your choice. You can kick the dog, or you can learn something and
get some help.
"Richard Doyle" wrote in
AAarrgh!! I just mirrored a few dozen bolts and washers, Toolbox
Fasteners, in some biga$$ assemblies, 30Mb and up! Am I hosed?! I almost
never mirror real parts, after trying and failing a few times I quit
bob zee wrote:
Lessee, I just did a complete reinstall of windoze. Then a complete fresh
install of SWX.
Open a new part ( not a single sketch line or anything ) zoom to area, zoom to
fit and SWX is gone from sight. No
warning no fatal error just gone.
Damn I hate being so stupid!
You know what..............don't use the fcking tool.........buy something
else or get a different job........I think the point here is that instead of
just complaining try to understand where the root of the problem lies. Is it
user error? Is it a software bug? You know what no one knows.......and why
because all the information we have is that SW blows and has bugs.......
Well I for one get tired of it......I may have to stop reading this group.
If it bothers you that bad then get a different software package or a new
job. Oh and why on God's green earth would you start a new file and zoom to
an area then zoom back out......I don't know about anyone else but I don't
have time in my job to be screwing around trying to crash SW........
install of SWX.
zoom to fit and SWX is gone from sight. No
Bob Zee is an excellent example. Bob Zee used to be a dog-kicker himself,
but it seems Bob Zee has come to see the light and understands now that Bob
Zee's fate is in Bob Zee's own hands, or in Bob Zee's left hand anyway, I
can't say just what's in Bob Zee's right hand.
Thanks for chipping in, Bob Zee.
"It looks just like a Telefunken U-47"
"bob zee" wrote in
Uhh, I hope I don't push you over the edge there bob zee, but "The Wall"
was pretty much Roger Water's autobiography.
I enjoy your song quotes and can usually can name them including "Five
Minutes Alone". We seem to have the many of the same tastes in rock.
Here's one for you:
"I make love to mountain lions"
And to stay OT - Solidworks sucks... and rocks.
Hey, guys (and the few gals around), lighten up. Michael vented a bit, then
we line up, form the SW Sucks/SW Rocks teams and pile up in a hellacious
scrum. Couldn't we just agree to disagree?
Sometimes SW Rocks, sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it's stupid software,
sometimes it's stupid me.
Good news: I got four days off for Thanksgiving. Bad news: I spent three in
bed with a bad cold. Still, it was Thanksgiving. When I think about how
lucky I am to have all the things I have (and "things" are the least of
them), I thank my lucky stars.
So, lighten up! It's just software.
Tripod Data Systems
I agree wholeheartedly. Let's be civil here ladies and gents. But as
far as it just being software is concerned I have to disagree . . . it's
just our livelihood we're talking about here.
Jerry Steiger wrote: