I have always used AutoCAD mechanical but I am currently evaluating 3D
design Software. I have narrowed my choices down to Solidworks,
Inventor, or Solid Edge. I have heard good things about Solidworks, but
I'm having a hard time obtaining a demo CD from my local reseller.
The Autodesk and Solid edge reseller's sent out demo CD's right away
and Autodesk even sent a very helpful book. When I contacted
Solidworks, they referred me to a local reseller. I called the reseller
and they wanted me to come to a meeting in order to check out a demo.
Some time passed & I contacted the reseller again explaining that I am
far to busy to attend any type of meeting. The Solidworks reseller said
that they could send a personal edition trial that expires in 90 days
or a professional version that expires in 15 days. Since the personal
version did not have rendering, animation, or data translation, I told
them I needed the Professional 15 day trial. Actually, I had heard
Solidworks had great rendering and animation and those were two of the
most important features I wanted to check out. I mainly do mechanical
drawings, parts & assemblies, but I also need something that is good
After I told the reseller that I wanted to try the Professional
verstion 15 day trial, they said I had to send them a signed purchase
order for the program. I felt that this request was very premature,
since I am only evaluating the software at this stage. The Solidworks
reseller said they would tear up the purchase order if the program did
not fit my needs, but I do not feel comfortable sending them a signed
purchase order for the program at this stage. I did tell them I would
pay for the CD and shipping, but I have not heard back from them.
It seems Solidworks is making it very hard to obtain a demo, which is
strange because if they want to make a sale, you would think they would
have no problem sending out a demo. I would like to try the Solidworks
demo and compare it to Inventor and Solid Edge, but I need to get a
demo & I am not comfortable sending them a signed purchase order for
the program just to get a demo.
Has anyone else run into this type of problem before ? I would
appreciate any advice or recommendations for another reseller. You can
reach me via this forum or at the yahoo email given in this forum.
Thanks for your help.
15 years ago