3DContent Central was obviously built using Micro$oft
NON-standards-compliant authoring software, as is the rest of
is Micro$oft's way of continuing the same kinds of practices for which
they were sued by the Justice Department, but since Dubya's Republican
administration came to power Mr. Bill knows he has nothing to fear from
the Justice Department. Therefore 3DContent Central and eDrawings and
many other applications and Web sites will not work properly with any
other browsers than Micro$oft's own Internet Explorer. And they won't,
until Micro$oft gets sued again, and this time nailed to the wall by an
administration which has the best interests of consumers in mind.
I'm using 1.0. Works great . . . except with the problems created by
Micro$oft (and Dubya).
or until until customers demand otherwise. I'm sure if enough people
requested FireFox support it would be offered. It's a great browser (much
safer than IE) and except for issues like this, the better one to use imho.
Using 1.07. I can log on to 3D central, externally from SW, but that's about
When you access it from the task pane it launches IE. Don't use it very
often, but when I do I have to run Adaware and Spybot immediatly afterwards.
8 of 10 times they will find spyware.
It's nice to think that might be the case, but I don't believe it for a
minute. Micro$oft is making a product available with bells and whistles
in their authoring software that SolidWorks and many other companies
like to leverage. SolidWorks sure isn't going to change (Micro$oft is
SolidWorks Corp's economic partner), and Micro$oft has no economic
incentive to do differently than effectively making their competitors'
browsers useless on sites built with their software. The Justice
Department already tried and failed to force them to stop their
anti-competitive practices, despite the "victory" in the lawsuit (made
toothless after the change of administration). Bill Gates is just like
that. A widely distributed story of his youth goes that his mother took
him to family counseling to see if they could find some resolution to
all the bullheaded arguing and rebellion. The counselor (whether
psychiatrist or psychologist, I don't know) eventually told Bill's
mother that if she persisted on trying to force her will on young Bill
she was ultimately going to lose. The Justice Department didn't
necessarily have to lose, but they did just the same through lack of
I guess I'd consider it demanded. From what I can see about 30% of SW
users are running FireFox or similar Mozilla derivatives. I wonder
what Dassault stockholders think about missing 1/3 of a market. And it
isn't just the percentage but the rate at which FireFox is drawing down
But doesn't SolidWorks Corp also make a Linux version of Solidworks? If so,
that's not being very MS friendly.
I personally think MS is on the start of long, slow decline. Open source
software really seems to be taking hold, and especially as it continues to
get better, easier to install, easier to use, less virus/spyware prone, and
best of all free, its going to be a much harder sell for MS. I think it's
just a matter of time.
It will also be interesting to see what happens next year when Apple starts
coming out with Intel based computers. If applications like WINE allow near
native execution of Windows software (without needing Windows XP, which is
my understanding) that may prompt a lot of people to switch (I for one).
Well maybe somebody with active maintenance could email Tech Support and ask
when they plan to support it. Perhaps it's in the works. If not, then ask
why not. It's hard to imagine that if enough people wanted it they would
not support it.
That's been on a LOT of people's wish list for a long time now -- ain't
I wish I could agree with you . . . I think it's wishful
thinking on both our parts.
Wishful thinking again. From all we hear the WINE emulator
is a good emulator, but when you're talking about something as OS
intensive as SolidWorks being used, you might as well try winching a car
with fishing tackle. And Apple can port their OS to Wintel computers if
they like with no better results in sales . . . it's the APPLICATIONS
that have to be compatible with the OS, and neither SolidWorks nor any
of the other mainstream or high end parametric CAD software companies
are going to be likely to spend the money to port to Apple's OS. Why
would they want do that? Where would be the economic benefit that would
justify that kind of enormous expenditure, not to mention the continuing
need to upgrade software for multiple operationg systems?
Pro/E is a bit of an exception because it was originally written for
Unix and ported to Windows. They've somewhat maintained parallel tracks
since then. Basically OLE took the place of how files were linked
naturally in Unix. Porting either way is not easy, but PTC had much to
gain from porting to Windows when they did and not so much trouble
falling back to a Unix/Linux way of doing things. SolidWorks may have
SOME to gain from porting to Linux, but not nearly so much as to justify
the expenditure and the trouble (in the future) of maintaining versions
on both platforms. The upper management of SolidWorks Corp has been
asked on several occasions by user delegations (and at SW World) about
porting to Linux and their answers have always been that they have no
plans to do such in the forseeable future. My strong suspicion is that
it's going to take a major rebellion against Micro$oft and Windows to
furnish enough justification. Although I'd LOVE to see THAT happen, I
don't for a minute think it actually will. Only time will tell,
Mark 'Sporky' Stapleton
Oddly enough, I get farther using konqueror than I do using Firefox.
Konq actually lets me get to the "create" screen. With firefox I can't
get past the first page.
Currently using 1.0.7. Haven't tried 1.5RC yet, but Flock is pretty cool.