Check with your VAR and see if he can get it for you. Unfortunatley
without the maintenance, you can't get to the downloads section of SW
support unless its been less than a year since you purchased SW
As valuable as SolidWorks is to me, I just can't imagine not
maintaining my maintenance fees for a particular Swks year, if I
committed to the upgrade (to 2005 for instance).
It is so common for a new release to not be relatively bug-free until
it hits SP4 (or later) that I know what I am in for when I hand over
the nearly $2k.
I did the $2k for 2005, but must admit I haven't seen the benefit to me
to load it up yet, after trying it and talking with friends who have
I need to see more positive comments from all quarters before I
upgrade. Time is too valuable.
I was also told by my reseller that I could obtain service packs
without being on subscription, but only to fix problems I actually
experienced. In other words, on subscription you get access to all
service packs, without subscription you have to proove you need a
certain problem fixed.
As I was shopping for software and creating a "Plusses & Negatives"
list for each package, I listed SW's policy with these service packs as
a strong negative.
The entire concept of subscription seems to be an underhanded way to
grab more money from customers without really earning it.
As I have mentioned before
SW should support previous releases for a reasonable time period. Instead,
SW is quick to drag everyone into the next release and leaving the last
release in a incomplete state. As someone else pointed out, with each new
release the problems continue to compound. I believe many users would be
grateful if SW spent the next year fixing and finishing works in progress.
Then there is the SW policy that charges customers an extra $500 over the
$1295 to reinstate their subscriptions if lapsed for more than one year.
This practice is even more underhanded.
Kman, I think you are onto something.
The retraining and upgrade costs go far beyond SolidWorks' subscription
As a user for 5 years, I can honestly say I would prefer to upgrade
SWks only once every 2 years, which is about how often I upgrade my OSs
on various computers. Anything more often just wastes too damn much
Same here, I have been using SW since 99 and for the first time let my
subscription run out in 2004. Unfortunately, SW has leveraged their size
and popularity to force upgrades just to be compatible. What a gig! SW is
like a credit card company or your mortgage lender. Doesn't matter if you
have made all your payments on time for the last twenty five years, miss one
and we are going to make you pay a late fee plus interest.
The thrill of discovering not quite right features has lost the glamour and
appeal. Especially, when manipulated to pay for them every year liking or
not. Even if I could reinstate without penalty, I would choose not to use
2006 to design with until it was approaching release time for 2007. I would
practice using 2006 to become familiar and also follow the newsgroups and
user contacts for feedback.
It is hard to believe anyone saves time and money using new features
(2004-2005 release) given all the regressions, familiarization time, on the
job training, going to SW meetings and seminars, communicating problems to
SW and their VARs, hardware/software upgrades and of course the usual old
and new bugs tagging along for the ride. I too enjoy new stuff, but find
most of it does not apply to our business or just don't have the time to
play and figure it all out.
Efficiency counts EVERY DAY to SWk's users.
$s count to SWk's accountants, who promise to deliver each quarter.
Even if I can throw money around like a sailor on a SWks subscription,
I only have so many hours per day to do EVERYTHING. SolidWorks can NOT
be my life. I shouldn't have to work around bugs, & relearn it every
Stability and consistency from a users interface aspect would be a welcome
improvement. Functional and well thought out improvements are appreciated,
but the rest is to make us believe we are getting our subscription dollar's
The Seller's of Suites are slum lords in disguise.