I'm looking at the "General" group in the forum on SolidWorks' server
and I see 28 threads on the 1st page
(messages going back to June 19th), of which 21 are unanswered. Didn't
SolidWorks Corp commit to supporting this forum with answers when they
could give them? Are we looking at yet another broken promise?
Mark 'Sporky' Stapleton
Your cynical side is showing through again. I don't remember SolidWorks ever
mentioning that they would actively support the discussion board with
answers or even comments. In fact, if you read the Welcome message they
intended it for user to user interaction. The inactivity is probably related
to this newsgroup being more popular (I may have posted one or two times at
the SWX board). The fact that the SWX board is moderated probably adds to
it's limited acceptance. If you can't swear, hassle or harangue, or proclaim
the virtues of hymless, seebred modeling - what fun is it?
I think that link goes to an outdated forum.
I use the one from inside the SW website.
You have to have subscription support and need a password to enter.
There are many more postings and current.
OK, well, I guess it's fair to say I'm being cynical, and perhaps
unfairly so. I do have a streak of that in me. When I can't use
Animator at all for my purposes (buggy?) and when PhotoWorks 2 is
obviously still Betaware (but original PhotoWorks can't even be used any
more) then I begin to wonder why I paid for SolidWorks Office upgrade.
And when I see basically no support being given to posters on the
corporate forum then, yeah, I tend to become cynical. Oh, yeah, and BTW
I'm going back to SP4 of SolidWorks 2003 because things that seemed to
me to work fine earlier give me headaches in SP5. Dammit, maybe
SolidWork Corp DIDN'T commit to support on the corporate forum, but
frankly that doesn't make me a happier customer right now.
But best regards to YOU anyway,
Mark 'Sporky' Stapleton
Richard Doyle wrote:
Nope, that's the current forum link, and yes, you do have to log in to
be able to post (but you don't to be able to read as long as you use the
link I posted -- which means BTW, folks, that your email address can be
HARVESTED by spambots).
Oh, now I've got to correct myself, Aaron. There seem to be TWO
different forums altogether. The one that is linked from the SolidWorks
Hey SolidWorks Corp, can you say DOH? When did you do this and why are
both forum sites active? HUH? I was even able to create a new password
for the (ostensibly) OLD forum and post a message that way.
Well, when I go to the link you provided, it looks totally different
than the password one. For instance, yours doesn't have a category for
Add-ins. And the 'Drawings', 'Parts', 'Assemblies' are under 3D
skills/Personal Edition, whereas they have there own category in the
password one (with sub-categories)
I've got to correct myself a little on this one also. Your email
address can be harvested if you post it because this forum allows you to
read without logging in -- unlike the CURRENT forum which doesn't
Then the question arises why
they have two forums (idiots).
i think we're still beta testing their web site.
there are also a lot of dead links. the benefits (sic) of subscription
support PDF from the customer page is dead. when they first changed their
website there were two links to the enhancements request page, one of which
they don't test their software, why should their website be any different?
Still pissed off about features defined as "offset from surface"
dimensioning to empty space,
"If you can't swear, hassle or harangue, or proclaim the virtues of hymless,
seebred modeling - what fun is it?"
It has be noted that there is no such thing as a free lunch but that it's
very easy to get your lunch eaten.
SaladWorks... when you can't easily model it, you and your
company eat it. ;>)
Respectfully submitted -- please keep your feud out of my threads.
Cliff Huprich wrote:
> >"If you can't swear, hassle or harangue, or proclaim the virtues of hymless,
> >seebred modeling - what fun is it?"
> >It has be noted that there is no such thing as a free lunch but that it's
> >very easy to get your lunch eaten.
> >SaladWorks... when you can't easily model it, you and your
> >company eat it. ;>)
> Post examples of your *real* problems and no doubt someone that
> can actually use 3D will show you how to do it.
> Or at least give you instructions on .....
> Cliff Huprich (Who has actually used a lot of 3D systems for many things .)
Actually I have gotten quite a bit of help there including quite a bit of
face time with SW people and some very good answers from users.
The format is awkward and buggy of course and doesn't do all it was
documented to do. They also disabled the ability to privately contact
another poster which is one advantage of this newsgroup and of course the
forum is not ammenable to user creativity to any great degree. I also found
it interesting that the forum can only post threads about 5 or 6 levels
deep. That would never do for this lot. :)
Tell you what Mark. There is a performance thread there. SW always was of
the opinion that the CADSENSE Wishlist was padded when it came to the
performance thread. Let's see if enough readers of this list post requests
for better all around performance on the performance forum to prove
CADSense wasn't padded.
Post whatever is on your mind.
Looking ahead the next few months 64 bit systems are going to become
affordable for the masses via AMD. I asked about that and got an
But then if SW performance has been improving like they say I should be able
to do a 5,000 part assembly on a 486 by now. LOL :)
Is FormatWorks suggested as a realistic solution there ?
CATIA translation problems ???
Check out Concepts:
"Spatial's software subsystems are purposefully designed to be flexible and
able to fulfill a wide range of market needs," said Keith Mountain, vice
president of marketing for Spatial. "Concepts Unlimited takes full advantage
of a selection of our subsystems' capabilities in a novel and surely
One of the first distributed products to utilize the R12 version of Spatial'
s 3D ACIS Modeler, Concepts Unlimited v1.0 offers easy-to-use modeling,
rendering, animation and automated drawing tools, and provides an ideal
solution for conceptual designers supporting the MCAD and Enterprise
communities. Unlike facet-based conceptual tools, Concepts Unlimited creates
precise NURBS and analytical data that migrate smoothly into existing
engineering solutions, keeping the original design intent intact. In
addition to hybrid modeling techniques via ACIS, Concepts Unlimited also
provides accurate data translation between formats, including CATIA V4,
IGES, SAT, and STEP through Spatial's InterOp Translators.
"We used the Concepts Unlimited beta release as part of our F-35 project,"
said George Irving, Aeronautical Engineer Senior Staff for Lockheed. "So far
we've had incredible results, especially in regard to translation. Its
translation capabilities are so efficient and accurate that word has spread
through the company-we're now receiving problem files from other departments
to be translated through Concepts Unlimited! We are so impressed that we are
adding more seats shortly."
That one cracked me up you two... :)
The shear breadth of this newsgroup and the open format make me want to not
partake in the SW "sponsored" group(s) at all. As far as I'm concerned, SW
Corp should get off their asses and spend some time in here. We all know
they're not working *that* hard on the code :)