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, 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?
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' Staplet> Mark,
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 site is
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)
Aar> Nope, that's the current forum link, and yes, you do have to log in to
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).
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 lead nowhere.
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, nick e.
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 > I'm looking at the "General" group in the forum on SolidWorks' server
Is FormatWorks suggested as a realistic solution there ?
CATIA translation problems ???
Check out Concepts:
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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 :)