SolidWorks on Vista

SolidWorksVista Versionฎ is coming soon! This is your special invitation to join the Vista Beta Program for SolidWorks 2007.
SolidWorks Vista Beta Version is a special version of SolidWorks 2007 programmed especially for Microsoft Windows Vista to take advantage of the many new features this operating system has to offer.
Beta Program is schedule to start in just a few weeks so please register as soon as possible. Your subscription service must be current to participate in the Beta program.
Please also check to make sure that you meet the hardware requirements for Vista by visiting the following page at Microsoft's site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/hardware/vistarpc.mspx
Please visit the following website to sign up for the SolidWorks 2007 Vista Beta Program:
http://www.solidworks.com/vistabeta
Thank you.
The Product Management Team
SolidWorks Corporation
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snipped-for-privacy@solidworks.com wrote:

So Vista will have its own exclusive SW version? ie Vista will not run previous XP 32 and 64?
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BTW how many people do you expect to get testing this? There must be few Vista installs and only release candidates until the end of Nov at least for the business version. This wouldn't seem to have the makings for an effective beta program...
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Typical neil. Criticize if they don't and then criticize when they do.
I think you have to be at least on subscription to get a beta, so wtf do you care?
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Just signed up out of interest, SolidWorks are going supply a "Preview Copy of Vista", for those of us who need it.
I'll probably set up my machine to dual boot into Vista for testing.
John Layne www.solidengineering.co.nz
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Neil,
Currently the plan is to have XP version run also on Vista but this decision isn't finalized. Besides, once you see SW Vista Version running on Vista, you be hooked!
Regards
Mark Biasotti Solidworks
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ah you tease... You know I am hanging on waiting for details so I can get new hardware. I would appreciate it if you could map out any special requirements we might need going forward re DX10 etc etc thanks
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Hooked on what? functionality or visual effects?
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So how do we get Windows Vista beta? Will it be available through SolidWorks or do we have to go to MS to get it?
Daisy.
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I don't think I'll be going to Vista for a long time. I read the EULA. They gotta be kidding.
If you ever need a beta tester for any *nix, then I'll be interested.
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Can you comment on some of the highlights? I haven't read through the EULA yet, nor do I plan on doing so until Vista is actually released.

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swizzle wrote:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/29/microsoft_vista_eula_analysis /
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Thanks for the try, but IE7 aborts the operation when trying to load that website.
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swizzle wrote:

If you are serious, the irony is almost too much to bear.
Try:
http://www.gripe2ed.com/scoop/story/2006/10/24/0456/5625

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snipped-for-privacy@solidworks.com wrote:

I'd be happier if they'd work out the problems that are currently in the released versions of XP & 64 before trying to cram a bunch of new "enhancements" on a "new" OS. If we have bugs now, we'll have an infestation when vista's released. I can see it now.
SW: It's not a SW problem, it's with Vista.
MS: It's not a MS problem it's with SW.
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Here's a SolidWorks Vista FAQ
Q: What is Windows Vista? A: Microsoft Windows Vista is a significant new version of Windows that will be launched in November of 2006. The link to the Microsoft Windows Vista site is: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista /
Q: What are some of the more significant enhancements that SolidWorks Vista version will bring over our XP version? A: A new look and feel to the way the user works with many elements of the desktop, including animation, transparencies, RSS feeds, integrated search, high quality thumbnails and previews, widgets and a more optimized workflow.
Q: Will SolidWorks run on Vista? A: Yes, a native version of SolidWorks is being prepared for Vista.
Q: Will SolidWorks be holding a beta program for SolidWorks Vista version? A: Yes, SolidWorks Vista Beta will run between November and December of 2006.
Q: When will the first released version of the SolidWorks Vista be available? A: 1st Quarter of 2007 coinciding with the SP3 release of 2007 on DVD and download.
Q: For the Beta, how do I get Windows Vista, I don't currently have Windows Vista? A: Microsoft is releasing Windows Vista in mid November for purchase by their "Business Value customers." The consumer version will be release in the first quarter of 2007. If you are a Windows Vista Business Value Customer, Windows Vista is available from Microsoft. If your are not an Business Value Customer and you don't currently have Windows Vista, SolidWorks will ship a DVD of RC (Release Candidate version) to the first 150 SolidWorks Vista Beta customers that sign up for the program.
Q: Does Windows Vista require new hardware in order to run? A: Not necessarily. Microsoft is recommending 1G of Ram and a modern CPU. Refer to your hardware manufacturer; many of them have already certified their latest models for Vista. Please refer to Microsoft's site for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/hardware/vistarpc.mspx
Q: What GPU graphics cards will work with SolidWorks Vista Beta? A: SolidWorks Vista Beta will run with Software OpenGL emulation only.
Q: Will COSMOS products be available with this beta version? A: COSMOSWorks and COSMOSMotion products will be available for Beta with the exception of COSMOSFloWorks which will NOT be available for beta. (COSMOSFloWorks will be available for released product).
Q: What other products will not be available for SolidWorks Vista Beta? A: Rhino import, MoldflowXpress, Electrical Harnessing portion of Routing and PDMWorks Enterprise.
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snipped-for-privacy@solidworks.com wrote:

thanks for that :o)
I gather then it is mostly the Vista interface changes and dangly bits you want tested and the core SW is much the same as it is now.... I hope you can find a good number to particpate but I am not so sure. Possibly some users wouldn't mind putting it on a home pc partition but I don't think many will have it on a workstation. Should that matter? A problem I anticipate is that there is still a lack of printer drivers for 64 bit let alone Vista. My A3 HP printer will not be supported at all for Vista apparently. :o( I know Vista has had a printing make over. Will SW be making any changes in that area?
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Yes, it is essentially 2007 version with a new look and feel as well as new productivity enhancements.
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RSS feeds, now there's something that you can't get anywhere else where it makes more sense than in your CAD program. Lets see, a $5000 RAM hog, but it reads RSS! Don't the developers have anything better to do?
How do you spell "web noodles"?
And that integrated search is everyone's favorite so far. Animation? If this is visual fluff I don't need it.
The only thing that is vaguely interesting here is the "optimized workflow".

So, to answer the question, that would be "any ol' pos"?
Nows your time to use all of those Radeons out there! You will no longer be more handicapped than the rest of us. We will be equally handicapped across the board.
I will reserve judgment, but this sounds like a very losing proposition. Software OGL? omg. But the interface will look cool. whew!
Let's ask Paul Salvatore what he thinks! Paul?
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I hope you are done now are you petal? ...such festering malcontented spleen... and thats Mr Salvador to you btw.
If you stop to think about it before slagging off there are very good reasons for having this beta run in software openGL emulation.
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