I'll admit to ignorance up front. I did a test upgrade of an XP HDD with
Vista Ultimate. The drive had SWX '07 on it and after the upgrade '07
wouldnt run at all. Not even after a delete and reinstall of SWX. Checked
the SWX site and noted SWX Vista.
Has either my upgrade to Vista failed or my reinstall of SWX or does '07 in
fact not run in Vista ? Only SWX vista ?
Which of course means that SW will now be concurrently supporting
Since the number of beta testers on 64bit or Vista is going to be much
smaller than regular SW we might infer that these versions will also
be buggier or will take longer to get to a reasonably stable state.
Kind of a dissapointment. Anyone heard of a timetable where SWX will be
release for Vista or are we waiting for '08 ? I had seen a post from SWX on
this board a while back regarding Vista nd they were unsure as to whether
they will support '07 for it.
Also the EULA of Vista is a bit daunting too.
Don't be in a hurry to "ruin your day", unless you just like to
I would never upgrade to a new version of an OS until at least 1-2
major patches are out for something like SolidWorks, and then only if
I can see a high level of performance.
XP, when properly set up, can run SolidWorks just fine, and I rarely
interract with the OS when working on SolidWorks, so I just don't care
about the OS, as long as it doesn't get in my way of getting work out.
Just won't happen. Linux doesn't pay software writers to use their OS
because Linux doesn't exist. Can Linux sponsor SWW?
And if I was going to get Linux into the CAD spotlight I would port
DWGEditor there first. That would make a dent in all the right
Well,,,, they better have a plan B, because we will be dropping Solidworks
when their support for XP is over. We'll probably take a number of our
clients with us, and our new clients for sure. We're probably directly
responsible for selling several hundred seats.
I'm sure I'm not the only one.
I have a hard time understanding the connection to MS. The workload of
keeping up with all the OS versions
must be growing exponentially.
With linux, they could have total control of the OS, and bundle it, even.
As it is now, I pretty much keep a workstation
"clean" of almost all other software to minimize the bugginess and
sluggishness in swx and Windows.
For stability and speed, I'd be happy to have a somewhat dedicated OS for
I have a feeling that the "next big thing" in mcad will do exactly that.
With maybe 750,000 SolidWorks users by next year this time, I simply
can not believe that SolidWorks Corp can not pay for the entire
SolidWorks World in San Diego.
Lots and lots of UNIX applications & CAD exist, but UNIX doesn't pay
for developers in any way either, as far as I know.
I think it is just simple management logic to say that a universal
"Crescent Wrench" (ala Windows XP or VISTA) is not the best tool for
production manufacturing. For average business & personal use Windows
is OK & probably terrific. For heavy scientific calcs & simulations,
UNIX or mainframe super computer solutions are best.
For anything like 3D CAD which a user uses heavy 4-6+ hours a day, why
not use the OS that is fastest and most error free, so the dedicated
user gets the most work done? Given that the SWks Software costs more
in maintenance fees each year (with a few options) than the average PC
costs, there is little reason to use a sub-optimal OS given the SWks
yearly cost and the value of the engineer/designer using SWks.
I'll bet that options are being considered in a lot of Windows'
developers internal planning meetings.
A few observations:
According to this list SW will work with all versions of Vista from
Home to Enterprise which is at odds with SW own statements.
SW may work, but nowhere are Cosmos or any of the analysis addins
mentioned. Will SW Premium work?
Will DWGEditor or eDRawings work with it.
Symantec AV is nowhere to be seen. Only Trend AV seems to make the
Only the latest versions of MicroSoft Office products are certified.
Other will work with it, but are not certified. ACAD is also in the
will work with it category.
UG and ProE are absent. So is CATIA. NIX Ansys, Nastrans and many
other engineering analysis packages.
I'll bet Playstation or Xbox have more certified titles.
Q: Will COSMOS products be available with the Beta version?
A: COSMOSWorks, COSMOSMotion are available for Beta 1 and
COSMOSFloWorks will be
available for Beta 2.
Q: What other products will not be available for SolidWorks Vista
A: Rhino import, MoldflowXpress, Electrical Harnessing portion of
Routing, and PDMWorks
(This is NOT a recommendation for Vista, just info.)