Day 3: What’s New in 2013
The General Session for Day 3 is about to start in another hour or so. Day 3 is when they talk about what is going to happen in the next version of the software. So far, the general sessions have been light on info about the software.
If you can listen live, Lou Gallo has been live blogging at this address: http://solidworksheard.com/live-coverage/, and Bruce Buck is giving a live a/v feed from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/solidbox-live
Other wise, I’ll have my mouth to the firehose, trying to pick out things that interest me. If you watch the Twitter feed on #sww12, it’s pretty much the same thing coming from 10 different people spaced out over 10 minutes. Hopefully there are more nuggets to pick out today than previous days…
Keep pecking F5 to refresh…
If you’re interested in seeing videos of SWW from the SW Youtube site, go here: http://www.youtube.com/solidworks
Pawel Keska and Neil Custard were #2 and #1 respectively for Model Mania
Mike Spens from GoEngineer was #1 for resellers
1.25 million educational licenses
top ten list
#10 thread creation wizard
#9 no rotation on mates
#8 Esc returns control of interface
#7 dimensions stay where you place them
#6 control orientation of planes
#5 reduce boundary box of drawing views
#4 shaded with edges bleed through
#3 dangle children, don’t delete
#2 place a point at the CG
#1 use more cpu cores
Fielder: “What the future holds in 3d social experience”
Back to the Feature spoof.
…looks like all SolidWorks users will ride skateboards… and look like Ferris Beuler
Prius is the new Back To The Future car.
John Hirschtick steals the SolidWorks name after overhearing it after Marty travels back in time…
New 2013 features:
- identify which parts draining the graphics card most
- section expert
- revision cloud, bubble notes and comments
- show hidden bodies in parts
- edrawing markup import to SW drawing
- snapshots in any doc
- simulation submodeling
- bounding box cut list properties
- 3dvia composer cameras
- Biff-pad (etch a sketch) uses Biff-CAD (it’s just a joke)
- more envelope functionality
- inserting components one after another
- multiple exploded views in a single configuration
- rotated exploded views
- feature favorites in feature manager
- cosmetic thread display improvements
- dowel holes in hole wizard
- plastic boss mount control
- surface intersect (sounds like replace face)
- multiple contour thin feature
- enter equations in any propertymanager
- vary pattern dimensions
- sp5 of previous version will open next version files
- epdm and draftsight improvements
where are they going for SWW13?
Swan and Dolphin, Disney, Orlando.
I’m also hearing, semi-officially I guess that the new platform will be called SolidWorks V6, but the individual software products (CAD, FEA, PDM…) on the platform will have their own names.
What’s my take on this? Some of these are so overdue in the software that people must yawn hearing the same things over and over. But notice that most of the user requests are aimed at CAD functions. Users want CAD. CAD vendors will one day figure out that PLM is aimed at a different set of customers, and you can’t just replace CAD with PLM. It’s like using a bandsaw to paint your house.
2013 features? Some stuff that sounds usable. Open later version files is cool. Now that SW is at end of life, and there is nothing to lose, they finally open it up. Since it’s starting with 2012, I don’t think it will wind up having a lot of value in the end. The envelopes and surface intersect sound like existing functionality that few people use. 3dvia??? Really? Leave it off the list. They’re still trying to sell that overpriced niche product.
Plastic boss mount? Did they figure out that they could have made a screw boss feature, but didn’t? Equations in propmgrs is long overdue. Dowel holes are long overdue. Cosmetic threads is a bug fix. Exploded views is long overdue. Inserting components – the assembly workflow has been broken for years. Lets see if this just breaks it a different way or if it fixes the current mess. Show hidden bodies in parts? Existing functionality. Learn to use the software.
The good ideas are all long overdue.