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SolidWorks Teases Features in 2012 CAD Upgrade

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: Costing Tool
Beth Stackpole   9/6/2011 12:43:16 PM
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Salvador: Just checked in with the folks at SolidWorks on your question of Mac support (I too am an avid Mac user). Unfortunately the new SolidWorks 2012 (as with earlier releases) does not support Mac OS X. But the company is leaving the door open for Mac support at a future date. This is straight from the mouth of a SolidWorks' spokeswoman: "Our next-gen software will include solutions for Apple customers, and we will announce a timeline when we feel that the technology is ready for commercial use."

Sounds promising, at least at some point!

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SalvadorRomo   9/6/2011 10:28:21 AM
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Looking forward for the article regarding Solid Works, I would love if you can comment in the availability of this product on the OSX Mac platform as our company has standardized in this new equipment (and we all love it by the way!)

Beth Stackpole
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Re: For those of us not on the cutting edge.
Beth Stackpole   9/6/2011 7:28:14 AM
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You raise a good point, jmiller, re: upgrade cycles. At the rate at which software releases hit the market, it's easy to fall into the expectation that companies are upgrading at a similar pace. From past reporting, it would seem that many companies are a good two or three releases behind the most current at any given time and many much further behind than that. I'm wondering what are the typical drivers for a CAD or any other design tool upgrade? What is the best business case for triggering new investment and who is typically the point person making a case for the new software? I'd love some perspective from DN community.

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For those of us not on the cutting edge.
jmiller   9/5/2011 11:46:55 PM
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I am always excited when I get to hear about the latest and greatest coming out of the CAD world.  But unfortunately for those not in smaller companies that are focusing on efficinency and making the most with what we have, we get to wait and try out the new 2012 model somewhere aroung 2017...but I still do look forward to it.

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Re: Costing Tool
Beth Stackpole   9/2/2011 10:28:35 AM
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All good questions, Doug. Unfortunately, I can't dive in with more detail until next week, but stay tuned!

Douglas Smock
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Costing Tool
Douglas Smock   9/2/2011 10:25:26 AM
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It's great that the new Solid Works release will include a costing element. It's about time! It will be interesting to see if the software analyzes the cost of a finished model or shows costing impacts of various costing choices as the model is developed. Also critical, of course, is what the costing analysis is based on. The best of the breed have well-developed data based on years of experience.

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