January was a big month for engineering software news. SolidWorks held its biggest-ever annual user group meeting (3,700 registered attendees) in Las Vegas, PTC had an analyst/press briefing in Waltham, MA, and Adobe made a big announcement. Here are my picks on the most noteworthy news:
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Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
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