I used SW2006. My company didn't continue with software maintenance fees, and I eventually left that company for another. My new company purchased SW2013 and one year's maintenance, so I'll get SW2014 when it rolls out.
In the 7 years between the two versions I've used, some of the same software bugs still exist!
Pray tell what good the maintenance fee is to a user? We KNOW what good it is for Dassault Systems.
I'm minded to demand a free year of maintenance for each bug that crosses a major revision.
I agree with eSetter. I read this entire article, and then I see at the bottom that you haven't actually used it yet. I did get a sense that was the case, though, when I read "This will surely make working with complex...", focusing on the word "surely". Is this a review article, or free advertising for SW?
Once you've used the software, please write a review of it for us; the good, the bad, etc. Maybe compare it to other CAD programs you've used, etc. Do the new features work as promised, or are they buggy and a hassle?
You get the idea; it would be far more worth my time to read a review article made by an objective person that's testing out the software, than what I can read by going to SW's web sight, which is basically what this article is. My only concern is that it appears that you're a big fan of SW (why else write this article?), and thus any review will not be objective, but will be biased towards SW by highlighting the good and glossing over the bad.
If you're going to write for the CAD/CAM corner, please give us some substance, not sales literature.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.