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SOLIDWORKS: Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation

Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation   With companies growing, there is usually a need to add some additional seats of SOLIDWORKS. A lot of companies are now deciding to install a network version for the new seats or convert their existing standalone seats over.   We usually will get a call on how this process is done. Well, it is a very easy process. A lot of people think that there is a difference between the versions. A network installed client is completely the same as a standalone, the program is installed locally to the client. The only difference is that the network version will look

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SOLIDWORKS: Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines

Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines   The other day I was on the phone with a customer that was looking for a setting to create automatic break lines in his dimensions. Well we unfortunately found that there is not system or document settings that will control this. There is an enhancement request in process for this functionality. SPR 627519 – Automatic creation of break lines when drawing dimension leaders cross each other (document property setting).     So what is the easiest way to achieve this? Of course you can select each dimension separately and select to break the dimension.     However, this would take some time to

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SOLIDWORKS: Rebuild Errors After Upgrade

Rebuild Errors After Upgrade   Why do I have all these SOLIDWORKS rebuild errors after upgrading to a new version?   With every current new release of SOLIDWORKS, we get a number of support calls regarding rebuild errors. The most common is “I have just upgraded, now I am seeing rebuild errors on a lot of our older files….these were not previously there…why?” Sometimes you will still have the older version of SOLIDWORKS installed. Opening them in the older version still will not show the errors; what is the cause?   Well there is usually one simple reason this is occurring: Verification on Rebuild! Turning this option on in a

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide – SNL Installation

Installation Guide – SNL Installation   With any network seat, the first step to complete is installing the SolidNetwork License Manager. This should be installed on a computer (server) that all clients can reach over the network. It is recommended that this computer have a static IP address so you will not have any connectivity issues if your IP happens to change.   The system requirements are the same as 2016, it is no longer supported under Windows 8.0. Below are the system requirements for 2015-2017:     If you are installing on a virtual server, not all are supported. Below is a list of current supported virtual server that will

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Uninstall Completes Even When DLLs Cannot be Unregistered – #SW2017

Uninstall Completes Even When DLLs Cannot be Unregistered   We get many installation issue on support. These are usually one of the hard issues we deal with and sometimes it takes a long time to troubleshoot since it can be due to many different issues. We also see issues during the uninstall process.   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has addressed one of the biggest issue we usually run in to: DLL (Dynamic-link library) registration. During the install or uninstall process, SOLIDWORKS has to register/unregister DLLs like any other program. SOLIDWORKS relies on Microsoft pre-requisites to accomplish this (.NET C++), which is why it can be a hard issue to troubleshoot.   Previously running

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Sweep Profile selection of Faces, Edges and Curves – #SW2017

Sweep Profile selection of Faces, Edges and Curves   SOLIDWORKS has once again listened to the users and added more functionality to improve productivity! This new nice little addition comes in the area of the sweep command.   Previously to complete a sweep from existing geometry, a sketch was required for the sweep profile. This would require to start a sketch and convert edges or faces to complete the profile. Well now no more! Now a Face, Edge or Curve can be selected for a terrific timesaver.   Selection of a face for the sweep profile.   Selection of an Edge for the sweep profile.   I hope this part

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4 now available

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4 now available Service pack 4 was released on 7/26/2016 and is now available for download. This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here. Or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update. You can also do it the easy way within SOLIDWORKS click Help > “Check for Updates” or in Windows click Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > Check for Updates A listing of Software Performance Reports (SPRs) fixed within the versions and is available click here. There are a number of bug fixes along with enhancement requests. It’s important that if

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 – Installation issues with Microsoft KB3139923

Microsoft has done it once again……thank you for securing your OS, but please stop breaking out software installations! Back in July 2016 Microsoft included a security patch in their updates. If you had issues with SOLIDWORKS after this, you more than likely have been in contact with us to correct the problem. Microsoft Security Patch KB3072630 did not affect the SOLIDWORKS installation, however it had many issues of different problems running SOLIDWORKS. The installation manager refers to this for versions prior to 2015 SP5. We published a blog article on the fix for this issue: http://blog.cati.com/2015/08/how-to-fix-solidworks-mircosoft-security-patch-kb3072630-issues.html Well now Microsoft had went 1 step further. A patch released prior to that

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 – Copy settings wizard issues (Continued)

    In my previous blog, I showed you a fix for the copy setting wizard not working correctly in SOLIDWORKS 2016 http://blog.cati.com/2016/05/solidworks-2016-copy-settings-wizard-issues.html There is good news! SOLIDWORKS has addressed this issue in Serviec Pack 4. There is no currect relase date as of yet, however we should be seeing this soon. SOLIDWORKS will normally relaes 5 service packs a year, once in a while they may release "hot fixes" for an issue that needs to be addressed before the next service pack release (SP 2.1) No one like bugs, however with help from you reporting such things, SOLIDWORKS can address these issues! Blake Cokinis Sr. Support Product Specialist Computer

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 – Copy settings wizard issues

Recently we have had a number of customers that have installed SOLIDWORKS 2016. After the installation, they use their copy settings wizard file to import the settings back in to 2016, however no settings seem to be restored. All settings are stored in the registry for the current user. As you can see, there are different regisrty keys for the different versions. So what is happening is that the restore is restoring to the incorrect registry location. The easy workaround is to open the .sldreg (copy settings wizard file) in notepad. You can see in the example below, when this is restored, it will be restoring to the SOLDIWORKS 2015

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