CATI 2010 SNL Install Quik Reference

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 The release of 2010 comes with a influx of questions from SNL customers who are a little confused about the install and configuration of their new activation based SNL.  To try and clear some of this up I have created a couple of documents that will hopefully answer ninety percent of the questions that will come up when installing and configureing your new license server.  Remember that the guides here are general references, if you are looking for the full SNL administration […]

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Creating Library Notes

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We started our rounds of rollout presentations for SOLIDWORKS 2010 yesterday.  At one of the breaks I had a customer come up to me and ask about one specific function that he saw when I was showing the drawings portion of the presentation.  The function was dragging and dropping  a note onto a stack of notes that was pre-existing in the drawing.  While the drag and drop function was no mystery he wanted to know how to create the file […]

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Importing Tips

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I just wanted to throw out a quick heads up to our users.  I have been getting a lot of questions about some of the surfacing tricks that support uses on imported geometry.  I threw a couple of things together in a quick video that I hope will help.  If there are any other video suggestions please let me know. The videos can be found on the support videos portion of our site. Thanks, Keith Schaefer

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Do you want to show this already opened document error

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I just wanted to throw a quick blog out there for our customers that are using routing. (This issue can happen more than with just routing, but this is where I typically see it most.)  I tend to switch my routing databases and library components around quite frequently, and every once in awhile I will run across an error that states “a document named ’fitting name’ is already opened.  Do you want to show those already opened document?” There is […]

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The SOLIDWORKS Option File

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to create a quick post that points over to my article in the CATI newsletter.  The article is all about the SOLIDWORKS option file.  The options file is used to better control your network license.  When helping to setup network licenses for our customers I always include a option file even if the only thing that it controls is the time out feature.  You can jump to the article using the link below.  If you […]

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbars 2008 -vs- 2007

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Check out this article written by Jim Krivoshein in our latest CATI TechLink Newsletter.  It explains all of the difference between the toolbars in 2008 vs 2007.  It explains the new toolbar features and how to make changes to them, it even shows how to get the right click menus back the way they looked in 2007 if that is what you want. https://www.cati.com/articles/articles_2008/Tech0308JK.html Design Better Keith Schaefer

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CATIA Translator

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A cost effective conversion tool to pull data from a CATIA?  I have fielded the question from customers on the support line time and time again.  “My customer has sent me parts in the form of a CATIA file, how can I open the file and use the data?”  Up to this point the answer has always been a translator from a third party vendor.  Most of these translations have been done on a file by file basis, or a […]

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Round to Nearest Fraction

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Round To Nearest Fraction I have been looking for this for a while. But in the past couple weeks I have gotten a few questions on what happened to the check box in the units properties for “Round to Nearest Fraction”.  If you are looking at your drawing and you have mixed dimensions (Fractional and Decimal) and want to change them all to fractional you need to go under Tools>Options>Document Properties>Units. Make sure your length is set to Feet & […]

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