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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

The license manager won’t read the Dongle!!

Many of us have run into this one.  What a pain.  I have the dongle in the server.  The light is lit.  But when I go back to my desk and remote in I can’t configure the software to read the license file because it can’t see the dongle properly.  It doesn’t make sense. I agree, but I know an easy way around the problem. The issue is actually due to the fact that we are attempting to configure the license server remotely.  This is a very common problem. What we have learned though is, if we use a console session of remote desktop it will work. Here’s how you

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Posted in CAD Administration, General Info, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SoidWorks could not create a journal file

Recently SolidWorks decided that they would control the placement of the journal file rather than giving the user the ability to put it in the location of their choice.  This is generally not a big deal due to the fact that for most circumstances this file is of no use to the user.  (And if it was put in the wrong place it could be quite a problem.) The Problem Unfortunately, what I have been seeing a lot lately is minor issues when sharing options files with the copy options wizard.  The good news is that the location is actually stored in the registry and, as any good redneck knows,

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Posted in CAD Administration, General Info, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

That RSS Feed thingy in eDrawings

Have you ever noticed that RSS feed inside of eDrawings and SolidWorks. In SolidWorks you can easily disable this in the System Options but not so much in eDrawings this is especially annoying if your company requires you to enter a user name and password every time you log on to the internet. We tried several of our usually tricks to disable this like shaking the monitor to see if it fell off (this only works with that fancy Etch-a-Sketch CAD Modeler), so when this did not work we needed to find a way to cut it out and the best way to do this is hacking into the registry

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Copy Options Wizard (What if I don’t have admin rights?)

One of my favorite Redneck Workarounds …  Many of us have run into this scenario.  I want to copy my SolidWorks options so my coworkers can load them and not have to make all of those picks themselves.  The problem is that in many companies they don’t allow users admin rights to the machines and SolidWorks requires that you have admin rights to save SolidWorks options with the copy options wizard. The work around: First you need to get a "Fake" SolidWorks options file and save it to your desktop. (You can use the one attached to this posting if you don’t have one.) Download swSettings_Fake.sldreg Next launch the Copy

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Having Trouble Keeping Track of Your SolidWorks Activations?

As some of you may or may not know starting with SolidWorks 2007 SP3.0 SolidWorks has moved away from a Registration Code for controlling SolidWorks licenses and has moved to Activation Based licensing of SolidWorks Products. This new way of licensing SolidWorks has made is a lot easier for customers to install and get their software up and running but has made it harder for CAD administrators to keep track of who and where their SolidWorks licenses have been activated. We at CATI Tech Support have seen many customers run into these issues as employees have left companies and new employees have started or as computers have been upgraded within

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SolidWorks License Activation and Deactivation

SolidWorks now uses online License Activation instead of a registration code as of SolidWorks 2007 SP 3.1 for standalone seat licensing. You get one Activation per SolidWorks license.   To Activate a License ·     The first time you start a newly installed version of SolidWorks it should automatically ask if you want to activate your seat. If not go to the Help menu in SolidWorks and select “Activate Licenses”  ·     Follow the onscreen instructions, and prompts. Fill out the form with the required information. ·     The activation will take some time to process as it communicates with the SolidWorks License Server. ·     You will

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