VISTA — What’s in it for me?

Well I have made the move!  I'm now on VISTA, and boy is it pretty!! But That's about it.  At least for me.  I have taken the time to play with the new environment for a few weeks now and have found that while being a bit easier on the eyes, it really doesn't do much else for me. I'm an engineer.  Performance and functionality excite me.  I'm not big on pretty pictures, video clips for my background, or security […]

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What about svchost.exe

I was watching my task manager the other day and found that a process called svchost.exe was eating up my processor.  A significant amount of my performance was being eaten by this process and I had no idea what it was doing, so I did a little research. The Windows operating system has migrated over the years from using .exe's for running internal system functions to .dll's.  In essence, a .dll cannot run on it's own.  It has to be […]

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DWG Editor Installation Tips & Tricks

Installation ·         DWG Editor cannot be installed on a machine more than once. You cannot run 2008 and 2009 versions on the same machine. ·         DWG Editor is available only on the SOLIDWORKS DVD or off of the SOLIDWORKS Website when downloading a Service Pack. ·         DWG Editor is not a free SOLIDWORKS product therefore it is not available for non-SOLIDWORKS Subscription customers. ·         You are prompted during install for Stand Alone or Network based licensing.              Standalone Install o   […]

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SNL Activation Error “Invalid SolidNetWork License serial number (29)”

If you are trying to run the new Activation Based SolidNetwork Licensing and you get an error of "Invalid SolidNetWork License serial number (29)" when installing or activating and have followed all of the steps listed in our previous blog posting (http://blog.cati.com/2009/04/coming-soon-solidnetwork-licensing-with-no-dongle-no-file-no-fuss.html) about how to use SNL Activation then you will want to read on. The reason for this error is that you probably want to install the latest and greatest service pack of the SNL Manager, SP3.0, and that […]

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Coming Soon: SolidNetwork Licensing with no dongle, no file, no fuss

If there is anyone out there that is running SolidNetwork Licensing (SNL) for SOLIDWORKS and does not like being tied to a particular server with a license file and a hardware lock, dongle, HASP device, or thingy that is on the back of my server with a light on it. Then you are in luck as SOLIDWORKS is now running a Beta Program that will eliminate the need for a license file or hardware lock. How are they doing this […]

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How is a SOLIDWORKS Network License (SNL) Manager upgraded?

As companies are making the switch to SOLIDWORKS 2009, we receive many calls on how to upgrade a SOLIDWORKS Network License.  To make this easier for you, here are the steps to upgrading a SOLIDWORKS Network License:   STEP 1:  Obtain a SolidNetWork License File The SolidNetWork License (SNL) file is a text file containing license information that clients access to check licenses in and out.  To obtain an SNL file with an existing Customer Center account, follow these steps: […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Training Kicks off the CATI Virtual Classroom

The CATI tech team has been working on a new way to get our customers the training they need without the time and expense of travel to attend a class. After a lot of research and development, we are happy to be launching the CATI Virtual Classroom. We are calling it CATI Virtual Classroom, because the technology we are using allows us to run a class just as if you are in the training room. You will see and hear […]

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The Dreaded Failed to Save Document Error

I know that everyone has seen the dreaded failed to save document error and it usually comes at the worst time, like doing 4 hours of work without saving and the boss telling you that he needs the project finished before you can go home for the day. Generally, these errors are due to some kind of minor corruption with the assembly that you are working on, or one of the assemblies parts or subassemblies, and we generally see these […]

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Perils of Sharing System Options (where’s my journal file)

The Copy Settings Wizard is a very handy tool. Personally, I love the ability to deploy system settings company wide using the .sldreg file in conjunction with an admin. image.  Others just love the ability to share their settings with another user or backup their settings in case of a machine change or registry corruption. Recently, however, an inconvenience has reared its head.  After sharing settings from one user to another the receiving user gets an annoying message saying that […]

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The SOLIDWORKS Option File

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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