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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Optimizing Hardware

Over the past couple of years I have given a presentation called "Getting the Most from Your Hardware" to several user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World a few times.  This presentation is very well received at these event mainly due to the fact that hardware performance is something that affects all SOLIDWORKS users regardless of their industry, modeling techniques, or level of model complexity.  Everyone could use a little more power.  It’s a fairly universal situation. This presentation is attached […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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