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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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