The license manager won’t read the Dongle!!

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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

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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

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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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Where did the scroll bars go?

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Many users transitioning from SOLIDWORKS 2007 to 2008 have been asking "Where did the scroll bars go?" Well, they were removed, either by accident or on purpose the world may never know. But the good news is that starting with SOLIDWORKS 2008 SP2.0 they are back!! However you still need to find how to turn them on. So here’s how to get it back.Under the Tools, Options, System Options, Display/Selection menu: The third check box from the bottom reads "Display […]

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

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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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When bailing wire and duct tape won’t do it

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As many of CATI’s customers already know I am the Technical Services Manager for CATI.  I am also,  for all intents and purposes, a redneck.  I hail from the Deep South, and in the environment I grew-up in there was no excuse for having a piece of equipment sitting around do nothing unless you blew it up previously.  (I mean with explosives.) Josh Altergott is the Support Team Lead for CATI and the closest thing I’ve seen to a redneck […]

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Do you like the new in-context toolbars in SOLIDWORKS 2008?

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As you first notice, there is a big change in the interface in SOLIDWORKS 2008.  With this interface change SOLIDWORKS is trying to increase your productivity by minimizing your mouse movements.  However, I have found that some users still prefer the older methods.  Are you annoyed by the little icons that appear whenever you click on something?  Do you want to have them back into the right click menu as words and not just icons?  To revert back to the […]

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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. http://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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