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SolidWorks Toolbars 2008 -vs- 2007

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

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 more costly file translator has been purchased.  While talking to some other support techs a few days ago it was brought up that the new Adobe 3D may have a

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Round to Nearest Fraction

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 & Inches, Decimals – None, Use whatever denominator you would like and the next box is the “More” box. If you click on the three dots you can check either to

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Save Sheet Metal Parts Directly to DXF or DWG!

Hello everyone.  In the past couple of releases of SolidWorks I have received questions from several different companies about how to save from a sheet metal part directly to a DXF or DWG file that you can take to a laser or plasma cutter.  When the question came again today I figured that maybe if I add this little bit of info to the blog some users may find it useful.  Previous to SolidWorks 2008 I would have called this a limitation, or shared a macro with the customer that allowed them to do just that.  SolidWorks 2008 now allows us to do exactly what those customers were asking for

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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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Text beyond border when opening a DWG file!

Have you ever opened a legacy DWG/ DXF file in SolidWorks or DWG Editor just to do some simple editing only to see that all of your fonts have grown in size and now go over you existing spaces in your title block? If so, this is a common problem and one that has a simple resolution. Problem:When we open a file that was created in ACAD into the DWG Editor we are seeing the following. The text over runs the border and the font ISOCPEUR is listed ad “font not found” Solution: ISOCPEUR text is an AutoCAD specific font, and AutoCAD is not loaded on the problem machine. To

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SolidWorks Home Use Licensing changes starting with SolidWorks 2008

The Home Use License Agreement form for SolidWorks has changed as of 9/30/2007 .  Attached to this blog posting is a copy of the HUL Agreement form that needs to be filled out and faxed back to CATI at the number listed on the bottom of the form. Download home_use_agreement_form_eng.doc The key items to note are as follows: ·        Home Use Licenses (HUL) are now activation based. ·        SolidWorks still requires HUL agreements for any new SolidWorks Network licenses purchased. ·        On the form there is now an area for “# of Activations Required” if left blank SW will only issue 2 activations

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What is the SolidWorks 2008 Installation Manager?

Now that SolidWorks 2008 has been released, many of you are going to download it and try it out before the new DVD’s arrive, which by the way, should be in the beginning of November. One of the first things you will encounter after proceeding to the download page at the SolidWorks website is the new 2008 SolidWorks Installation Manager and its capabilities. Those of you that are already familiar with SolidWorks know about the 2007 Installation Manager. Here are a few things that are new about the 2008 IM. SolidWorks 2008 uses a new version of the Installation Manager and the goal here is Electronic Software Distribution. It is

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Are You A SolidWorks Feature Explorer?

I was talking with a colleague the other day and we got in to a discussion about all the great new functionality that has been built into SolidWorks in the last couple of years. A few questions came up, "Are users of SolidWorks really making use of all that is available to them?" "Do users try out all the new features and incorporate them into their daily tasks or do they avoid new features and stay with the tried and true?" I thought, these would be great questions for the blog, let’s find out what users think! My questions for all SolidWorks users; Are you an Explorer, an Avoider or

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