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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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Great News! It’s here! SolidWorks 2008!

SolidWorks 2008 SP0.0 has been released and is now available for download from the SolidWorks website. I am excited to see this new version released and it has some terrific new features. There are too many improvements to list them all here but here are a few highlights; A completely New Interface and new Command Manger is quicker to use and gives your models a more finished and dramatic photo-rendered look right from the start.SWIFT Instant3D lets you push and pull on model faces, edges, and dimensions Live, without editing features or sketches, this keeps you designing in the graphics window, now you’ll spend even less time going back

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I am Adrian Fanjoy, Technical Services Manager for Computer Aided Technology.  I would like to welcome you to CATI Tech Notes Blog.  We at CATI, the technical staff particularly, are extremely excited about the possibilities presented by bringing information to you in the Blog format.  There are many aspects of SolidWorks, COSMOS, and other products that will lend themselves to this format.  We are very hopeful that you find the information posted here helpful and interesting.    Please check with us frequently and let us know what you think. Thank you, Adrian Fanjoy

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