SolidWorks Weekly News Roundup

Summer is the busy season here at SolidWorks. Various things I'm working on are keeping me away from my desk so long that I haven't been able to report on all of the things that are happening here. So here's a quick roundup of a few things you might be interested in. Things should slow down eventually…I hope.

1. The new SolidWorks forum environment is scheduled to go live next week, probably Wednesday or Thursday. We're migrating to a new platform, which will enable lots of functionality that we don't currently have, and they tell me that the search feature will be light years better than what's there now. So if you haven't checked out the forums in a while, take a look. Definitely a major improvement.

2. SolidWorks 2009 Service Pack 4 is now available for those of you on subscription support. If you want to see what's been fixed and what's new, check out the SolidWorks Customer Portal.

3. SolidWorks Simulation and Enterprise PDM 2010 beta versions are now available, in addition to the regular SolidWorks 2010 beta. If you currently have either of these and you want to see what's new, head over to the beta page and get signed up. I promise it won't hurt.

4. Want to give a presentation at SolidWorks World 2010? Now's your chance–we're officially accepting submissions. All you have to do is click on this link right here and tell us why you have what it takes to get up in front of dozens (or hundreds) of your peers and lay down some knowledge.

What's in it for you? Well, in addition to adulation and possible fame, your admission fee to the event is comped, which could save you or your boss some serious cash. And who wouldn't want that? SolidWorks User Group guru Richard Doyle gives out some pointers on his blog, which you can find right here.

So that's it for right now. Hopefully this will make up for any perceived inattention, and if not, there's always next week. And speaking of next week, we'll have something pretty cool happening that I can't talk about right now. So stay tuned.

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.