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of smooth, sleek, stylized surfaces to generate products with high consumer appeal. A new Flex feature lets users bend, stretch, twist, or taper solid bodies at any point or region in any direction, enabling dramatic changes to geometry in fewer steps.
letting users work faster than ever. A new DrawCompare tool highlights changes to any two drawings similar to the way Microsoft Word tracks changes in documents. New multi-user tools manage version control so users can cooperate as intended rather than waste time clarifying offline who did what when to which file. The new Design Binder also supports multiple users, letting them insert text or voice comments, files, and links into a SolidWorks file to track design intent and progress.
System Management - SolidWorks 2005 includes a number of enhancements for easier administration and improved performance. The software's new capabilities for simplified central administration of new and updated software save time for managers and ensure users have the latest tools. SolidWorks 2005 now includes the SolidWorks Rx tool, which helps users optimize their hardware and operating system environment for maximum performance. And for the first time, SolidWorks 2005 permits users to borrow network licenses even when disconnected from the network, enabling users to work in SolidWorks any time and anywhere they have their laptop.
SolidWorks 2005 also provides two new ways to modify the user interface for enhanced productivity. A new Application-Specific User Interface presents users with functionality specific to their industry segment, for example, consumer, machine, sheet metal, mold design, etc. The Copy Settings Wizard lets administrators provide consistent, custom sets of toolbars, menus, and icons to all of their SolidWorks users. By presenting users with the tools that apply directly to their design tasks, SolidWorks has streamlined the user interface while increasing designer productivity.
Data Management - PDMWorks product data management software, embedded in SolidWorks Office Professional, now includes a Copy Project feature that lets users copy all the documents from an existing project into a new one - a way to save time, effort, and quality by reusing successful designs. PDMWorks also includes a simplified interface that enables authorized users to access documents in the vault without special commands.
Integrated Analysis - Further building on the success of mainstream design analysis software, a new Displacement Value feature in COSMOSXpress automatically provides users with precise measurements for the movement of any object that displaces, shifts, or bends during design.
and drawing files from Autodesk Mechanical Desktop files a user imports, including assemblies and assembly drawings. Changes made to one file will automatically be reflected in the other.
"Our ongoing efforts to help design engineers quickly bring innovations to market have confirmed SolidWorks as the number-one supplier of mainstream 3D mechanical design software," said SolidWorks CEO John McEleney. "Customers are more satisfied with SolidWorks than any other 3D design product, and more AutoCAD 2D users choose SolidWorks than any other software. SolidWorks draws additional appeal from the expanding universe of users who bring their intelligence, creativity, and collaborative potential to the software. Together, as a community, we're building the bridge between ideas and innovation."
SolidWorks 2005 will be available in midsummer for purchase in 12 languages worldwide. It is available in three configurations: SolidWorks 2005 (the core modeling software in the company's 3D design product suites), SolidWorks Office, and SolidWorks Office Professional.
COSMOSFloWorks, and COSMOSMotion. I'll cover that announcement in more detail next week.
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