SolidWorks proceedings - really?
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Every year after solidworks world ends all presentation were loaded to a web site and placed out in the open for those who came and those who were not able to arrive.

This year not only that the previous year presentations were removed, you have to get a login of the registration in order to see those presentations.

What is going on here?

Not enough users came in to the conference so they punish those who was not able to arrive?

Why make it so tricky and un easy to get the information?


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Last comment By: Rick McDonald   Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:23:37 GMT
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This new format sucks!

And worse yet, it doesn't have previous year presentations!

There used to be a YouTube channel, but that was blacklisted a long time ago.

 

By: Tom Helsley  Mon, 09 May 2016 17:42:41 GMT
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Tom Helsley wrote:

 

This new format sucks!

And worse yet, it doesn't have previous year presentations!

There used to be a YouTube channel, but that was blacklisted a long time ago.

 

I agree 100%!!!

By: Alin Vargatu  Mon, 09 May 2016 18:06:54 GMT
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This is disappointing.

It was always great to be able to see previous presentations.

How do you even log in to that site, do you have to create a whole new login just for it?  My forum login doesn't work.

By: Chris B.  Thu, 12 May 2016 04:04:45 GMT
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Have to make a new account, so once more give them all your details (name, addy, telephone, etc)

 

That they removed previous years is indeed silly, to say the least.

By: Peter De Vlieger  Thu, 12 May 2016 09:52:12 GMT
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Hi,

Just wanted to let you know that the proceedings from 2013-15 is available again.

You can access them from this link: SOLIDWORKS World :: SOLIDWORKS World Presentations

 

Br,

Sindre

By: Sindre Sorhus  Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:19:37 GMT
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Thank you kindly Sindre, that is indeed nice to hear.

By: Peter De Vlieger  Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:34:43 GMT
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Maybe I'm dense but all I can find is the 2016 presentations?  I'm trying to find 2013-2015 DraftSight presentations. Did anyone download these and care to share them?

 

Thanks,

Thomas

By: Thomas Allsup  Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:59:54 GMT
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Yep. Same here.

By: Tom Helsley  Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:09:23 GMT
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I must be stupid too. Cant find anything but 2016. Please change the format back to previous years.

By: Rustin Webster  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:11:01 GMT
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You need to have an account on the site to download them. They are available here SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Presentation

 

Here is quick screen shot

 

By: Deepak Gupta  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:03:33 GMT
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Thanks Deepak.  It seems all those presentations are from the 2016 sessions?

The OP, myself, and others would like to be able to access the older presentations.  Like we used to be able to.

Before DSS put them all on this 2016 only website.

 

There were many good ones from 2012, 2013, 2014, etc

By: Chris B.  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:23:50 GMT
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I started to download all (or most) of them when I started with SW in 2012.

At that time (and up to last year) since we could see 3 years worth, I downloaded everything to my computer.

I have all of them back to 2010 - except where the links were bad or there was some other failure.

I logged on this year after SWW to get the new 2016 files and one day they were still not showing 2016 (only 1215, 14 & 13) and the next day they changed the site and format and I couldn't find them for a month until someone sent me a new link to the new "HORIBLE" site.

It's so much harder to navigate, keeps kicking you out, some links didn't work ...

I hope they eventually go back to the old way and old site also.

Maybe I will put this in the 2017 top ten list!

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:46:45 GMT
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Thomas Allsup

I just saw this post today.

I have downloaded all the proceedings since 2010.

If you want me to (if you havn't already got them) I can try to search through them and put them on a flash drive and bring them to the next User group meeting (probably next month).

Let me know if you want me to get them for you.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:49:41 GMT
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Eyal Siryon

Glad you posted this - I fully agree - we need it back the old way where people could see more.

I actually wish they would post even more years worth - many of the basic information will always be true and helpful and at most, that old information will just change a little.

 

To try to get some more attention for this,  I made an new TOP TEN 2017 IDEA for this and added a link to this post.

 

Let's see if this will help.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:11:25 GMT
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Sindre Sorhus

It seems to be gone again from that link.

Now that points to the registration page for SWW 2017 and I found no way to get to the proceedings from there.

 

You can still find the 2016 proceedings from the link that Deepak Gupta posted.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:27:01 GMT
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Oh, hey, I hadn't thought about testing that again.

 

Thanks, Rick.

By: Tom Helsley  Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:23:44 GMT
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Though these things were long ago released into public domain, they're apparently now secret.

 

Why do so many users seem to have this strange feeling of punishment, malaise, and general hoodwinkery?  Are the users simple malcontents, or is there some sort of active provocation behind this?

 

I'd prefer the days of yore where one could be a straight-up SolidWorks fanboy with a clean conscience.  Different days, different policies...

By: Jeff Mowry  Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:21:58 GMT
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Hi,

 

also the 2016 website is down (and with it the link of Deepak as well), so no way to access to the old presentations..

 

it makes no sense... why removing the presentations?

 

As i wrote to Alin on another post, if anyone knows who manage SWW and SWW website let him know that the proceedings are the most useful resources available online! more than mysolidworks!

 

IT'S CRAZY!

 

Alvise

 

ps there's no way to share them? I've got the presentations till 2014

By: alvise ferro  Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:40:43 GMT
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Well, I tried again today using my old link to the 2016 proceedings and now it's no longer down - IT'S GONE!

 

I also tried to use the link that Deepak Gupta gave and got:

 

Rachel York, If you see this, how about chiming in -

Do you have any new links, updates or status that you can report to us?

.

I saw your post on DSS "Solidworks Blog": from Sept. 2, 2015 saying how it's a great place to get the refreshers - but all those links are bad also.

 

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 13 Dec 2016 01:49:41 GMT
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I have gotten some recent information that the proceedings are currently no longer active.

There is an effort (that has been brought to the attention of the proper Solid Works teams) to revive it.

The more attention and votes this gets the better the chance to revive it.

 

The question has also been raised - Where it should be located:

MySolidWorks, In the forum, YouTube. ...?

 

In a couple days we will be able to vote on the Top Ten.

Voting and adding comments to revive the proceedings will be a big help in getting the proper attention.

The link to the Top Ten Request is

https://forum.solidworks.com/ideas/5186

Please vote and make you suggestion for locations.

Lets see if we can get it back for 2017 and beyond

 

The Top Ten threads will disappear after SWW2017, so

Posting to this thread in addition to the Top Ten thread will keep these comments alive also.

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:05:26 GMT
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I think the forums or youtube would each be good places.  Is there already a SolidWorks youtube channel?

 

If they don't want the burden of hosting, I'd consider hosting at my own site---would like to see the demand numbers to make sure before making such a commitment, but it's really not rocket surgery.  None of the links to files I've posted over a decade ago have ever broken (since I've left the files where I originally posted them), and people are still downloading SolidWorks models I've posted as far back as 2007 or so in various forum environments.  In fact, here's a random example.

By: Jeff Mowry  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:52:30 GMT
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If it were in the Forums, it should probably have it's own heading in the top title bar (there is plenty of room). I imagine that if it were in the Forums they could have it setup to include both the video and the support files (usually a Power Point of the presentation).

 

If on YouTube then it would probably just be the video's - but I don't think many people actually use the PPT's unless they are using them for training of their own.  I don't know if it would be considered public domain, so - if you were to host it you might need permission.

 

The old location on the SolidWorks web site was always fine with me - but it was a hassle to find it - Proceedings / Presentations. I could never remember - but that's what shortcuts are for in the browser.

I just want them back - I won't be able to attend SWW 2017 (2016 was my first SWW) so the only way I can get the valuable training is if they revive it (and hopefully for multiple years back - 3 or more - like it used to be). 

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:29:33 GMT
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Rick,

Thanks for bird-dogging this issue with previous years SWW videos and especially for bringing it to Rachel York's attention. 

Rachel has our backs, and can make things happen.

 

I seriously spent 1-1/2 hours tonight trying all manner of google search terms to find 2016 SWW videos until I got the magic combo search terms that led to this thread.  I should have known to look at the forums first (*chagrined*)

 

The net is that previous SWW presentations are an asset that SWx owns and should be putting out there (I present at SWW, so I signed away my reproduction/broadcast rights for the videos they paid to produce with the trust that SWx would actually exercise those rights). 


That SWx would let these links lapse is a damn shame, and a loss to the community. I really, really wanted to review some of those videos tonight.

*SIGH*


-Ed

By: Edward Eaton  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:23:42 GMT
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For what it is worth, SWx upstart competitor, Autodesk Fusion 360, is using Youtube extensively and effectively.  If I were SWx, I would hire an intern to logically break all the videos up into five or ten minute segments (each as a series) and get them onto the SWx Youtube channel STAT.

By: Edward Eaton  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:28:14 GMT
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By: Guest  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:40:07 GMT
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Sadly this is not the SW of old Mr Eaton.

SW lost their mojo back when they prematurely announced 'the death of SW' and unfortunately it never really recovered.

Rather than competing with Autodesk I would call them as drifting toward SolidEdge - the program no one ever heard of.... SW needs to revitalise and refocus. Make SW great again! ..of course having DS calling the shots doesn't help the cause...

By: Neil Larsen  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:49:14 GMT
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I'd definitely need permission, since they're not my videos.  However, they were once public, so it wouldn't make a lot of sense for SW to now claim they've not been exposed to public domain---and would therefore be very awkward to attempt to argue that removing the videos from public view is in any way in the interests of their customers.  Hence my offer to help out.  If hosting isn't a problem, costs aren't a problem, logistics aren't a problem, then what is the problem?

By: Jeff Mowry  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:46:02 GMT
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Your Logic makes perfect sense to me.

However, here we are dealing with 3 senses - Common sense, Business sense and Legal sense.

If we could get the second and third to agree with the first (in writing) that would be great.

Just my 2 cents

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:59:42 GMT
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All –

First, I know a few of you in this thread personally, but for the rest, I want to introduce myself. I’m the Community and User Advocacy Manager here at SOLIDWORKS. I used SOLIDWORKS as a ECO/ECR manager and drafter creating drawings and acting a liaison between engineering and manufacturing. I led a SOLIDWORKS user group (Tech Valley SWUG in Albany, NY). I worked in the reseller network providing training and technical support, and now, I travel to meet with you and bring subjects like this one to attention.


Second, I hear you. I’ve used the proceedings site in many different ways and on many different occasions. I understand completely. I brought this to attention immediately following the site’s removal and continue to work toward a solution. For now, my understanding is that the SWW17 proceedings will be available as they were this year, following the conference on the SWW website, and only until the SWW18 site goes live. I'd like to find a more permanent solution, which is what I’m discussing with the teams here.


Third, I want to say thank you! I don’t chime in often, but I’m always watching and listening. Conversations like this one help me understand what resources you want and where you want them. The YouTube vs. MySolidWorks vs. Forums delivery of the proceedings content is exactly the kind of discussion that helps me communicate internally what we should consider.


In addition to the where, I’d like to ask you a few things:

  1. Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? For example, did you like the sorting options to find the content you were looking for? By day, by subject, by difficulty level, by presenter, etc.? Is there another sorting/searching option you wish you had?
  2. Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Do you only watch the video? If you download the PowerPoint, how do you use it? For example, a few years ago Ed Eaton led a FANTASTIC presentation called “Make it Shell”, and long after SWW I used both excerpts from the video, as well as his slides as a training resource.
  3. Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Colleagues via email? Teachers via word of mouth? Students during training? User group members at local meetings during a quick presentation?
  4. What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Is there anything missing you wish you had previously? Perhaps a way to contact the presenter - maybe via some LinkedIn/Forum/Social Media profile if they're willing to share that info?

Again, thank you! I look forward to hearing your suggestions!

Rachel

By: Rachel York  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:48:36 GMT
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Thanks Rachel for chiming it and your reply has bought a relaxation to the mind about one of the very helpful resource of learning.

 

I'm sure many would be happy to read that it is being looked into.

 

To answer some of the questions:

 

1.Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? I would yes. The simple it is the better would be for anyone (new or old user) to find what they need.

 

2. Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Both.

 

3. Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Most of the time friends, new users and students via email, phone calls, chats and meetings.

 

4 . What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Most presenter have given their contact or other means to contact but I like your idea contacting them over social media (preferably LinkedIn). Of course if they are OK with that.

By: Deepak Gupta  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:02:17 GMT
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Rachel York - Thanks for that great response.

 

Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? For example, did you like the sorting options to find the content you were looking for? By day, by subject, by difficulty level, by presenter, etc.? Is there another sorting/searching option you wish you had?

I liked the way it was in 2014 and before - we could see 3 years of presentations and I liked the way you could sort. 

One thing I did not like was that if there was a problem with the video or the PPT that there was no way to let a site administrator know it was broken - There were a few instances (for each year) that a video was bad that I would have liked to see and could not get any response to replacing the video on the site with a working one.

Another thing is I would like to be able to see ALL the years presentations.  Many things from earlier years still pertain and are still good reference.  I would NOT like to see them overwritten if there is a new session with the same name because I may be using an older version where it does pertain but the new one may be discussing new features that change the way something is done - SO I WANT BOTH. - When I update I want to learn how to use those new feature changes.

 

I found last years format a pain because it was hard to sort and periodically would kick you back to the beginning and you had to keep scrolling and hitting the "MORE" button to get down in the list.

 

Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Do you only watch the video? If you download the PowerPoint, how do you use it? For example, a few years ago Ed Eaton led a FANTASTIC presentation called “Make it Shell”, and long after SWW I used both excerpts from the video, as well as his slides as a training resource.

I mostly watch the video - but have on occasion used the PPT for a quick printout of something I wanted to keep as an easy access reference. So I would like to see both available on the site.

 

Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Colleagues via email? Teachers via word of mouth? Students during training? User group members at local meetings during a quick presentation?

I tell my co-workers to search through when they are having a problem and need to see how to resolve it - this is where the sorting really helps also.

I and others in our User Group have regularly brought the ability to see the presentations from the past SWW sessions.  They have often referenced a session they were in at SWW and recommended others view it.

 

What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Is there anything missing you wish you had previously? Perhaps a way to contact the presenter - maybe via some LinkedIn/Forum/Social Media profile if they're willing to share that info?

I like the idea of a presenter contact link.  This would be especially helpful if there was a related issue that the presenter would be a great resource for getting the answer.

Multi year look-back (as stated above).

Easy links that point to the presentations area - it was a pain to find in the past and I always had to keep a shortcut or I had to search - then did I search for Presentations or Proceedings...

 

Thanks again for the great response.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:29:38 GMT
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I would like to answer your questions in a different way.

To me it is obvious that these presentations are a resource for users and can be a useful promotion for SW.

How about the person who decided they weren't and to remove them or require a login comes and explains to us why they thought that was necessary. I mean thanks for looking in here Rachel but it seems someone else is responsible for these nonsensical 'improvements'. Were these done on a personal whim on a bad hair day or is there some pervasive low awareness of customer needs?

There have actually been quite a number of these unhelpful type of events over the years. I remember when someone thought it was a great idea that the forums were to be closed to the public. Then we had the episode where it required a registration for the What's New pdf. What are people thinking of when they do this stuff? People like their SW. They enthuse about it. They want to obtain and share information easily, directly. People who are newly interested in SW don't want to jump through hoops to find out about it like it is the cosseted industry of 1986.

Once upon a time SW was envied by their competitors for the customer relations they enjoyed and yet today SW does all manner of odd things like this that amount to self harm. Autodesk are actually being more customer friendly than SW because they have a well sorted act.  SW don't have their act sorted internally and it shows.

It seems like once something is set up in SW land someone has to mess with it until it becomes near useless and users have to step in and correct matters. I quietly despair about some aspects of how this company functions. I look forward to the day when we have someone in the driving seat who actually knows what they are doing and has a mandate from DS to succeed.

Have a nice day and Merry Xmas.

By: Neil Larsen  Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:13:51 GMT
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Last year at SWW 2016, many of the presenters said their presentation would be posted on the SW web site for later viewing.

None of the ones that said that seemed to be aware that they would be posted for only a short time and at a different web address.

I would suggest that if someone is in a class at this years SWW where the presenter mentions this, that they bring up "to the class" that the presentations may or may not be on line and that the time they are there will be limited.

Everyone should get on line or in contact with someone from SW and request they restore the old way of leaving the posts up all year and have 3 years worth of posting.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:39:02 GMT
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Rick I believe it was more of a technical issue which resulted in the lost of that data. SOLIDWORKS team have been keeping the presentations earlier also on the proceeding site so I don't think they would be interested in removing off that valuable asset. And I'm sure someone is working in the background and trying to see as how that can be reverted back those presentations.

By: Deepak Gupta  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:43:29 GMT
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Deepak

From the information I have gotten, that may not be the case.

They may only have the current year posted and only for part of the year - and then take it back down as they did this year.

There were also no solid indications if if would be continued after this year.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:53:09 GMT
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Also, if they have lost the data, I have all the presentations and support files since 2010 (except the ones that were not posted or had video or data file failures - there were a handfull each year that had problems).

If they need them they can let me know where to upload them so they could restore them.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:56:16 GMT
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I see that Rachel has mentioned about the time limit on availability of the presentations in her post above. But she also mentioned about working towards finding a more permanent solution (extract from her post below).

For now, my understanding is that the SWW17 proceedings will be available as they were this year, following the conference on the SWW website, and only until the SWW18 site goes live. I'd like to find a more permanent solution, which is what I’m discussing with the teams here.

So with that I'm more on positive side and hoping for best for everyone

By: Deepak Gupta  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:06 GMT
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Again that is only thinking and thoughts that there might be a technical glitch which might have resulted into data loss. 

 

Like you I'm in also a big favor of using and spreading words about those presentations.

By: Deepak Gupta  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:01:58 GMT
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Deepak Gupta wrote:

 

Rick I believe it was more of a technical issue which resulted in the lost of that data. SOLIDWORKS team have been keeping the presentations earlier also on the proceeding site so I don't think they would be interested in removing off that valuable asset. And I'm sure someone is working in the background and trying to see as how that can be reverted back those presentations.

A leading edge technology company like Dassault can't seem to figure out how to host a simple website. What a bunch of baloney.

 

There are leaders at Dassault that are making decisions that are very confounding.

 

Sadly with Dassault running the show the old SolidWorks ethos is dead....  Very dead....

By: Anna Wood  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:10:34 GMT
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I'm afraid I agree with Anna here.  It's just not difficult to do this.  Any of it---hence my previous linking of a file I posted almost ten years ago that is still being downloaded on a regular basis.

 

This is one reason I've not answered the series of questions posted by Rachel above.  What people would like is all content available, permanently.  Videos, PowerPoint, whatever was generated, kept easily accessible, forever.  It's as easy as starting a SolidWorks channel on youtube, meaning there ARE no technical hurdles to clear.

 

I'm a self-taught SolidWorks user---sort of.  The tutorials and resources that were made available to me years ago by Ed Eaton, Mike Wilson, Matt Lombard, Paul Salvador, Brian Hill (at BXH designs, who taught me how to render things properly), and many others helped me tremendously along the way.  Many of their materials can still be found online, and even though SolidWorks has changed a ton since the days I learned it, lots of those tutorials and posts in blogs, web sites, and forums remain very helpful.  These people were pushing the limits of what SolidWorks could do long before most people realized these things were even possible, and I'm grateful they posted so many resources to help guys like me learn one of the tools of the trade (particularly so for industrial design).

 

That said, the fact that current materials are pulled down by SolidWorks, breaking links when doing so---with no explanation---isn't plausibly explained by technical difficulties.  Petulance, perhaps, but not technical difficulties.

By: Jeff Mowry  Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:25 GMT
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Since they would love for us to use MySolidWorks as the go to place for all things SolidWorks, why not add the proceedings (permanently) there?

By: Michael Dekoning  Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:36:27 GMT
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Michael Dekoning wrote:

 

Since they would love for us to use MySolidWorks as the go to place for all things SolidWorks, why not add the proceedings (permanently) there?

NO !

Please don't suggest that, because the next thing you know is they put it behind the pay wall called "MySolidWorks Professional".

It's already bad enough that anything that would be of faint interest to me, being a refresher about Routing for instance , I'm expected to pay an additional subscription fee on top of the subscription for the SolidWorks Premium.

 

As most others here I don't understand why information they offered for free at one moment in time then has to be hid from their user base? As for Rachel's questions. I'm sure she means well but the questions answer themselves. In short, if information is available, no matter in what form, it should be put out there. What's the worst that could happen? That someone learns something without having to pay SolidWorks?

By: Peter De Vlieger  Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:36:41 GMT
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"As most others here I don't understand why information they offered for free..."

Reason, at the end, seems to be always the same: money. Somebody wants more money.

 

I have been using SW since -98 and now first time I find myself checking out other solutions like OnShape because of this current overall greediness. Can't use home license anymore, doesn't really make sense to skip a SW version to save money anymore...What we got for our money in SW17, just the same basic SW16 with stupid colors and some expensive addon's that I don't need.

 

Don't get me wrong, I love SW (the software) and know that for example OnShape doesn't have many features that we have in SW...but OnShape has some features that are not in SW (core), but they should have added there years ago! That's how you can say that you're a "leader" in something, not by playing around with colors or something.

 

Am I just ranting here? :-)

By: Markku Lehtola  Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:40:19 GMT
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I should have said for free.

Also, there was a time when no sessions from SolidWorks World were available after the conference.

By: Michael Dekoning  Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:26:38 GMT
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That must have been before 2010 because I have all the proceedings back through 2010.

I download a lot of things - since I am not in control of those things on the internet, I never assume they will remain there so I download whatever I want.  Means I have to invest in several backup large capacity drives but now it is in MY control.

This is a perfect example of if you assume that something you want will always be available on the net your gonna get bit someday.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:09:36 GMT
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You guys, seriously.  How hard is this?

 

Yes, I watched the videos and found them very helpful.

Yes, I downloaded the presentations and the powerpoints as well.Yes, there is much more I would like to continue learning from those presentations, if only I could access them.

Yes, I am frustrated that SolidWorks is becoming more demanding in their licensing practices, while offering little or no added benefit in return, instead actually reducing the benefits to its users by taking away useful (and simple) things like these SolidWorks World proceedings.  And wasting all our time discussing why we can't have them or just how on earth we might ever be able to get them back.

By: Chris B.  Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:50:30 GMT
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I can confidently say that my biggest reason for wanting to see the old proceedings is that, even though I have my old .ppt files, my massive ego wants to be able to download the videos of my old presentations for posterity, and I forgot to do that while I could.

 

Being able to see what others have said on some of my favorite pet topics is also a bonus, especially as I probably can't guarantee how often I'll be able to attend SWW in the future.

By: David Mandl  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:50:48 GMT
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David Mandl wrote:

... I probably can't guarantee how often I'll be able to attend SWW in the future.

That's just it. A big chunk of the user base will never be able to go to SWW at all because the companies or the individual will know better things to spend a couple of thousand USD on then a trip to the US + hotel + entrance fees etc..

Any info posted and archieved about the actual interesting presentations benefits lots of users worldwide.

By: Peter De Vlieger  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:11 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

They've done well to webcast the general sessions, as well as some of their corporate rollout events.

 

But yeah, having these presentations available for people (even if you need your SW ID to access it) is the right thing to do to truly make this a global event.  Not to mention the fact that there are sometimes 3 different breakout sessions in the same time slot and I can't go to all of them.  I'd be curious to see the numbers on how many attendees are DS-SW, VAR or Partner/Exhibitor employees compared to end customers, but I bet that ratio is higher than SW likes.

 

I'm sure that they don't like adding such a strong incentive for end customers not to show up and just wait for the sessions to appear online, but if it's that or dilute customer engagement...

By: David Mandl  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:29:24 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

I think it may be an incentive for some Not to go but on the other hand, you never get as much out of a .ppt and / or a video of the .ppt with the background sound as you do when you are there, can hear the audience questions, ask your own questions and talk with the other participants.

Also, as you said, you may not be able to attend next or future years and what about all the years you missed.  I was not going to be going this year and then I got a great Christmas surprise that I was able to go. I am even going to the Sunday Boot Camp again, even though I went last year to get a refresher, info on whats new and the presentation is never exactly the same each time it's given.

I also went through the schedule and found several classes that I wanted to attend but they overlap. Without the presentations, At best- I will have to wait till next year to see those - and what if they are not given next year.

Makes you want to go next year

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:15:48 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

John,

It sounds like you were expecting to find the files and video's from SWW2017.

They are not out yet AFAIK.  I have not seen anything yet.

I heard people saying about 3 weeks, but past experience says Mid March.

They are supposed to be available at the same link as last year but the links point to the SWW2017 main screen, so I suspect it will be embedded in that site when they are released.

By: Rick McDonald  Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:37:41 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Besides the cost and time it would take to actual attend SWW one does well to keep in mind the problems one can face entering the US even if Australian or European or even if US citizen if you happen to have the wrong skin tone, religion or 'weird' name.

 

There for instead of alienating their world wide customer base it would be good PR to actual provide the information to their clients to help them use the functionalities of the program better.

By: Peter De Vlieger  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:58:58 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

No, I understand that there is always a delay before release.  I was actually looking for the slides for a session that I attended at SWW2015.  Thanks for the reply.

By: John Zachary  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:19:11 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

John Zachary Tell me what the session was and I can send them to you.

I have downloaded all the videos and files since 2010 (except where there was a problem with the files or video - which sometimes happens).

If the files are too big to send as zip files I may need a drop box or other location to send them but we can look at that after I see the file size and if you want the corresponding video.

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:16:50 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Rick,

I greatly appreciate the offer. 

 

SWW 2015, Tuesday, 4:30PM

Session name: Identifying Hardware Performance Bottlenecks Enterprise PDM

 

I was able to get ahold of the slides last week from someone else.  The slides were named "EPDM Hardware Bottlenecks".  However, the version that I have has had the videos removed to save space, but it makes reference to a slide set being available with the videos. 

"Please note, due to the 25MB upload limit for presentations the videos examples have been removed from this copy of the presentation."

If you have them, I'd like a copy of the complete slides and session recording.  If you don't have a copy of the complete slides, then I'll follow the instructions within the slides that I just received to request the complete version.

 

Either way, thanks!

By: John Zachary  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:32:47 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

John,

I have the video but it is big - 167meg.

Do you have a drop box or similar that I can upload it to?

If so, you can PM me with the link or send me an email.

 

Edit:

I did realize, while searching for these files, that although I do have all the 2015 videos, I actually don't have most of the support files (ppx...). I had marked my folders complete but I guess back then I was marking that for the videos only and didn't go back and get all the support files.

But I do seem to have everything for other years and all the 2015 videos of the presentations.

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:10:13 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

1.  It should have a robust search capable of finding sessions regardless of the order keywords are entered.  From a single search box, search description, author, etc.  Sorting by all the things you mentioned is useful, but sorting should be secondary to an excellent search.

2.  Both, but mainly powerpoint slides.

3.  Colleagues and users that I support. email or group.  Mainly, I use them myself as refreshers for sessions that I attended at SWW during the past 5 years.  Because of Q&A, many times slides get skipped with mention that the slides will be available later.  That is how I found this thread; I was looking through my notes that said, "See slides for more details".  Only, now the slides are gone.

4.  Missing a button that says, "Download all sessions and slides".  Who knows when they will go away.  It would be nice to allow presenters to upload files related to their sessions. e.g., sample files, sample code.  Then, it would nice to have a single button to download all files related to a single session.  Rather than LinkedIn, it would be nice if the comments were connected to the sessions so that everyone could learn from the additional discussion.  If presenters want to share contact info beyond that, sure.  Don't get rid of previous years.  Provide a simple way to download the previous files until the new site is ready.

Edit: 4.2  Allow larger presentation sizes so that presenters don't have to remove videos from their files in order to upload them.

Thanks.

Edit: 4.3  Don't flatten powerpoint presentations down into PDFs.  In the cases where multiple images are displayed by click on a single slide, all but the top image are lost.

By: John Zachary  Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:10:32 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

SWW2017 Proceedings are now available for downloading (PPT) and watching (videos).

 

It is still crazy that as an AE, I have to create a dummy account in order to access the user grade presentations. If I want to watch my own videos, I cannot use my AE account.

 

This is nuts!

By: Alin Vargatu  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:45:29 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Alin

Thanks for the update.  I'm looking forward to seeing the classes I missed and to get a refresher on the ones I attended.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:00:03 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

I even can not login even though I didn't had the AE account. So finally made a new account.

 

By: Deepak Gupta  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:59:57 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Too bad one cannot forward URL links for specific presentations.

 

I strongly recommend watching Edward Eaton's presentation. World class stuff!

By: Alin Vargatu  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:06:40 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Alin,

Try this - is this what you were trying to do?:

Using 3D Scan Data Effectively and How to Model Curvy Stuff from It

This is the link to Ed's presentation page.

I just right clicked on the presentation and selected copy address and then pasted it here.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:34:30 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks, Rick!

By: Alin Vargatu  Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:41:29 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks Rick and Alin!
I'm cringing -yet-curious to watch this video critically to see how close I got to my goal. 
I know there is a lot of good stuff in there, but I also know that it dragged a lot because I was trying an experiment with sharing how much it sucked to work with a large data set. I hoped that sharing the headaches would make the breakthroughs to beat the issues so much sweeter but I know that was a burden on the audience.  I really appreciate everyone in that room at SWW (and everyone playing along at home) for being patient through the bad bits to get to the good stuff. This is all as vetted as I know how, and I hope it helps some folks.

 

I am also super psyched to finally get to see videos for presentations I couldn't attend!  I owe you guys for letting me know all the videos are up!

 

 

-Ed

By: Edward Eaton  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:24:49 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Alin - I wish I could have connected with you at SWW.  I really appreciate any time I get to talk to you. 
Thanks so much for your post - it made my day. 
And I have to tell you - after all the work I put into this presentation, your thumbs up from the audience when I showed the "light trick with cartoon view" meant the world to me.  Thanks so much!

By: Edward Eaton  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:31:09 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

All of the SWW 2017 videos are coming up "Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path". Do I need a specific codec or player installed to play these videos or are the links bad?

 

There are a large number of sessions that I want to watch from SWW 2017.

 

Grant

By: Grant Mattis  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:42:58 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

I am having no problems viewing and downloading them.(only tried a few but randomly).

Are you logged in?

It may be a codec problem - I am using Chrome and when I click on a Watch Video link in the Solidworks page

It opens in the browser:

BTW, If you want to download, you can click on the down arrow icon on the lower right side - next to the volume control and it will download the video.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:16:43 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Rick thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I am stuck with internet explorer 11 here due to IT with no other options. It is fully updated but wondering if I need something like Microsoft Silverlight installed too. Here is the same video that I have tried to play showing that it is not working. Maybe my IT are blocking the content. I will try from home over the weekend too.

 

Watch Button.JPGVideo Play.JPG

By: Grant Mattis  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:28:50 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Is the new 2017 SW world presentation file access dashboard really progress?

 

In prior SWW the presentation files used to include the actual models. For most part anyways. Now we get a PDF files with live links to models that are not available. The combination of pdf's and cad-model made it possible to study the concepts quickly at any time. Small files that anyone can easily store for future reference. I now need to access a video file that might or might not be life. It's too bad that the benefits of sharing information are reduced to fancy dashboards with focus on colors instead of content. "Form OVER function" instead of "form AND function".

But then we need to remind our self that this information is provided for the low price of providing marketing information to SW. One can't & shouldn't complain about a freebie. I agree.

 

It's just too bad...

 

Elmar

By: Elmar Klammer  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:33:09 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

In last years setup (same format and location as this years) "I believe" (but need to check to be sure - my memory is not as good as it used to be) the files were available for download if the presenter published them.

So the download link would download the .ppt and the drawings / parts - if the presenter included them.

I will check what I downloaded last year and see if my memory is correct.

I just checked and YES - there were some that included the files / parts ...

However - very few included the files.

One Plus this year is that there is a link to be able to contact the presenter, so you could always send a message and request the files if they are available by the presenter and not included.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:57:13 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

That's great information, Rick.

 

I would like to suggest that if someone contacts the presenter to get the files, that they also ask the presenter to add the files to the download.  It would save the presenter from having to reply to others and separately send them the files (assuming they are willing to share them in the first place).

By: Dennis Dohogne  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:08:03 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

I ran through several (not near all) of the downloads from the presentations and YES they do include the files (at least I found 1 that did).  But it looks like most presenters did not include files.

To send a message to the presenter, go to the search area and select the Speakers and then find the presenter and you can send a message.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:22:44 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Great suggestion Dennis

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:26:42 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Grant Mattis wrote:

 

All of the SWW 2017 videos are coming up "Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path". Do I need a specific codec or player installed to play these videos or are the links bad?

 

There are a large number of sessions that I want to watch from SWW 2017.

 

Grant

Make sure you have VLC installed and open with Chrome.

By: Alin Vargatu  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:03:00 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi all,

 

If you happen to choose to watch the video from my Curve and Surface presentation and only get audio - it's not you, the events team needs to upload the proper video but have the wrong one loaded. I've notified them and I'm sure they will correct in the next few days.

 

Mark

By: Mark Biasotti  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:06:54 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks for letting us know Mark.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:24:46 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

At SWW this year I went to the Admin's boot camp presentation on Sunday - I went a day early just for that.

 

Right at the beginning of the presentation, Steven Adland - the first great presenter of 3 presenters, (Steven, Bradley Phillips and another person who's name I don't remember and have no picture with her name on it), said that last year there was a glitch and none of the Boot Camp videos or material got included in the Proceedings web page and that this year that should be fixed. (exact wording may have been different but similar).

Well, much to my great disappointment, it was apparently not fixed, as no part of the 4 hours of great information is any where to be found. - at least I can't find it!

I am very disappointed since these three presenters put on a wonderful and informative presentation.

I don't know who is in charge of getting those presentations out but they really dropped the ball AGAIN this year.

Why don't they post these?  It's full of tremendously valuable details that can not be found anywhere else - and the few bits and pieces that can be found can not be compared to other data from the same time so they are nearly worthless - or at least out of date - by themselves.

PLEASE - Whoever is in charge at SWX, dig up the Boot Camp presentations and add them to the posted presentations.

Back when Greg was doing it he would update his posted information periodically, But last year and now this year there is nothing.

At Minimum - the Power Point presentation would be great to have so we could look at the data and make "Administrative" decisions based on the facts and not our memories from when we we cramming in 3 more days of opening sessions, 5 hours of classes per day, all our conversations with other users, partner pavilion conversations ...  That was a lot of information to absorb in a short time and we really rely on the backup data. Having the supporting Videos also had a lot of information that would not be on the power point slides - Especially, the audience questions and the answers given to these.

I'm sure the presenters are also disappointed that all their preparation, editing, practicing, and the time they spoke was not deemed worthy of being included (or was overlooked) in the posted presentations.

 

Also, please add the missing videos and support files where they are missing.

We want the presentations to be posted, including prior years, in an accessible location (not requiring logging into the SWW site) and we don't want it taken away again.

By: Rick McDonald  Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:01:33 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

The events team made it nearly impossible to upload files with our presentations (I tried.) it has to do with file size and also that apparently you only get a single slot to upload you final presentation. As we the proceedings website, it is, in my opinion, poorly implemented.

 

Mark

By: Mark Biasotti  Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:52:41 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Mark Biasotti, is there any chance, since you are on the SWX side, that you can influence this for the future so the files are easier to include and easier to get?

By: Dennis Dohogne  Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:57:44 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Dennis, well Mark is not working for SWX any more . He left SWX team in 2013

By: Deepak Gupta  Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:10:56 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Mark, any chance if you can upload the files somewhere (like Dropbox) and post link here for us to download. Thanks in advance.

By: Deepak Gupta  Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:12:10 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

I think the team the handles this is really not in tune with what the users want.

The Proceedings site used to be fairly good - 3 years worth of posts, only a few failed videos or support files, easy to navigate and search.

Then last year they messed with it and trashed it.  Only posted for current years presentations, only available for ~ 6 months (March to ~Nov.), much harder to navigate, throws you out if you aren't clicking on the site for a short time, If you don't know the specific name of the post you have to scroll down hundreds of postings to find what you want along with having to keep hitting the "More" because the list is only a partial list.

And for the second year in a row, total failure in posting the Sunday Admins boot camp.

I could go on and on.

Bottom line - someone is messing up a good thing without asking if people like or don't like the way it was first and definitely, if they asked if we like what they have done with it now they would get a resounding "NO"

I would really like to know WHY they thought the things they did to it were good.

I would listen if they have a good reason, I am reasonable, although I would still say it's something that they need to fix.

By: Rick McDonald  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:02:03 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

I wanted to let you know that we are still working on making the CAD Managers' Boot Camp material available, the presentation team have now updated the slide deck and added 'Key Points' notes to each slide.

 

I'm currently in the process of investigating if the material can be posted in the same location as the other presentations, making the Boot Camp link 'clickable', failing this we will find an alternative way to deliver the material to the audience.

 

I'll keep you posted!

 

Kind regards,

Steve Adland

By: Steven Adland  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:03:40 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks Steven for the heads up. Let us when all information is available.

By: Deepak Gupta  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:09:13 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks for the clarification, Deepak, I could swear I saw the DSS logo next to Mark's name on a recent post, giving me the impression he was a corporate guy.

By: Dennis Dohogne  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:57:04 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Steven

Thank you for replying so fast and for the update - that's great to hear.

I am looking forward to seeing the material.

I really liked the information that the Boot Camp provides.

I think that every Cad Admin or individual user should use that information to understand how to setup an efficient system to best utilize SWX.

By: Rick McDonald  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:05:57 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

NO worries Dennis, could be his old profile when he was with SWX.

By: Deepak Gupta  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:26:14 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

On top of that, Rick, once again only the current year's presentations are available.  No more access to last year's, or the year before that.

 

Ugh!

By: Tom Helsley  Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:18:43 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Here is a google drive link to a zip file that contains my PP presentation, example files and Video of presentation:

 

5102_biasotti.zip - Google Drive

 

Mark

By: Mark Biasotti  Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:44:31 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks a lot Mark

By: Deepak Gupta  Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:49:34 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

I want to let you know that the material should be available on the same location as the other presentations, making the Boot Camp link 'clickable’ – this should be completed in the next week or so, and I’ll post back here once live.

 

Apologies for the delay in sending out this material, but stick with me, we are almost there!

 

Kind regards,

Steve

By: Steven Adland  Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:56:24 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Steven Adland that's great.

I am glad it will be posted this year - there was so much good material in it.

So many forum posts request information on things that were explained in the Boot Camp.

Really appreciate your letting us know and getting it out there.

Thanks again.

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:02:53 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Steven Adland,

Do you have any updates?  You were thinking in your last post on April 11 that it would be a week or so.

I went and checked middle of last week and saw the title in the proceedings list but no video or files are attached.

So they are part way there (putting the listing in) I just hope they get the Presentations and videos soon.

There were a few posts this week where it would have been the perfect presentation for the poster to watch to have all their questions answered - one was about video cards to purchase and the other was questioning the system to get.

Thanks.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 17 May 2017 00:29:23 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

I can only apologize for the delay in getting the material online. It has now been delivered to the team responsible and I hope it will be available for you soon.

 

I'll continue to monitor the progress and I will definitely update you and this thread once it is finally live.


Thanks again for persevering with us, and for your information, the Boot Camp will be handled differently in terms of registration, post content delivery and tracking next year, to improve the overall experience.

 

 

Kind regards,

Steve Adland

By: Steven Adland  Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:38 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Steven Adland  Thanks for the reply.

No apology needed.  We all run into delays.

 

Since you brought it up about registration for the Boot Camp at SWW I do also have some suggestions about that (that you may or may not be aware of regarding the registration...)(this is also assuming that you were referring to SWW registration changes.

 

1) I heard many people question how to sign up for Boot Camp. There has only been a check box in the registration forms that is easy to miss and many people did miss it. It would be good it it was more noticeable.

2) After checking the box (in the registration process) it never is displayed again that you have or have not signed up - not even in the summary at the end. I went backwards through the pages during registration to be sure I did check it.

3) Many people don't even know about the boot camp - it is not widely advertised, not in the schedules - basically, if you don't know it exists, or if you don't know it is on Sunday, you will miss it.  Should be better advertised. 

4) should have a good summary of what it is.  It is extremely valuable to cad admins or anybody who is setting up Computers, Software systems for 

5) On the schedules for SWW, only Monday - Wednesday is shown.  Nothing about Sunday showing boot camp. This would be nice to add in -  Along with the SuperBowl watch party.

6) The people who have been to Boot Camp previously were surprised last year (SWW2017) that the Boot Camp was at 9am rather than at 1pm like previous years (it was done in the morning this time because of the SuperBowl game (I am assuming)).  SWW2018 will be the same (in the morning (I expect) as Again, it will be on SuperBowl Sunday.  This means that people need to arrive the night before (Saturday) to be able to attend.  I went the day early just to be able to attend the Boot Camp.  It should be emphasized in the registration this year about the class time.

7) Most people don't even know what the boot camp is about or think it is only for Admins or top engineers or managers.  It would be good to have a quick summary in the SWW information (that is easy to notice by those who are registering) to let registrants know what it is about and that it is good for many other people besides Admins.

There have been many posts on the forums about how or why, software settings and hardware configurations that the answers were given in Boot camp.  It's a great resource but not well known about.

 

I would imagine attendance would also be higher if the above suggestions were implemented.

By: Rick McDonald  Tue, 23 May 2017 15:42:12 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

I’m happy to report that the material is finally available for you all to download, if you search for ‘CAD Managers' Boot Camp’ on the SWW event page (where all the other presentations are) you will be presented with the option to download the presentation.

 

Please note that the CAD Managers' Boot Camp title on the agenda page will not take you to the download, you will need to search for the session.

 

Secondly, thank you very much for the valuable feedback you’ve provided above, and you will be happy to know that we are taking it on-board to make the CAD Managers' Boot Camp experience even better.

 

If you have any problems with accessing the information, let me know and I’ll try to assist straight away.

 

Once again, I thank you for you sticking with us while we worked through getting the presentation to you.

 

Kind regards,

Steve Adland

By: Steven Adland  Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:38:01 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Thanks Steven Adland, that's great.

Thank you for getting it done.  I was just thinking about it again last night.

I may have asked about this already but, am I correct that there will not be any videos of the presentation?

That would be great to get into next years presentations

 

To make it easier for people to find, this is a link to the login page SOLIDWORKS World 2017  - from there (after login) - go to search and you will find it.

By: Rick McDonald  Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:58:21 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Hi Rick,

 

Unfortunately the Boot Camp was not recorded this year, but it is certainly something I will investigate for next year as I appreciate it would be very helpful for you have the commentary with the slides!

 

Kind regards,

Steve Adland

By: Steven Adland  Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:33:42 GMT
Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?

Steven,

It would be fantastic to make and post videos for the future sessions, and maybe break them down into the 3 separate segments that your program is broken into to make them a manageable size since this is a 4 hour session.  (I wish I had videos of the 2 classes I have attended so far).

There are so many comments by the presenters and the audience that would be a tremendous plus for people to have.

The slides are great but the verbal descriptions and explanations are outstanding and can not be put on slides that can convey the full impact.

So many people could use this information, even if they have gone before, since the technology and hardware changes so quickly.

It is also great for a refresher.  There is no way to absorb all that information and have it all at our fingertips when we need it - especially if we are trying to convince management the pluses of upgrading and the possible pitfalls if it is not done correctly.

Having the video and the slides will give us the information we need.

I would suggest (in the event that you can not get video on the next session) to at least have an audio file that can be used in conjunction with the slides so people can still follow along.

I (and I am sure many others) greatly appreciate your doing the sessions and getting us the presentations.

By: Rick McDonald  Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:23:37 GMT
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