Summer is in full swing here in West Michigan this week with the temperatures supposedly sustaining in the upper 90’s all week. Some of you are probably thinking that it would be nice to have a cool down to those temps but here in West Michigan, people are freaking out. I would say 90% of the items on my Facebook newsfeed have to deal with how hot it is.
The launch and release of a new version of SolidWorks can usually make CAD Admins feel the heat no matter what the weather is like outside. If you are a CAD Admin, I am sure you know what I am talking about. You will here comments like…”2011 worked better than this” or “how come this is different in 2012” or “we should have waited longer to launch 2012”. At times these comments are valid, however, more often than not, a little research done up front can eliminate 95% of these snide remarks.
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Every year SolidWorks offers all of their current subscription customers the opportunity to beta test the next release of the software. This is a great opportunity for you, whether you are the CAD Admin, a power user, or just a user to test out the normal functions that you do every day. This way, when you are ready to launch the next version to the masses at your company you have developed a comfort level that the software will or will not function properly in your unique design environment.
How to Beta Test?
Simple – click on this link and sign up! SolidWorks 2012 Beta
Also, take note that on that same website there is some other really useful information such as Beta Testing Tips and the current Beta 2012 Leaderboard. Leaderboard? That’s right…while you are doing yourself a favor by testing out the software before it gets released to the masses, you can also when some sweet prizes which are listed here.
So there you go! Get out of the sauna and start beta testing today!