Actually, it’s only been three months since my last post, but that is too long. I’m sure that you’ve been missing my words of wisdom. In my defense, I have been traveling quite a bit this year. By that, I mean a lot. If my guesstimate is correct, I’ve flown almost 80,000 miles. Sadly, all of it, save for SolidWorks World, has been for work. I’ve lucked out and been able to do some sightseeing on many of my trips, so that’s been cool.

What is it that finally got me to come out of my shell and write a post? The release of SolidWorks 2017 Beta, that’s what. Granted, I can’t actually talk about 2017, but it is the impetus of this post.

I’ve been meaning to climb onto my soapbox for months now regarding the hullabaloo that occurred with 2016 and it’s new look. And, more to the point, the manner in which people responded when SolidWorks began to make changes to the colors to pacify those who had been so greatly offended by the change. There had to have been at least four different posts on the SolidWorks Forums, each beating the same dead horse over and over and over again. There were assumptions being thrown about, personal attacks, much finger wagging and pointing and, basically, a whole bunch of whining. While said posts garnered quite a few responses (hundreds, actually), many of those responses came from the same posters who kept beating on that poor horse. To their credit, SolidWorks took notice and decided to make changes to return SolidWorks to “the way it was” with regards to colors.

When the first changes were announced, however, so many of those who had pissed and moaned to begin with, pissed and moaned some more. Their biggest complaint? That SolidWorks hadn’t completely changed everything to their liking. As if SolidWorks could simply undo 18+ months of coding in one service pack release. They all seemed so ungrateful. I think what irked me most is they acted as though they were talking for most, if not all, users. Such utter bullshit. Then, when the second round of changes were released, there were still people complaining. Absolutely ridiculous.

Maybe it’s because I like the new color scheme, or maybe it’s because I’m getting old(-ish) and curmudgeony, but I just don’t have time for that crap. There were more than a few times when I wanted to climb on my soapbox and rant in those posts, but I just bit my tongue. I realized that whatever I said would, more than likely, fall on deaf ears. So I’ve ranted a bit here and feel a bit better. Thanks for reading.


SASPUG turns 20!

Posted on March 16th, 2016. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Last night we celebrated the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group’s (SASPUG) 20th anniversary and, from what I’ve heard, a good time was had by all. […Read More…]

SolidWorks World 2016 – Recap

Posted on February 8th, 2016. Posted In SolidWorks Community

I honestly wanted to post daily recaps of this year’s SolidWorks World, but, obviously, I failed miserably. So, here’s my recap for the whole, mostly excellent, SolidWorks World 2016. […Read More…]

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 – Sunday

Posted on January 31st, 2016. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Man, do I love this time of year! I really do look forward to attending SolidWorks World each year for a host of reasons, but the biggest one is the recharge it gives me after hanging with fellow SolidWorks geeks for 4 days. It’s always so cool to be with people who are as passionate about it as I am.

I write the same things every year when SolidWorks World rolls around: how I love the energy, the new tech, meeting new people, seeing old friends. I hate sounding like a broken record, but it’s all true, every year.

This year, SolidWorks’ new “face”, Rachel York, is working her butt off to get more people networking together. One of her ways is the “I Nerd Out For ____” button. Attendees just fill in the blank and pin it to their lanyard. Obviously, the hope here is that the filled in subject gets people talking together. We’ll have to see how well it works, but I’ve definitely seen a ton of people wearing the buttons.


Get your button, people!

Don’t forget, too, that a tweeted pic of you eating bacon, along with the hashtag #baconbrotherhood, gains you entry into the Bacon Brotherhood. Just remember to tag Ed Gebo or John Matrishon to get your badge.

More coming later, as soon as the cloud fully lifts from my mind. It was a late night (early morning?) last night.

Right, talk about dragging my heels on this one… […Read More…]


I suppose you could call me a power user, anyway. I’ve been using SolidWorks for 18 years, I’m a CSWE and I use it day in and day out. I run the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group, I’ve presented at user groups, SolidWorks World and at a SWUGN Summit. I’ve been writing this blog since 2006 and I’ve even written a few articles for industry magazines. I guess you could say I’ve gotten around a bit. […Read More…]

SOLIDWORKS 2016 – It’s almost here

Posted on October 5th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

The official release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is just around the corner and I, for one, am excited for it. While I was a bit taken aback by the UI change, I didn’t have the negative reaction to it that some have had. Much of the uproar reminds me of the last UI change back in 2008, but I’m sure the detractors will come around just as they did then.

While I plan on posting about some of my favorite changes over the next couple of weeks, this post is strictly for two bits of information for you, my loyal reader. One, if you haven’t seen SOLIDWORKS 2016 yet, where have you been? You need to get your butt to a reseller event to see all the “what’s new” demos. There are a few things in there that should put a really big smile on your face. You can go here to find a list of events in your area. Two, I’m sure you’ve heard about SOLIDWORKS World before. How about getting your conference pass paid for? SOLIDWORKS is giving away three passes to the three top vote getters in their T-Shirt Contest. You can get all the details here.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Rollout

Posted on September 30th, 2015. Posted In Software Review,SolidWorks Community

On September 22nd, I had the opportunity to be at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston to get a first-hand look at some of the new stuff coming out in SOLIDWORKS 2016. (A quick aside here–if you get the chance to be in Boston, check out the institute, it’s pretty cool.) This rollout was different than ones I’d been to in the past at SOLIDWORKS HQ. […Read More…]

What are they thinking?

Posted on August 5th, 2015. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

It’s no secret that I am a SolidWorks fan-boy. I’ve been using it for close to 17 years and, were it not for SolidWorks, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I run the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group. Also, more often than not, I’ll defend SolidWorks when it comes under fire. Today, however, I find myself as the one pointing the gun, though more at Dassault than SolidWorks. […Read More…]

SOLIDWORKS’ New Subscription Policy

Posted on August 2nd, 2015. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

This seems to be flying under the radar a bit, but I’m not sure why. Effective January 1, 2016, the current subscription policy will change for SolidWorks customers. From the TPM blog: […Read More…]

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