Let’s get this out of the way right now, is this release going to blow your socks off? No, I don’t believe it will. There are, however, aspects of it that will definitely ruffle your skirt/kilt/bathrobe (*ahem*, Mr. Mings). Some of the stuff was just “eh”, but that’s to be expected as well. If everything was awe-inducing, the bar would be set way too high for future releases and SolidWorks Corp would burn through programmers and Product Managers far too quickly. Plus, things like stable releases shouldn’t be awe-inspiring, they should just be.
I spent a good portion of a day at SolidWorks, along with some of my fellow bloggers, being shown a bunch of what was new in SolidWorks 2013. It was, for all intents and purposes, a rollout. We’re just able to be more boisterous with the presenters. When I got back to Seattle, I got 2013 loaded up onto my laptop and started messing around with it. (Yes, I know, I was late to the party.) I’ve been digging into it and am impressed with how quickly it loads up on my tired Dell M4300. While it never crossed my mind to do an actual test, I’d say it’s a good 10-15 seconds quicker than 2012. I haven’t really noticed anything different graphically or speed-wise, aside from the initial loading. Again, bear in mind that I’m using a beat up 4-year old laptop. 32-gigs, at that.
That all being said, you’re going to have to wait until my thoughts are published by Devlop3d. I have to say that I was quite flattered when Al asked me if I’d be interested in collaborating with him on a SolidWorks 2013 review. I’m guessing it was because we’d been at the bar drinking for a couple of hours, but that’s his problem. I, on the other hand, get to enjoy my 30 seconds of fame as a “writer” for Develop3d. Yay, me!