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SolidWorks makes smart move with free certification

Published 21 January 2009

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: solidworks, design, solidsmack, certification

I found this interesting. News has emerged from both Josh at SolidSmack and Mike Puckett (now Certification Specialist at SolidWorks) that the company has made its certification effectively free for the remainder of this year - if you’re on active subscription. This includes exams in core SolidWorks (at Associate and Professional level), Sheet Metal Design and Simulation.

According to Mike, if you’re interested, you need to log “Into the customer portal, then going to the Certification Page under Community. From there you will see the offer listed on the right hand side of the page. Customers wishing to take the exams must redeem their code no later than December 31st, 2009, and all the exams must be completed by July 31st, 2010.

Josh points out that “One thing some point out is that the CSWP exam is only to test your 3D CAD skills in SolidWorks. It doesn’t do anything to prove your design and engineering skills. That may be the biggest misconception about what a certificate like this proves. Your biggest asset is going to be your industry experience, your knowledge of design practices and your engineering abilities. The CSWP will add enormously to that.

This is interesting in the general scheme of things considering the current economic climate. With threat of Financial Armageddon looming over the horizon, every software developer and user alike is going to be bracing themselves for impact, battening down the hatches and various other post-apocalyptic metaphors.

Fact is cash is going to tight, very tight indeed. Vendors will be looking to ensure that their customers are going to continue to stump up for their annual maintenance, which will be more critical than ever, as new sales to fresh seats slow in the next year or two.

By providing user certification for free, SolidWorks has found a way to both incentivize its users into taking those exams (which in itself, is a nice way to validate your systems credibility) and to hopefully continue with their subscription plans. Smart Move.

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I heart ILoveSketch: Sweeet

Published 20 January 2009

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, visualisation, the future of everything, ilovesketch

Thanks for Joe over at Hey, That’s a Great Idea (a site you should bookmark/favourite now) for flagging this up:

ILoveSketch No-Cut Demo: Spacecraft from Seok-Hyung Bae on Vimeo.

THIS, my dear friends, makes me very very happy indeed. Watch it in shear.complete.awe.

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3Dconnexion take it to the people

Published 20 January 2009

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d connexion, labs

The folks behind the innovative SpaceNavigator mice, for working in 3D environments, have launched an online lab for users to give their feedback and take up new applications.

Designed with the intention to develop the 3D mouse community, we took a look at the site and it has a few basic apps that most users will already have if they need them, including the fun 3DxWorldWind. The first of the new bunch is a plug-in for Caligari, a subsidary of Microsoft’s trueSpace 7.6, which should prove a nice addition to anyone using it.

Roman Ormandy, founder of Caligari, a subsidiary of Microsoft, said: “The mouse and keyboard are inherently 2D inputs, great for text documents or photo manipulations, but lacking when it comes to moving around a genuine 3D environment. The SpaceNavigator solves that.

For those with more time on their hands at the moment, there’s even the first game available for use with the mice - Multiwinia - which should nicely speed up the delivery of your P45.

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Autodesk to cut 10% of staff

Published 16 January 2009

Posted by Martyn Day

Article tagged with: autodesk, recession, credit crunch

Autodesk has announced that it plans to cut about 10% of its workforce, approximately 750 employees, as it lowered its fourth-quarter earnings outlook. The company expects to post quarterly results between $475 million and $500 million on Feb 26th. Previous forcasts were in the region of $525-$550 million.As a result, Autodesk plans to take a pretax charge of $65 million to $75 million for restructuring. The company has a hiring freeze and is implementing business travel restrictions.

Times are tough for all vendors out there as sales dry up. Previously, Carl Bass, the company CEO has gone on record saying that it’s proving difficult trading conditions as companies struggle to find funds to put into major projects. Autodesk has been amongst the first vendors to react strongly to the change in market conditions. Autodesk has lost 64% of its share price in the last year, although that said, it does have $1 Billion cash in the bank.

“Autodesk has a strong cash position and leadership across multiple product sectors and geographies,” CEO Carl Bass said in a statement on the job losses. “The company has experienced several economic downturns during its 26-year history, and like before, we fully expect to emerge from the downturn stronger, more efficient, and more competitive.

I would expect nearly all the other vendors to follow suit in the coming months.

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