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How to Modify a Stand-Alone License to a SolidNetWork License

The Alignex Team on March 28, 2017 at 1:56 PM

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To achieve greater flexibility for floating a license between users or to allow for scaling, we recommend modifying a Stand-Alone license to a SolidNetWork License (SNL). Follow the steps below to change individual SOLIDWORKS computers from Stand-Alone to operate on the License Network.

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Faster Rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost and PowerBoost

Dean Schley on March 23, 2017 at 10:17 AM

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The introduction of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional and a new add-on product is providing a way to create high quality images and animations faster than ever before. Before we discuss the benefits of Visualize Boost, let’s go over how rendering SOLIDWORKS data has been handled in the past.

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15 Quick Steps to Setup a Design Library Feature

Jesse Butwinick on March 8, 2017 at 7:45 AM

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Are you finding yourself generating the same feature every time you create a new part? Would you like an easy way to stamp your company logo into your products? Then the Library Feature in SOLIDWORKS is meant for you!

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Sneak Peek: Upgrade for Easier Item, Process and Project Management

The Alignex Team on March 2, 2017 at 8:10 AM

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If you already like the ease-of-use and file management capabilities of PDM Professional, you’ll want to keep an eye on SOLIDWORKS Manage. This new addition to the data management product line will give you a higher level of item management and the ability to manage resources, project timelines and complex business processes.

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A Complete Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

The Alignex Team on February 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM

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Every year, we update our resource center with technical support documents and quick guides for customers seeking additional help with SOLIDWORKS. Our SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Guide Packet is now available with the latest guides to many different common user actions and their best practices.

This 4-part guide covers administration, customization, access or display, and a permission setting overview of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

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Top 10 Highlights of My First Year at SOLIDWORKS World

Travis Quick on February 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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My name is Travis Quick and I am an Application Engineer with Alignex, based out of Edina, MN. This was my first year at SOLIDWORKS World and I’m excited to tell you about all the great things that went on! From the cool technology that was represented at the Partner Pavilion, to the great new things customers are doing, to getting to meet all the amazing people at SOLIDWORKS that help make this community such a wonderful group to be a part of.

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New 2018 Features Just Announced at SOLIDWORKS World

The Alignex Team on February 9, 2017 at 3:17 PM

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It's Day 3 at SOLIDWORKS World 2017! In today's general session, we got an exciting preview of new features coming to SOLIDWORKS 2018.

Here are 6 features that got spontaneous audience applause!

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: A Critical DraftSight HotFix

The Alignex Team on February 3, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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It has come to the attention of the DraftSight team at SOLIDWORKS that, due to an expired certificate, Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017 will not launch and/or will stop running as of March 1, 2017

To avoid usage interruption, please make sure to immediately download and install this critical DraftSight hotfix, which can be found on the main product download page. 

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Create Photorealistic Renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Dean Schley on January 27, 2017 at 9:25 AM

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Since the release of the new external rendering software SOLIDWORKS Visualize in early 2016, there has been a bit of confusion as to where PhotoView 360 fits into the SOLIDWORKS family of products. 

Wait, there is a new external product for rendering your parts and assemblies? Don’t we have PhotoView 360 already? Well yes, but SOLIDWORKS Visualize helps both non-technical users and CAD users leverage 3D CAD data to create photo ‘catalog’ quality renderings and content.

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An Important Technical Advisory on Updating SOLIDWORKS PDM

Josh Seda on January 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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The purpose of this technical advisory is to educate companies on the proper process for upgrading SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) in an environment which includes both CAD and PDM. Furthermore this will cover upgrading both Standard and Professional versions with a focus to the latest 2017 version.

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