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Composer R2019 Highlights

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Our R2019 release delivers functions implemented based on customer inputs. The resulting enhancements help improve productivity and overall user experiences even further.

  • UI Updates/Improvements: The following items are newly available with the latest release:
    • Modernized icons for enhanced visibility
    • New command search input in the ribbon
    • Select Adjacent Parts
    • Display of the number of actors selected
    • Grouping hotspot/selection sets
    • Avoid overwriting backup data (Auto Save Versioning)
    • New indicator of Intelligent View at the right bottom corner
    • Lock views
    • Search Collaborative Actors
  • More Language Support:Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish are now supported.
  • Fixed Size Arrows and Red Line Display Control: New options are added in the Properties pane to fix the size of the l...
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TodCast #23 Animation Organization Techniques

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This episode I’ve decided to revisit using Selection sets and Filters to help organize and edit your animations. Remember, naming selections in proper order can be a very powerful asset when editing your animation. Enjoy,   Goat

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The Inagural 3DVIA Composer User Group!

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We’re proud to announce that the first ever 3DVIA Composer User Group meeting was an astounding success!

Braving the cold and snow of the Minnesota winter, a broad mix of CAD engineers, engineering managers, and technical writers gathered in Minneapolis to share ideas and become more productive using 3DVIA Composer.

The day’s speaker roster included 3DVIA’s own Tod Cruikshank (the famed creator of the “TodCast”), who presented a collection of tips and tricks for streamlining content creation in 3DVIA Composer. Also speaking were Earl Hasz from SolidWorks and Mat Sauer of MTS Systems Corp.

It’s good to point out that this event was purely focused on sharing information to help make users more productive – and not trying to sell (software, timeshare, used cars, etc)...

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3DVIA Featured in Let’s Go Design Series

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Have you been watching the Let’s Go Design web series? 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Scenes were featured in the episode 5… Check it out!

http://www.solidworks.com/pages/programs/letsgodesign/

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3DVIA @ SolidWorks World 2010

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Cliff brought his video camera to this year’s SolidWorks World, and here are his main take-aways…

Here are some notes from Cliff that he posted to the 3DVIA blog:

Thanks to the SolidWorks team for their input in this video.  Jeremy Luchini designed the Hot Rod electric car model in SolidWorks, which you can see here on 3dvia.com.

If you want to see more videos from SWW 2010, go here to the SolidWorks YouTube page.

For more information of the benefits of 3DVIA Composer for SolidWorks users, check out the 3dmojo blog or these Cliff’s Clips I created for SolidWorks users:

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3DVIA Composer helping DLP to help the disabled

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This customer story was released on the solidworks.com website a couple of days ago. It’s about DLP Ltd., a UK-based company that specializes in manufacturing “barrier-free and low level access shower bases and specialist shower doors, enhancing independence, well-being and quality of life,” under the trade name AKW.

Along with using SolidWorks for their design, they are using 3DVIA Composer to more quickly create technical illustrations for installation manuals that get delivered around the world. How much more quickly? How about an 80% time savings! Pretty impressive!

According to DLP Technical Author Paul Smith:

3DVIA Composer allows us to export high quality technical line drawings for producing detailed installation instructions...

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Modeled in SolidWorks, animated in 3DVIA Composer, composited in After Effects

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What do you think? I can’t take credit for this “Bionicle Assembly” — it was uploaded yesterday to YouTube by dzigner09.

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Texturing winner!

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I was just watching the “Texturesaurus Rex” texturing tutorial on 3dvia.tv. Then I saw a tweet from @SolidWorks announcing the winner of the Week 3 Photoview 360 2010 Beta Rendering contest and had to take a look.

To my pleasant surprise, I saw something familiar! Nice work by Scott Woods! Congrats.

FULL DISCLOSURE NOTE: I had nothing to do with picking the winner!

3DVIA Composer textured in Photoview 360

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3DVIA Composer at Hannover Messe 2009

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Hannover Messe

Visit us at Digital Factory at Hannover Messe, Hall 17.0, Booth C40 from April 20-24, 2009!

We invite you to visit us at Hannover Messe. Take a look at 3DVIA Composer – “the revolution for product documentation.” Meet our partners from Dassault Systèmes and SolidWorks and see how 3DVIA Composer can help you deliver user manuals, work instructions, product information, and service and training materials directly from your 3D CAD data – and always keep it up-to-date.

Talk with our specialists from our Business Partners and receive first-hand information about all the advantages of our Dassault Systèmes PLM and SolidWorks solutions. During the fair we are available for all your questions from 9:00am to 6:00pm every day!

3DVIA – this is “3D for All...

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3DVIA Composer auf der Hannover Messe 2009

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Hannover Messe

Besuchen Sie uns auf der Digital Factory der Hannover Messe, Halle 17.0, Stand C40 und E40 vom 20.-24.04.2009!

Wir laden Sie herzlich zu einem Besuch auf der Hannover Messe ein. Nutzen Sie dort die Möglichkeit sich über die „Revolution in der Produktdokumentation – 3DVIA Composer“ zu informieren. Wir zeigen Ihnen gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern von Dassault Systems und SolidWorks wie Sie Handbücher, Arbeitsanweisungen, Produktinformationen, Trainings- und Serviceanweisungen direkt aus Ihren 3D-Daten erstellen können – und dabei immer auf dem neusten Stand bleiben.

Treffen Sie die Spezialisten unserer Partner und erfahren Sie aus erster Hand die Vorzüge der Dassault Systèmes PLM und SolidWorks Lösungen...

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Congrats to ModernTech

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Congrats to ModernTech

ModernTech won top honors for selling the most 3DVIA Composer in North America for our SolidWorks channel. They received this sales award at SolidWorks World 2009.

So here’s a shout out to the team @ ModernTech! Many thanks for all of your hard efforts in 2008, and here’s to an even better 2009!

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Welcome Felder KG to the 3DVIA Composer Family!

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Felder KG

We would like to welcome Felder KG to the growing community of companies that have chosen 3DVIA Composer to enhance their assembly documentation and become more competitive.

My absolute favorite quote from the press release is when a SolidWorks VAR introduced Felder to 3DVIA Composer:

…our previously installed documentation solution didn’t have a chance, because it was an isolated application.

’nuff said about that! See the SolidWorks press release from last week for the full details.

A warm welcome to Felder!

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Acqualux Drains Wasted Time out of Shower Design with SolidWorks and 3DVIA

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In these economic times, imagine what a 25 to 40% documentation process reduction could mean to the competitiveness of your company.

Take a look at what Acqualux, a UK based company, has been able to achieve with 3DVIA Composer. The full press release can be viewed here. The following is a notable highlight from this announcement:

“We have to provide layman-level instructions to the end customer as well as detailed instructions for our service and quality control people so they can walk consumers through the build when they don’t understand something,” said Aqualux Design Manager Neil Harrison. “3DVIA Composer was a huge leap forward for us in producing documentation...

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3DVIA your iPod #76: “Automatic Layout Positioning, and Project Mode” (English Version)

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This week I would like to welcome a guest podcaster from SolidWorks Germany,  Markus Koechl, who not only brings us a great tip, but also brought us our very first German-language podcast last week!

Today Markus demonstrates how to use 3DVIA Composer to import CAD sub-assemblies and have them automatically and properly positioned relative to other sub-assemblies. This powerful ability allows massive assemblies — along with multi-CAD assemblies — to be broken up and easily imported into 3DVIA Composer. You may never have seen the full assembly before, or may not even have the full assembly at all, and now you can bring all of the data together into a high-performing 3DVIA Composer environment for repurposing into 2D and 3D documentation.

Markus also describes the “Project Mode” of 3DVIA...

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3DVIA your iPod #76: “Automatic Layout Positioning, and Project Mode”

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Our very first German post and podcast!

Diese Woche begrüße ich herzlich Markus Koechl von SolidWorks Deutschland, der uns mit seinem podcast nicht nur einen großartigen Beitrag, sondern auch den ersten Beitrag in deutscher Sprache zur Verfügung stellt!

Markus wird uns heute zeigen, wie man mit 3DVIA Composer CAD Sub-Assemblies importiert und sie automatisch und an der richtigen Stelle im Verhältnis zu anderen Unterbaugruppen positioniert. Damit können große Baugruppen, zusammen mit Multi CAD Assemblies, sehr leicht aufgeteilt und in 3DVIA Composer importiert werden...

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3DVIA your iPod #63: “SolidWorks: Heard!”

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This week I am pleased to bring to you a podcast from solidworksheard.com, a site dedicated to providing tips, tricks, tutorials, or tech news on all things SolidWorks. 

In this episode, Lou Gallo offers his expert opinions and insights after taking a 3DVIA Composer training class. He discusses what the product does and how it fits into the SolidWorks family of products. He explains why 3DVIA Composer is not a “replacement” to existing tools, but is a wonderful compliment to help bridge the gap between CAD tools and documentation layout and publishing tools.

Lou also talks about the other modules of 3DVIA Composer, and highlights some examples and use cases as to when you would need to use them and what value they will bring.

And my favorite part comes at the end of the podcast —...

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3DVIA your iPod #59: “Knocking out the competition”

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You’ve heard us rant about the exceptional qualities of 3DVIA Composer, and how we make better reuse of CAD data than other competitive products such as Isodraw. I’ve shown 3DVIA Composer to people hundreds of times, and I never grow tired of the look of amazement on peoples’ faces when they see what we can do. But what really amazes me is how quickly our customers can go from purchasing our product to being productive and generating positive returns: it’s a tribute to our architecture and ease of use.

It’s why we win benchmark after benchmark, why customers continually choose 3DVIA Composer over other products, and why customers actually turn off those products in favor of 3DVIA Composer.

But don’t take it from me… take it directly from one of our newest customers, Miller Formless...

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Greetings from SolidWorks World 2008!

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Here in San Diego, we are in the middle of another astonishingly successful SolidWorks World for 3DVIA Composer. Hundreds–dare I say thousands–of interested prospects, customers, bloggers, press agents, resellers, and employees have swarmed our kiosk and have been totally amazed by our capabilities. There has been non-stop traffic to our booth; so much so that we had to bring in a 3rd flat screen LCD panel, creating a theater experience to accommodate the demand!

Thank you to our friends and future resellers from the mid-west for their permission to post our candid photo capturing their deep interest in our product. A photo is truly worth a thousand words — ’nuff said.

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3DVIA Composer to be featured at SolidWorks World

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Attend SolidWorks World to learn more about 3DVIA Composer

If it’s January, the entire SolidWorks community — both here in Concord and around the world — is gearing up for SolidWorks World in mid-January.

We’re very excited to participate in SWW again this year, this time as part of the SolidWorks family. So, be sure to look for 3DVIA Composer in the SolidWorks booth at the exhibit.

I also want to make sure you know about the in-depth session we are going to be delivering this year. It’s on Monday, January 21 at 4:30pm. The session title is Revolutionizing Design Communication: Creating Product Information with 3DVIA Composer.

In the session, we will have user of 3DVIA Composer will explain his implementation and how it has revolutionized their use of SolidWorks as a source for product publishing...

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Seemage your iPod #51: “Cleo success story” (English)

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Today’s podcast episode is a little different. Instead of focusing on Seemage features, we are presenting a sales success story in both French and English.

To get this breaking story, Garth Coleman interviewed Fabrice of Axemble in France via Skype, one of the EU’s largest SolidWorks resellers. As you will hear, Fabrice tells the amazing story of how an important customer was so excited about Seemage, they purchased it on the first sales call.

Now I realize some of you may think this is pure propaganda. (Though when, I ask you, was the last time a PLM company posted such an authentic, unedited story? When we said we were going to continue to using the blog to be completely open about Seemage after our acquisition, we meant it.)

But in reality, this is a story about compelling technology…t...

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Seemage your iPod #43: “Locking events”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 43, Seemage Event Locking

This week Jonathan Riondet shows how content creators have complete control of the presentation of 3D information. In addition to the main points about view control, there are some interesting things to notice in this week’s episode.

We start with SolidWorks, once again featuring our new integration with this popular design system. Next, you will notice the Jonathan is using Seemage Viz. I think this might be the first time we’ve shown Seemage Viz in the podcast, and Jonathan shows how very useful Seemage Viz is for content creators. Seemage Viz is the entry-level Seemage application.

Finally, Jonathan shows us the results in a PDF. This makes a point visually that we often write about: that PDF is nothing more than a container…a convenient transmission medium...

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Seemage your iPod #41: “Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 2″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 41, Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 2

This is the second of two posts demonstrating the new integration of Seemage with SolidWorks.

Of note in this video is Jonathan’s demonstration of the ability to access all the detailed user information that was originally in the SolidWorks model directly in Seemage.

Read our press release announcing the integration here. Sign up to attend our free webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 showing SolidWorks and Seemage integration here.

To play the .avi file, you will need a TechSmith codec, available here.

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Seemage your iPod #41: “Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 41, Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1

This week we have a special two-part podcast. In this post and the next, Jonathan Riondet features our new integration with SolidWorks, which as you will see, is as easy to use as making a menu selection.

In this first part, Jonathan shows some animation capabilities using a SolidWorks model. In passing, he mentions something that I think is very important: that the Seemage file created by the free plug-in can be opened in any Seemage product, including the free Seemage Player.

We’re very excited about Seemage’s integration with SolidWorks. You can read our press release announcing the integration here. Also, on Wednesday, August 29, we are holding a free webinar that will demonstrate the integration between Seemage and SolidWorks. Attendees are eligible for a free copy of Seemage Viz...

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Seemage Integrates with SolidWorks, becomes SolidWorks Solution Partner

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Today, Seemage announced that it has integrated with SolidWorks and has become a SolidWorks Solution Partner.

Read the press release by clicking the links below.

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Watch the Seemage webinar replay at your convenience

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Watch the Seemage webinar

On July 19, we held a live webinar session that was very well-received. I sent a link to watch the Flash recording of the webinar to those who’d signed up for the live presentation but who weren’t able to attend.

And an amazing thing happened: in addition to the people who got a chance to watch the webinar they’d missed, we noticed that people to whom we had not sent the invite were watching the replay — and forwarding the link along to others to watch it .

So, we’re going to do the obvious: put the link up here in our blog. Please consider this an invitation to register for the replay, even if you didn’t previously sign up to watch the live presentation...

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