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Aug 31, 2011


Jurgen Galba

The seat number doesn't mean a thing because if measuring the popularity of the software. It can be inflated into anything you want. Even commercial licences sold - but not actually used anymore - are seatnumbers!! But that seat is empty

The actual commercial licences in present use - mirrored by the amount of active subscriptions are more accurate i think.

Matthew West

Just a quick clarification--we hit 1 million total licenses in April, 2009. The number reported at SolidWorks World 2011 was just for education licenses, which reached 1 million sold right around Thanksgiving of 2010.

Matt / SolidWorks

Jon Banquer

SolidWorks did it with hard work and building the best CADCAM reseller network in the world. When SolidWorks started, unlike Siemens, they went directly after Autodesk and they hit hard. The results of not acting like the kind of wimps, who makes excuse after excuse like Siemens US Solid Edge ST marketing have made in the past, speak for themselves. SolidWorks owns the market.

When it comes to technology, SolidWorks is an old package that has lots of disadvantages to it. It's Move Face tool is not really a direct modeling tool and using Move Face in SolidWorks isn't anywhere near as fast or as easy as using a quality direct modeler like SpaceClaim or Creo Direct V18 or even the direct modeling tools in Missler TopSolid CADCAM 7.

When it comes to history based modeling and PDM Missler TopSolid CADCAM 7 blows the doors off SolidWorks with it's built in PDM that's transparent rather than an separate application, it's own 2D and 3D constraint manager rather than licensing D-Cubed 2D and 3D constraint managers from Siemens, an Entity Manager that SolidWorks should have had many years ago and the use of better components like Redway3D for it's graphics engine.

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA

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