John Ellsworth

My.SolidWorks Is Now Live

Blog Post created by John Ellsworth on Apr 4, 2013

We are happy to announce the release of My.SolidWorks – a new community experience that helps you connect, discover and share everything SolidWorks.  My.SolidWorks can be accessed by anyone at http://my.solidworks.com.

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The SolidWorks Community website is a great place to turn for the insights you need to get the most out of SolidWorks.  With discussion forums, blog posts, online help and more, a visit to the SolidWorks community site will usually result in an answer.  And in cases where it doesn’t, it’s easy to pose a question – one of your fellow users can likely offer advice.  My.SolidWorks makes engaging with the SolidWorks Community easier than ever.  It gives you a single place to find insight and expertise from all over the SolidWorks Community.

 

Some of the key capabilities of My.SolidWorks include:

  • Login:  Anyone can use My.SolidWorks, but you will get the most out of it, including the most content and the most functionality, when you log in.  Just use your SolidWorks Customer Portal account, or register in My.SolidWorks.  Some of the capabilities below are available only if you’re logged in.
  • Search:  If you’re in need of a quick answer to a question, My.SolidWorks gives you a single search that will return results from all across the SolidWorks Community – YouTube videos, Forum discussions, Online Help, Blogs, Twitter feeds, and more.  When you’re logged into an account associated with SolidWorks Subscription, Subscription-only content like the Support Knowledge Base becomes searchable through My.SolidWorks!
  • Browse:  When you open My.SolidWorks, you will see recent items pulled from all over the community.  Featured content – articles we think are important to highlight – appear at top.  Then on the left side, you see recent items from the SolidWorks blogs, YouTube channel and other sources that are updated less often, while on the right you’ll see posts from sources that are updated more often, like Twitter and the SolidWorks Forums.
  • Personalize:  If you have particular areas of interest, or content types you want to focus on, you can use filters in My.SolidWorks to tailor the view to meet your needs.  These can be saved from session to session, allowing My.SolidWorks to keep your preferences in place, every time you come back.
  • Bookmark:  If you find something you want to save or get back to easily later, you can simply bookmark the article using the bookmark icon when you hover over the article, then easily browse all of your bookmarked items, using the same bookmark icon in the main view.
  • Share:  If you find something really great, why not share it?  My.SolidWorks lets you share via email or popular social networking sites, allowing you to serve as a resource to colleagues and others who might benefit from that article.

 

My.SolidWorks has been available as a Beta site since SolidWorks World 2013, and we’ve made a number of changes since it initially became available.  The three most requested changes we have addressed are:

  • VARs:  We’ve added the ability for you to see who your VAR is inside My.SolidWorks, and made it easy to launch their Website.
  • Browse:  We’ve reworked the browse view, both in terms of the layout and also in terms of the underlying logic for what shows up.    The sizing of articles is more predictable, and by placing high-volume traffic at the right, we’re keeping higher-value content accessible for longer.  We’ve also changed the graphic treatment, so the distinct articles are broken out more clearly.
  • Additional Sources:  For customers  who are active on SolidWorks Subscription, we’ve added the ability to search for SPRs and Knowledge Base solutions, from within My.SolidWorks.  No additional login is needed, and relevant results from these sources are returned alongside other content types when you search in My.SolidWorks.

 

The first time you access My.SolidWorks, you’ll see a Welcome page with a quick introductory video and some links for the most common My.SolidWorks tasks.  If you dismiss the Welcome page, you can access it again any time, using Help, Welcome to My.SolidWork.

 

My.SolidWorks is an ongoing investment in the SolidWorks Community, and we have much more in store for the coming months.  If you have any questions or comments concerning My.SolidWorks, visit https://forum.solidworks.com/community/general/my.solidworks. Take advantage of My.SolidWorks and the SolidWorks Community to get more out of your investment in SolidWorks -- sign in or sign up today!

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