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I just gave it a try....
I got an error message that gave me a "Switch to" option, so I clicked it, opened IV11, and when I switched back to SW2008, it finished the "Inventor to SolidWorks" converter, and then open the part.
Maybe the answer is to have IV open....
Just a guess....
YEP! That works [**Update: But, not on all parts, see other reply below]. I got the same message, but had no idea what it was trying to switch to. Apparently, per my local support team, they found out that Inventor has to have the part open in order to import it into SolidWorks. Kinda odd, but apparently Inventor guys put that in there to make things harder for us.
Thanks for looking into it for me yourself too! I like your method better. Pain to have to kick off Inventor, open the file, then go to SW etc... nicer to make SW kick Inventor V11 off for that part itself. [**UPDATE: That apparently doesn't always work. Crashing to desktop, don't always get a "Switch to..." option. Answer is to always open the part already in Inventor v11]
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Doh! Take it all back. It seems to work on some parts and not others. I'll try to send the file to our nearby tech people. Intermittent errors. That's the worst. Bummer.
I was having the same problem, I have SW 2008 sp1.1. Our customers have Inventor 11 and I could not import ipt files. I was informed that all you need to do is install the Inventor viewer which you can download for free, don't even need to have it open, just installed and your Inventor files open fine. I do however have the problem where the ipt files are not scaled correctly but that's an SW issue.
Hope this helps.