91 Replies Latest reply on Mar 21, 2017 12:49 AM by Deepak Gupta

    SolidWorks proceedings - really?

    Eyal Siryon

      Every year after solidworks world ends all presentation were loaded to a web site and placed out in the open for those who came and those who were not able to arrive.

      This year not only that the previous year presentations were removed, you have to get a login of the registration in order to see those presentations.

      What is going on here?

      Not enough users came in to the conference so they punish those who was not able to arrive?

      Why make it so tricky and un easy to get the information?

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          Thomas Allsup

          Did anyone find them?  This was a great service and now I can't find a link to anything but the 2016 presentations?

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            Sindre Sorhus

            Hi,

            Just wanted to let you know that the proceedings from 2013-15 is available again.

            You can access them from this link: SOLIDWORKS World :: SOLIDWORKS World Presentations

             

            Br,

            Sindre

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              Rick McDonald

              Eyal Siryon

              Glad you posted this - I fully agree - we need it back the old way where people could see more.

              I actually wish they would post even more years worth - many of the basic information will always be true and helpful and at most, that old information will just change a little.

               

              To try to get some more attention for this,  I made an new TOP TEN 2017 IDEA for this and added a link to this post.

               

              Let's see if this will help.

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                  Jeff Mowry

                  Though these things were long ago released into public domain, they're apparently now secret.

                   

                  Why do so many users seem to have this strange feeling of punishment, malaise, and general hoodwinkery?  Are the users simple malcontents, or is there some sort of active provocation behind this?

                   

                  I'd prefer the days of yore where one could be a straight-up SolidWorks fanboy with a clean conscience.  Different days, different policies...

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                  alvise ferro

                  Hi,

                   

                  also the 2016 website is down (and with it the link of Deepak as well), so no way to access to the old presentations..

                   

                  it makes no sense... why removing the presentations?

                   

                  As i wrote to Alin on another post, if anyone knows who manage SWW and SWW website let him know that the proceedings are the most useful resources available online! more than mysolidworks!

                   

                  IT'S CRAZY!

                   

                  Alvise

                   

                  ps there's no way to share them? I've got the presentations till 2014

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                    Rick McDonald

                    Well, I tried again today using my old link to the 2016 proceedings and now it's no longer down - IT'S GONE!

                     

                    I also tried to use the link that Deepak Gupta gave and got:

                     

                    Rachel York, If you see this, how about chiming in -

                    Do you have any new links, updates or status that you can report to us?

                    .

                    I saw your post on DSS "Solidworks Blog": from Sept. 2, 2015 saying how it's a great place to get the refreshers - but all those links are bad also.

                     

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                        Rick McDonald

                        I have gotten some recent information that the proceedings are currently no longer active.

                        There is an effort (that has been brought to the attention of the proper Solid Works teams) to revive it.

                        The more attention and votes this gets the better the chance to revive it.

                         

                        The question has also been raised - Where it should be located:

                        MySolidWorks, In the forum, YouTube. ...?

                         

                        In a couple days we will be able to vote on the Top Ten.

                        Voting and adding comments to revive the proceedings will be a big help in getting the proper attention.

                        The link to the Top Ten Request is

                        https://forum.solidworks.com/ideas/5186

                        Please vote and make you suggestion for locations.

                        Lets see if we can get it back for 2017 and beyond

                         

                        The Top Ten threads will disappear after SWW2017, so

                        Posting to this thread in addition to the Top Ten thread will keep these comments alive also.

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                            Jeff Mowry

                            I think the forums or youtube would each be good places.  Is there already a SolidWorks youtube channel?

                             

                            If they don't want the burden of hosting, I'd consider hosting at my own site---would like to see the demand numbers to make sure before making such a commitment, but it's really not rocket surgery.  None of the links to files I've posted over a decade ago have ever broken (since I've left the files where I originally posted them), and people are still downloading SolidWorks models I've posted as far back as 2007 or so in various forum environments.  In fact, here's a random example.

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                                Rick McDonald

                                If it were in the Forums, it should probably have it's own heading in the top title bar (there is plenty of room). I imagine that if it were in the Forums they could have it setup to include both the video and the support files (usually a Power Point of the presentation).

                                 

                                If on YouTube then it would probably just be the video's - but I don't think many people actually use the PPT's unless they are using them for training of their own.  I don't know if it would be considered public domain, so - if you were to host it you might need permission.

                                 

                                The old location on the SolidWorks web site was always fine with me - but it was a hassle to find it - Proceedings / Presentations. I could never remember - but that's what shortcuts are for in the browser.

                                I just want them back - I won't be able to attend SWW 2017 (2016 was my first SWW) so the only way I can get the valuable training is if they revive it (and hopefully for multiple years back - 3 or more - like it used to be). 

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                                    Edward Eaton

                                    For what it is worth, SWx upstart competitor, Autodesk Fusion 360, is using Youtube extensively and effectively.  If I were SWx, I would hire an intern to logically break all the videos up into five or ten minute segments (each as a series) and get them onto the SWx Youtube channel STAT.

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                                        Neil Larsen

                                        Sadly this is not the SW of old Mr Eaton.

                                        SW lost their mojo back when they prematurely announced 'the death of SW' and unfortunately it never really recovered.

                                        Rather than competing with Autodesk I would call them as drifting toward SolidEdge - the program no one ever heard of.... SW needs to revitalise and refocus. Make SW great again! ..of course having DS calling the shots doesn't help the cause...

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                                        Jeff Mowry

                                        I'd definitely need permission, since they're not my videos.  However, they were once public, so it wouldn't make a lot of sense for SW to now claim they've not been exposed to public domain---and would therefore be very awkward to attempt to argue that removing the videos from public view is in any way in the interests of their customers.  Hence my offer to help out.  If hosting isn't a problem, costs aren't a problem, logistics aren't a problem, then what is the problem?

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                                    Edward Eaton

                                    Rick,

                                    Thanks for bird-dogging this issue with previous years SWW videos and especially for bringing it to Rachel York's attention. 

                                    Rachel has our backs, and can make things happen.

                                     

                                    I seriously spent 1-1/2 hours tonight trying all manner of google search terms to find 2016 SWW videos until I got the magic combo search terms that led to this thread.  I should have known to look at the forums first (*chagrined*)

                                     

                                    The net is that previous SWW presentations are an asset that SWx owns and should be putting out there (I present at SWW, so I signed away my reproduction/broadcast rights for the videos they paid to produce with the trust that SWx would actually exercise those rights). 


                                    That SWx would let these links lapse is a damn shame, and a loss to the community. I really, really wanted to review some of those videos tonight.

                                    *SIGH*


                                    -Ed

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                                      Rachel York

                                      All –

                                      First, I know a few of you in this thread personally, but for the rest, I want to introduce myself. I’m the Community and User Advocacy Manager here at SOLIDWORKS. I used SOLIDWORKS as a ECO/ECR manager and drafter creating drawings and acting a liaison between engineering and manufacturing. I led a SOLIDWORKS user group (Tech Valley SWUG in Albany, NY). I worked in the reseller network providing training and technical support, and now, I travel to meet with you and bring subjects like this one to attention.


                                      Second, I hear you. I’ve used the proceedings site in many different ways and on many different occasions. I understand completely. I brought this to attention immediately following the site’s removal and continue to work toward a solution. For now, my understanding is that the SWW17 proceedings will be available as they were this year, following the conference on the SWW website, and only until the SWW18 site goes live. I'd like to find a more permanent solution, which is what I’m discussing with the teams here.


                                      Third, I want to say thank you! I don’t chime in often, but I’m always watching and listening. Conversations like this one help me understand what resources you want and where you want them. The YouTube vs. MySolidWorks vs. Forums delivery of the proceedings content is exactly the kind of discussion that helps me communicate internally what we should consider.


                                      In addition to the where, I’d like to ask you a few things:

                                      1. Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? For example, did you like the sorting options to find the content you were looking for? By day, by subject, by difficulty level, by presenter, etc.? Is there another sorting/searching option you wish you had?
                                      2. Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Do you only watch the video? If you download the PowerPoint, how do you use it? For example, a few years ago Ed Eaton led a FANTASTIC presentation called “Make it Shell”, and long after SWW I used both excerpts from the video, as well as his slides as a training resource.
                                      3. Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Colleagues via email? Teachers via word of mouth? Students during training? User group members at local meetings during a quick presentation?
                                      4. What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Is there anything missing you wish you had previously? Perhaps a way to contact the presenter - maybe via some LinkedIn/Forum/Social Media profile if they're willing to share that info?

                                      Again, thank you! I look forward to hearing your suggestions!

                                      Rachel

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                                          Deepak Gupta

                                          Thanks Rachel for chiming it and your reply has bought a relaxation to the mind about one of the very helpful resource of learning.

                                           

                                          I'm sure many would be happy to read that it is being looked into.

                                           

                                          To answer some of the questions:

                                           

                                          1.Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? I would yes. The simple it is the better would be for anyone (new or old user) to find what they need.

                                           

                                          2. Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Both.

                                           

                                          3. Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Most of the time friends, new users and students via email, phone calls, chats and meetings.

                                           

                                          4 . What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Most presenter have given their contact or other means to contact but I like your idea contacting them over social media (preferably LinkedIn). Of course if they are OK with that.

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                                            Rick McDonald

                                            Rachel York - Thanks for that great response.

                                             

                                            Was the previous proceedings site delivered in the ideal way? For example, did you like the sorting options to find the content you were looking for? By day, by subject, by difficulty level, by presenter, etc.? Is there another sorting/searching option you wish you had?

                                            I liked the way it was in 2014 and before - we could see 3 years of presentations and I liked the way you could sort. 

                                            One thing I did not like was that if there was a problem with the video or the PPT that there was no way to let a site administrator know it was broken - There were a few instances (for each year) that a video was bad that I would have liked to see and could not get any response to replacing the video on the site with a working one.

                                            Another thing is I would like to be able to see ALL the years presentations.  Many things from earlier years still pertain and are still good reference.  I would NOT like to see them overwritten if there is a new session with the same name because I may be using an older version where it does pertain but the new one may be discussing new features that change the way something is done - SO I WANT BOTH. - When I update I want to learn how to use those new feature changes.

                                             

                                            I found last years format a pain because it was hard to sort and periodically would kick you back to the beginning and you had to keep scrolling and hitting the "MORE" button to get down in the list.

                                             

                                            Do you typically watch the video AND download the PowerPoint (presentation itself)? Do you only watch the video? If you download the PowerPoint, how do you use it? For example, a few years ago Ed Eaton led a FANTASTIC presentation called “Make it Shell”, and long after SWW I used both excerpts from the video, as well as his slides as a training resource.

                                            I mostly watch the video - but have on occasion used the PPT for a quick printout of something I wanted to keep as an easy access reference. So I would like to see both available on the site.

                                             

                                            Who did you tell about this resource, and how did you tell them? Colleagues via email? Teachers via word of mouth? Students during training? User group members at local meetings during a quick presentation?

                                            I tell my co-workers to search through when they are having a problem and need to see how to resolve it - this is where the sorting really helps also.

                                            I and others in our User Group have regularly brought the ability to see the presentations from the past SWW sessions.  They have often referenced a session they were in at SWW and recommended others view it.

                                             

                                            What haven’t we thought of to make the proceedings site better? Is there anything missing you wish you had previously? Perhaps a way to contact the presenter - maybe via some LinkedIn/Forum/Social Media profile if they're willing to share that info?

                                            I like the idea of a presenter contact link.  This would be especially helpful if there was a related issue that the presenter would be a great resource for getting the answer.

                                            Multi year look-back (as stated above).

                                            Easy links that point to the presentations area - it was a pain to find in the past and I always had to keep a shortcut or I had to search - then did I search for Presentations or Proceedings...

                                             

                                            Thanks again for the great response.

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                                                Rick McDonald

                                                Last year at SWW 2016, many of the presenters said their presentation would be posted on the SW web site for later viewing.

                                                None of the ones that said that seemed to be aware that they would be posted for only a short time and at a different web address.

                                                I would suggest that if someone is in a class at this years SWW where the presenter mentions this, that they bring up "to the class" that the presentations may or may not be on line and that the time they are there will be limited.

                                                Everyone should get on line or in contact with someone from SW and request they restore the old way of leaving the posts up all year and have 3 years worth of posting.

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                                                    Deepak Gupta

                                                    Rick I believe it was more of a technical issue which resulted in the lost of that data. SOLIDWORKS team have been keeping the presentations earlier also on the proceeding site so I don't think they would be interested in removing off that valuable asset. And I'm sure someone is working in the background and trying to see as how that can be reverted back those presentations.

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                                                        Rick McDonald

                                                        Deepak

                                                        From the information I have gotten, that may not be the case.

                                                        They may only have the current year posted and only for part of the year - and then take it back down as they did this year.

                                                        There were also no solid indications if if would be continued after this year.

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                                                            Deepak Gupta

                                                            I see that Rachel has mentioned about the time limit on availability of the presentations in her post above. But she also mentioned about working towards finding a more permanent solution (extract from her post below).

                                                            For now, my understanding is that the SWW17 proceedings will be available as they were this year, following the conference on the SWW website, and only until the SWW18 site goes live. I'd like to find a more permanent solution, which is what I’m discussing with the teams here.

                                                            So with that I'm more on positive side and hoping for best for everyone

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                                                            Rick McDonald

                                                            Also, if they have lost the data, I have all the presentations and support files since 2010 (except the ones that were not posted or had video or data file failures - there were a handfull each year that had problems).

                                                            If they need them they can let me know where to upload them so they could restore them.

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                                                              Anna Wood

                                                              Deepak Gupta wrote:

                                                               

                                                              Rick I believe it was more of a technical issue which resulted in the lost of that data. SOLIDWORKS team have been keeping the presentations earlier also on the proceeding site so I don't think they would be interested in removing off that valuable asset. And I'm sure someone is working in the background and trying to see as how that can be reverted back those presentations.

                                                              A leading edge technology company like Dassault can't seem to figure out how to host a simple website. What a bunch of baloney.

                                                               

                                                              There are leaders at Dassault that are making decisions that are very confounding.

                                                               

                                                              Sadly with Dassault running the show the old SolidWorks ethos is dead....  Very dead....

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                                                                  Jeff Mowry

                                                                  I'm afraid I agree with Anna here.  It's just not difficult to do this.  Any of it---hence my previous linking of a file I posted almost ten years ago that is still being downloaded on a regular basis.

                                                                   

                                                                  This is one reason I've not answered the series of questions posted by Rachel above.  What people would like is all content available, permanently.  Videos, PowerPoint, whatever was generated, kept easily accessible, forever.  It's as easy as starting a SolidWorks channel on youtube, meaning there ARE no technical hurdles to clear.

                                                                   

                                                                  I'm a self-taught SolidWorks user---sort of.  The tutorials and resources that were made available to me years ago by Ed Eaton, Mike Wilson, Matt Lombard, Paul Salvador, Brian Hill (at BXH designs, who taught me how to render things properly), and many others helped me tremendously along the way.  Many of their materials can still be found online, and even though SolidWorks has changed a ton since the days I learned it, lots of those tutorials and posts in blogs, web sites, and forums remain very helpful.  These people were pushing the limits of what SolidWorks could do long before most people realized these things were even possible, and I'm grateful they posted so many resources to help guys like me learn one of the tools of the trade (particularly so for industrial design).

                                                                   

                                                                  That said, the fact that current materials are pulled down by SolidWorks, breaking links when doing so---with no explanation---isn't plausibly explained by technical difficulties.  Petulance, perhaps, but not technical difficulties.

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                                                            Neil Larsen

                                                            I would like to answer your questions in a different way.

                                                            To me it is obvious that these presentations are a resource for users and can be a useful promotion for SW.

                                                            How about the person who decided they weren't and to remove them or require a login comes and explains to us why they thought that was necessary. I mean thanks for looking in here Rachel but it seems someone else is responsible for these nonsensical 'improvements'. Were these done on a personal whim on a bad hair day or is there some pervasive low awareness of customer needs?

                                                            There have actually been quite a number of these unhelpful type of events over the years. I remember when someone thought it was a great idea that the forums were to be closed to the public. Then we had the episode where it required a registration for the What's New pdf. What are people thinking of when they do this stuff? People like their SW. They enthuse about it. They want to obtain and share information easily, directly. People who are newly interested in SW don't want to jump through hoops to find out about it like it is the cosseted industry of 1986.

                                                            Once upon a time SW was envied by their competitors for the customer relations they enjoyed and yet today SW does all manner of odd things like this that amount to self harm. Autodesk are actually being more customer friendly than SW because they have a well sorted act.  SW don't have their act sorted internally and it shows.

                                                            It seems like once something is set up in SW land someone has to mess with it until it becomes near useless and users have to step in and correct matters. I quietly despair about some aspects of how this company functions. I look forward to the day when we have someone in the driving seat who actually knows what they are doing and has a mandate from DS to succeed.

                                                            Have a nice day and Merry Xmas.

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                                                                Michael Dekoning

                                                                Since they would love for us to use MySolidWorks as the go to place for all things SolidWorks, why not add the proceedings (permanently) there?

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                                                                    Peter De Vlieger

                                                                    Michael Dekoning wrote:

                                                                     

                                                                    Since they would love for us to use MySolidWorks as the go to place for all things SolidWorks, why not add the proceedings (permanently) there?

                                                                    NO !

                                                                    Please don't suggest that, because the next thing you know is they put it behind the pay wall called "MySolidWorks Professional".

                                                                    It's already bad enough that anything that would be of faint interest to me, being a refresher about Routing for instance , I'm expected to pay an additional subscription fee on top of the subscription for the SolidWorks Premium.

                                                                     

                                                                    As most others here I don't understand why information they offered for free at one moment in time then has to be hid from their user base? As for Rachel's questions. I'm sure she means well but the questions answer themselves. In short, if information is available, no matter in what form, it should be put out there. What's the worst that could happen? That someone learns something without having to pay SolidWorks?

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                                                                        Markku Lehtola

                                                                        "As most others here I don't understand why information they offered for free..."

                                                                        Reason, at the end, seems to be always the same: money. Somebody wants more money.

                                                                         

                                                                        I have been using SW since -98 and now first time I find myself checking out other solutions like OnShape because of this current overall greediness. Can't use home license anymore, doesn't really make sense to skip a SW version to save money anymore...What we got for our money in SW17, just the same basic SW16 with stupid colors and some expensive addon's that I don't need.

                                                                         

                                                                        Don't get me wrong, I love SW (the software) and know that for example OnShape doesn't have many features that we have in SW...but OnShape has some features that are not in SW (core), but they should have added there years ago! That's how you can say that you're a "leader" in something, not by playing around with colors or something.

                                                                         

                                                                        Am I just ranting here? :-)

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                                                                          Michael Dekoning

                                                                          I should have said for free.

                                                                          Also, there was a time when no sessions from SolidWorks World were available after the conference.

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                                                                              Rick McDonald

                                                                              That must have been before 2010 because I have all the proceedings back through 2010.

                                                                              I download a lot of things - since I am not in control of those things on the internet, I never assume they will remain there so I download whatever I want.  Means I have to invest in several backup large capacity drives but now it is in MY control.

                                                                              This is a perfect example of if you assume that something you want will always be available on the net your gonna get bit someday.

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                                                                        David Mandl

                                                                        I can confidently say that my biggest reason for wanting to see the old proceedings is that, even though I have my old .ppt files, my massive ego wants to be able to download the videos of my old presentations for posterity, and I forgot to do that while I could.

                                                                         

                                                                        Being able to see what others have said on some of my favorite pet topics is also a bonus, especially as I probably can't guarantee how often I'll be able to attend SWW in the future.

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                                                                            Peter De Vlieger

                                                                            David Mandl wrote:

                                                                            ... I probably can't guarantee how often I'll be able to attend SWW in the future.

                                                                            That's just it. A big chunk of the user base will never be able to go to SWW at all because the companies or the individual will know better things to spend a couple of thousand USD on then a trip to the US + hotel + entrance fees etc..

                                                                            Any info posted and archieved about the actual interesting presentations benefits lots of users worldwide.

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                                                                                David Mandl

                                                                                They've done well to webcast the general sessions, as well as some of their corporate rollout events.

                                                                                 

                                                                                But yeah, having these presentations available for people (even if you need your SW ID to access it) is the right thing to do to truly make this a global event.  Not to mention the fact that there are sometimes 3 different breakout sessions in the same time slot and I can't go to all of them.  I'd be curious to see the numbers on how many attendees are DS-SW, VAR or Partner/Exhibitor employees compared to end customers, but I bet that ratio is higher than SW likes.

                                                                                 

                                                                                I'm sure that they don't like adding such a strong incentive for end customers not to show up and just wait for the sessions to appear online, but if it's that or dilute customer engagement...

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                                                                                    Rick McDonald

                                                                                    I think it may be an incentive for some Not to go but on the other hand, you never get as much out of a .ppt and / or a video of the .ppt with the background sound as you do when you are there, can hear the audience questions, ask your own questions and talk with the other participants.

                                                                                    Also, as you said, you may not be able to attend next or future years and what about all the years you missed.  I was not going to be going this year and then I got a great Christmas surprise that I was able to go. I am even going to the Sunday Boot Camp again, even though I went last year to get a refresher, info on whats new and the presentation is never exactly the same each time it's given.

                                                                                    I also went through the schedule and found several classes that I wanted to attend but they overlap. Without the presentations, At best- I will have to wait till next year to see those - and what if they are not given next year.

                                                                                    Makes you want to go next year

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                                                                                John Zachary

                                                                                1.  It should have a robust search capable of finding sessions regardless of the order keywords are entered.  From a single search box, search description, author, etc.  Sorting by all the things you mentioned is useful, but sorting should be secondary to an excellent search.

                                                                                2.  Both, but mainly powerpoint slides.

                                                                                3.  Colleagues and users that I support. email or group.  Mainly, I use them myself as refreshers for sessions that I attended at SWW during the past 5 years.  Because of Q&A, many times slides get skipped with mention that the slides will be available later.  That is how I found this thread; I was looking through my notes that said, "See slides for more details".  Only, now the slides are gone.

                                                                                4.  Missing a button that says, "Download all sessions and slides".  Who knows when they will go away.  It would be nice to allow presenters to upload files related to their sessions. e.g., sample files, sample code.  Then, it would nice to have a single button to download all files related to a single session.  Rather than LinkedIn, it would be nice if the comments were connected to the sessions so that everyone could learn from the additional discussion.  If presenters want to share contact info beyond that, sure.  Don't get rid of previous years.  Provide a simple way to download the previous files until the new site is ready.

                                                                                Edit: 4.2  Allow larger presentation sizes so that presenters don't have to remove videos from their files in order to upload them.

                                                                                Thanks.

                                                                                Edit: 4.3  Don't flatten powerpoint presentations down into PDFs.  In the cases where multiple images are displayed by click on a single slide, all but the top image are lost.

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                                                                                    Rick McDonald

                                                                                    John,

                                                                                    It sounds like you were expecting to find the files and video's from SWW2017.

                                                                                    They are not out yet AFAIK.  I have not seen anything yet.

                                                                                    I heard people saying about 3 weeks, but past experience says Mid March.

                                                                                    They are supposed to be available at the same link as last year but the links point to the SWW2017 main screen, so I suspect it will be embedded in that site when they are released.

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                                                                                        John Zachary

                                                                                        No, I understand that there is always a delay before release.  I was actually looking for the slides for a session that I attended at SWW2015.  Thanks for the reply.

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                                                                                            Rick McDonald

                                                                                            John Zachary Tell me what the session was and I can send them to you.

                                                                                            I have downloaded all the videos and files since 2010 (except where there was a problem with the files or video - which sometimes happens).

                                                                                            If the files are too big to send as zip files I may need a drop box or other location to send them but we can look at that after I see the file size and if you want the corresponding video.

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                                                                                                John Zachary

                                                                                                Rick,

                                                                                                I greatly appreciate the offer. 

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                SWW 2015, Tuesday, 4:30PM

                                                                                                Session name: Identifying Hardware Performance Bottlenecks Enterprise PDM

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                I was able to get ahold of the slides last week from someone else.  The slides were named "EPDM Hardware Bottlenecks".  However, the version that I have has had the videos removed to save space, but it makes reference to a slide set being available with the videos. 

                                                                                                "Please note, due to the 25MB upload limit for presentations the videos examples have been removed from this copy of the presentation."

                                                                                                If you have them, I'd like a copy of the complete slides and session recording.  If you don't have a copy of the complete slides, then I'll follow the instructions within the slides that I just received to request the complete version.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Either way, thanks!

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                                                                                                    Rick McDonald

                                                                                                    John,

                                                                                                    I have the video but it is big - 167meg.

                                                                                                    Do you have a drop box or similar that I can upload it to?

                                                                                                    If so, you can PM me with the link or send me an email.

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    Edit:

                                                                                                    I did realize, while searching for these files, that although I do have all the 2015 videos, I actually don't have most of the support files (ppx...). I had marked my folders complete but I guess back then I was marking that for the videos only and didn't go back and get all the support files.

                                                                                                    But I do seem to have everything for other years and all the 2015 videos of the presentations.

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                                                                                          Chris B.

                                                                                          You guys, seriously.  How hard is this?

                                                                                           

                                                                                          Yes, I watched the videos and found them very helpful.

                                                                                          Yes, I downloaded the presentations and the powerpoints as well.Yes, there is much more I would like to continue learning from those presentations, if only I could access them.

                                                                                          Yes, I am frustrated that SolidWorks is becoming more demanding in their licensing practices, while offering little or no added benefit in return, instead actually reducing the benefits to its users by taking away useful (and simple) things like these SolidWorks World proceedings.  And wasting all our time discussing why we can't have them or just how on earth we might ever be able to get them back.

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                                                                                            Peter De Vlieger

                                                                                            Besides the cost and time it would take to actual attend SWW one does well to keep in mind the problems one can face entering the US even if Australian or European or even if US citizen if you happen to have the wrong skin tone, religion or 'weird' name.

                                                                                             

                                                                                            There for instead of alienating their world wide customer base it would be good PR to actual provide the information to their clients to help them use the functionalities of the program better.

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                                                                                              Alin Vargatu

                                                                                              SWW2017 Proceedings are now available for downloading (PPT) and watching (videos).

                                                                                               

                                                                                              It is still crazy that as an AE, I have to create a dummy account in order to access the user grade presentations. If I want to watch my own videos, I cannot use my AE account.

                                                                                               

                                                                                              This is nuts!

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                                                                                                  Deepak Gupta

                                                                                                  I even can not login even though I didn't had the AE account. So finally made a new account.

                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                    Rick McDonald

                                                                                                    Alin

                                                                                                    Thanks for the update.  I'm looking forward to seeing the classes I missed and to get a refresher on the ones I attended.

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                                                                                                      Grant Mattis

                                                                                                      All of the SWW 2017 videos are coming up "Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path". Do I need a specific codec or player installed to play these videos or are the links bad?

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      There are a large number of sessions that I want to watch from SWW 2017.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Grant

                                                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?
                                                                                                          Rick McDonald

                                                                                                          I am having no problems viewing and downloading them.(only tried a few but randomly).

                                                                                                          Are you logged in?

                                                                                                          It may be a codec problem - I am using Chrome and when I click on a Watch Video link in the Solidworks page

                                                                                                          It opens in the browser:

                                                                                                          BTW, If you want to download, you can click on the down arrow icon on the lower right side - next to the volume control and it will download the video.

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                                                                                                              Grant Mattis

                                                                                                              Rick thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I am stuck with internet explorer 11 here due to IT with no other options. It is fully updated but wondering if I need something like Microsoft Silverlight installed too. Here is the same video that I have tried to play showing that it is not working. Maybe my IT are blocking the content. I will try from home over the weekend too.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              Watch Button.JPGVideo Play.JPG

                                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks proceedings - really?
                                                                                                              Alin Vargatu

                                                                                                              Grant Mattis wrote:

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              All of the SWW 2017 videos are coming up "Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path". Do I need a specific codec or player installed to play these videos or are the links bad?

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              There are a large number of sessions that I want to watch from SWW 2017.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              Grant

                                                                                                              Make sure you have VLC installed and open with Chrome.

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                                                                                                              Mark Biasotti

                                                                                                              Hi all,

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              If you happen to choose to watch the video from my Curve and Surface presentation and only get audio - it's not you, the events team needs to upload the proper video but have the wrong one loaded. I've notified them and I'm sure they will correct in the next few days.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              Mark

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                                                                                                                  Rick McDonald

                                                                                                                  Thanks for letting us know Mark.

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                                                                                                                      Rick McDonald

                                                                                                                      At SWW this year I went to the Admin's boot camp presentation on Sunday - I went a day early just for that.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                      Right at the beginning of the presentation, Steven Adland - the first great presenter of 3 presenters, (Steven, Bradley Phillips and another person who's name I don't remember and have no picture with her name on it), said that last year there was a glitch and none of the Boot Camp videos or material got included in the Proceedings web page and that this year that should be fixed. (exact wording may have been different but similar).

                                                                                                                      Well, much to my great disappointment, it was apparently not fixed, as no part of the 4 hours of great information is any where to be found. - at least I can't find it!

                                                                                                                      I am very disappointed since these three presenters put on a wonderful and informative presentation.

                                                                                                                      I don't know who is in charge of getting those presentations out but they really dropped the ball AGAIN this year.

                                                                                                                      Why don't they post these?  It's full of tremendously valuable details that can not be found anywhere else - and the few bits and pieces that can be found can not be compared to other data from the same time so they are nearly worthless - or at least out of date - by themselves.

                                                                                                                      PLEASE - Whoever is in charge at SWX, dig up the Boot Camp presentations and add them to the posted presentations.

                                                                                                                      Back when Greg was doing it he would update his posted information periodically, But last year and now this year there is nothing.

                                                                                                                      At Minimum - the Power Point presentation would be great to have so we could look at the data and make "Administrative" decisions based on the facts and not our memories from when we we cramming in 3 more days of opening sessions, 5 hours of classes per day, all our conversations with other users, partner pavilion conversations ...  That was a lot of information to absorb in a short time and we really rely on the backup data. Having the supporting Videos also had a lot of information that would not be on the power point slides - Especially, the audience questions and the answers given to these.

                                                                                                                      I'm sure the presenters are also disappointed that all their preparation, editing, practicing, and the time they spoke was not deemed worthy of being included (or was overlooked) in the posted presentations.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                      Also, please add the missing videos and support files where they are missing.

                                                                                                                      We want the presentations to be posted, including prior years, in an accessible location (not requiring logging into the SWW site) and we don't want it taken away again.

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                                                                                                                  Alin Vargatu

                                                                                                                  Too bad one cannot forward URL links for specific presentations.

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                  I strongly recommend watching Edward Eaton's presentation. World class stuff!

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                                                                                                                    Elmar Klammer

                                                                                                                    Is the new 2017 SW world presentation file access dashboard really progress?

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    In prior SWW the presentation files used to include the actual models. For most part anyways. Now we get a PDF files with live links to models that are not available. The combination of pdf's and cad-model made it possible to study the concepts quickly at any time. Small files that anyone can easily store for future reference. I now need to access a video file that might or might not be life. It's too bad that the benefits of sharing information are reduced to fancy dashboards with focus on colors instead of content. "Form OVER function" instead of "form AND function".

                                                                                                                    But then we need to remind our self that this information is provided for the low price of providing marketing information to SW. One can't & shouldn't complain about a freebie. I agree.

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    It's just too bad...

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    Elmar