Same here - Many of our vendors are oversea (their day time is US night time) - Now each time I miss deactivating lic, it'd cost the company a day of work delay (not sure how much $$$$$$ would be)
Perfect example of how Solidworks displays zero interest in anything beyond the customer's wallet...
Fire up Solidworks and watch the splash screen...you'll see this...
Notice how they coded Solidworks to make sure it would take the time for "Verifying License..." every single time Solidworks is launched. Yet they somehow FAILED to have it take the time for "Releasing License..." when shutting down (unless it is a network license, then it will release the license). And in doing so, made Solidworks all the less desirable to every single person that is properly utilizing the Software per the license agreement on 2 computers...such as a workstation on their desk and a laptop that they use when they have to travel.
So... this is interesting.
Basically, all SW licenses are now network licenses, right? Effectively I mean.
If you buy a standalone seat, but you're careful to jump through the hoops of activating/deactivating, is SW essentially performing the function of a license server? And "activating" is now just another word for permanently borrowing a license from the SW server? What about those folks who are paying extra money for network licenses? If I recall correctly, SW charges more for those. Why would I pay for a network license when I can get the functionality for free? Or is that the new "honor system"? I'm sure this line of question/reasoning is somewhere between a logical conclusion and a slippery slope... I'm particularly curious because I'm in the process of changing companies from a large one with quite a number of networked seats (and a HUL that I will be relinquishing per the EULA) and a small company with what I'm pretty sure are like 2 standalone seats.
Regarding the folks with desktop/laptop that forget to transfer licenses, welcome to the club. Same situation as forgetting to borrow a license when you leave the office. I'm not saying it's not inconvenient by any means, but it's nothing that network seat folks haven't been dealing with for years. And paying extra for the privilege of!
Sorry... I'm not meaning to be part of the screaming. 99.9% of the time, this doesn't seem terribly onerous. However, the hard drive crash issue seems like a tough cookie unless there's some kind of 24/7 phone availability to override. Also the whole 99 activation limit (or whatever it is). Remind me the number again?
I think it's high time for someone to drain the swamp at SolidWorks. None of this makes any logical sense to me, as you point out, there would seem to be a solution that would please everybody instead of pissing everybody off.
There is only one way to drain that swamp.
Have enough users stop paying for the software. Enough to make the bean counters wake up.
Just like there was only one way to drain the Washington swamp.
A plurality of voters put the swamp drainer into power.
"...drain the swamp at SolidWorks."
"Just like there was only one way to drain the Washington swamp. A plurality of voters put the swamp drainer into power."
For these comments alone I am un-following this thread. Due to present epoch and use, quoted baseless rhetoric has no place in this constructive environment.
(a) there is no reason to bring politics in here. It's only divisive and serves no purpose.
(b) there's no reason to take your toys home when you find out that someone's political views don't agree with your own.
Let's be adults here and keep it germane.
I'm in Canada and use a Standalone license. Thing that got me, was that there was no communication. Imagine taking your car in for a service, they kindly remove the cruise control, and then hand it back to you without saying a thing.
Wasn't an option through our VAR...
Was there any communication to customers before these changes were made?
Releasing licenses when the software closes should be a no-brainer. They would also have to address how to release a license when the software crashes! I have completely stopped using SWX2017 due to the crashes and file corruptions.
Since they have effectively made the "Standalone" license nothing more than a cloud-based network license, it only makes sense to build in the automatic checking in/out of the license. But doing things that make sense isn't one of DSS/Solidworks strengths...
Josh, I'm not sure I can speak for Rick, but in this case, I think the political aspects of his argument are non-partisan. BOTH parties need a cleansing, I would hope all citizens agree. So as the political system largely disregards the needs of the voters, seeing them only as a revenue stream, we can draw a parallel with how SolidWorks disregards the interests of it's customer base and in may ways sees us only as a giant wallet.
Whoever is making some of these new policy decisions in SolidWorks really has no clue to how they are damaging our relationship.
I think Jermaine would agree.
And/Or the ability to do this through the internet. "Do you wish to activate this instance of SolidWorks, thus Deactivating all Others" at startup. This would suffice!