From the looks of the chart, there's really no benefits aside from the training aspect. I find this odd as that's where VAR's make most of their money and now SolidWorks appears to be undermining that ability. I've always felt that online training is better anyway as you tend to get more for your money. VAR training is way overpriced, IMO.
When all is said and done, it would appear that MySolidWorks is just a portal to all the places you already have access to, with some storage and training thrown in.
Maybe I'm missing something. If so, sure would be nice if someone from SolidWorks would chime in.
It looks like just another way to fleece SW users, I see little on this list which shouldn't already be covered with my current subscription service.
"Stay connected to my Reseller" I thought that is what I was paying for already.
"Access the Knowledge base, SPRs (bugs), online help, advanced forums"
isn't it enough that we have to beta test your software for you, and suffer through buggy releases of "new" versions of the software until 2 or 3 service packs?
"access to the SW support page" ARE YOU SERIOUS? I ALREADY PAY FOR THIS!
WHEN I STARTED USING SW BACK IN 1997, ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT SW WAS THE FACT THAT YOU WERE LISTENING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS, AND PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PRODUCT.
(UNLIKE THE 800 GORILLA OF THE DAY AUTODESK)
17 years later it looks like we have a new 800 pound gorilla.... sad.
AS you say Jeff, the noise from SolidWorks is...deafening.
looking at that matrix I see two things. I see bugger all reason to pay extra over and above subs costs. I can log onto YouTube and view thousands of hours of training. Many VARs have very comprehensive training/update content available online for free or behind their paywall (which is open to paying subs users). I have no idea what SW are up to here.
but the other thing I see is a condescending approach to paying subs users with the implication that you are not doing your best for your company if you choose not to spend the extra. Frankly, whoever wrote that needs to go back to marketing 101 class.
if SolidWorks plans to bypass VARs then do it properly. Offer a reduced cost subs package that covers upgrades and forum access only. What we don't need is an extra price offering that provides mediocre online training that, frankly, we used to call " two pages ahead in the user manual training". if you want to pay for training for online content then go straight to the experts like CadJunkie or Javelin.
I'm late to the game here but I agree , clear as mud ,, a professional license gets you a standard account , not professional , seems like false advertising