SolidWorks 2007 SP0.0 is OUT

July 26, 2006 12 Comments »
SolidWorks 2007 SP0.0 is OUT

Sw2007splash And I thought SP0 EV was fast to follow Pre-Release 1….  Looks like all things are GO and SolidWorks SP0.0 is available for download.  I was REALLY surprised to see it released this early.

I am one of those guys that no matter what software I am running, I usually wait till at least the first service pack before moving my every day work to a new version.  From what I heard today from my VAR, the CDs are no longer required for your initial install of the new version.  Call me old fashioned, but I recommend that you wait for the CDs to arrive (This is what my VAR is recommending as well).  Now that SP0.0 is out, I’m sure the CDs will be shipping soon.

There is a pretty good checklist in the May 2006 SolidWorks Express newsletter with some tips on doing a clean uninstall/install between versions.  The only thing I differ on, is that I clean my registry.  (SolidWorks folders under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE & HKEY_CURRENT_USER.  This is done of course after running the copy options wizard and uninstalling the old version.)  I only recommend this if you are comfortable working in the registry. You can REALLY SCREW UP a computer if you delete the wrong thing, so do so at your own risk.

Stay tuned….more reviews and news to come!

UPDATED 7-27-06: I did confirm today that if you do install the downloaded version of SolidWorks 2007 SP0.0, you will need to insert the SW 2007 CDs and run them once you receive them prior to updating to a Service Pack.  (This is the way it has been the past few releases.)  Apparently this has something to do with Windows Installer.  A big thanks goes out to Jeff at ModernTech for clarifying this for me.

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  • neil

    I am not only surprised, I am shocked and horrified.
    They cannot be serious!!
    Fix the beta bugs first!
    Why would anyone install this? it is not fit for use….
    Thank God I decided to skip another release.
    Get real SW.
    Now I am disgusted…
    sorry to pollute you blog Ricky
    :o(

  • neil

    I am not only surprised, I am shocked and horrified.
    They cannot be serious!!
    Fix the beta bugs first!
    Why would anyone install this? it is not fit for use….
    Thank God I decided to skip another release.
    Get real SW.
    Now I am disgusted…
    sorry to pollute you blog Ricky
    :o(

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Hi Neil,

    Don't sweat it. You are not “polluting” the blog at all. One of the reasons this blog was started was to create some good discussions. :-)

    While I share your concerns on the quickness of the availablity, I'm not ready to say it isn't fit for release. I haven't logged many hours using the EV SP0 or SP0 yet, but Beta4 & Pre-Release 1 were very stable for me. (Of course this is just my experience thus far :-)) There are a lot of areas in the software I haven't touched much.

    I will do some testing over the next couple of weeks. After that I will be in a better position to judge it's status.

    Overall, I'll say that 2007 has had the best program stability versus beta/pre-release programs in recent memory.

    Time and usage will tell. Keep the comments coming and thanks for reading the blog.

    Ricky

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Hi Neil,

    Don’t sweat it. You are not “polluting” the blog at all. One of the reasons this blog was started was to create some good discussions. :-)

    While I share your concerns on the quickness of the availablity, I’m not ready to say it isn’t fit for release. I haven’t logged many hours using the EV SP0 or SP0 yet, but Beta4 & Pre-Release 1 were very stable for me. (Of course this is just my experience thus far :-)) There are a lot of areas in the software I haven’t touched much.

    I will do some testing over the next couple of weeks. After that I will be in a better position to judge it’s status.

    Overall, I’ll say that 2007 has had the best program stability versus beta/pre-release programs in recent memory.

    Time and usage will tell. Keep the comments coming and thanks for reading the blog.

    Ricky

  • neil

    Ok Ricky stable is good.
    Good = few gross bugs causing crashes, but what about all the other bugs!
    There were only 2000+ after sp0.0 in 06.
    Apparently this one is good enough to push out the door early because few crashes = finished and fit for consumption.
    AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH! :o(
    There is absolutely no reason why another month could not be spent on the list of beta bugs.
    Look forward to reading more reports ;o)

  • neil

    Ok Ricky stable is good.
    Good = few gross bugs causing crashes, but what about all the other bugs!
    There were only 2000+ after sp0.0 in 06.
    Apparently this one is good enough to push out the door early because few crashes = finished and fit for consumption.
    AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH! :o(
    There is absolutely no reason why another month could not be spent on the list of beta bugs.
    Look forward to reading more reports ;o)

  • sam

    From other posts this neil fellow has written, he is not a subscription customer, so he does not have any direct experience with SW07 or prerelease or beta. His comments on this version of the software have no validity because has no experience with it. Most of his posts in other places are also flaming fanatical ranting with no facts to back it up.

  • sam

    From other posts this neil fellow has written, he is not a subscription customer, so he does not have any direct experience with SW07 or prerelease or beta. His comments on this version of the software have no validity because has no experience with it. Most of his posts in other places are also flaming fanatical ranting with no facts to back it up.

  • neil

    luv you too sam ;o)

  • neil

    BTW I think most savvy people who have been around the traps know SW really doesn't make the grade at sp0.
    It has been this way for years.This is why many companies leave their install to sp3 or so.
    To learn SW cut short the beta program for no good reason is not confidence inspiring.
    As a solo designer I stopped subs because of the unacceptable number of bugs and sp issues. Really it was SW2005 that killed my enthusiasm.
    If your company had that release and waited 6 months for sp1 and the rest you know what I am talking about.
    I am waiting for the quality to be addressed before resuming subs.
    Honestly though it may never happen. There appears to be little serious interest from SW in tackling what counts. However useful SW is as a 3dCAD program having 2000 bugs in a 'fit for production' release pushes the bounds of credibility.
    Despite the apparent success of successive beta programs the total number of bugs continues to grow.
    SW2006sp5 -final- has more than 400.
    I'll leave it for individuals to decide for themselves if they agree or not with my concerns based on their own experiences of previous releases.
    Thanks to Ricky for allowing diverse posts.
    I would be interested to know if sam@msn is actually an SW employee or someone in the real world trying to make a living with the software….

  • neil

    luv you too sam ;o)

  • neil

    BTW I think most savvy people who have been around the traps know SW really doesn’t make the grade at sp0.
    It has been this way for years.This is why many companies leave their install to sp3 or so.
    To learn SW cut short the beta program for no good reason is not confidence inspiring.
    As a solo designer I stopped subs because of the unacceptable number of bugs and sp issues. Really it was SW2005 that killed my enthusiasm.
    If your company had that release and waited 6 months for sp1 and the rest you know what I am talking about.
    I am waiting for the quality to be addressed before resuming subs.
    Honestly though it may never happen. There appears to be little serious interest from SW in tackling what counts. However useful SW is as a 3dCAD program having 2000 bugs in a ‘fit for production’ release pushes the bounds of credibility.
    Despite the apparent success of successive beta programs the total number of bugs continues to grow.
    SW2006sp5 -final- has more than 400.
    I’ll leave it for individuals to decide for themselves if they agree or not with my concerns based on their own experiences of previous releases.
    Thanks to Ricky for allowing diverse posts.
    I would be interested to know if sam@msn is actually an SW employee or someone in the real world trying to make a living with the software….