SolidWorks files shown in Windows Vista Demo

July 17, 2006 5 Comments »
SolidWorks files shown in Windows Vista Demo

I was doing some surfing this weekend and thought I would checkout some of the details of Vista1Microsoft’s next Operating System, Windows Vista.  I started with a Google search and quickly found  the link to Microsoft’s main Vista webpage.  I saw a link for a “See the Possibilities” demo and decided to check it out.  There are many demos on the page that you can view depending on your area of interest.  One particular heading that caught my eye was simply titled “Right Hemisphere”.  (Right Hemisphere is the company behind Adobe Acrobat’s 3D content that can be embedded into PDF files.)

After clicking on the link, a video was shown that demonstrates a built in 3D viewer in Windows Vista2Vista that allows any Windows user to view and interact with 3D models without the need of loading a viewing program.  What kind of part did they open?  You guessed it, a SolidWorks Assembly!  The impressive thing was that it APPEARED to load very quickly and the parts in the Assembly could be moved about the screen.  (Of course with a demo like that, it’s going to appear to be fast.) Nonetheless, it is interesting to see how 3D models are becoming more mainstream with every passing day.

If you want to take a look at the demo, Click Here.

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  • http://www.bmotorsports.com Ballenger Motorsports

    The solidworks developers know that Vista is a serious performance degradation:

    “Graphics performance in SolidWorks may be noticeably slower under Vista.

    Hardware accelerated OpenGL drivers are not yet available from major graphics card vendors such as NVIDIA and ATI. The SolidWorks beta implementation supports software-mode OpenGL drivers supplied through the Microsoft Vista install. “

    http://files.solidworks.com/supportfiles/Release_Notes_VISTA/2007/English/relnotes.htm

    This is a HUGE Vista flaw that will ensure that all current and past CAD programs will function abysmally under Vista. OpenGL drivers may resolve this problem and hopefully will not be required to go through the Direct3d layer.

    Another good reference is here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/29/xp-vs-vista/page7.html

    A roughly 80% degradation in professional CAD software under Vista. Brilliant.

  • http://www.bmotorsports.com Ballenger Motorsports

    The solidworks developers know that Vista is a serious performance degradation:

    “Graphics performance in SolidWorks may be noticeably slower under Vista.

    Hardware accelerated OpenGL drivers are not yet available from major graphics card vendors such as NVIDIA and ATI. The SolidWorks beta implementation supports software-mode OpenGL drivers supplied through the Microsoft Vista install. ”

    http://files.solidworks.com/supportfiles/Release_Notes_VISTA/2007/English/relnotes.htm

    This is a HUGE Vista flaw that will ensure that all current and past CAD programs will function abysmally under Vista. OpenGL drivers may resolve this problem and hopefully will not be required to go through the Direct3d layer.

    Another good reference is here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/29/xp-vs-vista/page7.html

    A roughly 80% degradation in professional CAD software under Vista. Brilliant.

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

    You have some good points. At the time of this blog post, much of the information about Vista's performance was not yet out. I'm not totally sure of the true numbers yet, but almost everything I have read says it is a resource hog!

    I am curious if CAD users will be able to turn off some of the fancy graphics in an effort to increase performance.

    I guess only time will tell. I know at this point, I'm certainly not ready to use it for everyday work.

    Thanks for posting the links.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

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

    You have some good points. At the time of this blog post, much of the information about Vista’s performance was not yet out. I’m not totally sure of the true numbers yet, but almost everything I have read says it is a resource hog!

    I am curious if CAD users will be able to turn off some of the fancy graphics in an effort to increase performance.

    I guess only time will tell. I know at this point, I’m certainly not ready to use it for everyday work.

    Thanks for posting the links.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

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