For those of you who are interested in test driving SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta but had limited options to a hardware system or just simply didn’t want to have to deal with another install, there is a new option you might be interested in. For qualifying Beta participants, you can test SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta software online through the MySOLIDWORKS interface. The setup is run through a FRAME cloud interface (much like the SOLIDWORKS trial offering). If you are already signed up for Beta testing, the “Try Online” link is available on the homepage. The nice thing about this is that it requires no install on your part as a beta tester. You have the option to link up with your Google Drive or Dropbox accounts if you have data you want to access while testing online.
The performance has been pretty good in my testing so far. (The VM could probably use a little more CPU – but hey – its just getting started.) This offering has some good potential to increase the amount of users running the software and testing out new features. Check out the SOLIDWORKS Beta Site for more details.