First up this morning was a session given by Jeff Ray, CEO of Solidworks. Jeff spent the most part of the hour describing the business channel, DSS integration, and even touched on the hot topic of the 2008 interface.
- Solidworks World 2008 has received just over 4,400 registrations as of today, making it the largest Solidworks World ever
- In attendance are over 150 members of the press, and for the first time, we are all attending a dedicated 'press day'
- In terms of the design of Solidworks as a whole "We have only just begun"
- Worldwide estimates put about 2.5 million engineers still working in 2D, making the 3D market an open field
- In regards to the ideals behind the design of Solidworks "Anything that gets in the way of an engineer doing his job, is the responsibility of Solidworks to resolve"
- Solidworks and DS will start to share more technology to make each product more powerful
- Jeff described Solidworks 2008 as "Ground shifting, and also in a way, disruptive"
- 2009 will focus on performance
- Jeff's idea of the perfect interface is a blank screen
- 2008 spent the most time in alpha, and beta, than any other version to date
- According to Jeff, adoption rates of 2008 are better than previous versions, and Solidworks is happy with the numbers.
Next up is Marie Planchard to talk about eduction efforts at Solidworks.