SOLIDWORKS 2012 Beta Program – Why Participate?

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated July 25, 2011


The SOLIDWORKS 2012 Beta program has begun.  If you have an active SolidWorks support subscription you can join the program and download the Beta here:

SolidWorks 2012 Beta

SolidWorks 2012 Beta Program

Why join the SolidWorks 2012 Beta testing program?

Here are three great reasons:

1.  Learn about SolidWorks 2012 improvements

SolidWorks 2012 has many great improvements.

A sneak peak at SolidWorks 2012 was shown at SolidWorks World 2011 back in February which showed some great new improvements sheet metal, a new equation editor and a new Costing Tool just to name a few enhancements.  See Alin’s post from SOLIDWORKS World 2011:

By joining the Beta program you will have the chance to learn all the many new features and improvements in this new release of SolidWorks.

2.  Help fix any bugs that might affect you

The point of the Beta program is to turn as many users as possible into software testers.  This way many different workflows, and many different computer combinations (hardware and software) can be tested and then any bugs discovered can be fixed before the final release.  Participating in this process, and reporting any issues you encounter to SolidWorks development, will give you the chance ensure that the new release will work for you, with only positive  impacts on your productivity.

SolidWorks has provided some tips on how you can be as effective as possible when testing the new Beta

3.  Prizes

SolidWorks appreciates this valuable help from the user community and you can qualify to win prizes based on the number of bugs and issues you catch.  This year over $18,000 in prizes will be given away.

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.