We editors noticed the reluctance of SolidWorks executives to talk about Dassault Systemes, the French company that owns the American one. Or when they did speak of the relationship, admitted there wasn't much. (More in next week's upFront.eZine.)
The relationship has to go beyond the solidworks.com and 3ds.com Web sites sharing a common tri-couleur logo. Dassault can't use SolidWorks as a low-end hook, a la AutoCAD->Inventor. There is no PTC-like upgrade path. The original reason for the union was primarily financial, and surely SW can stand on its own feet now.
So when does SolidWorks go solo?