Solid Edge University 2014
Siemens PLM Software announced this week that they have over 500,000 commercial licenses of Solid Edge out there, a number that places the mid-range mechanical CAD software in the #2 position behind Solidworks (who has an estimated 650,000 seats).
As for Inventor -- who might be in #2 or #3 position -- well, it is a pity that Autodesk vowed to no longer report license numbers for its MCAD software. And so lacking hard data, we have to declare Solid Edge #2.
In the slide above, the "Free 2D downloads" refers to Solid Edge 2D Drafting, which is accessed through http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/free2d.