I wonder as I read this news from TenLinks Daily, FlightSafety Exports CATIA to SolidWorks with 3DTransVidia, why a 3rd party product is required to translate between CATIA and SolidWorks? After all, both CATIA and SolidWorks are owned by Dassault Systemes.
Dassault Systemes, a French company, bought SolidWorks in 1997. It has proved itself to be an acquisition like no other. First of all, there was none of the usual blood letting when one company swallows another. We heard of no cuts in staff at SolidWorks and its management stayed in place. Although SolidWorks has positioned itself so it doesn't look like it is trying to encroach on Dassault's large enterprise base, it continues to work more or less independently of Dassault and seeks its own customers among small and medium sized businesses. Heck, I don't even know anyone at SolidWorks who is learning French.
But a headline like the one from 3DTansVidia may show the companies are operating a little too independently. At the very least, users should be able to exchange data. If I adopted a child from another country, I'd want it to be able to communicate with the rest of the family. I'd be a little embarrassed if people had to hire interpreters for my children.