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Many of us will have spotted Microsoft's NetMeeting application on our machines and perhaps even tinkered with it.
Few I suspect will have used it in anger.
Although NetMeeting can be used to share any application, the latest patch for SolidWorks 2000 includes specific tools to enable 3D modelling sessions to be shared with remote colleagues even if they do not have SolidWorks on their machine and without complex set-up requirements.
A new SolidWorks 3D Meeting toolbar offers Meet Now and Schedule Meeting options.
The simplest route to establish contact with external participants is to send an email invitation that includes a Join The Meeting hyperlink.
When clicked by the recipient it checks that NetMeeting is installed and if not gives the option for it to be installed.
Once all is ready the hyperlink automatically joins the meeting.
Alternatively for use within a corporate LAN network, a discrete Computer Name can be specified directly.
These methods avoid the technical complexity of needing to know machine IP addresses.
Once the session is established, one or more third parties can see a live view of the SolidWorks session in their web browser.