Inventor or solid works?

I have been using Inventor for 4 years and I have never used solid works. I was wondering what people who have actually extensively used both think. Doing a google search I find a lot of one sided arguments from people that haven't used the other program. Solid works or Inventor? And why?

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I've used both quite a bit, there isn't a whole lot of difference but I would go with SolidWorks

 
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I agree with Adam that the two are similar to use. I use SolidWorks the most because the majority of my clients use SolidWorks, It is always good to learn and be comfortable using several CAD packages.

 
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Again Adam has got it right, just depends what software suites you best and most of the time it depends with what software you learned on unless your work uses another.......
I would go with Inventor if it is just modelling but SW if it was for surface modelling..

 
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I agree with Adam that there are not many differences, but I would go for Inventor.
The "why" is different for each user. In my case either one would do fine, I just learned Inventor first and then stuck with it.

 
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This is a form your own opinion too get the true answer to your question thing. Both CAD packages are very similar yet each has it's strong points. If I'm going to do a complex surface, Solid Works. If I want to produce quick, unconstrained features with fewer rules to the boolean operations, Inventor. Downloading 3D models, Solid Works seems to be more popular. Solid Works is a more powerful platform than Inventor, but, probably not for long with the rate at which Autodesk improves the Inventor package. I lean more towards Inventor because of fewer rules and I work with a lot of 2D .DWG files. If you're doing a big project, this would be the ideal time to really think about this one.

 
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