Thanks everyone for your feedback and comments here is a summary:
My original question: Does Inventor 2014 provide a more user friendly UI when it comes to 2D sketching?
> The goal, use one CAD tool to create both 2D and 3D drawings and avoid having to pass DWG file back and forth between AutoCAD when creating 2D drawings.
> The benefit of using only Inventor: configure, train and maintain a single software tool and our ERP system is Integrated with Inventor.
Sounds like Inventor has the 2D drawing capabilities it just requires using the correct techniques and training.
(Training resources for these techniques seem to be limited.)
Continue creating sketches in AutoCAD.
(I might need to do this but I am hoping a single CAD tool can do both.)
The application I am looking at is for certain labels that we create.
They are peel-offs that are placed inside a large control box door to indicate breaker locations and rarely require updating.
When this group creates new labels that are similar they typically create the new label from the old and make modifications.
The CAD user believes they can create this 2D drawing many times faster with Autocad but must copy the AutoCad DWG into an Inventor drawing in order to check the drawing into our ERP system.
(This happens because our ERP system only has integration with Inventor and not Autocad)
The CAD user believes they can create this 2D drawing many times faster with Autocad ...
I am quite sure they are right - they can create it faster in AutoCAD - because this is where their experience is.
I (and I suspect most users here) went through the same frustration moving from AutoCAD to Inventor (at least now Inventor has direct distance entry, back when I started with Inventor it did not).
Some can eventually get over the frustration hurdles and pick up the new techniques, but in my experience many who are very experienced in a known technique can never leap the hurdles without someone experienced showing them the way. And a few never "get it".
2D drawings are quicker to create in AutoCAD because you don't have to worry about parameterics or constraints. Sketches in Inventor are used to define parameteric relationships - not for creating drawings.
There should be no barrier to using the right tool for the job.
Here's my suggestion - and it depends weather you want an Inventor sketch in model space, or a drawing in a DWG file:
Create your DWG files in Inventor as usual. Open them in AutoCAD, draw your 2D design. Close it and open it up again in Inventor to check it into your ERP system. This version is meant to be plotted and will have lineweights preserved.
Create your DWG files in Inventor as usual. Create your 2D geometry in AutoCAD and save it as a block. Open the Part file in Inventor, create a sketch and copy the AutoCAD block in as an Inventor block. This version is meant for geometry only - so it could be used for emobossing for example.
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