switching a whole office over to another package... or...learn how to use a simple and intuative menu system
good luck with your solidnotworks solution...let us know how you go...ps I have both AutoCAD Product design suite and solidworks loaded in the current office im running...the guy on solidworks is not very productive and it causes a lot of compatibility issues with autocad (have to keep reinstal repairing autocad for him most times solidworks gets run), not to mention make sure you keep your subscription to solidworks paid up (wow on the extra dollars your gonna spend, have you priced soldiworks with all the components required to actually complete designs) as without a paid up sub you wont have access to service packs or updates to fix the issues and if you try moving SW to a new machine, you will be stuck with the original install off the disc as you wont be able to acces the updates.
i have worked with some very capable operators over the years and in the end i see that we all have our own methods, whether it is drafting or engineering or other. to me it is the kinda the same with the interface, some just like one over the other, regardless of skill level or training.
i am reasonably happy to use either but sadly now it just takes longer, not because the ribbon is bad, but because it is mostly locked down. even with comparitively greater power of software development tools and technology at the disposal of the developers today, we can not even slide a silly little button over to a different / preferred location... (if we wish to click to fire the command then we are forced to switch to a different tab, just to access another button, and then another click or two to get another command). we did not have this limitation a few years ago. why force people to use buttons in locations where 'someone' thinks they need to go.
i really think that all we need is for Autodesk to assign a dedicated resource to the topic, just for a month and get a bit of improved functionality pushed into the interface. (there is a post in the Ideas Station about that. if you get time maybe you could swing over there and vote for it, maybe even add your own idea for improvements).
ps- on the topic of improvements, i can see that there are a few in 2014. it is nice to see things improve. Well done to AD. Apart from a couple of silly things that seem to have slipped through, the product seems very stable to me and i can get my work done very well even without a service pack. i have sometimes been quite harsh in my comments to AD so i think it is fair to give appreciation when it is due.
same goes for everyone who is still posting here. thanks again. keep up the good work. we can sometimes be a bit harsh on each other but lots of you have helped me and so many others. cheers!
ok back to work now...
You CAN customise the ribbon, you can add commands, tabs panels or remove buttons, relocate them onto different tabs, relocate panels on the tabs, create your own buttons with macros in them etc etc you have the exact same freedom that you have with making tool bars.
type CUI then have a play, when working in plant the first customization I did was add the visibilty panel to the structure and modeling tabs and relocate them to the same location for each tab.
Nice to hear a plug for a change, we all (myself included) seem to get a bit frustrated with the program at times and I know ive 'unloaded' about issues plenty of times. I havent bitten the bullet and isntalled 2014 yet (been too busy with deadlines) but I remeber your views about new releases and how diligent you are with your deisgns and methedologies. So after hearing your feedback im gonna jump in asap.
hi Richard i hope you are well.
thanks, we should get together one day & compare notes. i have done a fair bit of customisation and programming but still find a lot of limitations. it would be good to bounce some ideas off one another!
i am really enjoying 2014, but if you use any of the API then there is a small fix you need to do before you can access it (install english language pack manually from the installation files). that is so far the only issue i have come accross. there is a small post in here somewhere i think from about 2 weeks ago.
lol...what a twit
Ive been using plant pretty heavily for last couple of years, got carried away with myself
just looked back at customize in inventor...not impressed
I remeber there was german guy that had a blog about customizing the inventor files that drive ribbon, from memory it was pretty complicated
sure Mark, should organise a hook up with Baz too, its been a while
R u going to the cadgroup autodesk launch event thing later in the month?
i wasn't planning on it but if you and the lads are going then i will show up if they have beer and pizza.
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