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293 Kudos

full use of multicore processor

Status: Under Review
by Contributor cgusi on ‎01-02-2013 01:54 AM

full use of multicore processor......

Status: Under Review
258 Kudos


Status: Accepted
by Active Contributor stuarts on ‎12-18-2012 01:52 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2012 01:54 AM |

The ability to create 3D PDF's from inventor. I don't want to bu publisher just to create a 3D PDF or any other 3rd party application. A lot of customers are requesting this now, and dwf isn't the answer, most people have adobe non-cad and cad users, where as they don't have dwf viewer and cant download it.

Status: Accepted

Accepted as ideas [US2028] [US2029]. Thanks!

228 Kudos

Support for Multiple Monitors

Status: Accepted
by Valued Contributor MattH_Work on ‎11-16-2012 04:44 AM

Full support for multiple monitors

Allow browser(s) to dock correctly on any edge of any screen, not just docking when inside 'parent' application

Allow browser(s) to be 'Always On Top' when used on different screen to 'parent' application



Status: Accepted
Accepted ideas [US16721] [US16734]. Thanks!
220 Kudos

Ever had a drawing where you wanted an aligned to edge orientation for a break view? I have!!!


 If yes, please vote to add this simple yet highly effective functionality I feel has always been missing.


Example. Bent piece of pipe that I wanted to put on a B size drawing and in full scale. Can't use the Break tool on the bent section and keep the break aligned how I want it due to limitation of only Vertical or Horizontal Break orientation....





Result of horizontal break. Not nice to look at in this case is it?




My proposed fancy new "Aligned" orientation button....





You would use Edge selection to select the edge you want your Break to be perpendicular to (or possibly ability to edit the Break properties at the sketch level?).....




The end result would be a MUCH nicer and desired result....



Status: Accepted

Accepted idea [US-49399]. Thanks!


This idea is similar to

195 Kudos

ESC key stop operation

Status: Accepted
by Valued Contributor michael.marx on ‎12-12-2012 12:54 AM

the ability to stop all operations/calculations with ESC key instead of killing the inventor.exe process! 

Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US20883]. Thanks!
190 Kudos

Transparent part option in drawing

Status: Accepted
by Valued Contributor schnautza on ‎05-22-2013 11:45 AM

I'm working on an assembly that has some polycarbonate sheet as a cover. I'd like it if I could see what is behind the clear material in my drawing.


This is very different than wanting hidden lines - I do NOT want to see every hidden line of the parts behind the transparent material. I only want to see the next visible part, maybe as a lighter line, but only the visible edges.


It would be great if there was an option when you right click a part to set as transparent in the drawing - similar to toggling visibility or hidden lines.



Status: Accepted

Accepted idea [US24903]. Thanks!

187 Kudos

Insert Constraint Lock Rotation

Status: Under Review
by bendesign04 on ‎12-14-2013 06:52 PM

I want the option to lock the rotation when using the insert constraint



Status: Under Review
Please disregard my last "ground" question. Just realized downstream modifications would break the insert constraints. -Dan
173 Kudos

Update Inventor Drawing Text Editor

Status: Accepted
by Valued Contributor jberns on ‎11-02-2012 02:45 PM

The text editor of the Inventor drawing enviornment could use some updating.


I would like to see similar functionality as the AutoCAD editor.


  • in-place editing (no dialog box)
  • contextual ribbon (but realize you still want to support those that use the previous toolbar interface)
  • numbered/bulleted lists
  • columns

An integrated spell checker would be useful was well. This would avoid having to install from the SDK.





Status: Accepted

Accepted idea [US14238 & US5186].  Thanks!

163 Kudos

Transparent parts in assemblies

Status: Accepted
by Contributor crmayo on ‎08-28-2013 11:25 AM

Users of SolidWorks know how easy it is to make a part transparent.  This is real handy when you’re checking hole patterns, clearances, or showing customers concepts.  In Inventor you can change part transparencies by using “enable” or selecting an alternate material. If you uncheck enable, you lose the ability to select the part making it difficult to find in large assemblies.  Personally, I don't like switching back and forth between materials to make a part temporarily transparent.


I would like Inventor to have an easy transparency option like this:


make transparent.png

Status: Accepted

Accepted idea [US-49400]. Thanks!

154 Kudos

Whenever I add an angled hole using the On Point placement option, it always leaves a small wedge of material left over at the top of the hole.  So, I have to go and create a second hole with the same options, except I have to "flip" the direction to cut out that small wedge.  I end up creating two hole features to get one hole the way I want it.  Why not eliminate the "flip" button and add the same direction buttons that we use in the extrude feature?  The options "Direction 1", "Direction 2", "Symmetric" and "Asymmetric".


Hole Feature.JPG

150 Kudos

Don't add anything

Status: New Idea
by *Pro on ‎11-02-2012 11:21 AM

I just want you to stop adding anything and just fix it.


That includes putting back my classic interface.


Then maybe I can think of what to add but right now I am fighting all the bugs the extra clicks that you added to the interface.


Help not working, settings not staying, now fighting a damaged style but it worked for months now it's damaged.



Because I am sick of the bugs not being fixed and I have to tell clients in order to fix the bugs you have now you have to upgrade to even a more buggy Inventor and most don't need all this crap you are putting in.


This is for manufacturing not for rendering I could care less the thing is pretty, pretty don't make my parts.


Just roll this thing back when it was for manufacturing and sell your VIZ or Max for the darn rendering....


Sad just very sad.................


I am so upset I need to stop......

148 Kudos

Flip command on mate axis

Status: Accepted
by bendesign04 on ‎12-13-2013 07:01 PM

When mating an axis from one part to another it often mates the wrong way you than have to cancel out rotate the part the remate it. This very time consuming and requires a lot of clicking. All you need is a flip option. 7.JPG

Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US23198]. Thanks!
144 Kudos

I know I struggle with the two shades of yellow when trying to contrain or edit contraints in assemblies.  Can we make them something that is a little more distinguishable?  Like read and green or yellow and orange or what ever that allows these two colors to not be in the same color family.



for "Wonderland".  I like this scheme except for this.


Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US21077]. Thanks!
139 Kudos

Unfortunately, Autodesk has not provided the ability to turn off the mini toolbars, so we're stuck with the current strange Jekyll and Hyde interface, which is cluttered, distracting and in many cases incomplete.


Most user would benifit from being able to use either the dialog interface or the mini-toolbars, but having both is a problem.


Currently the best we can do is roll up the dialog box:


Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US9876]. Thanks!
139 Kudos

Level of Detail for Parts

Status: Accepted
by *Expert Elite* on ‎04-03-2013 01:36 PM

The ability to suppress features and create Level Of Detail representations in part files would be very useful.


Example 1:

I have a bent tube that goes into an assembly in the formed state. However, I would like to detail this part to show both the pre-formed and formed states of the part on my drawing. Currently I can not do this without creating additional files (derived parts or iParts).  Ideally I would be able to suppress the Bend Part feature as a LOD to place the pre-formed part view.

Example 2:

I have a part file with a lot of detailed edges and surfaces and I use this part over and over in my assemblies, I would like to be able to suppress features as a LOD an use the simplified version in the assembly, but still have the detailed version for my part drawing. Again we'd like to be able to do this, without having additional files to track.



Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US19751]. Thanks!
133 Kudos

I added this post to the Inventor forum hoping I was missing something. It appears I'm not.


There needs to be better controls to place aligned dimensions. I mentioned in the original post that a UCS change (like in Autocad) could do it but I now feel that Inventor should just have a RMB option to select an edge to align the dimension to.





130 Kudos

Improved measurement tools

Status: Accepted
by Distinguished Contributor DRoam on ‎04-09-2013 07:27 AM

I find the tools in Inventor's Inspect > Measure panel very cumbersome, limited, and non-user friendly. I often have to escape out of the command between every measurement to be sure it will operate properly. I cannot measure any distance involving a round surface, such as the tangential distance to a circumference. I cannot see a history of previous measurements. I have to use round-about methods to measure certain features; for example, I have to click a random face before I can pick the center of a circle as my first measuring point.


The ability to keep measurements displayed, almost like temporary 3D dimensions, for the purpose of active analysis of a component (as I was trying to do with my boss the other day) would be very useful; that way as I'm navigating around my part or assembly I can see in real-time the precise dimensions of features I care about rather than measuring and re-measuring as I'm trying to determine things about the model.


I'd love to hear of functionality that other users would like to see added for measuring and inspecting 3D models, and to see all of these implemented in future releases of Inventor as well as in service packs to current releases, so that all users can take advantage of this very foundational functionality.


(Please see related Discussion Groups post here:

Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US19753]. Thanks! PS - nice mock-up Cameron. :smileywink:
121 Kudos

It would be awesome if the centerlines were automatically breaked when they cross dimensions. that is possible to do on autocad.


Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US26333]. Thanks!
119 Kudos

I have read some older posts in this forum and found some work arounds, but I still don't clearly understand why we can't have the option to insert a workplane between two parallel planes/faces at the assembly level. Why can we only do it at the part level?


Image - Left side part level - right side assembly level





Status: Implemented
This idea has been implemented within Autodesk Inventor 2015. Special thanks to the author of this Idea and likewise to everyone who cast your Kudo for it. Enhancements were made within the Assembly environment to create workplanes between two parallel faces, or non-parallel faces in Assemblies (between two components). Enhancements were made within the Part environment to create workplanes between non-parallel faces. Please be sure to check this out in Autodesk Inventor 2015. Thanks!
117 Kudos

Currently when creating holes, we have the options for Drilled, Counterbore, Spotface and Countersunk from the top only.


It could be beneficial to have these same options to add features to the bottom of the same hole.




Status: Under Review
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