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smithar
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User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

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02-09-2012 10:58 AM
Inventor users, we need your feedback!

The Inventor product team is committed to delivering the best product experience and value for you and your company. In recent years, we’ve focused on enhancing user interface elements including the ribbon toolbar, direct manipulation, mini toolbar, and marking menu. These enhancements are intended to allow Inventor users to increase productivity, streamline common tasks, and customize certain aspects of your individual workflow. Your answers to this 10 minute survey will help us understand what matters most and guide our efforts to continuously improve the Inventor user experience.

We want Inventor to be the best product possible. Please let us know what matters most to you.
 

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Scotty87
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-16-2012 02:12 PM in reply to: smithar

One thing I think Inventor really needs is for the browser bar to have tabs, similar to the ribbon; clicking twice to reach the vault browser (and to get back to the model browser) is a real pain when you're doing it all day. It would also prevent the iLogic browser from taking up space in the model browser.

 

Where the browser headlines currently looks like this: (I hope this makes sense...)

 

| Model v |                

       | Vault |

 

 

| iLogic                     

 

I'd suggest something like this:

|Model | Vault | iLogic |

 

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sbixler
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-17-2012 05:19 AM in reply to: Scotty87

Good idea-- submit that through one of the official wish lists, either AUGI or Autodesk, or maybe even both.

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Vlad.Makarov
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-18-2012 06:03 AM in reply to: smithar
Hello Mr. Smith, Thank you for the hilarious survey.
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Vlad.Makarov
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-18-2012 06:25 AM in reply to: Scotty87

Scotty87 wrote:

One thing I think Inventor really needs is for the browser bar to have tabs, similar to the ribbon; clicking twice to reach the vault browser (and to get back to the model browser) is a real pain when you're doing it all day. It

 



Sorry Scott, that is not the Autodesk way. In the 2013 version it will take four clicks & in the 2014 version, six.

They need to add the clicks so that in 2016 they can turn around & take them out. Then marketing will trumpet the new & improved version which will be back down to two clicks.

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Mark_Flayler
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-18-2012 08:58 AM in reply to: Vlad.Makarov

I would like to see more of a palette type interface for parameters like AutoCAD.  Would make the transition for them easier which is the whole idea anyway right?

 

Having the parameters table, ilogic, and on the higher end side, the Factory Asset tools and the Jig and Fixutre preview as this type I would see as a benefit.

Mark Flayler - Senior Application Engineer
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karthur1
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Message 7 of 15 (683 Views)

Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-20-2012 03:02 PM in reply to: Scotty87

Scott,

 

I know exactly what you mean. I suggested this a couple yrs ago... still waiting...Talk about repetitive injury.......I'm so sick of having to click twice just to get to the vault menu then two more clicks to get back to the model menu. Here's what I have done.

 

1. Added this code to my "Default.ivb".

 

Sub Toggle_Model_Vault()

On Error Resume Next
 
If ThisApplication.ActiveDocument.BrowserPanes.ActivePane.Name = "Model" Then
ThisApplication.ActiveDocument.BrowserPanes.Item("Vault").Activate
Exit Sub
End If
 
If ThisApplication.ActiveDocument.BrowserPanes.ActivePane.Name = "Vault" Then
ThisApplication.ActiveDocument.BrowserPanes.Item("Model").Activate
Exit Sub
End If
 
End Sub

 

2. Assigned a short-cut key to the macro (Via Tools>Customize, Keyboard tab).

 

Now to toggle between the two I can just press the assigned key.

 

Only caveat is that in 2012 the leyboard customization does not hold when I exit Inventor... : (.  The solution to this is to export it, then import each time I start Inventor.... another reason that I refuse to load 2012, but thats another topic all together.

 

Hope this helps.

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splinemadness
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-22-2012 08:39 AM in reply to: smithar

I recommend not fiddling with the interface further while there are issues that significantly increase the work load of the user.  Specifically, Inventor isn’t very “robust” – sweeps, lofts, and large (I.E. the size you want) fillets often cause manifold problems and fail even though its easy to imagine in your mind what you wanted the program to do.  Two dimensional sheets can result when an outline is projected and then used to cut material away.  Lines that snap to one another often fail to create coincident constraints, and it can be difficult to close even simple loops when Inventor insists on selecting the construction lines laying behind the segment that you are clicking or tells you that a coincident constraint is required and then... “failed to make coincident constraint”. 

Multiple embosses onto the same non-planar surface will fail.  Cylindrical components should be capable of being inserted into holes that pass through non-planar surfaces, as any infant can figure out how to do (hint: in addition to looking for a circular hole on a planar surface, look for any concave cylindrical surface).  Also, the contacts (other than bonded) often do not prevent chunks of steel from passing straight through each other under the smallest of loads, as if everything in Inventor land is made from neutrinos.  Error messages often do not help much with trouble-shooting when lofts, sweeps, extrusions, etc. go wrong (how about showing the resulting problem?).  I know that the Inventor community has found work-arounds for many of these problems, but if Autodesk wants to create a better product, I think they should focus on addressing some of these user-friendliness / productivity issues rather than moving things around again.

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MariaManuela
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Registered: ‎12-04-2003
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Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-24-2012 03:35 AM in reply to: smithar

Hi

The Design Assistante also deserved an improved and intuitive interface and some news features. Never changes year after year....

He's ugly.

 

 

Maria Manuela Pinho
Application Specialist
Cadtech / Asidek - Autodesk Gold Partner
Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015 | Lenovo W520
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sbixler
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Registered: ‎09-15-2003
Message 10 of 15 (578 Views)

Re: User Interface Survey: Share your thoughts by 2/15/12

02-24-2012 04:08 AM in reply to: MariaManuela
I agree!!

 


MariaManuela wrote:

Hi

The Design Assistante also deserved an improved and intuitive interface and some news features. Never changes year after year....

He's ugly.


 

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