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bowen192
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Alternatives to Publisher

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04-11-2013 10:57 AM

I've had enough of Publisher now.  I've lost a file today as it refuses to open due to the usual 'unknown error'.  This was the 6th version of the same file Publisher has lost.

 

Overall I have around 50 seperate files that are now useless and, again, our company has been made to look like complete idiots in front of our clients.  No-one at Autodesk seems interested. Enough is enough.

 

So, what does everyone else use then?  3Dvia is a bit expensive and Creo Illustrate is impossible to get hold of.

 

Any others?  I might just use Inventor and the snip-it tool.

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miQlo
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

04-12-2013 01:16 AM in reply to: bowen192

I tried the 3Dvia demo and completed a whole assembly guide with hundreds of parts in 4-5 days, everything just works as it should. I've had Publisher for about two years and still haven't got one usable image out of it. I finally got noticed by the developers and they solved some issues for me, so maybe I can get something out of it now. I'll give give Publisher one more chance with the 2014 release and then I'm out.

If I count all the ours I've wasted on Publisher, the cost for 3Dvia is nothing in comparison. Still 3Dvia is ridiculously expensive.

 

I haven't found any other software that made me want to try them. There are some but they also looked like a waste. Don't remember the names of them though.

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bowen192
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

04-12-2013 01:52 AM in reply to: miQlo

 

3DVia is impressive, but from memory it can't import IAM files?

 

I am currently trialing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4970084, but you need the CAD extension which adds an extra £4 K onto the price.

 

I've also got Lattice Technology’s XVL Technical Suite http://www.lattice3d.com/xvl-suites/ and Right Hemisphere's Deep View http://www.righthemisphere.com/products/ lined up to trial.

 

I've heard good things about the latter.

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miQlo
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

04-12-2013 01:55 AM in reply to: bowen192

You can import IAM if you have the Inventor Viewer installed, but this only works with the full version of 3Dvia and not the demo. I haven't tried this myself but my reseller ensures it works.

 

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bowen192
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

04-12-2013 02:22 AM in reply to: miQlo

Hmm, interesting that.

 

I'll see if I can get a cheeky full trial.

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timmy.stalnacke
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

10-01-2013 05:24 AM in reply to: bowen192

Have someone manage to find any good option to replace Publisher?
i'm really starting to be fed up on Publisher.

 

We have realised that we cant work with Publisher any more.

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miQlo
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

10-01-2013 08:03 AM in reply to: timmy.stalnacke

See my earlier post in the thread.

 

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timmy.stalnacke
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

10-01-2013 10:49 PM in reply to: miQlo

Ok I will have a look at it! but have you tried the .aim import for real?

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miQlo
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

10-02-2013 12:44 AM in reply to: timmy.stalnacke

No I have not tried it myself but the reseller insures it works, if you have the free viewer installed that is.

 

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bowen192
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Re: Alternatives to Publisher

10-02-2013 01:13 AM in reply to: bowen192

I aquired a full version of 3Dvia from somewhere and it definitely imports IAM files.

 

Saying that, I couldn't find a way to import it with any colour / material properties. However, I'm pretty sure this was something I was doing wrong.

 

3Dvia also handled whatever model I threw at it with no slow down at all. The interface is nowhere near as simple, but it can also do a lot more. The output image is also far superior.

 

The only thing is obviously it doesn't work with Vault, but Publisher crashes/corrupts that often that I never even get a chance to update models anyway.

 

Personally I'm giving Autodesk a chance with 2014. If the basic improvements have not been made I will have to switch to 3Dvia or try XVL Technical; a short-term hit for long-term gain.

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