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.
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.
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=p
I've heard good things about the latter.
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.
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.
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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