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locobrotha
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Touch Screen Interface

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05-18-2013 05:26 PM

Hello All,

               Will autodesk be heading in the area of touch screen interfaces ever. I miss the old style drafting boards and feel that modelling / drafting would be so much nicer on one of these http://www.promultis.info/promultis-drafting-table/ rather than an uncomforatable chair and a cheap as mouse. 

               Im sure it wouldnt take much messing around to find a UI that would suit this style and would happily test for you if you provided the equipment :smileyvery-happy:

           

              Looking forward to the future of design.

 

Rob

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JGerth
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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-22-2013 07:49 AM in reply to: locobrotha

That was tried back in the late 90s early naughts - with some oddball sony pen screen.  didn't seem to sell

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graemev
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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-22-2013 08:13 AM in reply to: locobrotha

Ooo!  A huge touch screen!  It's...  It's... It's...  SMUDGE-TASTIC!!!

 

Thanks, but no.  I'll keep the nice upright, glare-free monitor I have now and let all the paperwork, notes and field sketches lay on the desk below it in the manner they do now.

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pendean
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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-22-2013 08:51 AM in reply to: locobrotha

AutoCAD 2014 (and other Autodesk 2014 software) and WIndows 8 64bit is all you need: help yourself and let us know how that fat-finger-point-precision-drafting PLUS double-finger-tap-right-click thing works out for you.

 

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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-22-2013 10:19 AM in reply to: locobrotha

I'd certainly try large-format touch-screens at some point.

I've been eyeing them as viewers for our staff (they need to review and comment on prints, no actual drafting), since they've been resisting electronic plan review attempts so far.

It's gotten better with buying larger monitors for my shared workstations, and with some of the more seasoned staff retiring. The time will be ripe soon, at least for that application, I'm certain.

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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-22-2013 01:27 PM in reply to: Wanderer-MOTD
>>>... (they need to review and comment on prints, no actual drafting)...<<<
Have you tried them out on AutoCAD360 (old WS) on a Tablet (for finger experience) or a webbrower in the interim?
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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-23-2013 01:05 PM in reply to: pendean
I think it would be good for reviewing, especially if it was e-ink technology rather than a traditional monitor. Then the drawing would basically look like a piece of paper.

On the other end of the scale, how long before we all get 3D monitors so we can really see our 3D models in 3D?


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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-23-2013 01:44 PM in reply to: pendean
Dean,

I've showed them plans on my iPad, but, the screens are still too small for the type of detail work they'd be reviewing (large drawing sets). They liked it for our small office renovation, but, they wouldn't want to mark up a set on it.

Web browser is a definite no-go. They use trueview and design review on my workstations with the big monitors, but, they're not currently interested in signing up for a new site and learning that. It took me long enough to get them trained up on the existing stuff.
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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-24-2013 04:50 AM in reply to: locobrotha

Surely you would refine a little with a Stylus. I dont imagine using my fat sausages for drafting. Perhaps a dedicated area for rotate pan and orbit commands, and touch style ribbons down the left of the screen. pop up number pads for accurate dimensioning. 

I can see a decent interface using touch screen's revolutionising the way we design the way CAD did over the board.  Personally I hate sitting at a computer all day. i feel the need to slouch in my chair and get sore eyes from looking at the screen all day, a draughting board setup is alot more ergonomic than a chair. (unless your company likes to keep their employee's happy)

 

Also remember that our programs are getting way smarter every year programming a set of parameters that make up a wall is alot easier than drafting / modelling a wall, 

there is no reason why Revit, Inventor perhaps even AutoCAD wouldnt succeed on such an interface.

 

If i had the money spare I would probaly invest in a screen (make my own frame and such) and test, but alas im a poor employee for now.

 

 

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Re: Touch Screen Interface

05-24-2013 05:17 AM in reply to: locobrotha

ergonomic???  IIRC back in the days of Mayline, Rapidiograph, and Leroy,  the only group that had more back trouble thann architects/drafters were truck drivers.  Working at a drafting table is a boon to chiropractors, but not good for my back.  Given the choice between back pain and RSI in the wrist, I'll take the latter.

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