I wouldn't mind seeing the quick-switch popup at the bottom of the application window have an option for filenames instead of images. Might be a good benefit for those with older or less capable computers, too.
I don't have that on mine, I also run ACAD 2012. I believe I have all my panel and menu buttons up. For some reason I assumed that they were getting rid of the windows tab, in lieu of the screen button on the bottom. I guess I was wrong. But I notice you also have your express tab as well, which is another thing I don't have when it was installed, I guess the express button wasn't clicked.
I would like to see a more powerful coordinate point entry system. Perhaps something stack based such that I can combine offsetting and complex combinations of existing geometry layout. If I could do something like pick a point offset from a snap by 2/3s of the vector from an object origin to the apparent intersection of 2 other lines without having to create extra constructions or geometry and with simple quick keyboard shortcuts I personally would find this amazingly useful. Now I realize that you can do this with quickcalc, which I occasionally use for things like this, but I find this clumsy at best and maddenly frustrating in some cases such as the seeminly arbitrary set of commands where quick calc wont allow you to pick data points or measure distances.
Also the fact that QC focus follows the mouse is very annoying to me.
It would be cool if you could say start a stack based vector calculator with a certain key.Wheny you have to enter a coordinate (or could be general enough for scalars also) you could enter say a colon to indicate that you wanted to start a calculation then you for example could pick a point with the mouse, pick another point, then hit the minus key to get the offset between them. You could then enter a number with the keyboard and hit * to scale the offset and finally pick another point then hit + to create the final point. When you are done with your calculation hit enter with a blank line to return the top of stack to autocad as your final point.
Thinking about this now you could probably implement a lot of this with autolisp. hmmm *strokes chin*
I hear you on tossing the ribbons, but it sounds like they are here to stay... since everybody has to look like Microsoft now.
I would prefer to use the classic menus and toolbars. They work way better for me, but in releases 2012 and 2013 they no longer work right, so I see that as an unfortunate sign that there will be no effort to fix it, and it will eventually go away completely.
What buttons or toolbars are you having problems with? I'm still using 2012 and have no problems. I've gone to the update every other year strategy, so I will be skipping 2013. I'd prefer the 3 year cycle as mentioned earlier in this thread.
I understand what you folks are saying about toolbars still available, but have you tried customizing them in the CUI... it's a nightmare. Give us back a simple CUI interface. It takes me over an hour to setup my toolbars, menubar, and other settings to my liking. The ribbons, while useful in limited instances, are simply a nuisance to me. Why click 4 times for a command? I can understand a laptop workspace with ribbons, but I use a 24 inch monitor, so real estate is not an issue... production is. I also use my keyboard more than the mouse when selecting commands, so if you mess with those shortcuts I will stop upgrading.
I made one of my CAD users use the ribbons for over a year. I told him he could use toolbars now, and he almost hugged me. That is significant if you were to know our work environment.
I answered the survey they sent in response to this thread. They sent a link to participate in beta testing software. I looked around the program, but sorry Autodesk, I have to work. I don't have time to play. I think you should send your developers out to real engineering firms and put them in a real work environment for a while. Then, you may get an idea of what your customers want.
I use mainly Map, so I think the Ribbon issues I am having are exclusive to Map. The problem is the Classic Toolbar and Pulldown Menu Workspace cannot be set as default, the software forces the stupid ribbon to open every time Acad is started. This messes up custom startup programs and is a known problem in 2012 and 2013... still no fix. After mucho complaining, I got word that it was not being fixed because the Classic menus will likely be going away completely in a future release, so the Ribbon will be all we have.
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