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Update the Forum's OPTIONS list

Status: Gathering Support
by Consultant on ‎03-15-2017 11:03 AM

I would like to propose a change to this list so that my favorite option is at the top, instead of the option there now that I cannot imagine anyone else uses. Followed closely by the bottom three on that list.


And who still uses RSS feeds?




Bonjour à tous,


Dans le forum français AutoCAD, les questions portent parfois sur un AutoCAD métier en particulier mais la personne qui poste le message ne précise pas qu'elle travaille avec un AutoCAD métier. Par conséquent, comme on ne connaît pas forcement tous les AutoCADs on perd parfois du temps à chercher une solution qui ne fonctionnera pas sur un AutoCAD particulier ou il existe justement une solution propre à l'AutoCAD en question.

De ce fait, serait-il possible, lorsqu'on ouvre un nouveau topic, d'ajouter une sous catégorie avec une liste déroulante pour préciser de quel AutoCAD il s'agit.


Par exemple:



Enter post title

Sous catégorie : AutoCAD

                         AutoCAD Architecture

                         AutoCAD MEP

                         AutoCAD Civil 3D

                         AutoCAD MAP 3D

                         AutoCAD Plant



Les titres des post seraient plus clairs et plus ciblés.


Bonne journée.

Create a native app for IOS and Android to phones and tablet's.

The "online mobile" version is not intuitive and is dificult to work with., we need a better one, simple and usefull.


Automatically subscribe people to Ideas when they vote on them

Status: Gathering Support
by Advisor DRoam on ‎02-28-2017 07:27 AM - last edited on ‎02-28-2017 07:33 AM |

This may be a great idea and it may not -- I'm looking for honest feedback.


I could see it potentially being annoying... but at the same time, I think there's great value in it.


Often times I see a post with 20 or 30, or even 50 or 100 or more votes on it, and there's a comment saying "Why is this really necessary?" or "What do you think about this finer detail?" .... and then nothing. No responses. Just internet crickets.


Most likely those 20 or 100 or more people don't even know that their valuable opinion has been sought. If they had commented, they would have been notified; but since they only voted, they weren't notified. This is unfortunate.


I would like to think that when people vote for an Idea, they're doing so because they really like it and believe in it (just as much as if they had commented), and they would jump at the chance to help defend, validate, develop, and mature the idea into all they'd like it to be, if they knew such feedback was being asked for.


So that's why I'm proposing this Idea. I could see this being particularly useful once a true notification system is implemented.


Yes, this could be annoying for those who spam-vote on lots of Ideas but don't want to stay update on them. But honestly, my opinion... if someone doesn't care enough about an Idea to hear development on it and even provide their own input, they probably shouldn't have voted in the first place Smiley Happy This might be a great way to encourage people to only vote on Ideas they really care about.


That being said, this "automatic subscription" could be implemented in a number of ways.


  • Like I said above, it could be a forced-on setting which can't be turned off, to encourage people to only vote on Ideas they really care about.
  • It could be a user preference which, once it's implemented, is automatically made the default so that users are always involved in the Ideas they care about right from the get-go.
  • It could be a user preference which, once it's implemented, is presented to users as a new option the next time they log in so they can turn it on or off according to their preference.
  • Maybe we could also add a "Subscribe" button directly below the "Vote" button which is automatically enabled when the vote is cast, but can be easily turned off after-the-fact if desired. Actually, a dedicated "Subscribe" button might be a great idea in itself... this would make it much easier to see which post I'm subscribed to and subscribe/unsubscribe as desired.


That's all I have. Would love to hear people's thoughts on this one.


And if you vote and want to stay in the loop on future discussion... don't forget to subscribe Smiley Wink


Ideastation filter for ideas that have new comments

Status: Under Review
by Advisor kb9ydn on ‎01-16-2017 10:40 AM - last edited on ‎03-01-2017 10:11 PM |

PLEASE!  Having to scroll through ten pages of ideas just to find the one that has a new comment is insane and takes way too long.  Is there no better way?



Status: Under Review

Unfortunately we do have some platform limitations here which have prevented us from implementing this in past, however we are looking into additional approaches for this one and will let you know what we find. 


Thanks for raising this one @kb9ydn and everyone else for the votes + comments!

In the Ideas forum, when Ideas are merged together, we sometimes have comments from 2, 3, maybe even 4 or 5 original conversations all mixed together in the same thread, with no indication of which comments were originally part of the same conversation. This makes it difficult if not impossible to follow the conversation(s).


There should be some indication of which Idea each comment was originally on. Maybe group the comments for each duplicate that was merged in, separately from the comments on the Master idea. Or add a "RE: [Original idea title] by [Original idea author]" above each comment so we know which thread the comment was originally on.

Unsolved tab

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate Slawomir_ on ‎12-20-2016 05:46 AM

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In a nutshell: would be helpful to have fourth tab in community forums: "Unsolved". It would be beneficial for community members to see topics which are not only unanswered but also unsolved.

Why? Because sometimes discussion could be long without correct answer. It will disappear from "Unanswered" tab and will be lost somewhere in forum.

"Unsolved" tab unlike "Unanswered" will hold threads as long as they are not solved. It would be beneficial for those who ask to be easily seen for professional members. For them too: they can gain kudos and solutions faster.



Add Language Filter to Site

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator kennyj on ‎02-21-2017 03:32 AM

I would like to be able to filter out the posts that are in languages I do not understand.  My profile asks what my preferred language(s) are, so this should link back to the forums; I shouldn't see posts in French if I don't have French in my profile.  This could also be handled with a forum filter that would allow users to check/uncheck languages shown.  This will make everyone's time spent in the forums more productive.



Supporting 24 hour time format would make it more understandable for more people  (like me ;o) 

In the "my settings" I can change the date display to a more common format for my country but not the time format.



Grüße aus Heidelberg - Michael 


BTW:  24 hr ist the standart ISO format for time.  (yyyy-MM-dd is ISO std. for date that is supported)

Only at United States, and a handful of other countries[the 12-hour-clock is still dominant.


Display Setting Dialog:


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Forum List View   ( Mixed date / time formt with  "strange"  12-hr format   "only USA and a few others specific" )


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It would benefit all users, new and experienced alike, if the Email they receive from a post they follow (or create) let then know in very big red letters that they cannot attach files if they choose to respond to replies by email (in their email client) that request them to do so.


And no faint gray / pale blue letters either :)


Just make it clear they need to come back to the website to post files.

When the mods mark a thread as sticky (so that the thread stays at the top of the list for all users), it has a visual style that is different from other "non-sticky" threads.


Individual users have the option, on a per-thread basis, to "Float this topic to the top".  But that just makes it look just like the other sticky threads.


I would find it useful if my own "floated" threads are visually different from the others.  They are currently all a shade of blue.  Maybe the user-floated threads could be a shade of grey.  This way it should still fit within your color scheme.

PowerMILL Macros Sub Forum

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate ewshp on ‎08-17-2016 10:56 AM


It should be useful to have a dedicated space for PowerMILL macros as we had on the Delcam forum.

It will be simpler to build a knowledge base apart from the ongoing discussion on the product or support requests.


Actually we are unable to add our "PowerMill" ideas to the idea area because we can´t select PowerMill from the "Product" and "Board" Selection.


We Need PowerMill inside the Programm specific Idea area.



Add a "Nominate as Solution" button

Status: Gathering Support
by Advisor DRoam on ‎11-10-2016 08:43 AM

I often come across threads where the OP's question was resolved (sometimes the OP even replies and says so) but the OP never marks the appropriate post(s) as the solution.


It would greatly increase the percentage of resolved posts, and help those coming to such threads for answers, if the community could "nominate" certain posts as providing a solution.


If the nominations for a post reach a certain level, the post could perhaps be automatically marked as the solution, or at least notify the moderators and let them decide to mark the solution if they wish. I've seen the moderators do so before, but building in a system like this would allow them to do so much more often and easily.


Whether the system was automated or just notified the moderators, I think it would greatly improve the quality and usefulness of the forums.


Allow drag+drop images

Status: Gathering Support
by Mentor on ‎11-21-2016 07:57 AM

To help encourage users (especially first time users) to include informative images with their posts, please consider adding the ability to drag+drop images right into the post editor, without having to open secondary windows or pop-ups.


If you are not sure what I'm talking about, GMail supports this, an example below.

Please add URL to post in plane text letter "Your answer ... accepted as a solution!". Without this URL it is difficult to find topic/post, which was accepted as solution.

Status: Implemented

Confirming that we made the adjustment to the Accepted Solution plain text email template recently to also include the solution URL. Thanks again for the suggestion!

Include user controlled time limits on attachments

Status: Under Review
by Consultant on ‎07-18-2016 09:35 AM - last edited on ‎07-18-2016 09:36 AM |

Instead of having attachments be "for eternity", which leads to many of us in this age of privacy concerns limit sharing of actual DWG files, I would like to propose that control be given to the user for how long a file may be available for download/access.


This can be a per-attachment setting or an overall user profile setting in the forums.


If possible, even limit the number for downloads, but I'm flexible on this wish. See screenshot for the concept as available on many FTP sites 


Status: Under Review

Hi @pendean. Is it fairly common to publically share a file today which you would not want anyone to see 6 months from now? I would have to agree with @DRoam that this would most likely create a poor experience for anyone looking to leverage existing content on the site. 

Forum signature preview

Status: Gathering Support
by Moderator on ‎08-15-2016 11:47 AM



I prefer to add a preview of forum signature. Right now it's not possible to preview html signature, it takess a long time to form a correct signeture.

Need a 'report user' option for spammers

Status: Under Review
by Advocate iamcdn79 on ‎10-21-2016 04:28 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2016 04:29 AM |

When we suspect there is a spammer on this board we should have the ability to report them so they are deleted.


As far as I know now there is nothing to currently do that.

Status: Under Review

Thanks for sharing this one @iamcdn79. Any idea how often you would potentially need to report a user? We've been inventing more time and energy into automatically removing spam which by default should help eliminate the need to report users posting it.


Any other reasons why you would want to report a user?

Change the link tool default

Status: Accepted
by Mentor on ‎04-05-2016 01:51 AM

When we paste a URL into the text editor will cause it to open in a new tab, but using the default with the link tool it will open in the current tab.
Many users don't change the 'target' in the link tool to open in a new tab, and does not make sense to reopen the OP to continue reading/reply.


I'd like to propose to change the link tool default to 'Open in a new page'.

Status: Accepted

Great suggestion indeed @hmsilva! We don't have complete control over this function but will do my best to push it through.


Obviously I can't promise that it will happen, nor give any guidance around a specific time frame, but will certainly keep everyone posted of any relevant updates. 


Thanks again for participating!

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