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  1. Yes that would solve all of the UI problems in VW ... From what I've seen over the years, a company employing HP sealing techniques means just one thing. Their product can not stand on it's own merits against the competition, so it's best to go looking to see what else is out there ... The Parasolid kernel is as good as anything out there and better than most, but it is not the only one. Inventor uses ACIS. Nor does it guarantee implementation. Just look at VW's non abilities regarding tangent entities, there is certainly no problem in the kernel. That being said it is also the kernel for SE, who by the way is owned by Seimens who also happen to own the Parasolid kernel. They license it on a 'level playing field' basis. Everyone including SE, NX (Seimens top level cad, widely regarded as the best CAD system period) SW, VW and others pay the same price for it. However Seimens do not include Synchronous Technology in the Parasolid License. SW have been very slow in not seeing the future and now find themselves not having this (true) ability and not being able to buy the technology, so are now in the position of having to write their own kernel from scratch. Good luck with that, or perhaps Dassault could use their Catia kernel, hahaha. In the mean time SE has already got 4 - 5 years head start with ST and is likely to have 2 - 3 more before SW gets going again with any direction. So currently, in the mid level mech market, SE is the tech leader, Inventor about 3 years behind (and heading to the cloud for better or worse) with SW trailng behind. That's not to say SW isn't a very good program, but it's technology is dated and in Industry where Time to Market is often the difference between success and failure, technology matters. What do you think those million+ users are going to think of high pressure selling when they see their own market share slipping because their competitors are getting better products to market sooner? Kim
  2. Great another expert opion....I do both Architecture and Civil engineering what do you recommend surely not SW or SE? My rating VWD 7.....SW 2 As I noted, I have no idea which app is best for Architectural use, nor for that matter Civil engineering or Theatre lighting. Perhaps VW in one of it's guises is the best available, in which case I pity the state of all those industries. Fortunately Mechanical CAD has far superior choices. After spending many months researching I realised one of the major factors in my choice was of the company behind the software, what other software they had in their portfolios and what their track record was. In my case it was a choice between an interface company that built nothing and used high pressure selling techniques (SW) and one which both manufactures products and uses it's own software company wide ... and of course 'Synchronous Technology' ...
  3. Mutton dressed up as lamb. Haha, couldn't agree more Christiaan. The answer is Parallels. With little effort I have Solid Edge running in Windoz7 and it's just another app running on my Mac. I've even managed to get it running in it's own desktop, which is more than I can say for a lot of mac apps under Lion. No doubt it would run 'faster' in Bootcamp but quite honestly it doesn't matter in the slightest. I spend more time thinking about my design than I ever do waiting for my cad app. Today you don't have to even consider the platform anymore. Use the best app for what you want to do and you're away. It may run slower than natively but it will be a thousand times faster than putting up with 'something' that is a coagulated mess. FYI My system: OSX 10.7.4 iMac 27" i7 2.8 Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB 8g Ram (I'll be doubling this soon) Parallels desktop Windows 7 Pro Solid Edge ST4 The only problem I've had was when I was playing around with windows itself. Big big lock-up, 2 power off from the wall reboots before it finally booted up. The Mac side was fine and Parallels was able to rebuild windows somehow so everything sweet, thank heavens haha. I came across something in windows which highlights your original point. There is a box (yet another box) which can run a test to rate your comp for Aero. In any other reality it would have been rated from 1 - 10 or 1 - 100 or such like. This was rated from 1 - 7.9 ... WTF? Anyway, my setup rated 5.5 overall which isn't an average (oh no) but the lowest score, which just happened to be the ram, to be expected from a 3-4 year old machine. But the processor rated 7.2 I can't rate VW for Architectural use, I haven't used any other packages. My advice, if VW drives you crazy have a good look around and see if something else works better. And if you do find something change to it as quickly as you can, it will save countless hours and so much emotional damage. As an aside if you are an engineer who used Machine Design, try Solid Edge. It is quite simply brilliant. My rating, VW 2.8 ... SE 7.9 Kim
  4. Only one extra problem I've found so far, a data field in a database record won't accept " (as in ?7/8"). All the other bugs/problems etc are still there so you could say,everything normal ... Flaky, unstable, confused ...
  5. Yes ... Upgrade to VW 11 ...
  6. If you render your model with a plain colour background then export it as an image file it is then an easy step in Pixelmator or Photoshop to remove the background and place the model on a photo. Using the editing tools will create an almost seamless finished view, as long as you have your perspective right on the model.
  7. Ok, don't quote me, but word is they have found the problem and it has been fixed for VW2011 ... glory be, praise the ... well, whatever you feel the need to ... the short term fix, as suggested, boils down to not using 3d symbols. I'm still a little skeptical, pretty sure I've had a few PIO's flip on me too. So what I've done is make a new file. I'm rebuilding each, what would have been symbol, making it a group, adding associated records, classes etc and using this as my 'symbol' file. Just copy and paste as needed into the model drawing. You'll probably have to change all your search criteria if you use spreadsheets for parts-list/Bom etc in your templates and also throw out the symbols. Rather than just throw them away altogether, when I get a chance, I'm going to try converting to group and save them in a separate 'symbols' file but I'm a bit rushed to have a major 'cok-up' at the moment. Means the file gets a bit bigger (heaps) this way but not having to re-assemble the %## thing every morning is well worthwhile. So far so good ... Apart from that I got to say the modeling in 2010 is brilliant, being able to actually work in the 3d envelope instead of trolling around in 2d really brings it to life. Throw in 3d constraints, 3d dimensions and some real engineering design & documentation tools, ala Pro-engineer, and we are onto a winner ...
  8. You might be right actually Peter. When i first got this mac, even though the screen was far crisper than my previous 20", the menus and especially all the tools in VW, many of which were new to me as I updated from 11.5 at the same time, where impossible to decipher, far to small for my old eyes. But just now I've been playing with the resolutions and yes I have to agree, everything is crisper on full res. Even the smudges I've got forming in the top right of the screen ... I'll qualify my first post. Although OSX isn't resolution independent yet but if the UI elements/text are too small for your old eyes, try changing your res settings, it won't be as crisp, however you may be able to read them without leaning forward ... I don't think the work space actually changes, you see what you see ...
  9. 1920 x 1080 ... I was very surprised too. I would have thought everything would look somehow grainy but it doesn't. Photo's appear to have the same clarity, even my desktop pic looks identical. I've had my son with far better eye's than me look at it and he agrees there is no loss in clarity of anything except the interface elements. The menus don't look quite as crisp but I'm prepared to accept that in exchange for being able to read them again.
  10. I changed my resolution, makes absolutely no difference to screen real-estate and I can actually see the various icons etc again
  11. Another observation ... I have a model with framework made from 50 x 50 x 3 RHS, created with the Square tubing-3D tool. On opening the drawing the horizontal pieces have unrotated back to vertical. Using the 3D cursor I can select each one however when I select one and then select the rotate tool I am only offered 2D rotation capabilities. Create an new piece identical to the first, select it then the rotate tool and 3D rotation options appear. Select the unrotated one again and only 2D options. Note the OIP is saying it is 3D Square Tubing.
  12. Try selecting the object/surface and use Menu>Modify>Convert to Nurbs command. This can get rid of a lot of extraneous matter ... Note the command may be under a different Menu in 2008 ...
  13. The viewports are just views of the actual model and are a snap shot of the condition of the model at the time they are created/updated. The one thing that seems to appear with everyone is changing class visibility (possibly layer vis too?). I don't think it is the navigation pane as such since it was happening as far back as V11.5, to my knowledge, and that version didn't have the pane. Somehow changing visibility seems to interfere with the rotation ... Glad I'm not the programmer who has to find this one, but whoever it is I hope they are really good, really fast, already on to it and get it fixed real soon ... As an aside, my email will only allow me to send 20mb emails, is there another way to send files to bugsubmit? I would prefer to send them whole files rather than having to strip stuff out, which may be part of the problem.
  14. Excellent Pat, takes the trial and error out of it. Which got me to wondering if there is a way to associate, or lock, a dimension object to 2 points then alter the dimension to the desired size. In this case place 2 loci on a given length then group them with the image object, using the loci as the locking points for the dimension. I don't think this is possible but if anyone does know a way ... ?
  15. Another trick from the 'dirty deeds done cheap' department when I get a poorly dimensioned drawing, or sketch as I refer to them, is to scan the drawing, import it into VW as an image. Draw a line to a length you can determine on the drawing. Now it's just a matter of resizing the image until the known length on the drawing is as close as necessary to the line length. This may take several zooms, repositioning's and attempts to get it just right. And make sure you hold the shift key down while doing this resizing! Now create another layer and draw over the top as you would normally. Saves all the thinking, I make mistakes when I think ...
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