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Jim Smith

We need a new metaphor


Back in the days when a colour monitor was an expense one had to fight hard for, I evaluated several CAD options & chose Mini Cad 3 in large part due to what one of my staff at the time said "oh, that looks like the paper I work on now".


The reason some users are attracted to SU is not just because it's free (ish) but rather it is because it's what people are used to & VW could learn a lesson here. I feel that VW has an real advantage over many other drawing packages in terms of drawing management, but I think the software is getting too far away from Drawing Pictures & too caught up with engineer style of YTSIB* .


This maybe too much for the present software & I know that others have spoken about this on many other threads, but I would really appreciate a more straightforward visual way of managing and editing EVERYTHING in the programme with a double click. I know there will still be some YTSIB but I guess we need the main functions to be more like drawing. 


I don't pretend to know the first thing about how programming design works but if I can use an example from my world, we often think of how the building will look, then move to the specifics of how to build it. This is the kind of re-think that VW should consider. 


Please don't see this as shade on VW or the great people who've made it my tool of choice for over 25 years, rather a wish to change VW & to see VW prosper.


*You Type Stuff Into Boxes

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