We Asked…They Listened! eDrawings Pro for iPad is Here!

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Back in May DS SolidWorks ventured into the mobile app platform by releasing its popular eDrawings for iPad app.

Overall, the app was really good right from the beginning both in functionality and stability however there were enhancements that the community requested that would make the app even better.  I also had a few enhancements that I requested in my original review of the app.

Well now a lot of those enhancements are available in the new eDrawings Pro for iPad app that went live in the Apple iTunes Store this morning.  The app is currently on sale for $4.99 (for 30 days) and after that will be $9.99.  Here is the official description and screenshots from the iTunes app page.

Special Introductory Price for a limited time!

eDrawings® Pro for iPad is the professional 2D and 3D CAD collaboration app for the iPad that can view native SolidWorks® files (part, assembly, drawings), eDrawings files, and DraftSight® (DWG™, DXF™) files. You can easily view models and access configurations, drawing sheets, and exploded views for eDrawings files published from SolidWorks and all other supported CAD software.

Markup! Measure! Section!  eDrawings® Pro for iPad takes you to the next level of 2D and 3D collaboration with more functionality, including dynamic cross section views, measurements, markups and annotations, and the unique ability to share it all by email!

With a brand new intuitive user interface and improved performance, eDrawings® Pro for iPad enables you to dynamically view cross sections of your models in XY, YZ, or ZX directions from both sides and easily drag the cross section plane on screen or with a convenient slider. You can also measure distances in your designs, with easy-to-use selection filters for faces, edges, vertices, and holes.

With eDrawings® Pro for iPad you can create markups on your drawings, including text notes, freehand notations, dimensions, cross-section views, photos, and camera snapshots.

You can share your marked up eDrawings files with others for review and further comments. All markups with history are saved within the eDrawings file.

Features:

* New intuitive and easy-to-use user interface

* Significant performance improvements for opening, viewing, and interacting with all types of models

* Open 3D (EASM, EPRT, SLDASM, SLDPRT), 2D (EDRW, SLDDRW, DWG, DXF), and associated files from any source: email attachments, cloud storage services (Dropbox™, Google Drive™, SkyDrive®, YouSendIt®, and others), email, web and FTP sites, networks, and iTunes® File Sharing

* Zoom, pan, and rotate your 3D and 2D CAD data using multi-touch

* Browse your assembly components tree, model configurations and drawing sheets

* Hide, show, or make components transparent

* Select View mode: standard orthogonal views, shaded with edges, perspective view

* Play animated 3D standard views as well as 2D drawing views

* View your designs in full screen and double tap to fit it on screen

* Double tap zooms to drawing views

* Markup your designs and send to others, and read others’ markups

* Measure your design data

* View cross sections of your 3D designs

* Sample files included

For more information, visit: http://www.edrawingsviewer.com

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I currently use the eDrawings for iPad app quite often and it has brought a whole new aspect to how I can do business with my customers.  Because of this I am EXCITED to see and test out the new Pro version.

As soon as I have had time to mess around and test it, I will post a follow up review here so STAY TUNED!

eDrawings for iPad – NOW AVAILABLE!

Cover PhotoAs most of you probably know by now because of all the various media outlets that are at your fingertips, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks launched its 1st mobile platform app (not including the SolidWorks WORLD apps) yesterday morning.

For quite some time now, users have been asking for a CAD viewer that they can carry around with them on their phones & tablet style computers.  With the launch yesterday of eDrawings for iPad, we are starting to see this become a reality.  At this time, it is only available on the iPad but I can only imagine that this is just the gateway to more mobile applications that will come out of SolidWorks.

I have not personally had time to really sit down and go through this app BUT I have downloaded it and fired it up to see what it has to offer.  At 1st glance, it is really nice.

eDrawings for iPad allows you to open native SolidWorks parts, assemblies, & drawings AND also DWG and DXF files via either emails, iTunes File Sharing, or internal networks.  You can get a feel for how these files will look on the iPad app.

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On top of just being able to open, zoom, pan, & rotate your models and drawings,

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eDrawings for iPad also allows you to view the configurations & sheets inside your file,

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explode your assemblies with the click of 1 button,

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and dynamically highlight components on your assembly by selecting them in your Feature Manager.

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The File Management screen is broken into 2 “tabs”, 1 that is preloaded with Sample files (which currently you can’t delete as far as I could find) and the other that is for your User Files.

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All in all, this app is really nice for its 1st release and is well worth the cost of $1.99 USD if you have a need for viewing models on the go.

There are some features that I would like to see incorporated into the next releases such as…

  • Ability to link file sharing services such as Dropbox or Box.net directly into this app so that you can open files without having to go to any other apps.
  • The ability to mark up changes and then resend to other users via email
  • The ability to measure and section your parts & models
  • The ability to hide & show components

Don’t get me wrong with the items listed above, this app is READY to go but the above enhancements would really put it over the top in my eyes.

Big time KUDOS to the SolidWorks Management & Development team for making this new platform a reality!

you have options with draftsight

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How much do you use DraftSight?  Is it multiple times a day or is it only once a month or less?  2D CAD is quickly becoming an antique tool but the need for it is still there because of the mass amounts of legacy data that is still out there.

Core DraftSight is a free product that is available on a multitude of operating system platforms.  If you are strictly using DraftSight to access and slightly modify your existing legacy data, core DraftSight is all that you will need and I feel you will be extremely happy with.

However, if you are using DraftSight to create new projects, drawings, etc. you might want to look at the paid DraftSight packages that are available.  Since its inception, 3DS has offered a package call DraftSight Premium Service Pack which is a paid version but it offers you the following additional resources.

  • Telephone and Email Support
  • Network Licensing (minimum of 5 DraftSight licenses required)
  • Access to the DraftSight API’s and API updates

As someone who uses SolidWorks to create and design new projects, the only use I have for DraftSight is to open legacy documents and print or measure items so the above resources / options would be severe overkill for me.

But, yesterday, 3DS announced a new paid service called DraftSight Prosumer Service which again is a paid service but it offers you technical support for installing, activating, configuring, and using DraftSight.  If you are a CAD Admin that ends up installing this on multiple configurations of workstations, this may be a service that should interest you.

Whether is does or doesn’t interest you, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the options that were out there for you in regards to what should be your favorite 2D CAD software.

beta test now to turn off the heat later

Summer is in full swing here in West Michigan this week with the temperatures supposedly sustaining in the upper 90’s all week.  Some of you are probably thinking that it would be nice to have a cool down to those temps but here in West Michigan, people are freaking out.  I would say 90% of the items on my Facebook newsfeed have to deal with how hot it is.

The launch and release of a new version of SolidWorks can usually make CAD Admins feel the heat no matter what the weather is like outside.  If you are a CAD Admin, I am sure you know what I am talking about.  You will here comments like…”2011 worked better than this” or “how come this is different in 2012” or “we should have waited longer to launch 2012”.  At times these comments are valid, however, more often than not, a little research done up front can eliminate 95% of these snide remarks.

How to Turn on the Air Conditioning?

Every year SolidWorks offers all of their current subscription customers the opportunity to beta test the next release of the software.  This is a great opportunity for you, whether you are the CAD Admin, a power user, or just a user to test out the normal functions that you do every day.  This way, when you are ready to launch the next version to the masses at your company you have developed a comfort level that the software will or will not function properly in your unique design environment.

How to Beta Test?

Simple – click on this link and sign up!  SolidWorks 2012 Beta

Also, take note that on that same website there is some other really useful information such as Beta Testing Tips and the current Beta 2012 Leaderboard.  Leaderboard?  That’s right…while you are doing yourself a favor by testing out the software before it gets released to the masses, you can also when some sweet prizes which are listed here.

So there you go!  Get out of the sauna and start beta testing today!

season of change

Bertrand%20SicotYesterday, in a shocking press release, Dassault Systemes announced that their will be a switch in leadership at SolidWorks Corporation.

Bertrand Sicot (left) will be taking over for Jeff Ray as CEO of SolidWorks.  Jeff, who has held this position since 2007, has been appointed the Executive Vice President of Global Operations and also has become a member of the executive committee of SolidWorks parent company, Dassault Systemes.

Bertrand has been working at SolidWorks since 1997 in sales, both in Europe and in the United States.

As of right now I have not seen a time frame of when this change will take place.  I am hoping to talk to Bertrand at SolidWorks WORLD 2011 in a couple of weeks to find out more information about the change.

solidworks in the app store?

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SolidWorks on the iPhone is officially here!

Officially released on November 1, 2010, SolidWorks finally has a presence in the Apple App store.  Now it is not the app that I think most of us were looking and asking for recently but it is a start.

This app is a marketing tool that shows all of their products with links to the whitepapers on their website, it includes videos of their products but also has a link to the SolidWorks Innovation Conference 2011 which starts today.

I am interested to see how it exactly interfaces with the conference today.  Will I be able to watch video?  Will it be just audio?  I guess only time will tell.

Like I said, most of us have been asking for some sort of a SolidWorks viewer on the iPhone / iPad but at least this is a start.  Maybe this is their trial run at writing code for more apps.

Download it and let me know what you think about the new app!

draftsight is taking over

logo_solidworks 2d editorAs speculated earlier this year, SolidWorks Corporation is officially retiring SolidWorks 2D Editor (formally known as DWG Editor) when SolidWorks 2012 is released.  In an announcement sent to their reseller network it states that the link will be removed from the SolidWorks Customer Portal.

To allow an adequate transition period, the SolidWorks 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SolidWorks 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed.

via CATI Tech Notes

Speculation started the beginning of July when Dassault Systemes released a new product called DraftSight which is also a free 2D CAD Editor.  I personally do not have a problem with this as I think that DraftSight is a nicer/better program than what SolidWorks previous 2D programs were.

What are your thoughts about this product retirement?  Have you tried DraftSight yet?  Have you tried DraftSight on the Mac yet?