A few weeks ago I posted about the release of DS SolidWorks latest mobile platform app eDrawings Pro for iPad. Now, after some time checking it out and playing with it, I am ready to give me full blown review of it.
At 1st glance, the app looked like a great tool and once I got settled into using it, I was not disappointed. The folks at DS SolidWorks have done a great job of bringing their popular desktop CAD viewer and most of the tools that it offers to the mobile platform.
About 9-10 months ago I accepted a Sales & New Business Development position (although I am still performing my CAD Admin duties & still use SolidWorks on almost a daily basis) at my company so the need for me to be mobile has become important. When eDrawings for iPad originally came out back in May 2012 I immediately started using it to show customers their own OR similar parts that they could rotate, zoom in or out, etc.
Now, with the availability of eDrawings Pro for iPad, the things myself and our customer or potential customer will be able to do on my iPad will be great!
First and foremost you will notice some differences with the UI included different slide out tabs on each side and less button on the top of the window (see below).
One of my favorite new features (from a sales standpoint) is the ability to go full screen (see below). This will be extremely helpful when multiple people are around a conference room table trying to all look at my iPad.
Next, DS SolidWorks really started listening to the user feedback from eDrawings for iPad and implemented a lot of the tools that are available on the desktop version of eDrawings such as Measure, Section, Markup, Hide/Show Components, & Enable Transparency. See all of these features in action in the pictures below.
When messing around with all of the new features, I did think that the usability could be improved some with responsiveness of the tools and selections. However, keep in mind that the model I was playing with contained 113 components included bolts & fasteners and was 132KBS in size.
The one thing I would really like to still see added is the ability to link up file sharing services right inside of the app so that you don’t have to have an additional app on your iPad to access the files. It would be nice to be able to link your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or Skydrive account directly into the app so that you can quickly pull off files from your web storage.
All in all, this is a GREAT APP and I will give it a 8.5 out of 10 and I will get a lot of use out of this app. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you better do so quickly before the introductory price is $4.99 is changed to $9.99.