SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 284 - 3dvia Composer V6R2011

3dvia Composer V6R2011:

This podcast details the new enhancements in the latest release of 3dvia Composer V6R2011 outlined in the release notes.  Topics covered:

- Enhancements to product structure (Assemblies and import)

- Updates and changes to authoring (Views, hatching, linking, collaboration)

- Changes in system properties and workshorps (FKA task panes)

- User Interface streamlining (Gizmos, modes, tool tips, etc)

- Documentation enhancements

- Changes to API, Removed features, system requirements

After a few weeks of using this newly released version of 3dvia Composer V6R2011, it is apparent to me that SolidWorks and Dassault are making strives to add uniformity to the interfaces of their various product lines. 2011's updates to the UI have brought familiarity and consistency to the software, especially for those of us who use both 3DVC and SolidWorks.

I listed my top 5 enhancements on the blog this week and even mentioned that one of my favorite additions, Magnet Lines, I hope to see within SolidWorks in the next few releases.  With interactive icons like drag handles, fly up cursor menus, tooltips, and even drag rulers, SolidWorks and 3dvia Composer feel like sister products.  The sharing of technology between these two products, I believe, will bring greater adoption in the long run and the more recognition of CAD-specified attributes will lower the barrier to those who are tasked to use both tools.  2011 seems to bring with it enough "needed" features to warrant anyone using 2010x or earlier to migrate to it. ~Lou

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