eDrawings for iPad:
This podcast cover the much awaited mobile move for DS SolidWorks to finally ship a native SolidWorks viewer on mobile devices. Their decision was to move on eDrawings on one platform, the iPad. Topics covered:
- A brief overview and first impressions
- What eDiPad does for iPad users
- What can be "seen" from a SolidWorks published eDrawing
- What can be "seen" from an a modified eDrawing from eDrawings Pro.
- What needs to be in version 2
- Future wish list
- Overall thoughts for this V1 app from DS SolidWorks
For years users have waited for SolidWorks to make a move on mobile and finally the start of this movement took place this past week. Although shipping an iPad only app would have been fine 1.5 years ago, in today's mobile market where Android, a 50% market leader in mobile operating systems, was not addressed in their mobile strategy. The decision to also not ship the new mobile app on phone platforms on either iOS or Android has also ruffled a few feathers as well.
eDrawings for iPad is a much need app to offer native viewing solutions for SolidWorks, DXF/DWG, DraftSight and Pro/Engineer files. Support for the "Open In.." functionality, iPad users can open these data sets from Mail, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box.Net and other application throughout the device.
Other then the overall out cry for support for Android, the real miss was not providing the productivity tool sets eDrawings users want like markup and measure. I hope this application can be more operating system egoistic and provide the tools that allow "users on the go" to get productive work done. I have done extensive testing and have posted my compatibility chart here. ~Lou