There’s something going on over at the SolidWorks Drawings Discussion Forum.Â There has been an on-going project consisting of users working together to form a list of requests to improveÂ SolidWorks’ drawing functionality.Â It all started out with a posted message that was simple, yet poignant by user RYAN W.
When is solidworks ever going to focus on drawings for a new release? Of all the parts in SW I think it needs the most improvement. When ever I find a bug or have a problem in SW it usually is in drawings. I think it would be great to have a new release focus on this area.
From there, the discussion evolved.Â Â Users started going intoÂ what they would like to see added to SolidWorks’ drawing functionality.Â Others brought upÂ bugs they found.Â Somewhere in the discussion, Dwight Livingston took the baton.Â HeÂ compiled list of eighteen improvements from everyone’s comments.Â It included requests such “Create option to attach the ASME symbol for ALL AROUND to the bend of a leader”, “Change SW tables to have basic spreadsheet functions, without MS Excel”, “Create option to add a new centermark to an existing centermark group”, and “Create feature to embed custom symbols in drawing files”, just to name a few.Â
ThisÂ list has receivedÂ considerable enthusiasm and hasÂ taken on a life of its own; itÂ grew in scope and size in a second thread titled What Drawing Functionality Does SolidWorks Need to Improve?.Â Finally, Mr. Livingston formalized the discussion under the threadÂ SolidWorks Drawings ER Blitz, with the intent to finish compiling the list of requests by Sept 17, 2008.Â By now, the list is over 40 individual items in about 15 categories.Â Some of the categories are DRAWING EXPORT, DIMENSION, HOLE CALLOUTS, GD&T, and SYMBOLS.
Now, unofficially, I can say that SolidWorks Corp is aware of this list.Â Â It is my impression that it will not be ignored.Â That is not to say that every item will be dutifully explored and implemented right away.Â There are many factors that go into decisions as to which improvements to work on first and when to implement them.Â At the very least,Â SolidWorks Corp is listening.
PleaseÂ checkÂ out the current list.Â If so inclined, please feel free to voice your own thoughts about items on this list and mention anyÂ new items that need to be added.Â What’s been bugging you?Â What bugsÂ need fixing? Where does SolidWorks not allow you to detail something per ASME or ISO standards without some heinous workaround?Â Where is SolidWorks drawing functionality still lacking?Â What functionality can be added to increase efficiency?Â