Submit your ideas for SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten List

It’s that time of year again!  Time to submit your ideas on how to enhance SolidWorks for the SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten list!  Please sign on the SolidWorks Forums website and goto SolidWorks World 2013 and the Top Ten List.    This is a list of enhancements you would like to see in future releases of SolidWorks.  It’s under the Ideas tab.  Starting on November 7th, the list is open for idea creation only.  To add an Idea for voting, click on the Create an Idea link in the upper right menu on the Ideas tab.

Starting December 5th the list will close to idea creation and will open up for voting. You are allowed to vote for as many ideas as you like. Voting will close on January 5th and the Top Ten List will be announced at SolidWorks World 2013!

This is an easy way to tell us how you use SolidWorks and how we can improve it to meet your needs. So please start thinking of what new functionality you would like to see, post your idea, and vote on it! We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

SolidWorks World 2012 Top Ten Voting is in full swing!

The annual vote for the top ten requested enhancements for SolidWorks World 2012 is in full swing right now.   The format for this year’s Top Ten changed from previous years.  Last year, some ideas didn’t get noticed if they were submitted late in the process.  As a result, they received fewer votes, not because they weren’t desired, but because they didn’t have as long as other ideas to gather votes.

For SolidWorks World 2012, the system is more fair.  All ideas where submitted prior to voting.  On January 3, 2012, voting was opened.  So far, the response has been great, with some surprizes.  If you haven’t done so since the 3rd and you have an active subscription, check out this year’s Top Ten list, and place your thumbs-up or thumps-down for new functions that you’d like to see added to SolidWorks.  It doesn’t take too long to go through the list, so I would actually encourage anyone to vote on as many items as is practical.

Drawing ER Blitz results are in

The results are in for the SolidWorks Drawing ER Blitz by Dwight Livingston.  He listed the results in order of popularity.  Here are the topic five.

  1. 60% Provide hole callouts for holes in non-planar surfaces.
  2. 59% Greatly reduce drawing user interface delays.
  3. 55% Provide the ability to item balloon sub assemblies that are inserted after the BOM is created using the Top assembly, ie 3.9 from BOM in a separate sub assembly.
  4. 54% Provide option in view properties window to add view title and/or view scale to view.
  5. 54% Create ability to combine multiple identical hole callouts in a single callout with a combined quantity.

It surprizes me a little that the view title/scale issue is in the top five.  That’s why we vote, though!  The top five seems to be a list that spreads across several difference topics, with a bias towards hole callouts.  In general, the list seems to put a higher priority for dimensioning and more ability to control tables.  It seems to put a lower priority of symbol functionality and handling.  There is a common complaint that broken views cannot be added to detail views.  For whatever reason, this appears low on the list.

The list is a bit surprizing.  Of particular note, very few items even got a majority vote.