Maybe many of the advanced users don't do drawings much, but I was wondering what others think of drawing productivity (sw2004SP1)? I'm doing my first fixture assembly drawing set in sw2004 and I am very concerned about productivity. Last summer I timed a group of common procedures on sw2003 vs 2001+ and, on average, the time to perform them over doubled. My VAR did the usual denial dance and referred to specific gimmick additions (draft mode, light weight, blah, blah), but refused to discuss stopwatch evidence on specific processes. Now, I did the same thing on sw2004 vs 2003, and again, the time more than doubled. I'm presently working with a small prismatic assembly that should do everything in a blink. Resizing views, placing notes, moving dims, addressing properties, almost anything, is so slow that half the time I think the machine has locked up. Instead of discussing my machine, please note that I still have 2001+ loaded on this machine, and I have some similar old fixtures that haven't been upgraded, and to no surprise, they do indeed run in a comparitive blink. At this time, I don't feel that I can risk running sw2004 on a larger project that is to be underway in a few weeks. I would estimate my time to create a fully detailed drawing set at over double the hours that was required in sw2001+. This is, of course, a serious hit on project design cost. I'm actually considering reverting my library files back to 2001 (I've fortunately kept copies separate from upgrading and all I would lose is some recent models). I took a class in UG a couple of years ago and decided the primitive interface (v18, I think) would have hurt my productivity too much. Sw2001+ was current at that time. Now, I'm starting to wonder. In my business, I think I'll continue to need drawings, and if something doesn't change, I don't think I can stay with swx.
I guess my questions are: Do you think swx has thown in the towel on having a productive drawing process? How are some other MCAD brands doing on this?
Not whining, just opining :) Bill