Be sure and tell this to your VAR. Tell it to your SW area manager. If
you're going to SW World, tell it to any SW people you talk to. The best way
to get something fixed is to let SW know that the competition does it
Tripod Data Systems
"take the garbage out, dear"
I was going to compare as I went along with learning SE. Time was not
on my side though. However, the drafting packages in both products do
bear some comparison.
For example, I can pull a drawing into SE without its part, work on it
and file it. Imported dimensions have a problem, but not the manual
On an ISO view I can:
I know they monitor the group. But the group can do the most important work
and that is flooding SW with enhancement requests.
It seems like SE took the time to think through this side of things and did
what is right instead of what is popular. The thing I find daunting about
SE is that they try to control how you work and put things that should be
grouped together in several different places. For example, the control of
dimensions is pretty decent, but I still haven't found out how to get
fractions or dual dimensions. I'm pretty sure it is in there though.
Their smart dimension is dumb as a box of rocks compared to SW. But you can
have the smartest smart dimension in the world and if the basic
functionality isn't there it is of no help.
Jerry Steiger wrote:
One of the important qualities of a drafting system is control of line
weights when plotting. Especially when blue lines are to be made line
width becomes very important. SolidWorks 2005 does a fair job of this
as far as line fonts for the views. But there is a problem with
annotations. SolidWorks uses the normal line font for annotation
symbols. If the normal font, the one that by default defines the
outline of the part, is set to, say, .6mm, then the annotation symbols
will be drawn with this line font also. This doesn't look very good
unless bold fonts are used for lettering because .6mm is the thicker of
the two widths in the standard.
Thanks Wayne. As you surmised I am in SP0 of SW2005 for this "test".
However, I am not using blocks. Maybe I wasn't quite clear about what
I was finding. When printing I set the system line widths to .3mm for
thin, .6mm for normal and heavy. This makes the lines used for symbols
print at .6mm. I am not sure the symbols are treated as blocks, but I
will try your fix.