I will say somethings are better, but some are just silly & then many didn't get fixed at all
My early reviews:
Performance seems to be better for large jobs
The home command seems to work again, YEAH!
HLR edges are now shown on a hidden object - this only took 2 years to fix
You can rename mark-ups again - but here's a silly bug that just shows the testing is not up to par
rename a mark-up using all caps - take a look at E,F,G - they actually don't go to CAPS
EVEN using SHIFT you cannot capitalize these letters - except if it's the 1st letter
Component tree still doesn't match the SWX tree
Undo still doesn't undo a moved object
Still not a normal view button, still can't hide annotations (sketches)
Now the big one - edrawings with annotations / 3D views are still stupid slow to load
Hey, I can actually say something was fixed this SP - not the most important thing but at least I can physically show some type of improvement
maybe 2017 we will have a good solid product, not holding my breath though
We tested on a couple machines this morning and the speed seems to be a little better but it is still much slower than 2014 and is still unusable for our manufacturing floor. Opening a large file still allows us time to get a cup of coffee and relax (I guess that is one good benefit).
I wanted to update this with input from other users.
Other users are reporting that the speed is faster. I had tested edrawings on the machines that gave us the most problems and they are still slow. The users that reported better speeds are on normal laptops.
SW 2014 SP03
EPDM 2016 SP02
That's great to hear that you are seeing the performance improvements. The eDrawings team has been working hard to address this issue. Would you mind sharing the specs on those still troubled machines? This will help us trouble shoot. Thanks!
Also, not sure if this would help. I visited a customer in Sanger, CA in June where I saw a very clever setup on the shop floor where thin client machines were running eDrawings off of a powerful server elsewhere in the facility. The eDrawings were running at amazing speeds viewing large assemblies. It was at ADCO Manufacturing. Quite an impressive setup.
I wish we could say the same here but performance improvements are very little
Especially with annotations - the load time is still brutal
Small improvements made but still a regression - there are still many things that work in 2014 that do not in 2014
- order of component tree
- hiding annotations (SWX skecthes)
- view rotation on multi config jobs
-using normal to view
- measurement tool staying active
-CAPS for mark-ups
-Saving & loading mark-ups into updated designs crashes
-Annotations not showing until woken up
I have so many ideas for enhancements too, but the core program is still a work in progress
Thanks for the message Chin-loo. I think the thin clients might be a good idea so we are starting to look into that. The machines that are slow are Intel Atoms CPU D525 @ 1.80ghz 1.79 GHZ with 4 gig of ram. They are small and never have been fast which is why we think the thin clients may be a good idea.
The documentation group is thankful for the added speed. They don't use all of the features that James's group does.
Have a good day.
Our manufacturing and quality departments use e-drawings to view solidworks drawings. It is very disturbing when various items from the symbols library do not show up on the drawing. For example, Maximum Material Condition in Geometric Tolerances shows up as an empty circle, the M disappears. We are counting on eDrawings to work properly. This is costing us a lot of wasted time and the risk of bad parts getting through inspection. Not a good bargain. Very unhappy here. We have tens of thousands of drawings here, not enough time to make a PDF of each one.
Have you filed an Enhancement request through the SolidWorks support page? This sounds like it would be a good enhancement to get this fixed.
This not exactly an "enhancement", it is just fixing something that used to work just fine.
What a joke - trying to get annotations fixed in edrawings
So this huge issue was identified back in MAY, with a formal SPR submitted
large designs with annotations take forever to load in edrawings
I was told SWX will see what they can do to fix this issue in possibly SP4 - 2016
Then i was told it's fixed in 2017 & they are trying to back fix it in 2016
So 2017 pre-release comes out & surprise surprise no fix in sight
So I inquire & what's going on?
Now they are saying it might be fixed in SP3 - April 2017
Are you kidding me!
Why am I paying for support again?
They build features that make designs unusable in edrawimgs & can't fix it for a year
How is this acceptable?
This would not fly in the real world I tell you, If I sold something to my customer & it doesn't work
I would not lead him along for 6 months then tell him maybe he will see a fix next year
So, here it is, my last rant on this topic until I can officially say it's fixed (2018?)
We have asked for years for a solution to edrawing marks up disappearing when you hide a part or rotate your view
I was told to try annotations because they will stay active
Well they do stay on the screen & you can do some pretty cool stuff. Yes there are a ton of bugs with them especially when you have multiple configurations. But the biggest issue is load time in edrawings goes from 2 minutes to possibly 10 to 20 minutes depending on your computer - no way this is acceptable.
So back in May this was identified with support, I was told they will look into it. Then I was told they think they have it fixed in 2017, now I am being told it will be fixed next year, maybe April? To be honest we are very disappointed to say the least
We have decided at this point that we can no longer proceed with doing some jobs with mark-ups & others with annotations when it’s feasible. This does not deliver a consistent quality project to our customer or our team members. Quality & consistency are a trade mark of what we do along with serving our customer needs
I wish & use to be able to say the same for SolidWorks
We are reluctantly taking a step backwards in our design technology & presentation of our product.
Considering the edrawing issues have now been dragged out for almost 2 years (Since 2015 was released) we find this unacceptable & has damaged our belief & trust in the product & support. Possibly having a fix 6 months from now is second-rate & doesn’t seem to be too high on their to do lost
Sorry for the negativity but enough is enough
The software is now making me look foolish when I tell our team we will have this fixed & everyone laughs at me
I sympathize with you.
Since 2015 edrawings was released, it's been a time bomb every time I open it for crashing.
2016 was somewhat better, and 2017 beta a tiny bit more.
But it will still crash on me 75% or more of the time when I use it.
It crashes much more on me than SW does, if that tells you anything.
Finally got around to installing SP1 of SWX this morning
I must admit my disappointment continues with edrawings
How can we still not have the correct order in the component tree?
This is getting a little ridiculous now, how does this continue
I have been asking to get this fixed for (2) years now
Finally we have the “normal to” button back, but it doesn’t even work
Are you kidding me, what a joke
Things are half fixed again,
If this was my product I would take a little more pride in it & this wouldn’t fly
Who’s testing this stuff?
Still waiting for some type of fix for "the edrawing killer" - Annotations
How is this acceptable?
Nothing like breaking something we just got fixed
3D view are broken again
Once again annotations are not showing the text again, this was just fixed
AND NOW IT'S BROKEN AGAIN!!!!!!!
Is this software tested with a tiny model with (3) parts
Where is the Quality control on this product?
How does it get this far? We are now looking at 2015,2016 & 2017
(3) years of software that still isn't working properly
Maybe 2018 they will finally get edrawings right????
C'mon people, we need to voice our displeasure & make sure they know this is not acceptable!
We pay good money for this software & the maintenance fees are not cheap
Are you getting your money's worth from the SP's?
I am having a hard time justifying it here