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I had an issue with resetting the menus due to the greyed out button.
I was told that sometime ago there was ER/SPR but due to the lack of 'complaints' is was closed.
Just checked mine and it is simular to yours. It is not active and greyed out.
Ok, guys, thanks for looking into it.
If it's an SPR it can be just closed? without fixing it? Interesting didn't know that.
From the Knowledge Base:
'Reset All' and 'Menu Bar' buttons in Menus of Customize never enable.
From my information, this SPR is still open.
Interesting. It is open, and shows as "high" customer impact. Wish they had dates on this stuff.
can you verify when it was opened?
I was under the impression from my VAR that it had been closed and was re-opened.
This is a off topic but it shows how importent a user interface is.
I have been looking at PTC Soliddesigner, Spaceclaim, Solid Edge and reading
the newsgoups about the latest Solid Edge NX with the direct editing tricks.
It is a promising technology but not new, it all depends on how
good the user interface works and appearantly a Windows
user interface does't work very good for a lot of users of Solid Edge NX.
As it seems (www.eng-tips.com) there are a lot of users not happy
about it especially because the user interface has gotten less efficient
with more Windows inefficiencies when compared to older versions.
Why don't Cad software companies think about the best possible
CAD user interface instead of a Windows interface. Windows changes
all the time and can we really say things have improved? It is sometimes
wasting money and wasting mouseclicks and mousemovements
to be Windows compliant.
The S shortcut command is a big improvement in Solidworks and
it seems Solidworks is listening. But for some reason they just
can't make things right the first time.
Another roblem with Solidworks is that important functionality can
stop working any new release for any reason. We have important
functionality that used to work from somewhere in 1997 till
SW2005 which should now be requested as an enhancement.
Does this make sense to upgrade?
We use shortcuts and macros for almost everything, once you can
work in this way you can avoid the Solidworks userinterface as
much as possible. This gives us at least +50% more efficiency
than the standard Solidworks user interface.
This is the best way to avoid UI problems and inefficiencies.
There is another big advantage when you use another Cad program
with the same shortcuts.
There is no such thing as Solid Edge NX. Solid Edge and NX are two separate products from Siemens, which handle interface, Windows and non-Windows differently.
Windows interfaces make things consistent so they are easier to learn. If you know how to run Excel, you know how to do a lot of stuff in SolidWorks.
The S key is not an improvement. It is just another way of doing things. How exactly do you think it improves things? It requires a key stroke and mouse movement and a click. A hotkey requires just a key stroke. A toolbar requires just mouse movement and a click.
Hi Matt, I do agree with you, a shorkey is the best.
Before the S key you had to move longer distances
with Solidworks out of the box. The distance you
have too move sure does matter.
If you already had your shortkeys setup the S-key is useless
I don't use the S-key anyway.
I don't mind if the userinterface would not be windows
compliant, as long as it is fast to use and that is something
else than easy to learn.
I don't like that every window has it's own tree and
propertymanager. With a couple of windows open you don't have
any graphical space left because there is too much user interface in
every window. You either need to scroll or Windows maximize just
to see your "userinterface" in the property manager when having some
When working on one part this won't be a problem, but when
always doing large assemblies it is an inefficient userinterface.
I think that one window (part, assembly or drawing) should be able
configure to only have graphical information and there could be one general tree/property manager which should update according to the active document.
I don't like to go to a tree to the side of the screen for simple
things like editing text or a dimensions prefix or a mate, it just needs
too much mouse displacement and it causes timeloss. For me a
small popup would be much better, but in Solidworks userinterfaces
like to be big. If that is not windows compliant then I would rather use
a non windows compliant CAD system.
Most people accept the userinterface of Solidworks especially because
it is easy to learn but my opinion is that there are structural errors in the
user interface that cause an enormous amount of unnecessairy scrolling,
resizing windows, mousemovements mouseclicks etc and it is extremely
inefficient with graphical CAD area.
This might be the reason that running a dual monitor configurations
was a number 1 request a while ago.
I am using a 27" and I think that is more than enough if every window
doesn't have it's own user interface. If the monitor is bigger or if you
use two big monitors, you have to turn your head all the time which is
also inefficient in my opinion. But given the userinterface like it is
now with it's inefficient use of Cad area I can understand why users
like to work with two monitors.
Solidworks has a well good API, it has saved us a lot of mouseworks and Scrollworks.
now I know its not the best way, but couldn't you save your settings via the reg file, blow away your registry, edit your settings reg file to not change the UI, and then import all your other settings?
I know it starts with [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface] Maybe just the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface\Toolbars] sections is what you want defaulted?
Now this might work, or it might not, so I would backup your settings and try on a copy.
Yeah, that would prolly work, but I haven't felt the need to go through it in that depth yet. It's a little embarassing when people see my drop down menus and they have entries like "asdfasdf" in them. I'm exposed as a half-witted hacker.