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I definately agree, there are far too many mouseclicks
and scrollwork in Solidworks. The tree shoud also be configurable
what to show. The tree is more an on screen database with a lot
of useless information like annotations, design binder, solid bodies
which are always visable and cause unnecessairy scrollwork.
These should be under an additional mouseclick instead of always
visable. The property managers are the worst when working with
multiple windows, you have to scroll all the time only to see your commands.
Only Solidworks has this type of Scrollwork, no other CAD system
has a userinterface that is restricted to the size of the window like
in Solidworks which causes Scrollworks and lots of unnecessairy mouseclicks.
The user interface misses common sense and basic efficiency and it only
gets worse every release. It might be easy to learn but it is terrible to
drive once you are an experienced user. Shorcuts in the past could fix
almost everything but since the property manager you are forced to
using the mouse twice as much and Solidworks changed into Scrollworks.
this has (finally) been fixed in SW07
Another example of two many clicks is when you RMB click a part in an assembly that has multiple configs and the part opens to the the last saved config instead of the config in the assembly. For some reason SW considers the last saved config the "active" config instead of the one that is already in session via the assembly. So to get to the config that is in the assembly you then have to switch the part's config once the part is open. At least give the option to open a specific configuration as the part is being opened.
When changing the configuration of a part/subassembly for all configurations in an assembly...you have to right CLICK the component, CLICK "component properties", then CLICK the desired config, then CLICK the "configurations" button, which gives you a seperate window, where you CLICK "all configurations" then CLICK "ok" to exit that window, then CLICK "ok" to exit the first window.
How about taking some CLICKs out of this process (moving all the options from the configurations window to the component properties window would be a good start.)
This is just one example of many where it takes waaaay too many clicks to accomplish a simple task. It'd be great if the SW usability group (Jim Wilkinson, Mark Gibson, et al) would start a thread "Where can we eliminate clicks"
What a great topic. Why don't you start one?
Would you believe they used to be there? They moved it back in 03 or 04. I would also like to shorten this tedious process.