With the world moving very quickly in the direction of iPads and the like, what would peoples interest be in software much like eDrawings for these platforms.
Lou Gallo at Solidworks Heard has just done a podcast on this topic. Episode 318 Well worth a listen to.
There is an iPad viewer for Solidworks files. It's called iCAD Professional. We have an AddIn for solidworks that you can download from our website, www.icadprofessional.com The app supports solid cross sections, measurements, mark up, hiding parts, etc. and can handle many common 3d formats.
So I've seen you pimp iCAD on several threads now. Are you the developer of the app? It looks that way when I Googled your name. It's cool if you are, but tell us that instead of using they in your statements.
Fixed. Yeah, I'm the developer, better double check my wording next time...
If you're the developer, what are chances that you could view native SolidWorks models or drawings without having to do the conversion. That would be the sweet spot.
It could be possible, but I'd have to reverse engineer the file format, as it's not an open format. There are no laws against doing that, but it is difficult. The main problem is that CAD files are mathematical representations of the model. To convert that into something that can be viewed takes complex algorithms that have to turn the model into a bunch of triangles. By doing the hard work on the PC, (meshing and conversion), models load instantly and are very responsive rather than taking minutes to load. They are also much smaller files. A 100MB assembly might end up being a few MB converted. I'll look into what it might take to reverse engineer, but I wouldn't expect it very soon.
please have iCAD for Android as well once you've fine tune your App, you can pick up the market share where edrawings not there yet.
Do we really care how much Apple has over 2x Android's market share, since 80% of the people who own an iPad are high school kids and old folks.? IF this is these type of market share they're focusing on, I wish them best of luck.
They might want to take a second look around and do a real market analysis on how many Solidworks users (engineers or technical folks actually own an ipad), they might be supprised and think again.
We only use Android tablets in all our labs to avoid connectivity issues for easy usb cable to interface with existing computer, removable SD cards to load data when on the go when no internet connection and HDMI cable to interface with your existing TV for presentation.
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