Has anyone had any luck running SW or E-drawings on a tablet? We need to equip some of our employees with a mobile viewer on the production floor and I'm looking for options.
You could try a Remote Desktop APP. I had Splashtop on my iPad, and was quite succesfull accessing SW via remote desktop to my Workstation.
I assume when you say "tablet" you're referring to windows based tablets? eDrawings and SolidWorks will run fine on windows based tablet pc's. In fact eDrawings will have some additional features enabled automatically, like freehand pen for redlineing. With SolidWorks, you'll certainly want to make sure you have enough juice. But todays tablet PC's come with 64bit OS's, 4 Gig of memory and core i5 processors. These will run SolidWorks quite well! Also bare in mind that some tablets come as "convertables"...ie smaller form factor laptops whose screen swivels; so you always have standard kbd/mouse control if you need it. Others come with pens, which make a lot of the fine motor push/touch/select actions a bit easier in someting as precise as selecting edges of a model, while others rely solely on finger input.
Yes, I agree all of these are possibilities. I was hoping someone would be able to say "Yes, I've done it with _____ tablet and it worked like a charm.", or "Don't try to run it with less than ____ computational power". Just polling the community for experience.
Also, Any compatibilty with Android?
No, SolidWorks is not compatible with Android or iOS. You need a Windows 7 tablet.
Thanks Anna. Any comment on the two statements I've left with blanks?
I do not own any tablets. SolidWorks runs fine on my 2nd generation MacBook Air (with all the options) that is Bootcamped with Windows 7 Pro x64. It will crash if I push the MBA to far with a big model, but that is to be expected.
I also use splashtop and it works great with a good wireless signal. That way the computer im remoted into does all the hard work.
+3 for SplashTop...it was an Amazon free app of the day not too long ago. Works great on my Motorola XOOM.
Adrian - weren't you using GoToMyPC at one time? If so, how do they compare?
Remote desktoping is one thing and I've also seen some great solutions. GoToMyPC is extremely impressive as well allowing fairly good experience driving SolidWorks from a smartphone. (I haven't tried splashtop).
But to answer Paul's direct question a bit more...
I can say that I have used a couple of windows based tablet machines with SolidWorks and eDrawings.
Both the "samsung series 7" and an Acer (which I don't recall the model of). These are both true Windows7 (and soon to be Windows8) supported tablets. They come with some docking options which allow them to function just like a desktop/laptop at your desk. But undocked, you can use touch (finger and an accurate active-digitizer pen). As I mentioned above, these tablets come with some nice specs these days...core i5 processors, 64bit OS, 4GB+ RAM. I was able to load models in SolidWorks and perform PhotoView 360 renders just as fast as my Lemovo laptop.
Ron, what do you think on cheap chinese tabets with 7" IPS 1280x800 screen for remote desktopping / solidworking? I managed to arrange some tests but currently no one is run yet. Actually, 7" looks too bad or fairly acceptable?
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