I downloaded 2015 this morning and then deleted 2014 before I had gotten into 2015. I hate it! Can I go back to my old version??????????
I tend to agree, edrawings has regressed if installed on a PC, unfortunately edrawings 2014 will not open 2015 files.
It looks like SW are pandering to the IPad / IPhone / touch screen demo market to the detriment of real world users,
it functions better on an IPhone than a high spec workstation.
Rob I don't want to offend you but can you share the issues you're experiencing with 2015 version. This would rather help from SW tech team or other people using edrawings 20145 to look into the issues. I would also encourage you to contact your VAR.
If you still need the 2014 version files, then you can check them under the installation files/media for SW2014 (if you still have them) else you can ask your VAR for them.
Hello Deepak, at the moment I can see 2 major problems with Edrawings.
1. When you hover over graphical parts you do not get a box which tells you the part number from the component tree.
2. Biggest problem - when you have sub assemblies in the drawing (most of our edrawings contain sub assemblies) - if you click on a part on the graphic it will not select/highlight the part in the component tree.
So we mainly provide edrawings for client documentation. You imagine when we have a drawing with over 1000 parts with loads of sub assemblies. How do you find the part number.
We have logged the issue with support team but it seems it has not been previously reported. I cannot understand this.....
I dont mind the layout and look of edrawings changing, but to remove fundamental functionality is not on.
Hi Andrew, thanks a lot for this clarification.
We have these particular issues as a priority at the moment and hope to address them soon. I've recently had these brought up to me as well, and even after months of workflow testing, a few of these details got lost in the shuffle so we appreciate the feedback! It's very useful to pinpoint the specific problems so we can address them directly.
Hello Blake, when will be the release date for these fixes?
Andrew summarized my main gripes, perfectly. Also, I used to have the 6 views in the top right to be able to quickly pick a view. I now have to go look for it.
Configurations used to show as tabs on the bottom. I now have to go look for them.
The measure function does not seem to work as well as it used to either.
2014 was SOOOOOO straight forward and highly functional. 2015 is different, but not better. In fact, it is worse. I expect crap and a lack of user friendliness from Autodesk and Inventor, not from you guys. How about put a link for 2014 back on your website until you get this stuff straightened out? I'm at the point of doing a restore back on my computer to get back to 2014. Should not have to do that.
Agreed, Steve. Group think is what leads an organization to think that everything should look like an iPhone. Sorry guys, that just ain't so!
Seriously, how about a link back to 2014 in the interim????????????????
Hi Andrew, we cannot commit to any specific dates, but our goal is to address them within the next couple SP's.
Blake....Seriously, how about a link back to 2014 in the interim????????????????
Hi Rob, thanks a lot for the feedback, this gives me a better picture of your issues. I will note that adding a HUD like SolidWorks for accessing views and tools has been a long-time request from a lot of user feedback and led to many of the changes in user interface that you mentioned. Our efforts were definitely primarily focused on usability, and many tests were done to review this with others like yourself (with overall positive reactions), but we understand that some of these workflows may require some shifting from the UI that we had for many years now. I can assure you we're always working to improve these workflows, so every release we take input like this to make sure you have a good experience.
As for the measure issues, if you have some specific cases that you've noticed please let me know and we can take a look. Feel free to message me and we can try to work through some of your issues one-on-one if you'd like
If you would rather work with 2014 I would suggest, as Deepak mentioned, to speak with your VAR and discuss what can be done, but you will not be able to read 2015 files as a result.
Thanks Blake. I will restore back to my 2014 and then add 2015 for those times when I simply must use the new one. Looking forward to the updates to 2015. I would not gripe if it were different but still as good. Hopefully that will be rectified soon.
***** How about a "Back" button to undo the last step that you made? *****
Currently, if I have been hiding parts and accidentally hide one part too many, there is no "back" or "undo" function. never has been. I have to "show all" and then begin again. This would be VERY handy. And if you're doing Back, then forward would be great too. Could quickly toggle back and forth between iterations with a customer or vendor.
Great idea Rob, that's definitely on my to-do list! I'm hoping to make that happen soon too
Sorry but I'm not impressed with your answers.
SW has made conscious decisions to remove functionality from this piece of software. This morning I have spent over half an hour trying to figure out how to rotate a model from a view in an Edrawing, something that has never been an issue in the past. Despite SW help telling me "Tools are context-sensitive. The tools that appear depend on the active document type. For example, the Rotate tool appears only in part and assembly documents." I find in fact I can do it by right clicking on the view. I look in "What's new in SW" and I find nothing telling me about the functionality that's been removed, in fact not much of any value at all really. Telling people about the removal of functionality is just as important as telling them about additional functionality.
I'm now left with a dilemma. Either I can send my Edrawing to my colleague and explain how he can rotate views in drawings...and then do much the same every time I send an Edrawing to every new recipient or I send both the drawing and the model. Thanks.
Your reply to Robert seems to broadly translate to " Well if you tell us precisely what piece of functionality we've removed that you object to (by spending your own time checking out, carefully noting every deficiency and then filling in a form) we'll maybe get round to putting some of it back in, maybe in six months time or so."
...and I find that on creating an Edrawing Assy model that my 3DConnexion mouse no longer works properly. It only pans in and out along one axis, no other functionality.
Why did SW decide it was OK to remove that functionality?
Do you mean the Rotate command that is at the top of every graphics area in the new HUD?
We put it at the top of the graphics area so that it would be easy to access, but we would never remove such an important tool from a viewer like eDrawings. Please let me know if this is the issue and maybe we can work on documenting this adjustment in position a bit more clearly. You can also still toggle through the views using the arrow keys and the Animate function at the bottom of the screen.
I'm sorry you feel that I am brushing these off, but that is honestly the exact opposite. We know these are issues and have been working our hardest to address them as soon as possible. You may also note that there was already an issue reported about the 3DConnexion mouse. This was a bug and will likely be fixed in SP2 along with other issues that have been reported to us as well... much sooner than 6 months or so.
Yes, the rotate command which isn't visible when you open a drawing, which still isn't available in the "context sensitive" menu when I select an individual view but is in fact available when I right click on the view but which your help page implies isn't available when you view a drawing.
So, my issue isn't so much that in this instance, you have taken away functionality, it's that you've hidden it and told me that it is no longer available when it actually is.
Aha, I didn't realize you were talking about the 3D mode of a drawing specifically. We are aware of this bug and it is targeted for SP3. I think the documentation is simply implying that you cannot rotate the drawing itself, but you definitely should be able to rotate the model when in the 3D view - I will suggest that we clarify this as well. The 3D view of a drawing is actually functionality not a lot of people know about so I'm glad you are using eDrawings to it's fullest and we will be sure that it is less deceiving in our upcoming fix.
The guys using eDrawings here mentioned that there is a big difference to rotate the model in the new version, more difficult and hard to get used to.
Completely agree. eDrawings 2015 is a major regression, bordering on unusable. Yuck. As for what specifically my problems are with 2015, I don't even know where to begin. There's not a single aspect of 2015 that I prefer or consider better than 2014 and earlier. It's worse in every possible way.
On the other hand, I've discovered that 3D PDF works pretty well, depending on what your needs are. (I just need a simple viewer with the ability to hide and show components, do cross-sections, etc.) Not quite as nice as eDrawings 2014 and earlier, but much better than eDrawings 2015. There's even a useful assembly tree in Acrobat. And as a bonus, the end user doesn't have to install anything, since Acrobat is already on everybody's machine. Win!
Honestly, I don't know why SWX doesn't just take SolidWorks, strip out all of the modeling capability and other extras (simulation, extensibility, etc.), and make that eDrawings. An eDrawings that looks and acts exactly like SolidWorks, except that it only permits viewing and inspecting, is what eDrawings should be. Seems like that would streamline development as well, since they'd only have to maintain one codebase.
Just to let you know that over here we are also extremely underwhelmed by edrawings 2015. In, fact the guys at the company even explicitly asked if there really isn't a way to have it like it used to be because of all the issues here mentioned, foremost the removal of having a part highlighted in the component tree by simply clicking on it in the model.
I too have to wonder how something like that, as well as the other things that have gotten worse, could get past extensive testing unless it was deemed by someone up the totem pole that questioning the decisions that let to it was not allowed.
Now Mr. Blake Reeves is only the messenger, so I'm not shooting at him, in fact him responding to the concerns is much appreciated.
A tip which Mr. Reeves might want to pass on, in general it's considered bad practice to take away functionality and it shouldn't be the clients that have to spend there time on trying to get the product fixed back to the condition before.
I see SW has SP3 scheduled for April, is this the same for eDrawings? I guess it's somewhere in may then?
eDrawings SP 3.0 is already out.
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