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Re: "Budget" Cad prodgrams

Posted: January 15th, 2018, 1:38 pm
by Mrog
I tried learning Alias three times by now and never got past the navigation controls. I think it is incomprehensibly dump to need to press THREE (!!) buttons to simply rotate the view. Buttons especially hard to reach if you are left handed. And then they don't offer any way to change the controls? Wtf? I just want a Solidworks like navigation. Or am I missing something and you can actually change the keymapping and shortcuts? At least for the basic controls I couldn't figure it out.
I heard great things about Alias, but I am not getting hand cramps from rotating my 3D view.

Re: "Budget" Cad prodgrams

Posted: January 15th, 2018, 8:22 pm
by Cyberdemon
Mrog wrote:I tried learning Alias three times by now and never got past the navigation controls. I think it is incomprehensibly dump to need to press THREE (!!) buttons to simply rotate the view. Buttons especially hard to reach if you are left handed. And then they don't offer any way to change the controls? Wtf? I just want a Solidworks like navigation. Or am I missing something and you can actually change the keymapping and shortcuts? At least for the basic controls I couldn't figure it out.
I heard great things about Alias, but I am not getting hand cramps from rotating my 3D view.
There are way to change the controls and more recent versions have added the view cube which is the traditional Autodesk navigation UI. But Alias still relies on the modifier key "chords" for the marking menus and view controls. In a way it induces terrible carpal tunnel, but theres also use in that those keys also act as the modifiers for snaps and all other hot keys, which means your left hand basically never needs to move.

You can modify the keys in the preferences but the hot key UI (along with all the menus) are dated and you have to type in your shortcuts "Alt+S".

They've made some improvements, but most days it still feels like a SGI Unix tool from the 80's.

Re: "Budget" Cad prodgrams

Posted: August 7th, 2018, 3:07 pm
by B-Design-Art
Rhino for educators and students is only $99 and one of the most widely used industry standard pieces of software for the design industry

Re: "Budget" Cad prodgrams

Posted: August 10th, 2018, 8:35 am
by MK19
B-Design-Art wrote:Rhino for educators and students is only $99 and one of the most widely used industry standard pieces of software for the design industry
It's really not.
To say that x piece of software is "one of the most widely used" they would have to be like 30%+ of the market or sharing a similar % with other software packages at the top. I sincerely doubt that this is the case even in USA.
I surveyed the data in the UK recently and SolidWorks is required for >80% of jobs. Creo is second, followed by Inventor, followed eventually by Rhino which is asked for in ~2.5% of job adverts and practically only in furniture design companies.

Re: "Budget" Cad prodgrams

Posted: August 10th, 2018, 7:07 pm
by FluffyData
As a data point: I must have spent more than 15 years in tech biz, working in Rhino with a bunch of Asian ODMs, and model-maker vendors. Exporting as STEP, often including place-holder mechanical details. They'd rebuild in their preferred CAD package, then we'd iterate back and forth with shared files to iron out wrinkles to take through to prototype. Clearly Solidworks would be a more efficient way to go, but just sayin', Rhino isn't a deal killer...