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Jul 05, 2010

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Jon Banquer

Ralph,

What good is Multitouch when the CAD foundation under it is riddled with serious structural problems as I've touched on (excuse the pun) many times here and elsewhere and as Kevin Quigley recently much more elegantly stated here and on the VX forum. In my opinion the CADCAM industry still hasn't been able to complete the task of creating a solid foundation on which to build something like Multitouch. Specifically, I mean making solids and surfaces work together seamlessly. Make freeform surfacing an option for the casual user so they can model many real world objects with ease rather than only prismatic objects. Making history based modelers play well with non-native data.

While I dislike Siemens marketing of their CADCAM products(or an almost total lack of it)how about the FACT that their CADCAM products are now finally focused on much better methods of modeling (Synchronous Technology), much better methods of dealing with non-native solids and perhaps what might be far better tools to use for freeform surfacing.

PTC also seems to be focusing on the basics of making Pro/E much more user friendly and much better at working with imported non-native solids. Have you seen this screen shot?

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/551/003um.png

Does SpaceClaim deserve continued attention when SpaceClaim won't fix the basics in their badly incomplete product after such a promising start? Specifically, I mean providing a hole wizard as well as feature recognition tools that make changing holes in non-native solids a much easier task rather than the laborious process it now is. The latter is still sadly an issue for almost all CADCAM products that I'm even vaguely familiar with.

What Multitouch really is, is just another attempt by CAD vendors to side step the real issues and not fix the real problems in their products. The exact same thing can be said for "cloud computing."

I get the feeling more and more real world CADCAM users have had enough of this kind of worthless hype and want the leaking foundation fixed first!

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA

DF

The recent Be Conference had one of the Bentley brothers on stage manipulating (iirc) Project Navigator via multi-touch in Win7.

There's no way they'll be going to the iPad anytime soon, though - they're Microsoft partners since XM.

DF

Specifically, I mean making solids and surfaces work together seamlessly. Make freeform surfacing an option for the casual user so they can model many real world objects with ease rather than only prismatic objects.

Have you seen SketchUp?

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