When defining a detail view in Creo Paramentric 2.0 M010's drawing mode, the current requirements are :
1. Select a center point on the drawing you wish to create a detail view of. (One click)
2. Sketch a spline that encloses that point. (Minimum four clicks)
3. Select a center point to place the detail view.
I have a number of objections to the spline as the default method of defining the area of a detail view.
1: As written, the operation currently requires at least six mouse clicks.
2: It is difficult to generate a smooth looking spline that does not result in messy view boundaries without sketching a draft circle and laying the spline down on top of that.
3: The center point of the view can't be attached to a space in between two features so that it shows both of them without defining an extra point or (maybe) construction geometry.
4: The preferred option for a detail view boundary (at least on my end) is the ASME circle, which is generated by Creo based on the dimensions of the sketched spline instead of directly defined by the user. Unless I take extra time and at least double the number of minimum mouse clicks for this operation, the actual boundary of my detail view will not match with the shape or exact proportions of the ASME circle.
What I would like is the ability to use a center-radius circle (2 clicks) as the default way of defining a detail view, with the option to use a spline or better yet, predefined draft geometry or an in-model sketch as an alternative way of defining the detail view boundary. A circle would also eliminate the need for a separate click to define the detail view center in the base model, and would ideally eliminate the need for the circle to be attached to a particular edge or feature, so I can have the view centered on the middle of two evenly spaced features without taking extra steps to create something the current tool can pick up on. As an added benefit, the dimensions of the detail view would be exactly proportional to the boundary of the ASME circle and would show everything visible inside the circle, eliminating unnecessary visual noise caused by an uneven detail view boundary and making sure that any other features that might be included in the detail view are reproduced exactly.
The proposed change would result in a minimum of three mouse clicks necessary to define and place a detail view in drawing mode. Do note, I don't want to get rid of the spline, I can see it being very helpful for complicated parts, but I would rather take an extra click to select a spline, since I'll be wanting to make a more complicated boundary anyways, than take the normal minimum six clicks to define a spline and four clicks if I want a circle instead of the default spline.
Either way, however, would be better of the current alternative of 2 (draft circle) + 1 (center point) + 8 or more (sketch spline on top of draft circle) + 1 (place view) + 2 (double click correctly or 3 to select the view in the drawing tab, right click, properties) +1 (select ASME circle) = 15 or more clicks to get a detail view with a smooth circular boundary that displays the ASME circle.