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There is nothing more annoying in any software that provide icons for features you do not have a license for.
Creo/Pro is full of icons that have nothing to do with the features you have a license for. both in the default menu and the choices when modifying the ribbon.
This idea is to either:
1) Hide all the icons to features or functions which you do not have in your license file.
2) Allow users to switch off all icons for unavailable licensed extensions in config.pro and/or the ribbon editor.
I understand that this may be a means to advertize extensions but for me, it is simply annoying and space consuming in my ribbon.
The fact that many icons are grayed out makes them useless even for advertizing since you can never pick them.
Doesn't this increase PTC service requests to understand why a function is not available?
I know it is too late for Creo 3 but I hope this gets some serious attention. It just makes this software that much more annoying.
I have been customizing my workspace by adding and removing icons in all the Wildfire builds. Is it not possible to do the same on Creo 2.0? I've not installed Creo yet.
You cannot remove individual icons from the master configuration. You have to build the entire bar for your own custom version by adding groups. Not only that, you have to do it for every different kind of part file. Drawings, Parts, Assemblies, Sheetmetal, Nothing Open, etc... use their own ribbon so it becomes a ground-up production for each different part type.
There are a few user friendly upgrades the ribbon could use such as making certain groups "universal". This capability would easily allow PTC to make a "options list" that the ribbon would queue for which icons show and under what condition.
The fact that so many shown icons are not available in the core program, and a lot of available icons are buried in the "dropdown list" just adds to the pain of the ribbon interface. The unintelligent and limited means to customize the ribbon just makes the whole tool unattractive. The only program I've used that is worse is Adobe Elements.
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