After many years of resistance to change - both for financial and work flow reasons, I am finally looking into stepping up from my 2001 license to a Wildfire license. That may sound a little slow to some of you, but I am self employed here and 2001 does absolutely everything I wanted and does it exceptionally well.
I am looking for any advice on the move.
I am expecting to be dead in the water work-flow wise for about a month as a result.
Stand alone seat here with no Windchill / Intralink. I mainlycreate small mechanical assemblies - die casts, extrusions for the lighting fixture industry. I integrate and interface toa bunch of external data - exprt to FEA and import from optical deisgn packages.
I maintain 15 years of legacy data which is critical to what I do.
I have a need to integrate ECAD into my process.
I don't do any surfacing today, but I would if I have a more useful interface than I have in 2001.
I have a minimal amount of automation in my drawing templates by way of start parts and parameterswhich I am guesssing will go away on the upgrade and need to be re-created.
Time savings, tips tricks and ideas much appreciated.
Jon Connell, IESNA
Good luck and prepare for some frustration. I remember feeling completelyincompetent when I went to WF from 2001. After the learning curve is past, you should find it worth the trouble but memorable. The menu mapper isa very useful tool, and I still refer to it when using those important but less used commands, such as creating a curve from two projected curves for example. Also, you will need to be patient with the mouse when you wish to select tangent chains or loop surfaces, etc.etc. Let the mouse "catch up" to what you want. This still drives me crazy (I'm in WF2)- perhaps it has gotten better in WF4.
I agree with the "colors" comments, and I too hate the prehighlighting, especially on large models. We are doing whole buildings here on slow machines, so you can imagine.... Query-select RULES!
But, what I hate most is the Microsuck-like, icon-based interface now. Icons mean nothing to me, even the Egyptians dropped hyrogliphics how many years ago? Give me words. I use tons of mapkeys anyways. I'm told I'll hate the WF5 interface even more as 1/4 of the screen now is taken up with useless icons in the new "ribbon". Ugh! Also, I find the "lead vs. follow workflow" idea totally maddening. I used to be that all the surfacing or solids commands were in one spot, in WF you have to GUESS what some geek programmer thinks is "lead vs. follow". I hate it. Half the commands are in one place, half in another, and you never know which. Best of luck adapting......