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ST7: The Little Things

on ‎05-22-2014 04:30 AM

In addition to all the big ticket items I’ve started talking about and will continue talking about, ST7 has a lot of little stuff that started making my life easier almost immediately when I first installed the new software.




The first thing that I noticed was that when installing the software, you get the option to change the default standard and units for the templates, and it takes a guess at what this should be based on your OS language. For example, I like ANSI Metric. This is a nice option.




While we’re talking about templates, ST7 installs with a library of templates that is organized by standard and units. This was a big complaint of mine when I first started using Solid Edge. I’m very glad to see they addressed it.



Along with Standards come units. My first adventures into Edge had me rummaging through a part file with multiple units assigned, using an unfamiliar standard, and mixed delimiters. I’ve spent enough time as a CAD administrator to reel in shock at the tangle I was able to create quickly.


The new Units page is part of the Solid Edge Options, and is accessed through the Application Menu  >  Properties > File Units.

This gives better and more complete control over the units used for the entire document.

Well done and on target.


Quick View


Next on the Little Stuff list is the Quick View Cube. Changing long-standing mouse and view-rotation habits can be difficult. I usually depend on a 3DConnexion Space Pilot for getting around the screen, and when I have to depend on the mouse I get turned around quickly. Enter the Quick View Cube. You can see, identify, and select the view you want quickly and clearly.


Pick the corners to get an isometric, the flat faces to go orthogonal, or one of the arrows to rotate the view.  Really nice. Imagine 3D Sketches with this tool – perfect match. Bingo. Love it.


Dynamic Dimensions while Sketching


Click click click. Enter. Now it takes fewer clicks to make a sketch with the exact dimensions you need. Dimensions are automatically displayed for sketch entities. To take advantage of it, just start typing numbers – the cursor focus is already right where you need it. You might not appreciate what a good job Solid Edge did with this until you’ve seen another CAD company royally mess it up.

If you don’t want all that on the screen, there is of course a setting to turn it off.



Ok, so you might not see these referred to officially as “primitives”, but that’s what they are. 3 clicks to create a 3D box or cylinder. 2 clicks to create a sphere. A couple more if you want dimensions on them. This is of course best used with Synchronous where you might not want the extra sketches sitting around anyway. Big time saver. Boxes and cylinders are a huge percentage of machine design geometry.


 So even in the little things, Solid Edge scored with ST7. There are many more little things, but these were some that I thought were highlights.

by Community Manager Community Manager
on ‎05-22-2014 09:30 AM


Just a quick augmentation to the standards-at-download piece. Not only can you choose -- we choose automatically for you. So if you are in Germany you will get DIN by default. If you are in a US locale you will get ANSI. It's super nice -- so most folks won't ever have to go futz with standards at all...

by Phenom
on ‎05-22-2014 03:55 PM



Little things? Oh, no! Smiley Wink



















I think these are very important improvements what will useful for SE users and me. But there is a new nice "little" option in ST7, its name is Revers zoom directions. When I take a demo at competitors' customer, this is the 3rd question: Do you have any option to change zooming direction in SE? Hmmm. And from now: Yessss! Smiley Wink

And SEST7 contains lots of nice "little" things... Good job!



by Community Manager Community Manager
on ‎05-22-2014 04:18 PM

Imi, refresh me on who's scroll wheel zoom is backwards from ours -- I think 2D AutoCAD? What about Inventor or SolidWorks -- i was thinking these were same direction as ours?

by Phenom
on ‎05-22-2014 05:42 PM



Yes, you are right. Mainly guys who used ACAD or who replaced it for AI or SW. But for example Edgecam uses opposite mouse zooming than SE. I think this set up will be perfect for users and prospects. 

There are some "devils" yet, what can be useful for prospects, users after implementing. I think we are on a right track. Smiley Wink