I spend the majority of my time with SE in the ordered sketch environment. I am constantly doing minor edits to hundreds of files a day. As such, I am quick to notice the small things like slow actions and incorrect field highlights that can really add up to lost time over dozens/hundreds/thousands of uses in my day. Here are my biggest gripes-
Dylan, great post.
"When using a command like Construction to change line type, a fast user will constantly get 'bad' clicks which do not actually toggle a line that was highlighted and clicked on immediately."
But this "Construction Line" non-sense should be replaced with a "Hot Key" and/or "Radio Button" on the Toolbar when insert any geometry. We all know when we want to make a Construction Line or Arc.... so why does Solid Edge force you to first place the entity, then go and toggle it to a Construction Line. We should be able to hold down the ALT Key and place geometry and have it show up as construction lines. Or better yet ADD a radio Button so all of your line work is placed as Construction geometry.
And while they're at it, can we at least control the COLOR of CL's? Many times CL's overlap other geometry, and it's very hard to differentiate from normal lines... meaning you can't see the dashes!
And I also wish you could place a "FILL" inside an area without having to ZOOM to fit it in the screen. Right now if you try and use the FILL command, and the area isn't fully shown on your screen, you get an error message.... seems silly!
I agree with everything there, Bob. Adding a construction line command as an on/off toggle button in the style of something like Snap To Grid would be very neat!
The Fill command in particular, with bugs related to graphics window sizing, seems like a command out of a 90's CAD package that has no place sitting in a machine running 2014 software. The fact that we can't carry a fill display outside of a sketch is another oddity that drags this command down.
By the way...make a bunch of construction lines in a revolved protrusion sketch, and then try to figure out which line was your rotation axis!
I will add to that list.
When adding relations to sketchwork I often need to restart the command to create the next instance. Typically it's the connect command, but many of them have to be restarted to behave in a predictable way. The same is true for adding dimensions. To add a second angular dimension, it's only predictable if you restart the command.
ON/OFF the screen editing
In general, I hate that windows forces CAD in general to only edit objects on screen. At least I believe its windows creating this restriction in workflow. The reason I think this is back in old DOS AutoCAD, you could edit things off the screen (allowing you to be zoomed in at the end of selection process). Once AutoCAD moved to windows you could not longer edit things off the screen. When I asked about this, the responce was that this was a new restriction imposed by the graphic/OS system of windows.
I want the abaility to edit things off screen and be 20 keystrokes ahead of the software and then wait for the video to update to get the next graphic input into the system.
12Gage, this is true, and most of these commands circle back to inconsistent field highlight when transitioning to a second action with the same command.
Here's another one. When creating an ellipse by center point, if you select a keypoint for the extent of the primary ellipse axis rather than keying in a dimension, it then displays the on-screen keyin fields, with the primary ellipse axis field still highlighted! This means if you select a keypoint for the primary axis extent, then punch in a number for secondary axis extent...it will overwrite your primary axis extent unless you remember to tab forward, which should not have to be done. Another instance where incorrect field focus hurts a command and costs a user time!
Another pet peeve- I find myself constantly wishing for an option to delete the original profile when creating an offset with the offset command. A common occurence is that I want to offset a complex profile by a few thousandths. After using Offset with Chain Selection, I am left to go back and zoom way in and clean up the original profile. Offset should have a similar option as Include, which allows you to create an offset directly from the selected include geometry while also deleting/never creating the original lines, so there is no post-command cleanup work needed.
When using commands like Move and Rotate and dragging a fence around elements- Moving the cursor out of the borders of the graphics screen and then releasing the mouse button results in SE becoming unresponsive and the drag fence still staying active, with no way to complete the selection and the command having to be cancelled and restarted.
I typically do 'over-drags' like this when I am moving fast to select sketch elements that span almost the entire graphics display. Because of this bug, I am forced to either zoom out so I can quick-drag without being worried about touching beyond the graphics display border, or slow down to be sure I carefully release the mouse button within the graphics window.
When you select an element and press the Delete key on your keyboard, your cursor MUST be located in the graphics window proper for the delete action to actually be carried out. If your cursor is hovering over the Ribbon Bar, the Prompt Bar, the Pathfinder, the Command bar, etc... nothing happens! For users who are already moving the cursor towards their next intended action off the graphics screen after selecting an element and while they hit the delete key, this forces them to slow down or even move the cursor back in order to regain delete functionality.
When doing a task such as highlighting a chunk of geometry and toggling them to construction geometry, the radial menu cannot be used to start a command and still retain the select set. The software registers the right-click holddown that starts the radial menu as a cancellation of the active select set. The construction command must be chosen from the ribbon bar. This applies to other commands that you can normally start with a select set active to get a jump on the command- including Move, Rotate, Scale, Mirror, etc...
Not a huge timekiller, but the radial menu was made to cut down time to access common commands, and when over a half dozen common commands do not retain the same functionality when used on the radial menu......
Placing Points could use some improvement.
-Moving the mouse around the screen while in the command, or hovering over a previously placed point to 'snap' to it, does not show the current XY position anywhere on the screen. This means that if I'm placing a few dozen points off of a piece of notepad paper in front of me, and I forget if I've already placed a point or not, I have to get out of the point command, select the point in question to see its XY position, then get BACK into the point command to continue on. I really think that either the current XY position should override the XY coordinates on the command bar until the user enters a number, or there should be a separate current coordinates display, WITHOUT having to turn on the 'Show Readouts' checkbox in grid options, which applies this readout to every command and is usually immediately turned back off.
-When not moving the mouse and placing points with just the numpad, tab, and enter, I sometimes get points that have transposed values from a point or two previous. Knowing I have a problem with this, I have rigorously checked my field entries before placing a point and my conclusion is occasionally it does something funky with overriding my input value because of the horizontal/projection relationships that appear to other points on the screen when you're placing points without moving the mouse in between.