While I’ve been using SolidWorks for what seems like forever, I’ve never really messed with Composer until this year. I remember seeing it at a SolidWorks World many years ago (6? 7?), and thinking how cool it would be to have for tech pubs manuals, but that was as far as it went.
Part of my role here outside of design work, traveling and being the grill master when we have a company cookout, is tech pubs and supporting sales with pretty pictures. Enter Composer. Having never really used it, and wanting to get a leg up, I went to training at my VAR. While I won’t go into details, it was one of the most over-priced things ever. Seriously. Paying $1000 to have someone read out of a manual for two days is ridiculous. Hell, it wasn’t even the official SolidWorks manual (though we did each get a copy), they’d created their own manual that had about 1/8 the info. Such a rip-off. So much for not going into details…
Back to Composer.
After my training, it was a few months before I got around to my first Composer project. However, it didn’t take long to get back up to speed and create an assembly manual for one of our custom suspended platforms. Two of the things I like are the ability to have the pertinent info from the overall BOM on the page, and the detail view tools.
While creating a manual was a nice experience, sales then asked for a video showing how easily our platforms go together. “Sure, no problem!”, was my response. This took a bit more doing. I storyboarded the video first, to make sure I captured all the steps. Then I had to figure out how to create a video in Composer. While too big to show the whole video, here’s a clip:
Granted, it’s not as slick as some marketing videos but it’s not too bad for a novice, right? My whole point is this: as with so much else with SolidWorks, Composer is easy to use. Easy enough for someone like me to figure out with minimal help and some over-priced training.
Well, this is a first for me. This post was authored by Tony Glockler of SolidProfessor. I agreed to a guest post because what he wrote aligns with how I feel when it comes to classroom learning and, I’ve been a bit too busy to write anything in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy!
How were you taught growing up? If your education was like mine, you sat in a classroom with other students (and maybe a class clown or two) being taught by an instructor. And what did you learn? Likely, your education focused on the three “R”s: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Most of what you learned in these classes probably wasn’t very different from what your parents learned, or their parents before them. These are topics that do evolve over time, but slowly, over generations. […Read More…]
I realize that some people don’t care about the SOLIDWORKS certifications that are out there, some calling them money grabs and other such things. For users like me, however, they help to lend a little validation to our resumes. With that being said, let’s get a quick update on where the certification program is in 2015. […Read More…]
This has been a rough conference. Not sure the cause, but I feel as though I haven’t slept since I got here and no, I haven’t been out partying. […Read More…]
Holy crap, what a day today was.
It started off as most days do; breakfast, then the long wait for them to decide to open the doors to the general session. Then comes the stampede as a large portion of the group speed walks/runs to get a good seat. The press corp isn’t immune to this, either. There are a few of us who yearn to be in the front, and will also hustle to satiate that yearning. […Read More…]
After missing last year’s SolidWorks World, I’m excited to be back with my peeps. It’s even more special because a lot of Super Bowl decorations are still up so it feels like I was at the big game. Well, maybe not so much, but it’s still cool to see the stuff.
As is the norm of a Sunday at SolidWorks World, not a whole lot goes on. Tons of people arriving, registering, getting the lay of the land. I’m still amazed by how many people show up, and how many show up year after year. It’s a beautiful think, man. I hate, though, that I’m sore terrible with names. It’s a bummer to have to try to surreptitiously look at someone’s badge to remember their name. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that it happens to, right?
The partner pavilion is jammed with oohs and aahs again this year and I’m looking forward to checking it out in more depth in the coming days. I’ve already seen a few things I want to try out and I’m hoping to get my grubby hands on some demo models. There seems to be a fair amount of 3D printers this year, but with how that industry is exploding, it makes complete sense.
As has become the norm, Twitter will be exploding as the press, and attendees, share what’s being said during the general session. Watch for the #SWW15 tag and follow along with all the comments, snarky and complimentary. I, for one, am hoping that they’ve cut down on the time allotted for the partner commercials. They are always such a downer.
On a recent trip to Maine, I took a day to head down to Waltham, Massachusetts and sit down with Asheen Phansey to talk sustainability. He and I had talked about it a few years ago, with regards to SOLIDWORKS, but Asheen’s role is now aligned with Dassault Systèmes corporate and I felt that it warranted another sit down. […Read More…]
What’s up with Workgroup PDM? Who knows. SOLIDWORKS is unable, or unwilling, to say what they’re plan is for WPDM and that lack of communication is getting on the nerves of those of us who use it. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s such a difficult topic to address. As a matter of fact, I’ll give you what I think is the best option and exactly what SOLIDWORKS (Dassault) should do with it:
Keep it. You don’t have to improve it. You don’t have to change it. Just keep it compatible with all future versions of SOLIDWORKS. Why? Because there are those of us who don’t need ePDM, or some other over-the-top PDM system, and we have a ton of time and money invested in what we have now. Why would you abandon what I’m assuming is a decent portion of your user base? While the bean counters may see dollar signs, I suspect that showing such disregard would not go over well.
So there’s your answer, SOLIDWORKS. Now, you just need to accept my plan and then let your WPDM users that WPDM’s life will last as long as SOLIDWORKS is around. I believe there are many who will breath a sigh of relief.
What is your title?
Vice President, User Experience Architecture for Dassault Systemes, SOLIDWORKS R&D
What, exactly, does that mean? […Read More…]