3DVIA Composer featured in Desktop Engineering

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SolidSmack blogger and Desktop Engineering contributor, Josh Mings, took 3DVIA Composer for a test drive and has written about it in the latest issue of Desktop Engineering online.

Without any prompting or help from 3DVIA technical, sales, or marketing staff, Josh was able to understand the core need for 3DVIA Composer when he says:

Composer is best described as a conduit between engineering CAD data and the documentation needed to create supporting information about the product design. Typically, technical publicists or marketing departments will ask for images of annotated, shaded models or drawing views, leaving the engineer to send low-resolution images via e-mail. It’s an inefficient process to say the least.

In Josh’s article, he is taking the perspective of a typical smaller-sized SolidWorks customer. One in which an engineer must wear many hats, and often must assist with product documentation. We have always touted the benefits of putting Composer in the hands of non-engineering users to allow full leverage of 3D data. But as Josh says:

It’s marketed as a tool enabling non-CAD people to take 3D CAD data and create rich deliverables — but in the hands of an engineer it becomes much more.

And when an engineer is faced with also helping to create product documentation:

For many, it will come down to what you can do in Composer that you can’t do in an MCAD program. You can get detailed close-ups, exploded views, and cutaways out of most. You can even save views and create configurations that display parts as they would be assembled. What Composer allows you to do beyond that is quickly create those views. [emphasis added]

Speed and efficiency is what Composer brings to any user that wants to leverage 3D CAD data to create rich content for product documentation. And it’s all about using the right tool for the right job. So even though you can type text into Excel, you are not going to use it for a mail-merge because it is not the most productive use of that tool. Similarly, while you could use CAD to create screenshots and drawings of exploded views, or even create some animated sequences, 3DVIA Composer offers a superior environment to perform these tasks.

I am very interested to read that Josh uncovered these concepts simply by using Composer, without any help from us. The only thing I can find fault with is that he didn’t spell “3DVIA” in uppercase! (And indeed, why would he know this if we never helped him with the article? And certainly this is such a minor thing, only the keen eyes of the brand police would ever spot that.) As for the product pricing and packaging, I always recommend prospective users to contact their local sales representative to ensure they have the latest information.

Many thanks to Josh for the review. The full story can be read here.

And Happy New Year to all!

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