I've been using Fusion 360 but I'm moving to FreeCAD.
Any 3D is necessarily complex and usually has a nasty learning curve.
I have the unusual opinion that one does not have to folow from the other. A tool can be extremely capable, and yet intuitive and self-guiding to use.
To the point were opening a manual page is never necessary.
Arrogant stupidity? Well, I spent 16 years workign as a sofware engineer, then a software engineeirng manager then a sorftware support & training manager for Texas Isntruments. I travelled Europe fendng off very angry engineering wh owere struggling to use our CAD software. It taught be the huge chasm between a product workign and a product being productive witrh real engineers in the real world.
I tried to evangelise on this to the F360 people. I had a couple of online meetings with a team including the product manager, but it was clear that I wasn't going to get anywhere. I'm geting old - 61 now - and I'd like to help this project transform the product into a far more friendly easy-to-learn product. I'm not asking for compensation.
I have a lot of ideas for exactly how this could be done. here is a taster:
1. Documentation is not the way. It's labour intensive, and rapidly out of date as the product develops. Ditto videos.
2. Training courses are not the way. People want to sit down and start work. I know you'll want to say "well, you just can't! Idiot!" but I think you can.
3. The key is to use the UI - the primary point of contact between the user and the software - to guide what is done.
- help text, context menus, standardised nomenclatures, underpinned by stable core design concepts and UI design conventions & principles
- blocking off wrong turns - making mistakes literally impossible.
- developing and enforcing design principles and UI standards which all new work must embrace
- design and implementation audit
Of course, with cvolunuteer contributors around the world, the development environmentmust reamin fun, inspiring and it must feed the contriubutors and guide them in ways they designed themselves and in which they don't just approve but evalgelise. They are the architects.
Is there any interest in using me in this capacity? Toe-in-the-water stuff at first, of course. Please let me know.