pinniped wrote: I think the other thing needed is a little more work on the documentation so that a user can follow a fairly simple tutorial to create some parts and an assembly. For example, in SolidWorks there is a tutorial to create a hinge. More carefully planned tutorials will be extremely helpful.
Surely, you understand that the FreeCAD project relies on volunteers to contribute to the project by writing code or documentation and many other things. You realize that there are only about half a dozen guys who write lines of code in their spare time? That in their minds they have better things to do than to write documentation? And who would argue with them? In any case, programmers are not always the best people to write for end-users.
Do you realize that there are not many more people doing work on the documentation? And the current contributors mostly translate the current pages, not much new content is created.
The FreeCAD project definitely needs more help in the documentation area. With the current volunteers, what you're asking for will be difficult to attain. How do we get more people involved? How do we get you
If everyone waits for a completed software and documentation, what are the odds of what you wish for happening soon?