Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

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marcin86
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Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by marcin86 » Sun May 24, 2020 8:24 pm

Hello there!

I have some idea. A lot of guys are "used to" use ribbon bars. I think it will be nice to make some "options menu" when you open first time Freecad - and you can chose:

- Freecad standard (COIL iconTheme)
- Freecad Modern UI (Hakanseven)
- Freecad Architect (COIL iconTheme) turn on architect ribbon
- Freecad Architect Modern UI (turn on architect ribbon)
- Mechanical standard (COIL iconTheme)
- Mechanical standard (Modern UI)
- Mechanical with FEM (COIL iconTheme)
- Mechanical with FEM (Modern UI)
- Mechanical with CNC (COIL iconTheme)
- Mechanical with CNC (Modern UI)

What is point of doing that? and: What should be in Mechanical Standard? What should be in Mechanical?

I have aprox. 10 year experience as a cad designer - Inventor 7 years / Solidworks 3 years / Ansys 3 yeas / Abaqus 3 months / Zw3d 2 months, Catia 5-7 months, 3d max 1 year. Typical: Food /chemistry machinces / piping / furniture / offshore / marine. Now starting Python learning.

1. What is point of doing that? A lot of people would like to try with Freecad and they know Invnentor/Solidworks/Catia/Solidedge - but they are not used to "icon mode". They don't know how to add Modern UI.

2. What should be in Mechanical Standard? A lot of people don't know how to change menu's and I think it's useless to add all menus: Render / Clouds points / CNC. I attached picture. It's simple: - Mechanical standard (Modern UI) - Assembbly / Part Design / Part / Drawing / skecher - I attached picture. I think this is simple setup for normal 80% mechanical users of Inventor / Solidworks / Soldegde / Catia. And menu of tree should be always on on left turn on (not hidden)

I know there are normal modelers who use COIL iconTheme and they are happy. I used icon system in 3d max 1990 and in 2015-2020 and I love icons in 3d max. So I can also put shoes of normal users - Freecad standard (COIL iconTheme).

I hope this new menu will bring a lot of users and make Freecad famous and simple for new-comers. Please comment my idea. And big thanks for all freeecad community and Hakanseven for modern UI.

Best regards
Marcin Nowak
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armandas
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Re: Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by armandas » Sun May 24, 2020 10:11 pm

What a great idea. One of the problems when staring is figuring out what this workbench stuff is and then which one you need. The typical user will only need 3-4, so hide the rest...

Additionally, the "wizard" could set up the navigation options most similar to the users habits.

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Re: Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by Kunda1 » Mon May 25, 2020 1:51 pm

Related: Feature request: "Rocket Science Mode" https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?t=36424
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HakanSeven12
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Re: Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by HakanSeven12 » Mon May 25, 2020 8:56 pm

I agree with you. I think some interface options must be showed to user at first run.

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Re: Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by adrianinsaval » Tue May 26, 2020 1:01 pm

The problem is we don't have ready options yet. COIL icons have been abandoned and are not finished while modern UI is not compatible with FreeCAD's license AFAIK (and I think it's still WIP). But I agree, once we really have such options a startup dialog that lets you choose is a good idea, realthunder's overlayed layout could be presented there aswell once its merged.

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Re: Modern UI for Inventor/Solidworks/Catia/Zacad3d guys

Post by HakanSeven12 » Tue May 26, 2020 1:26 pm

Yes Modern UI still wip I want to add more features but I don't have time.

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