Solid Edge is getting its share of attention from users of other software. I’ve made the jump. Feeling the stagnation of a product about to take a different direction, I knew that for my own peace of mind, I needed to keep growing, and Solid Edge has provided that opportunity for me. Chris McAndrew wrote a 5 part article on Solid Edge in which he went through various areas of the software in some degree of detail and gave his honest opinions. More recently we heard from Jeff Mirisola about the 3DSync portion of the Solid Edge software. We’ve heard several times from the inimitable Josh Mings on various Solid Edge topics. Josh (aka Solid Smack) makes the effort to be CAD neutral, but he has a good deal of experience in CAD programs other than Solid Edge. We have also seen John Evans write quite a piece on the usability of Solid Edge and Synchronous Technology. Even Evan Yares has had a few words to say about why a CAD program well into its second decade is still relevant and still pushing the boundaries.
The latest CAD user turned reviewer is Atillio Colangelo writing about large assembly drawings in Solid Edge. This is one of the few articles written on drawings in Solid Edge, which has traditionally been one of their strongest suits. I’m interested to see Atillio writing, as he was one of my customers when I worked at a CAD reseller in Western NY state. His first article looks promising, as he takes a practical approach to the software, solving problems with Solid Edge that he has seen in other packages. With 25 years experience, he’s not a one trick pony. Read the article, it will be worth your time.
I didn’t really set out to gather a list of prominent CAD users who have taken up the task of evaluating Solid Edge, but once I got going with it, I was a little amazed. These guys aren’t serious writers (aside from Josh and Evan), and because they make a good part of their living on the business end of a CAD display, I think their words take on some extra weight. The fact that so many devotees of OtherCAD are willing to spend a great deal of time working with Solid Edge to write articles about it speaks volumes of the appeal of the software, and the second wind being pumped into it by the company. While other competing packages are being pushed out to pasture, Solid Edge and in particular the Synchronous Technology innovation have breathed new life into the software, the company, and its customers.