has published a position paper casting doubt on the reliability of a new .dwg
editor capability in the recently released SolidWorks 2005 software. The SolidWorks
feature would enable AutoCAD users to maintain 2D legacy files while working
in 3D, including working in SolidWorks.
All of this aims to try
and fool AutoCAD users into thinking that this feature is a replacement for
AutoCAD, the Autodesk paper says. Parries SoilidWorks Product Manager Robert
McDonald: We had a lot of Autocad users test the .dwg editor and didnít
get any reports of any significant problems.
Autodesk says the SolidWorks
.dwg editor is a reverse-engineered technology developed through the Open Design
Alliance consortium, and does not use any original Autodesk tools of software
to correctly read or write .dwg files. There can be a time lag of as much as
six months between the time when Autodesk customers can effectively collaborate
with the latest version of .dwg and when users of other .dwg-based products
can. Plus, the company says, there is a potential problem of fidelity of data
that could lead to mistakes.
SolidWorks agrees on the
time-lag issue, but says customers donít update regularly anyway.†It
also says the fidelity of data will be up to par.
Autodesk says SolidWorks' .dwg editor doesn't work well. SolidWorks
says it does.
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