My advise is: put down what you would like to do with the software
and then choose from those that match in most points -- and finally
choose that you would like to woork with *every* day ;-)
Also you may look http://www.cadalyst.com/cadalyst/
at look for
Magazines Archive. IMHO they do a good job on analyzing software
on their strength and weakness
Here is a comment from onother news group (name of author withheld)
about AlibreDesign. Chnages made to text are marked [red.]
What version do you want to here? The sales and marketing version full of
buzzwords and other nonsense? Or the engineering version which is filled
more with personal bias than marketing gimmicks?
Alibre is the new player on the field and their whole business model is to
make solid modeling affordable to all. Price/Performance is their metric
and based on that metric they're number one. So, for those that don't need
all the bells and whistles, just basic prismatic machined components with
some swoopy lofts and sweeps, then Alibre will work.
User's [red.] view:
Point 1 - Alibre is currently on v8 and alpha testing v9. It uses the ACIS
kernel but didn't start becoming a CAD program until v5 (so really they are
at v3). Compare Alibre's functionality with SE at v3 to get an apples to
apples comparison. (SE was even using ACIS at that time).
Point 2 - I can't afford SE for working and playing at home. I model mostly
machined parts using protrusion and revolves, so Alibre has all the
functionality most people need. Also, they are "new" in terms of CAD and
therefore listen as highly, or more so, as SE does. Therefore, getting in
on the ground floor, so to speak, to recommend and get features implemented
that benefit my ONE license are possible.
Point 3 - Right now, Alibre has just a basic set of functions. They are
still playing catchup in that realm with SE and SW. Because of this, they
are not being too innovative in terms of new tools and functionality. They
are, however, being creative on how their tools work compared to others -
configurations for example. The main downfall in my point of view, is that
they are copying more of SW workflow than SE and I HATE the SW workflow.
Nothing holds a candle to the ribbon bar, even when the stream gets
Point 4 - Yep, the GUI is terrible. It is my biggest criticism of the
program next to the fact that it works like an old version of SW.
Point 5 - Alibre started out as on online collaboration tool. SE came out
with Insight at v11, Alibre has had it all the time. No one can meet the
online collaboration tools of Alibre, not even NetMeeting or Teamcenter.
And as wonderful as GTAC is, Alibre has one notch above them IF, and that's
a big IF, you can get in contact with an "Alibre Assistant" during normal
working hours. The online collaboration tools allow tech support to see
exactly what you see and can, if you allow them, to take control and show
you step by step. Have a crash on your system that GTAC can't duplicate?
Contact the Assistant, give them control and step them through the process.
When you crash, they'll know it - no denying it.
That's long enough. If you have specific questions I can try to field
Users [red.] final recommendation - for personal use or small shops that do lots of
consulting (work outside their local area), Alibre is a reasonable tool.
For larger companies, Alibre still has some growing to do before it is ready
for large implementations - at least 2 versions.