Let me get a few things out of the way. I work for Autodesk. My job is to talk about Digital Prototyping, and all things Autodesk Manufacturing. I've been doing this for +10 years. I am a flag waiving, shouting from the rooftops, enthusiastic advocate for all things Autodesk. And I have to be honest - I was surprised by the results of TechniCom's recent benchmark study pitting Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 up against Dassault Systems SolidWorks Premium 2010. Autodesk Inventor won out in all 15 core user capabilities. Download the whitepaper. Send it to your friends, it will be fun.
Why was I surprised? I shouldn't be given what it is I do for a living, right? SolidWorks is...well as much as it pains me...[grin]... It's a good 3D design software package. There, I said it. Just like ripping off a band aid, just say it quickly. But in all seriousness, Works has a decent reputation and there may be a perception that it is the standard for 3D mechanical design. While of course Autodesk, Pro/E, SolidEdge folks may differ on that, perception sometimes is a driving factor when evaluating well, anything really.
Now over the next couple of weeks I'm going to put my money where TechniCom's mouth is. I'm going to provide video examples of areas where TechniCom's study indicated that Inventor is better. Oh, wait that was all of them…[grin] While I would prefer to keep the discussion at a better overall end to end solution level, I know what's going to happen next. Folks from both sides are going to get down into the weeds of either the study itself or we are all going to get into a spitting contest over who makes better lofts, where you click on the screen, what the dialog box or marking menu looks like, etc, etc. It’s a double edge thing right, step one of breaking perception I suppose. The discussion will get down into the trees, it is inevitable.
The thing that I really want you to keep in mind with this study is not any one of the 15 categories, or any one in particular feature of the sub feature of the sub sub topic... But the overall results of the study. All of them. Not some of them - the real story here is that Inventor won in E V E R Y category. That my friends is the forest, enjoy the view.
So, mouthpiece in, a couple of self inflicted jabs to the face, touch gloves... Ding. Ding.