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Old Dec 16, 2014, 03:26 PM
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Why changing CAD user interface?

Today I had to use Autocad 2015 and I hated it . As far as I could detect
there was no way back to the classic menus like in 2014. Ok I could
customize it back probably somehow but a lot of work just to get
confortable. I ended up using key in commands and switching off
gradually all the new annoying stuff.

Is it just me becoming old?

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Old Dec 16, 2014, 11:08 PM
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Don't know why. But the 2014 interface was 10000 times better than the dos version I started with

So,,at some point it needs to be changed. Usually happens just when I get really comfortable with the current version.

Same issue with just about all software. Sometimes it does seem like they are changing just to justify a charge the next upgrade.

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Old Yesterday, 03:27 AM
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Don't know why. But the 2014 interface was 10000 times better than the dos version I started with
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Disagree it's just 9999 times better

I actually never used the DOS version of ACAD for anything serious.
I was using MicroStation at that time with a tablet, MicroStation got
a graphic user interface (Motif) before Windows.
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LOL yep. We could not afford anything like MicroStation, Catia or any of those.

I not only used it for serious stuff, I also wrote code for a plotter driver that made it work with an old plotter we had. It was the HPIB interface. Hewlett Packard's proprietary interface for lab instrumentation. Learned a lot about the dxf file format

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I also wrote code for a plotter driver that made it work with an old plotter we had. .
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Been there too kind of ... I made a comunication program to feed a "brain damaged" Calcomp 1055 drum plotter. Made it in C (Borland Turbo C) simple stuff mostly.
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Today I had to use Autocad 2015 and I hated it . As far as I could detect
there was no way back to the classic menus like in 2014. Ok I could
customize it back probably somehow but a lot of work just to get
confortable. I ended up using key in commands and switching off
gradually all the new annoying stuff.

Is it just me becoming old?

Intergraph IGDS/PDS 1985 to 1988
Bentley Microstation 1988 to 2000
Autodesk Autocad from 1999 to present
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2000 to 2006
Autodesk Inventor 2003 to present
Autodesk Vault 2010 to present
That's exactly how I feel about Windows.

The Win98 interface was the absolute best for somebody like me who makes a living developing code. The "Classic" interface is not nearly as good as the real thing.

Andy
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Developing code? Linux
Yup. Four computers now running Ubuntu chez moi, including this one, my wife's laptop, my CNC PC and a dedicated digital audio workstation. As soon as I get CorelDraw, iTunes and SketchUp working to my satisfaction on Linux, I'm giving Bill Gates the boot...

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