Only a fool tries to achieve perfection in one go.
Any good idea needs a first thought, a rough draft, a detailed version.
Then many tiny tweaks. Carefully crafted over days, weeks, months.
Iteration is the key to anything great.
For a long time, we focused on speeding up creating brand new SOLIDWORKS drawings.
We developed software to create a new drawing with one click. A drawing with the correct template, sheet format, views, tables and annotations.
But we noticed engineers spend more time updating existing files. Maybe even five times more.
So we decided to shift our focus towards editing. Drew version 2.1 is a major step in this direction.
We released this update last July. Drew 2.0 gave you more freedom in adding views: the 3D view and main 2D view were made optional.
We also improved the balloon checker so it shows the name and quantity of the item that still needs a balloon:
There are few things more frustrating than losing work because of a crash. Not being able to continue your work is just adding insult to injury.
So we added a way to reuse your network license after the inevitable SOLIDWORKS crash.
Back to version 2.1.
We were looking for a better name for Company Styles for a while now.
Most of our users have multiple Company Styles for one company, so the name wasn’t perfect.
We finally found a better name: blueprints. Short, simple and descriptive. Great.
The blueprint formerly known as Company Style is the basis for Drew. Blueprints capture your preferences and parts of your company’s drawing handbook.
With this update, you can select a Blueprint for existing drawings. Drew will ask you to select a blueprint (and highlight the most likely ones) when it needs one, for example when you add an empty sheet.
Or you can click the checkmark to confirm the proposed blueprint. Click the edit pencil to select a different one.
You can now use the following sections for existing drawings as well. Previously you could only use these for new drawings:
The views sections (3D view, Main view, Projected views) are still only available for new drawings because that is the only moment that we have full control over the drawing.
The sheets section is one of the most powerful ones within Drew. We have made it even better now.
The first thing we did was to split the Body Sheets button into Body sheets and Subweldments.
Until now Drew would add a sheet per body, plus a sheet per sub-weldment. To make this behavior more explicit and to simplify discovery for new users, we decided two separate buttons would be better.
I’m pretty sure you recognize this situation.
You create a weldment plus a matching drawing. But then you changed the model, only to return to a drawing with broken views for single bodies.
Now you have to check all sheets and views, to try to figure out which bodies still need a sheet.
Drew can do that for you from now on. It’s awesome.
Click the Body sheets button (in an existing drawing) to add a sheet for each body that does not have its own view yet.
Click the Flat patterns button to add a sheet (without a sheet format) and a 1:1 flat pattern for each sheet metal body. Drew even detects broken flat patterns and adds a new sheet for those.
After we released version 2.1.0, we received bug reports from multiple users. Thank you for this. Keep sending us feedback so we can improve Drew.
We made some changes and released 2.1.1 shortly after, with these improvements:
If you have found a bug (or think you have found one), don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
This update lets you edit existing drawings. For the next update, we are focusing on weldments.
We would like to be able to add balloons and dimensions.
And to prevent errors from deleting, then re-adding BOMs or cut lists, we want to make sure every view is linked to the current table.
If you have a request, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress.