Many folks have asked what is the difference between MicroStation CONNECT Edition and PowerDraft CONNECT Edition.
PowerDraft is basically a subset of MicroStation. PowerDraft does not include:
You can edit 3D models in PowerDraft with the Detailing Callout tools, so you can use it to create and work with Dynamic Views, but you cannot edit the 3D graphics (except manipulation ... move, copy, delete).
You also get the following in PowerDraft:
Its quite a powerful piece of software for 2D drafting. Enjoy!
What about making it a Web Service ?
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In V8i the basic 3D Object Creation functions (Toolbox) is available. In CE this is gone. The functions keyins (e.g. create slab) are removed as well.
I also vote for the batch functions to be available under PD!!
All those users never needing 3D functionality don't understand why they need to pay that premium for batch processing, imho. You need it ever so infrequent... It is a too limited arguement for your purchasing dept./deciders.
For majority of applications drafting (PD) is the right choice (schematics/layout/floor plans and the like "drawing production business".
In all "hybrid" projects - without comprehensive CAD/BIM coordination aka. "Reality" - most exchange/work is done 2D (...what a pity...) Although constituens might be modeling their lot/craft you will get a flattended plan - the least common denominator. That gap appears to actually accrete, for all the multitude of efforts.Why? My best guess isthe restoring forces of "The Topor" interplaying with cost-containment.
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>Can you explain how it is more restricted than V8i?
As already mentioned in Powerdraft CE we are missing simple 3D element creation. I do not get it why we need 3D Point Cloud attachments(and at the same time option to attach point cloud to 2D is removed) when there are no 3D tools? Powerdraft is like an advertisement for Microstation but if there are no 3D tools then how users could ask for them? If they never tried 3D and wouldn't know that you can ask for more and get them in Microstation. Very strange move indeed.
It is totally ok, that Powerdraft don't have photorealistic vizualization or animations, or complex solid modeling but do not remove Bsplines, Multi-lines or other 2D elements. Autodesk did this in AutoCAD LT that there are or was no mlines and so you don't have a common 2D drawing environment or CAD standards.
You can't expect for customers to buy heavy artillery "To shoot sparrows with a cannon"(or to crack a nut with a sledgehammer) and then learn step by step the all heavy artillery possibilities. Or for example buy expensive Openroads because maybe some time later or probably not will use some of its minor functions. Real learning curve is to learn how to use and implement basic 2D and 3D tools and then later move to heavy artillery, if there are no 3D tools then it won't happen.
I agree with you Gerd.
As Channel Partner I have saw my PWD customers don't move to CE only because the 3D tools have been removed. This the main reason for them. Annoying !
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