And soon on iPad
Graebert's strength is OEM'ing its software, and here at the Annual Meeting it has announced the first OEMer of its ARES Touch software for tablets: CorelCAD Mobile will come out soon, and be linked to CorelCAD 2016: get a one year license of one, get the license for the other product free.
Back to Mr Desbordes taking about mobileCAD. Questions he gets asked about it:
1. How to ensure a good workflow for PCs?
2. Will users want to use a tablet for more than viewing?
3. Can I get enough precision on a tablet?
4. Are there features specific to tablets?
Let's see what kinds of answers he can provide.
1. To access files, ARES Touch has two primary folders, local and cloud. Some corporate users cannot use the cloud due to corporate security policies. Alternative to Dropbox is to copy files using a USB cable. Download files to the tablet, store them there, and they remained unsynchronized until the user deliberately chooses to do so. All references are changed to be relative to the file. Cloud refers to services like Dropbox and Google Drive. When connecting to, say, Dropbox, ARES Touch creates a new folder in Dropbox called /Applications/ARES Touch. Here you can put the files you want to access on the tablet, and to have synchronized automatically -- this allows you to access a subset of all files stored on Dropbox, speeding up access.
2. While most CAD apps for mobile are severely limited in their drawing and editing, Graebert is working through every single command in ARES for desktop, and seeing how to adapt them to the tablet environment.
(New on ARES 2016 is portrait mode, which switches the UI to upright orientation. This is probably most useful on phones -- or tall drawings.)
3. For precision, ARES Touch offers the Loupe, an enlarged area of the drawing under your finger, along with object snap modes.
4. Touching the screen to manipulate the view, and to manipulate entities. Touching to perform some operations is faster than moving the mouse into position, such as dragging on the screen during the PowerTrim command or tapping an area to hatch.