My sad tale of woe.

I’m kicking the tires on Autocad Inventor (version 9). Luckily, I have a friend with a copy and the price of gasoline is down. Right now I think that Inventor 9 is something designed by mean spirited people. If the current version (whatever it is) is built on the work in Version 9 then AutoCad has probably lost a potential sale. This version should be better if there were EIGHT previous versions!

I wanted to do something simple. After all I'm kicking the tires on my own time.

I thought I’d start by doing something relatively easy. So I went into the system, opened a new standard IPT and lo and behold there was a “sketch screen.” I quickly created a part and even added a few dimensions. It seemed pretty easy. Looking good!

I next took it and extruded it. Again, this seems simple. Fun!

Then I saved the part. (no extrusion. Just the sketch)

I wanted to print the drawing But what printed was lacking drawing information. Hmm I guess I need to crate it with “drawing information.”

So if I want print the part out as a drawing then start with a drawing. This is where I missed the sign over the door that said “Beware Ye who enter here.”

I opened up a standard drawing. IDW. Yep. I could now add drawing information. Certainly there must be a way to grab my previous work and bring it into this drawing. If there is it is a well kept secret. I don't think water-boarding should be a skill needed to use Inventor.

I can find no way to import my simple part (saved as an IPT into IDW).

I can find no way to convert an IPT file to any file that can be opened as an IDW.

I can find no way to import (copy and paste) the data from an open IPT file into an open IDW file.

I’ve tried enough search word combinations that the letters on my keyboard are worn away.

I’ve looked across the net for “experts” and see lots of horror stories about other conversion experiences.

I can't believe I'm the only person who might want to do this. Heck, sketch a part in the sketch mode and then take it into drawing should be something others might want to do.

I’m sure that someone can enlighten me so that I have to smack my forehead.

Right now I’m thinking that perhaps I need to look at Solidworks.

Oh my friend is passing by the room with a mean smile on his face. I suspect he knew I might not like AutoCad Inventor.

Seems to me that a program that creates one type of file should be able to use the same data in another part of the program.


(wishing I'd had a V-

Can anyone provide me with the Rosetta Stone needed for AutoCad Inventor 9???