Two improvement ideas for Grabcad?
1. I have noticed that most of the uploaded don´t have a step file, untill someone ask for it, which mostly happens on every uploaded model. Would it not be a good idea to urge the users to also upload a step-file on the uploading page, next to the browse-button?
And maybe also a little text explaining why and how to. Any input on this?
2. I´ve also noticed quite much foreign language on the page. I don´t mind it in the comments but when even the model descriptions and titles isn´t possible to understand, it starts to get annoying. Maybe some recommendations on the upload page, to only use English?
Just some ideas to make things even better!
Hi Josef that would be a great idea about the STEP file but it is always down the user to upload what they want but would be good to highlight this :)))
About the different lingos I do understand were you are coming from as I myself do not know another lingo other than English, but GrabCAD's universal and maybe the people from other Countries don't know how to speak English just as I don't know there lingo so I guess it again is down to the user that uploads there models. I would love it if it was all in English as I would understand everything without the use of Google translator which isn't that great sometimes but being a multi cultured web site it would be wrong to have it all in English and a little unfair I would imaging for the users that do not know English.
1. Exactly! Just to highlight it, as a recommendation, not a compulsion. =)
2. You are right, not everyone can speak English, so it would maybe be more of a limit and make them confined. I didn´t think of it that way. Nice to have input. Thanks William.
1. I use SW2010 and don't see that a newer version will be purchased anytime soon (don't need any of the improvements in newer versions) and it's a shame I can't open neither newer SW files, or other unsupported formats (Inventor, draft... etc) and I silently encourage everyone to do an additional effort to make one more "Save As" click and select *.stp as an output file format. All my recent uploads are available in SW2010 and STEP format...
2. English is not my mother tongue, however, I grew up listening songs of a Swedish group which did sing on English, even at the time when they didn't even understand the lyrics... So, I learned a bit here, and there and... I just get frustrated with the spelling differences between UK and US English, which really gets me being poked around when I use Tyre instead of Tire...
Anyone who thinks it can be frustrating here, might try to join Eng-Tips forums... Do a misspelling and you're instantly between a rock and a hard place...
Still, I also prefer English, at least in the title/description
Just a quick note on behalf of GrabCAD as well: adding the recommendation about uploading STEP/IGES is a good one. We'll add this tooltip to the upload form.
Multi-language support is, on the other hand, a rather king-size topic. So far GrabCAD has been mainly English, but let's face it, there are hudreds of thousands of engineers that speak and write German/Spanish/Portuguese/Hindi etc instead, so we are yet to make this grand decision how to turn this environment and community into one that would support everyone equally :) It's a tough one, from information structuring as well as technology point of view.
Personally I wouldn't be able to propose a step version of most of my drawings, simply because the software I use just doesn't support that format. Unfortunately although it was meant as a "universal" format, step really isn't quite that. So not everyone can upload a step file.
However, whenever possible, instead of uploading just one format, a user could attempt to provide a larger choice of format for his drawings, when possible.
But let's not forget the free exchange community, other users can offer other formats of a user's already uploaded ones.
As far as foreign language is concerned, what's "foreign" anyway?
Sure the bulk of the users are english speaking, but I think we shouldn't be limited to only one language. Where would be the "openness" if we start limiting this?
On that subject, I would think one possible "improvement", or "extra "feature" would be to have an automated translation system built-in the site, so when requested by a user, there would be 2 versions of the posted text, one in the original post's language plus one in the reader's spoken or chosen language...