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  1. Right I am beginning to see the picture now. Yes, there is no standalone version of PV360 now. The standalone version from 2010 will not open SW 2011 files. You must run PV 360 inside the SolidWorks modelling window. It sound like you are looking at the Preview window. The off line renders (as in when you hit the render button) should give good results. The preview render builds the render up progressively in realtime. It is NOT like working in PhotoWorks. You basically pick an environment and that acts as the lighting. For best results turn off any SolidWorks lights you have added, and just use the HDRI environment. I'd suggest you take a look at the videos posted on the SolidWorks Forum - search by Marlon Banta - they are quite detailed. There are also tons of online PhotoView videos now. It really is a case of experimenting.
  2. Never heard of this happening - try the SolidWorks forums
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    Sw2011 Decals

    There are a lot of changes to SW2011 for rendering - for the better I think. I never got on with photoworks personally. The big difference in 2011 for decals is that they now work in all versions of SolidWorks, not just Pro and above. I recommend you take a look at the SolidWorks forum at SolidWorks.com and do a search for Photoview 360 2011. During beta there were a lot of videos posted detailing the new features. A lot of these are available at other sites as well. SolidWorks World is next week so keep an eye out for lots of content from the people doing presentations at SWW.
  4. Don't render it. Create a drawing sheet, bring in the drawing view, set to hidden lines/wireframe/dashed etc and save the sheet as a .ai file. Open the .ai in Photoshop with a transparent default background and that's it. Done. Like many things contour rendering effects are often better done as a post effect.
  5. The question is a bit vague to answer but you can already do this with regular solidworks equations, so you can do it with driveworks as well. Have you tried contacting the driveworks team? They really are very good Get a copy of the "Little Book of Rules" to find out more.
  6. OK here's a good one. I was told today that the intern I have working for me right now has to pay the university £650 as a fee to the university for the year he is on placement. Is this common practise? Now I can understand paying a fee like that if: 1. The university helped find the placement company 2. The university offered the placement company some kind of support and advice 3. The university kept in contact with the student via regular online tuition (bearing in mind the student is 200 miles from his University) The answer to all the above is no, no and no. My question is how can they justify that kind of charge when many of the placements are unpaid anyway? if the students are charge say £3500 a year in tuition fees - a whole year of tutorials, studio support, lectures etc , how can the university possibly justify £650 for doing bugger all? You tell me.
  7. Yes that is the old carrot and stick argument. Do a bit for free and we'll see if we like it/you. You know after sifting through portfolios, doing interviews and selection if a candidate is of a certain standard. That is what a trial period is for, and during the trial the company should be prepared to invest in the short term to get something back in the long term. Design is a people business. It is about individual skill and talent. Yet some of the big name businesses seem to be operating Victorian work practises. What irritates the hell out of me is that these self same businesses get awards and air time for their business skills. Perhaps a director of a large design business would like to comment?
  8. I didn't even know there was a Product Design group! I have reposted to that as well and sent some messages to some industry body people for comments. Be interesting to see who responds and who ignores it.
  9. It is interesting that I posted a similar post to LinkedIn Industrial Design Group before I posted to this one. Not a single response. I would have thought, seeing as how that group claims to represent ID professionals across the globe that this would be a hot issue for discussion. Clearly not. Of course it could just be the new discussion formats at LinkedIn which seem to highlight esoteric discussion rather than genuine business issues.
  10. That's the interesting thing. There are many professional bodies that service the product design business in different countries, yet I don't see many references to exploiting staff in their terms and conditions of membership. There is plenty about members not poaching work from others. As a client I would be asking some serious questions of a design business that "employs" several unpaid interns, yet charges them out at full commercial rates. If the design industry wants to be taken seriously then it needs to get its house in order and this should become a core standard for any members of design business associations. Yet, it is those very companies that seem to be guilty. Not acceptable.
  11. I have a question for all students and graduates out there. If your course has a work element in it, are you expected to find a placement yourself or via the University? Are the placements generally paid or unpaid? I am talking about long term placements here, say over 6 months. I ask this because during a recent recruitment exercise we came across students and recent graduates prepared to work for free - saying that this was common practise. Personally I find this a disgrace in an industry that claims to be professional, progressive and innovative that some employers are exploiting the vulnerability of those still in education or recently qualified trying to get a step on the work ladder. A few cases were given to me as examples by applicants - some from big name design businesses. So I am interested in views here on this. As an employer I would never contemplate an extended unpaid placement. As a student I never did this. As a professional design I don't do free pitches and do not work for free (apart from charity or educational work). So why should anyone? At the end of the day, it is up to the employer to choose the employee. There are mechanisms in place to undertake trial periods and ensure the chosen candidate is suitable, but the bottom line is they should still be paid for work done. What do you think?
  12. Thanks to all those you sent me their details. This post has now been filled.
  13. There is a way.... http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/sim...3d-formats.aspx A lot of the new generation rendering systems are building support for 3D pdf into their products....
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    Italian Design

    Speaking very personally I like a lot of Italian design - but it tends to be only in specific areas. Car design for certain (but how much of that is driven by the design houses?). Kitchen, houseware and bathroom design is also excellent, but for me the whole lot falls apart with so called designer furniture - and that is what many associate with Italian design. Personally all that over hyped so called high end tables and chairs are just collections of badly made, stylistic nonsense. Don't get me wrong, a lot of Italian furniture design is excellent but a lot of the hyped stuff is junk. As a nation I don't think Italians are any more design aware than anyone else, but I think it is more to do with the nature of the companies that operate in Italy and the domestic market. There is more of an acceptance and value of manufacturing skills in Italy I think, than in many places - but that might be changing? The irony is that many of the well known Italian brands use non Italian designers to design major collections - Starck, Foster, Newson etc.
  15. I believe that might be called capital venture funding. If the product is that good, and the market is that strong, and the IP is that robust you will have no problem getting funding from an investor - especially at the moment when returns for more traditional investment routes have been hit hard. In order for there to be a fighting fund you need to buy into it. To be frank who do you see doing this? The Government? No chance - not in the current climate. They are about slashing costs not investing in anything right now. Without that kind of input you have two options. Private investors or some form of insurance. You could in theory utilise a model like an organisation such as FAST use. They take on court cases and fight for damages but the software companies don't usually get a penny. All the damages are returned to FAST to fund marketing and awareness, and of course further legal cases. But things like FAST are a a bit more cut and dried in legal terms. Patents are not. Speaking personally I would never pay into an insurance scheme to fund patent fights. Even if you did get it underway, there would need to be a cut off or time limit, and the patent itself would need to be scrutinised by the insurer so that it meets their own internal standards. And that is the problem. A lot of patents are worthless as they are badly written and too general to allow a defendant to fight a claim.

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