If TC should get new and young users they have to do something as they expect a product that is ready to use straigth "out of the Box"
So there should be a finish UI and a Template that will meet as much as possible of this demands without losing the great flexibility we have today for the more experienced users that maybe want it different.
I don't know much about mechanical or design stuff, so it would be nice if other users also chime in with ideas about how to make TC better, more ready to use for their demands/ wishes.
We basically have all the tools we need, but we need to use something like Preset or similar to make it more easy and not have the need of doing all the settings our self.
So it is just to make a collection of these and set it up in a system that is easy to find/ use.
And everything need to be double, both systems, metric and imperial.
So for the Architectural i will suggest preset for ;
Wall's, the most common style's, but not to many as then users easily can lose the feeling of control and that will be for all presets, not more than maybe 3-5.
Roof and Slab's likewise.
Roof's, why dont we have automatic options for the facia and gables if the roof have a gable , i dont know the name of this in english, but a gable roof do have some pieces of wood that protecting the ends and make the water go down on the roof tile or shingles, gutter,and downpipes.
It is cumbersome for new users to make them
Door's should have a tickbox for Interior or Exterior, with or whithout molding that will fit for the type.
Door's also should have finish Profiles, some nice entrance doors would be fine to have.
Window should have a tickbox for molding's or not too.
The moldings don't need to be advanced, just something that indicate that they are there, i believe most other cad programs do it this way because of how they act when using block and different size's.
But then we need a way to set the Frame insert during inserting door and window, can it be possible that TC "know" the distance based on the wall style ?? and automatic adjust it, the info is already in the wall style, and we can override this if we want the window to stand maybe 25 mm. in to the wall, default is 0.
I would also liked if i in a easy way could get the glass area in a window or door
It could be done by a palette that show the different styles based on a pic, and in a Block'ish way we could adjust the size, moldings on/ of, etc etc, sort of set the info we want visible or not like we can with Attributes today.
Then we could have finish tables/ reports that collect all the info in a premade style,
If the door/ window also show the hinge side it would be nice, and we could also use the pic. from the palette in our report show the window/ door, telling us size, hinge side, possible to open or not, the glass area, the opening area.
Then it will be very easy to know how many square meter glass there is inside a room, totally in the building and so on.
I need to have 10 % glass/ ligth in a room if it should be a room for stay long time, like Living room, kitchen, bedroom, but in the same time the total area should not be bigger than 20 % of the floor areas totally, if it is bigger i need to send a energy calculation for the building also, that's why the total opening area in wall's are of interest in a table/ report.
And then we have materials, they should been finish set in a "normal" way, a new user should not need to learn how to get a decent look of a wall, roof and so on, they should be premade.
And why not give them the same name, regardless if they are LigthWork or RedSDK, then they will work both places.
It is possible, we do that in our template now.
Renders also maybe need some work, i am not correct guy to talk about it as i am pleased if i get something that look like cladding, a brick wall i.e.
I don't do interiors, to time consuming
Terrain, it would been nice if there was some tree, flowers and bushes preset in TC as well, as block so that we could scale them in a easy way.
I know i could get all of this in 3D warehouse, but that is not the point, there should be some inside TC as well
In general i talk about how a house in my case look's like in real world, it should be possible to draw a house and just tick if i want this or that to show in the drawing, most of the users don't care about learning to make this kind of stuff, they want it finish set when they open the program first time.
If i want to have printed out this or that report of the house (in a report menu)
They "lose" money for every hour they need to use for learning how to do the basic stuff on a "normal" house if they use TC for make a living.
Of course i have no ide'a about the cost for making this comperred to the price TC is sold for, posible or not, but some idea's for get new young users, maybe.