RE: Catia Maintenance, Is it worth it?
December 2, 2009 12:59 PM
(in response to Samarinder Singh)
Okay...here's a long post...I probably should have just turned it
in as an article...
Thanks for the good words. Good words from a good man. Below, I
will speak of "my Catia." By that, I mean my version, the way I
use/configure it, and my computers- since there's so many
configurations and methods- many of which are good, many of which
are not.). I use ONLY Catia certified hardware, and believe
strongly in that, having heard and experienced some of the horror
stories in the old days. In my opinion, if you're not using 100%
Catia certified hardware and OS, then you take the risk of having
bugs that you wouldn't normally have. For those using Windows XP
Pro 32 bit like me, that means SP2 (not 3!). I use quadro FX4500
with certified driver, and Intel CPU. I have 4 GB's of RAM loaded
with the 3GB USERVA boot.ini modification. That's it.
I totally hear you loud and clear and agree with you in principal.
However, one tends to think differently when it's their own $5000
their plunking down, and asks what they're really buying, and if
they really want it. In my case, I have (humbly) finally gotten to
the point with my Catia, my computers, my set-up and organization,
where things run pretty darn smooth! I don't even remember the last
time I had a "click ok to terminate." I have no file-saving errors
of any kind. I finally understand, to a large extent, how to use
Catia how it is and be happy with it. I believe, that after many
years, I finally have a firm understanding of the way that I want
to use Catia, in the way that works out well for me. I also looked
at history, and realized that even if I did go to say, R20- it
would probably be around 5 or 6 service packs before it was
useable. This being the case....I bought a new motorcycle. But
seriously, I thought that $5000 would buy a lot of VB automation,
and I have a man that can pretty much do anything I want, in the
way of enhancements around where Catia is at today. What Catia
can't do, I can do with APT. So...this was my logic. Hence, "if it
ain't broke, don't fix it" really refers more to MYSELF, and the
WAY I use the software. I do find workarounds. I don't want any
major changes to any of MY personal Catia, because I know how to
use MY Catia. As for my comments about the enhancements that have
been asked for lately...well...I haven't seen a single one that
really got me excited, and seemed to be of much use to me. Rather,
they would get in my way, and force me to have to do things
differently, rewrite much automation, when TODAY, I have Catia
working very well for me. Again, I think "if it ain't broke, don't
This applies only to ME, and my Catia. I use catia as a modeling,
drafting, and aptsource generation tool, and it does the job well.
I have many VB scripts which are only used to do things that are
repetitive, or to do things that take a long time to do otherwise,
or to do things which are prone to human error if not scripted.
None of my VB scripts, or use of formula's would hinder a person
from using my source data, if they didn't have access to my scripts
Anyhow, it's been a long time process of getting myself set-up. One
thing that really pushed me is that I have around 35 customers, all
of which have quite different methods and systems. I had to make my
Catia work around that, which was quite difficult, as you can
imagine! Every shop must feel like they are my only customer, and I
need to appear as if I have their entire methodology firmly
embedded in my brain. I set up a system here that is similar to the
U.S. constitution, and wrote it all down. I have never given this
to anyone, but I have a scaled down version, which I give to some
of my sub-contractors. So...another reason, why I look very closely
at major changes to Catia.
On another important point, personally, I don't drink much beer.
But...I do drink whisky just about every night. 95% of the time,
it's Wild Turkey Bourbon- but in the last couple months, I've
gotten to enjoy Wild Turkey Rye. It's 101 proof, and follows my
general principal of getting the most for your money.
Here's a hot tip for you, and what I usually do. 2 ice cubes in a
small old-fashioned glass. Dash Angustura over the rocks. Drop 1
sugar cube in there. Splash about a teaspoon or so of club-soda or
tap-water in there. Mash up the sugar. Pour 1.5 ounces of Whisky in
there. Take one small lemon slice, squeeze it in, and drop the
sucker in there.
P.S. If, a release does come out in the next 10 years that I just
"have" to have, I only have to pay $7500 (150% of fee) and I'd have
it. So, if that happens in 2 years, I still save $2500. Add $5000
saved for each year after that. This was probably the biggest
factor in my decision. At worst, if I needed to have R20 in 2010,
I'd lose $2500. At best, I'd save that or more. Also, I will still
be around COE, sharing knowledge, even if I'm way below you guys in
my release level, because my most important interest is in methods,
not the actual software.