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New Version 5.5 of VX --R-- Software Simplifies User Experience, Eases Migration From Other CAD/CAM Systems

Intuitive User Interface and "Intelligent" Hints Help New Users (December 03, 2001)
VX Corporation, the pioneering developer of advanced, integrated CAD/CAM solutions for engineers and industrial designers, announces the release of VX Overdrive(TM) Version 5.5.

To dramatically ease the migration of users of other CAD/CAM systems to VX Overdrive, the new VX release provides a simplified user interface and offers intelligent hints about what to do as the user designs a model.

"We examined comprehensively all of the interaction elements in VX Overdrive --menus, dialog boxes, icons and tool palettes--as they relate to typical user needs in driving a project from start to finish," said Bob Fischer, vice president of sales and marketing at VX. "The result in Version 5.5 is a CAD/CAM system that makes experienced users more efficient than ever and gets new users up to speed very quickly. In addition, we have even rewritten the text used in menus and dialog boxes to be of greater relevance."

The new Hints mode in VX Overdrive 5.5 is particularly beneficial for beginning CAD/CAM users, new users migrating from other CAD/CAM systems, or for casual users such as managers who need to review the work of colleagues but who themselves are not daily CAD/CAM users. The VX Hints mode applies expert system technology to offer situation-specific, or "environment sensitive," questions and advice as a model is created.

The hints are based on the most likely options required for the next step in the design process, based on the geometry just created and the tools available to extend or modify it. Other, less likely options are available through the standard menu choices and tool palettes, but the Hints mode will speed part creation in most cases for new users.

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