“Swift Prints” & “Design Notes” Idea Station

Taking a cue from Autodesk, I thought I would throw some ideas out there for my Inventor add-ins and see if you all may have some ideas for them as well.

If you’re not familiar with either “Swift Prints” or “Design Notes” you can read more about them by clicking the links.

Swift Prints allows you to create templates for common printer configurations that you can quickly access later for one click printing of Inventor drawings.

Design Notes is a history based note editor for all types of Inventor files. This application adds the ability to tag notes to a file without the overhead of maintaining another database.

If you have some ideas you would like to share for these add-ins, just post a comment to this page. You can also find me on Twitter or Facebook.

So here’s my list of ideas for the add-ins. Let me know if any of these seem interesting enough to pursue. I’m not saying I want to tackle any of these quite yet… but you just never know what may already be in the works.

  • Design Notes: Sync tasks with Asana or another task/project management application.
  • Design Notes: Dockable window from within Inventor to allow access to notes while working.
  • Swift Prints: Print to cloud with one-click (Autodesk 360 or another CAD-in-the-Cloud solution)
  • Swift Prints: Batch print functionality of all drawings in a folder or related to an assembly.
  • Swift Prints: Accounting integration for customer billing of print jobs.

I’ll update this list if any other ideas come to mind. Thank you all.

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  1. Swift Prints : add an option to print a text watermark. I have UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED set as the watermark for my batch Vault Plots, but for the other prints using Swift Prints I can’t do this.

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    1. Excellent suggestion. I’ll consider this for the next update.

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