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Microvellum Users--I need your input10/22
I've been a Microvellum user for over a decade now....starting with version 6, then 6.5,6.7....all the way to r14 (the latest and greatest).
I've noticed over the last few years that the MV forums aren't nearly as busy as they once were. I'm also having deja vu of implementing 6.5 when I'm trying to get setup with r14.
It seems MV has made some great strides forward with the new releases, but it hasn't been without bumps and bruises. I'm hoping the end result is worth the effort.
My question is this; How many of you are still running 6.7 for production? I know I am, as I'm slowly trying to integrate r14.
Im running V7 for production. We have been since we bought our CNC Router a little over 2 years ago. Stick to official releases it makes everything easier.
We have used Microvellum since version 6 then moved to 65. Originally a Cabnetware user, we selectively moved over to Microvellum. It was the best move we made. I will admit that switching from MV 65 to r14 was probably one of the most frustrating tasks. Using the latest frameless library at the time, we had to completely rebuild it to get it to the point of customization we used in 65. User beware, the machine file transition from 65 to r14 really set us over the edge. We are up and running now but it was truly a disappointment to learn that the transition would be so difficult. The only saving grace is the speed of the r14 when compared to the older versions.
I've had it with MV. The time cost of rebuilding everything, the poor responses to various things and not getting a post to work correctly after months of fooling around... I'm looking for a replacement.
In my application, I'm using MV almost as order entry. I still draw everything, mainly because I'm OCD about making sure it's correct before processing, but it works. Most of my "orders" can be processed start to finish in less than 5 minutes using mv67. r14 still isn't as smooth as the old software in my opinion, and it takes ALOT more clicks on every order to get to the same end result.
I don't like the thought of having to start over from scratch in a new software. That's probably the main thing holding me to MV right now.
I have been working with version 7 since the begining, coming from version 6. Toolbox 7 r14.4 is pretty good. It will never be plug and play and you do need to spend considerable time with it. Looking forward to the day when we switch to a solid modeling application it will probably be Inventor with RouterCim to do the machining as both are well developed and I would not go through what I have gone through to get Toolbox running again. All in all MV seems to lack focus, the ability to finish one product before starting another.
Thanks for your input. I agree with you on the work to get r14 up and running...it's a lot. I also agree with the finish one thing before starting another route. Unfortunately it's clear they don't adopt the same mentality. However, I've found out that they have MANY more developers now then they've had in the past, so I'm very hopeful it's going to get better.
My conclusion is I'm going to give it another year or so. If it's not up to par then, I'll start looking at my options.
I'm sure MW is great software, because the idea was belong to contractor who owns MW. But there is many new developers today and there is a lot of new ways to doing it. Be positive