I hope you werenīt too miffed by my response
We are asking the GPU question because we will be releasing a Graphic Accelerator plug-in soon for DoubleCAD XT which requires a GPU card. So naturally we want to confirm that the majority of our user base is able to run it.
A good point. You are already planning to release the GPA plug-in. So, since you seemingly already put a lot of work into this side project, I personally donīt see the point to actually include a question about it in the survey. The road map for that one is already laid out, so unless youīd stop work on that plugin if not enough people say that they use a GPA card, I donīt see the point for the question.
My very own personal opinion about the GPA card development is that itīs not that important, since itīs limiting DCad to the windows world. I do prefer standards like OpenGL, since they are mostly OS independent. Correct me if Iīm wrong. A plugin is great, but since DCad does not make too much use of 3d elements, I donīt see the point for such a hardware implementation. Heck, I have an old TIGA card lying around that accellerated my old 486 beyond my then wildest dreams. But was it used by my then-CAD program you bet it wasnīt properly :\
As far as the other questions you mentioned like "what is your job?" and "what OS users are running", those questions were already asked when you downloaded DoubleCAD so we don't want to duplicate those questions on the survey because we already have that info.
What I wanted to achieve is to give everyone a chance to see what our fellow members are using DCad for. I get the impression that more architects are around than any other profession group.
We do listen to everyone on the forums and are doing our best to create the DoubleCAD you desire, so thanks for the input and keep it coming!
To make the forum experience even more better and probably make it easier for you I strongly suggest to clean up the forum. The various subforums have similar threads in each forum. I think that a few of the subforums could be merged together, helping everyone to keep track of questions and topics.
The topics usually are
- questions about functions and how to solve something, often including
issues with DCad not working properly and hence becoming bug reports
- Installation issues
- suggestions to improve DoubleCAD
I suggest to
keep the "General announcements"
and "Feature request/Wish list"
- "General Discussions" into "Utterly off topic"
(that one isnīt used that much anyway) being dedicated to everything that is not directly connected to DoubleCAD, i.e. really off topic stuff, including working with 3rd party software, with everything regarding DoubleCAD moved to
, "Need help?", "Bug reporting", probably split up into subforums for each new release,
- "Tips and tricks" into a subforum dedicated to tutorials.
The "User Gallery" is a step child of this forum anyway, with the newest post being almost two years old. Keeping it or omitting it and merging it into the the "DoubleCAD discussion" would not make any difference atm.
A cleaner forum structure would be a great improvement. Usually there are about 10 users active everytime I am on the board, so the board is a source for information. One of my personal buying incentives is good support and an accessible forum as a knowledge base (which I of course am willing to contribute to), and I think that this goes for others as well.
So weīd be down to four or five subforums instead of nine, with a lot more life in all those smaller ones. I must admit that it irritates the heck out of me if I see a forum with posts older than maybe a few weeks at the top.