What do you like best?
- Ability to go from sketch to surface in the same environment.
- Sketching on surfaces.
- I like its Diagnostic shading options. Gives a real good idea about how your surface quality.
- I also work with Rhino, but Alias is better and easier at continuity checking, intersecting, trimming/cutting works really well.
- I love it how they put a Transition Guide for Rhino users that shows equivalent tools and differences compared to Rhino.
- Transforminc CVs is a blast. Gives you great control and versatility over surface editing.
What do you dislike?
- Alias Surface has "Explicit Control", Alias Design does not. have it. It gives you full control on number of CV and Spans while building the surface. So if you want to have Class A Surfaces, you need to have Alias Surface, which is way more expensive compared to surface. And Alias Surface is not as good at sketching as Alias Design: so Autodesk kind of forces you to make a decision if you need more surface quality. And you have to pay more for a minor difference for End-User.
- Transformng is really great with different mouse buttons designated to different axes. But transforming in Rhino gives more control on what to snap where. Sometimes in Alias, you have to guess.
- It needs a simple 'Shear' command like Rhino.
- We need more Filleting tyles like ICEM. 3-radius fillet, combination of chordal and radius control etc. Even Alias Surface does not offer that.
Recommendations to others considering the product
If you want to have sketching and surface modeling in the same software, Alias Design is prefect for you.
If you are using Rhino or Solidworks but want to have better control and quality, choose Alias Design.
If you want to have Class A or something close to it, you should get Alias Surface instead, but you have to have a separate software for sketching.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I use it for creating concepts, building initial surfaces or sketch surfaces. I quickly sketch on graphics on my 3D surface and create lots of variations, very easily too. I sometimes open it and sketch on a canvas, then start building it in 3D in the same environment without going outside either for sketching or surfacing. But recently we had to favor Alias Surface because of its superior surface control and use Alias Sketch for initial sketching process.