Hey guys, I just got the pro version just to realise that I can't really do much with it as compared to the free version. I have to add that I own a solidworks software and I have been using that for all my frame designs for the past few months. I was getting fed up with solidworks over angle manipulation problem so I thought I should give bikecad pro a go. after downloading the latest version I notice very few differences to the free version which is of any good to me. Firstly I would like to say that kudos for making a software for frame builders and I really believe that this must help a lot of frame builders out there. But I have to say that for me personally I am getting similar problems if not worse in this software.
Here are my concerns:
1. Firstly, I am building bikes out of bamboo and getting the accurate angles for mitring is of the key importance to me. I am glad that this software allows me to get good mitring angles for top - head, bottom - head, seat - bottom, seat - s stays,etc. Now here is the catch... I am also interested in getting the mitre angle for chainstays to the bottom bracket i.e. from the central plane/line of the frame to the chainstays on either side. I know this is a very minor thing but I seriously don't want to do the math everytime I want to mitre a tube.
2. Secondly, I was hoping that the drop-out section would have a disc mount option. The reason for this is that I can't braze the disc mounts on bamboo stays and the only option I have got is to get the disc mounted drop-outs made specially for various seat stay - chain stay angles I am hoping to use. This option would really help me as I am hoping to produce road frames with rear disc mounts.
3. Thirdly I can't find the mitre info for the seat stays either, for example I would like to manipulate the offset for my mitre angle on the seat stays to get the right width between them as I please.
Will look forward to your reply guys. I my language makes no sense them please let me know. I will draw a picture to let you know what I mean. Thanks