Cabinet Vision: The Last Mile/High-Level Strategy

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IntroductionEdit

It is very important to make wise decisions early in the process of setting up Cabinet Vision. As you add new functionality, and as your shop begins to depend on Cabinet Vision running without disruption, it becomes hard to fix problems baked into the foundation of your CV buildout. The first order of business is configuring how Cabinet Vision represents the 3-dimensional models entered into it.

General Strategy and Best PracticesEdit

The four essential areas of three-dimensional modelling in Cabinet Vision that need configuration are:

  1. Best Practices for Catalogs
  2. Best Practices for Assembly Methods
  3. Best Practices for Object Intelligence
  4. Best Practices for User-Created Standards

This listing also represents the order of precedence for these strategies, and the increasing difficulty and level of expertise required to implement them well. This means that you should do your very best to set up each area of configuration in sequence, looking to the next one only when it is impossible to achieve the intended result in the current one. You might be surprised at how much you can achieve with object intelligence, for example. Above all, don't make the rookie mistake of immediately looking to UCSs as the solution to all problems. They are powerful and flexible, but that's a double-edged sword. When writing a UCS you need to be careful what you ask for, because once set up, they have a tendency of interfering in situations where you would rather that they not. If you habitually use UCSs to do things that could be done in Catalogs, Assembly Methods, or Object Intelligence, what you'll eventually end up with is an unmanageable mess.