Having spent a number of hours preparing models for upload and then uploading them, I have found the process quite daunting. Some of it was learning on the job, so it should be faster in future. However, I feel the process is not made as easy as it could be. If it were easier, it might encourage more people to get involved.
I was uploading 26 models of basically the same thing: rooflights which only differ in widths and lengths. I had hoped I could upload them in one go but it seems that possibility only exists if you pay a subscription. Well hell, I’m doing this as a favour to others and giving my time. I ain’t giving my money too! I realize that is aimed at companies that have products to sell but it is the small guys that suffer.
The next thing that could have been easier was naming. You can see the dialog box in the post above. You already have a file name but it asks for a title. I can see that you might want them to be different but you might be happy to use the same name. So why not have that as the default which can then either be accepted or overwritten?
Also, why not have the option to upload directly to a collection you have already created? Without it, you have to painstakingly move each file one by one.
Another thing is the limitation on drag and drop, as referred to in the post above. You can’t do it when uploading. But if you edit an already uploaded file, you can. Why one and not the other?
Because I was getting fed up with the laboriousness, I didn’t bother to add a description for each file. I thought I could do it by editing later. Well you can, but that’s another enormous chore because I couldn’t see any batch editing facilities. The note I wanted to add was the same for all 26 models.
I appreciate that I may not have found the fastest way to do all this but if I have, I would think very hard about doing it again. It’s a shame because the discipline of preparing files for the 3DW is useful in making files for one’s own use. Plus, I would have found it very useful if someone else had done all the donkey work and I could simply have downloaded the rooflights I wanted. Would I try uploading windows, doors and other commonly used components to help others knowing what a major task it is? I’m not so sure.