Release date? Who knows? No programs perfect, and I don't expect this release to be perfect when it's released whenever that will be. I suspect a few more weeks of beta testing for fine tuning. Cad programs, with hundreds of combinations of commands and mouse clicks are inherently prone to being a little squeaky. It takes time to get these squeaks out, unfortunately. I mentioned our Solidworks demo, it crashed three times during the demo. And that was with a released version. They blamed it on a new video card, you never know.
As far as printing goes, I'm sure there will be some who will have problems, there always is with any program, but I'm not seeing any more complaints from here. We've always had to tweak the program or the printer to get results we could live with in the past. Our Surfcam can't print landscape images no mater what we try, so Cadkey isn't alone
I just received a newsletter from our CK rep. For the bulk of the newsletter he compares CK side-by-side to Ironcad. Essentially Ironcad comes out on top with his comparison..... CK has "no parametric solid modeler, no full animation, no automated BOM and IRONCAD also includes full sheet metal design capabilities." along with some minor pluses for IC.
This is the CK rep. hard selling another program and knocking CK to boot. doesn't bode well for CK's future.
We have 3 major machine designs. I can ill afford down time because of corrupt solid models (thank you CK 19). If I'm going to have to convert my CK19 files into CK21 files anyway, I think its time to get a program that is going to give me the features that will expedite the design process. CK doesn't seem to be living up to that billing right now IMO.
Cadkey 19, Surfcam