Back in 2004 at its first version, Gemini Pattern Editor brought a fresh wind of simple Windows user experience to CAD applications, where strange old-looking interfaces were still the common reality on the market. The market reaction was instant, users loved the new easy interface, the small gadgets that make work easier and more efficient. Yet, there was little innovation in what we did, it was just Windows standard interface, standard Bezier curves, standard file save&open, etc
Meanwhile in the past few years all general-purpose graphic design and CAD applications made huge steps forward in providing a better user experience, advanced interaction gadgets, better ways to indicate or select elements, context responsiveness and guidance. This creates again a gap between the level of applications in apparel CAD and this advanced group.
So, what Gemini did again for its X19 version was to align its features to the latest level of general purpose CAD applications, thus setting a new challenge for its competitors in apparel CAD.
Among these features, Gemini expanded the possibility to point magnetically to a wide range of elements (geometrical or technical, persistent or volatile) and to place these elements into an excited state (Indicated) in order to able to refer to these elements in functions or formulas. Having all these elements available all the time might become annoying and counterproductive for the user, so the trick was to make this feature context-responsive and also easily customizable according to the user’s needs.