What makes a good idea for the Top Ten List?

Any idea you might have to enhance SOLIDWORKS products can be a good submission to the SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten list. I guess the better question is, what makes a good idea submission for the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Top Ten list?

To create an idea, go to the SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten, click on Action in the upper right, and choose Idea.

Create an idea


Create idea titleThe idea’s title should be clearly stated. The title should be both succinct and complete. There should be enough description so that anyone browsing thru the list of ideas can immediately identify the topic.  For example, the title “Make selection more like photo editing software” does not have enough information. What selection capabilities should be included? Is this a request about filtering or window selection or something else? A better title would be “Add polygonal lasso selection tool”. In this case, you are asking for a specific capability or tool.


An idea’s description should provide more detail. In the example “Add polygonal lasso selection tool”, the description may include a paragraph about this tool, such as how you wish use it (often called “use case”), frequency of use, and other software with similar tools. Do you want to use this selection tool on sketches in parts, annotations on drawings or both? Do you want it to work like another application, or do you have something else in mind? You may also wish to include images or videos as examples of how the tool might function.

idea description entry

Additional guidance

Avoid making an idea about too many things.  If you have several similar yet separate ideas, be sure to submit each of those separately.  For example, if you wish to include more window selection tools, do not create the idea “Add magnetic lasso, polygonal lasso, and magic wand selection tools”. Instead, create one idea for each, as in, “Add polygonal lasso selection tool”, “Add magnetic lasso selection tool”, and “Add magic wand selection tool”.  This allows everyone to consider the merits and use cases for each tool separately. For example, perhaps polygonal lasso selection is popular, but magic wand is not. Many people may not vote for an idea because they do not want magic wand, even though they do want polygonal lasso.


Select the appropriate categories for the idea.  Categories may be selected at the bottom of the idea submission page.  It is OK to select more than one category.  Please make sure to only select applicable categories to each idea you submit.



Another element that can help an idea are comments from others. Comments will help refine the idea. Other people may have alternative use cases that increase the importance of the idea. Or, perhaps functionality already exists in SOLIDWORKS, and you’ll need a more specific description to explain the added value. Comments also help ideas get noticed.  This may provide more attention when voting starts. We welcome all constructive input about every idea!

Have fun!

Most of all, the SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten is for you! So please enjoy, submit, comment, and vote often!

Important dates for Idea submissions and voting:

  • December 15, 2016 is the end for new idea submissions.
  • December 16, 2016 voting on all ideas begins.
  • January 20, 2017 voting ends.
Matt Lorono

Matt Lorono

Product Definition Manager at SolidWorks Dassault Systemes
Applying two decades of engineering field experience to improve and create new SOLIDWORKS products