Late last week Autodesk began touting the latest release of the Autodesk suite of products – Autocad 2010. Some of the new functionality that uses can expect includes: Support for 64-bit operating systems, new ribbon-style user interface is customizable to each user, repetitive tasks using Windows Workflow Foundation, Enhancements to reprojection algorithms provide more accurate reprojections of raster imagery accessed through FDO Data Access Technology. Also new at Map 3D 2010
Something many AutoCAD solution users may not realize is that there’s a solution that enables the cAD user to get full ArcGIS functionality with AutoCAD… enter ArcGIS for AutoCAD. There’s a free, downloadable app that provides access to ArcGIS Server map services and allows you to view and query GIS data from within the AutoCAD environment… wow… as a former long-time AutoCAD user I have to say WOW… this is sweet! A real benefit I can see with this solution is the ability to leverage a wealth of GIS data that currently exists within the Geodatabase or on the web as freely available SHP files – imagine, no tedious translation of data, just drop it into your existing CAD session as a base layer. See more HERE
Autodesk is working with the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) and the Incheon Urban Development Corporation (IUDC) to cooperate in the creation of Asia’s first Digital City for Incheon, Korea — the ‘Tomorrow City’ in Song-do City. Autodesk has designated Incheon as the second pilot city of its Digital City initiative, after announcing Salzburg, Austria in July.
Autodesk is offering up 2 4 1 Reg for AU – Well, for the first 100 to register anyway! Be one of the first 100 people to register for AU 2008 on November 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (PT), and you can enable a “buddy” to register for free. The contest is being promoted as a Economic Stimulus Package.
Also at AU, Autodesk is also offering an un-conference space! Here the content is created and driven by participants. AU provides the venue and you provide the topics. AU Unplugged will help move some of the great hallway conversation that folks at AU have into a low-key classroom setting so attendees with similar interests can join in.
A new online educational resource is now available for AutoCAD 2009 users or would-be users – the AutoCAD Resource Center, a Web site providing an abundance of free resources and information on AutoCAD 2009.
The resource takes advantage of video clips to provide readers with useful educational and tutorial material. For example, a video on layers shows how users managed layers pre-2009 and then how to manage layers using AutoCAD 2009 products. Additional material available to users includes:
how to articles
tips and tricks
Naturally, free trial download software is available. See more at http://resources.autodesk.com/autocad/
Please note – regarding the previous post about Autodesk press. Apparently myself and likely other journalists who are registered to receive Autodesk news items were sent, in error, a PR item via the PRnewswire service. The PR appeared to have been sent on behalf of Autodesk and the item was posted on the Autodesk PR website – I have to assume the news service manages the content on that site. I actually check the site this morning because I wanted to verify it was correct.
It seems the PR (apparently from http://www.asbl.com/) was distributed in error. I was contacted by reps from PRnewswire about the matter and they have taken blame for the error and the confusion. Sometimes you do have to shoot the messenger I guess!
Thinking about Autodesk U yet? Autodesk definitely is. See the AU blog for the latest on this year’s event, slated for Dec 2-5, 2008 in Vegas. The latest entry is tips from Lynn Allen for justifying 4 days in Vegas to your boss! See http://au.autodesk.com/blogs/BLAUG/
See also http://au.autodesk.com/event/
Ok, now I’ve seen it all (almost) as today, Autodesk and Bentley held a joint PR conference announcing their efforts to team up and bolster their collective efforts for interoperability… wow! From the PR… Through supporting the reciprocal use of their available APIs, Autodesk and Bentley will enable AEC project teams to combine products from both providers within integrated workflows. For instance, a design team could use a mixture of Autodesk and Bentley software, such as Autodesk’s Revit platform and Bentley’s STAAD and RAM structural products, and simulate and analyze their designs or manage project information using Autodesk NavisWorks software or Bentley’s ProjectWise.
An interesting update to the AutoCAD portfolio today… The Autodesk Civil Engineering portfolio now includes:
· AutoCAD Civil, which provides civil engineering technicians, drafters and surveyors with a focused design and documentation solution
· AutoCAD Civil 3D, which provides a more comprehensive civil engineering solution with analysis and simulation capabilities for the civil engineer and designer
As a result, AutoCAD Land Desktop 2009 will be the last release of Land Desktop and moving forward, the company will be focusing resources on the development AutoCAD Civil and Civil 3D. See more at www.autodesk.com/civil.
Once again, Autodesk is going on the road and bringing the Autodesk Experience tour to a city near you. This is a good opportunity to see what’s new in the 2009 application suite and ask questions from the developers and resellers. The following stops are scheduled.
May 13 Detroit, MI
May 14 Toronto, ON
May 28 Denver, CO
May 30 Houston, TX
June 5 Montreal, QC
June 10 Anaheim, CA
June 12 San Francisco, CA
June 17 Chicago, IL
June 19 Vancouver, BC
June 24 Calgary, AB
June 26 Edmonton, AB