This interesting news out of Vegas and the annual AU event… 3D, GPS and Plot to Print Capabilities for AutoCAD WS. This from Autodesk… AutoCAD WS will include GPS capabilities, allowing geographic location information to be shared and saved with design projects, as well as new Plot-to-Print capabilities for immediate remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets. See more http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/25202/2/
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.
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/
Today in Vegas at Autodesk University 2007 winners were announced in the Océ Best Design Competition for Autodesk University. Winners were selected from a pool of qualified entrants who submitted designs via Océ’s website in the categories of AEC (architecture/engineering/construction), Manufacturing, Geospatial and Plant from Oct. 8 – Nov. 9. The winners represent the most visually impressive designs in each category – all of which were output on an Océ TCS500
… and the Winners:
Océ, a Sliver Sponsor at Autodesk University 2007 and long time member of the Autodesk Developer Network, congratulates the competition winners- listed below by category:
AEC: Jeff Hanson using Autodesk® Revit® 9 software to design a private residence in Denver, CO
Manufacturing: James Teske using Autodesk Inventor® Pro 2008 software to design an off-road seismic vehicle
Geospatial: Yvonne Stillman using AutoCAD® LDT 2006 software for a slope analysis in Lebec, CA
Plant: David Gaskill using Autodesk Inventor 2008 software to design a waste water treatment plant in Hawaii
I just returned from Denver where I took in the Autodesk Realize Your Possibilities event – a travelling roadshow put on by Autodesk staff. The event served to inform users and would-be users about the possibilities brought about by using the latest apps – in my case, I took in the Geospatial track which looked at the GIS solutions – AutoCAD Map 3D, Raster Design, MapGuide, and Design Review.
Some of the coolest features available to users of the AutoCAD Map 3D solution include:
– fast data access enabled via the FDO technology – we saw a 1.5 GB image draw, redraw etc.. in seconds – on a normal laptop!
– simple output to DWF or publish to the web – author and serve to MapGuide session in seconds
– viewing DWF within the free AutoCAD design review enabling layers, redlines, measure tools, geographic coordinates, view attributes, and even plug-in a GPS!
– native read/write of multiple data formats include ESRI
– simple command access and access to GIS data analysis tools (ie. fast query building, thematic map production, and output)
I could go on but I’ll have to wait till I pour over my notes and handouts. Nice job to Pete Southwood or Autodesk (aka. the Male version of Lynn Allen!)
Let me leave you with some useful weblinks:
It’s been 25 years since AutoCAD was first demonstrated at COMDEX in Las Vegas. To celebrate 25 years of digital design innovation, Autodesk has launched a website along with an interesting timeline.
I received this interesting bit of AutoCAD history… Did you know that 25 years ago John Walker & 16 employees started Autodesk, with the sole goal of creating a CAD application for under $1,000? In 25 years that tiny company has grown to over 5,000 employees in 33 countries, with product offerings spanning a variety of industries, from architecture to civil engineering to computer animated graphics. Over the years AutoCAD, the company’s flagship product, has been joined by an ever-growing family of products that leverage the trusted platform’s capabilities to address the specific needs of a variety of designers, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical and most recently AutoCAD P&ID, to name a few.
Some cool milestones:
1984 – revenues top 1 million
1985 – Autodesk goes public (ADSK)
1990 – Glenn Letham starts using AuoCAD r9 for pipeline mapping project (remember the dot prompt?) – OK – I slipped this one in!
1992 – Carol Bartz named CEO (you gotta love a woman CEO who will freely drop an “F-bomb” when you least expect it!)
2005 – ADSK scores an Academy Award
2006 – Carl Bass named President and CEO
2007 – Autodesk now reports 8 million licensed users worldwide
– using AutoCAD in my first GIS related internship to map the natural gas pipelines in Victoria, BC
– seeing John Cleese at Autodesk U in Vegas, 2003
– the Autodesk Miramar hospitality event in San Diego (GITA)
– having one-on one’s with Lynn Allen, Carl Bass, Chris Bradshaw, Carol Bartz, and other ADSK execs.
– the Mapguide open source launch in Orlando
– Autodesk realize your ideas tour in Vancouver and meeting Guy Kawasaki
– a cool Autodedesk intro event in Atlanta – the travelling road shows are awesome!
– DWF (say no more!)
– the Pre-season ball game in Tampa with open bar complete with 24 oz. beer cups…
My looming month-end move of home and office will be preventing me from attending Autodesk University (AU) this year and I’m really bummed about it – first one I’ve missed in 7 years! If I was there I would likely take in this cool social event hosted by Autodesk technical evangelist Pete Kelsey (I noticed details on Pete’s blog) – note: Pete joined Autodesk a few months ago, recall he started K-Tec back in 2001. Pete will be hosting the Autodesk Civil 3D party and apparently his band, Dr. ruth will be performing. If you’ve never heard Dr. Ruth before they are awesome – perhaps the best Geospatial/CAD house band around! Mark your calendar, Tuesday night, November 28th in room Veronese 2504/2505 (following the AUGI Beer Bash) and have one for me! Source: http://petekelsey.typepad.com/
Are you heading to AU this year (that’s Autodesk University in case I’ve lost you). To stay informed of AU happenings from the blogosphere the following are some great resources to bookmark.
Between the Lines from Shaan Hurley is a great generic AutoCAD blog… perhaps THE premier Autodesk blog – http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines
Beyond the Paper is all about DWF – http://blogs.autodesk.com/beyond_the_paper
Between the Poles is another fine resource (although the author has yet to link to my AnyGeo blog!) – see http://blogs.autodesk.com/between_the_poles
One of my favorite reads (although not strictly GIS focused) is Lynn Allen’s Blog – http://blogs.autodesk.com/between_the_poles
Heidi’s AutoCAD Insider blog is also very informative – see http://heidihewett.blogs.com/
finally, how about the official show blog – see http://auol.wordpress.com/ – great idea… every event needs their own official blog.
The only thing missing is an official show tag… how about AutodeskU06?
Fyi, yours truly will be at AU once again (I think this will be number 8) – I’ll also be blogging from the event in Vegas so AnyGeo (gisuser.blogspot.com) is also a good AU blog to bookmark!