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My coworker Jeferson Stutz from our São Paulo Brazil office has now jumped head first into Podcasting. The Autodesk Inventor Podcast will feature weekly news about the manufacturing market including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, Mechanical Desktop, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Functional Design, Vault, ProductStream and Streamline. This is the first CAD related Podcast in Latin America. CAD, technology, music and everything else between.
This AIPOD Podcast is available only in Portuguese (beautiful language). Perhaps later Jeferson will create a multi language download option. Jeferson is one sharp and energetic person and I cant wait to get back to Brazil to visit the Autodesk São Paulo office and perhaps go fishing with Jeferson.
Podcasting's essence is about creating audio content for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want, and how they want.
Check out this post from Jason Hickey as he is spreading the word about the free stand alone and trusted DWG TrueConvert tool which handles R14 to 2007 and back DWG™ file conversions.
“I quite often hear grousing from customers (and non-customers) regarding the file format change in 2007. They all say that Autodesk is forcing them to upgrade by throwing in this file format change, and to that I say "Hogwash" (hey, there's a southern term for you!)
So, what if you're stuck on R14 and your consultant is on the bleeding edge of technology? Ask the consultant to save the file down (and get grousing from that consultant, and embarrass yourself in the process?) Not anymore! I'd look into a program called DWG TrueConvert. You can download it FOR FREE (I know my customers love that word...) from Autodesk.”
For more of this post please see (Beneath The Lines: What if I'm not on 2007? )
Please take a moment for a short survey by Grant Rochelle on his Under the Hood Blog.
“Today I want to ask for your help. We're conducting research to help with future product direction and I am really interested to get your feedback on how you work with drawings today. I've designed a very short, 5 question survey to help me understand how 2D fits into your design process. The survey is completely anonymous and I promise faithfully that you will not get harassed by any kind of sales and marketing follow-up.
If you've got literally 1 minute to spare today, please click on the link below and complete the 5 questions”
Two possible performance increasing options:
1) Materials and Textures are on by default unlike AutoCAD 2006 which can greatly impact performance but also produce a higher quality view in 2007 features. You can turn these off at the Dashboard or go to the Performance Tuner 3DCONFIG. This method disables all Materials and Textures all the time.
2) (recommended Solution) To get the performance boost while still having Materials and Textures use the Dashboard option Performance Tuner or 3DCONFIG then move the degradation order for Materials and Textures to the top.
Shaan from Perth Australia this week
Subject: Best Practices for Rendering and Visualization
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT)
Duration: 1 hour
Heidi Hewett will show you how AutoCAD 2007 and the new Mental Ray rendering engine can produce some very high quality visualization output.(http://www.adskhost.net/35248/index.php)
On this Monday, I departed the beautiful but isolated town of Queenstown New Zealand located on the South Island in the Southern Alps made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie. On the day of my departure a huge Antarctic storm blew in with very cold air, high winds, and snow. All flights were canceled and hundreds of stranded passengers opted for a 9 hour bus ride to Christchurch to possibly get a flight out. Even major motorway over a mountain pass was closed due to snow. I rolled the dice and held out hope a smaller propeller plane could make it in and get out. Well one small plane did make it and I got out although it was a very rough and white knuckle flight.
Yesterday I traveled from Sydney in the rain to the Blue Mountains. What a beautiful place even in the rain. Did I mention bad weather and weird things follow me when traveling? I had the great fortune to 4WD into the back areas of the Blue Mountains and see wild kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos, and more. I also visited the Featherdale Wildlife park where I was for some reason beat up by a teenager gray kangaroo. I am not sure what sparked it but he would not let me leave the compound gate. He would rear back on his tail and kick me with his two large feet. Of course I was videotaping during the attack and will possibly post the video segment later when I get back home next week.
Well tomorrow I head for Perth to harass Steve Johnson, not really to harass but I just wanted to meet Steve after many years of email conversations. He dared me to come to Perth so I took up the challenge.
My New Zealand and Australia Trip Photo Gallery is being updated all the time.
Vespa Beta 1 was released last week! The answer to which image was created by Vespa. It was the left one that was created in an early alpha version of Vespa and the right image was hand drawn. Most who guessed got it wrong which is a good sign for the suitability of the output even at the very early stages of the products development.
I attended the Design Masters Quiz event tonight at the Aotea Center in Auckland New Zealand. It was a great event with a couple hundred in attendance. Several Autodesk products were demonstrated then random teams of attendees at tables answer questions on the demo as fast as they could for prizes.
I started the day in Wellington, ended in Auckland and then tomorrow in Queenstown. New photos were posted to my New Zealand trip photo gallery but below are a few from the Design Masters Quiz and a photo of Mike Burke in front of a pedestrian bridge he worked on for the Wellington New Zealand waterfront.
Now back to my regular scheduled working vacation and to get 4 hours of sleep. :-)
It is 11:30 Sunday morning in New Zealand. I will be back in Auckland tonight after trekking all over and staking at lake Taupo last night. What a beautiful place. I will be posting some photos tonight.
I bet I am first to blog live from a Blackberry device while on the overlook at the brilliantly blue Huka Falls on New Zealand's North Island...
<update> I posted some new images to the New Zealand and Australia Gallery after my 800km trip this weekend with Robin Capper.
I spotted Robin Capper's post about the weekend and showing me as a major geek. ;-)
This is not your typical tourist
BTW: Lynn Allen decided to use me as her Cinco de Mayo poster child.
Off to Wellington tomorrow!
I am headed today Saturday (a calendar day ahead of the US) to Lake Taupo and a few other locations with friend, blogger http://rcd.typepad.com/rcd/, and Autodesk customer Robin Capper. I have posted a few photos from Auckland and Devonport to the New Zealand gallery but will post many more and some details on the trip Sunday as there has been quite a bunch happening on my trip as well as Autodesk. I will be back in Auckland Sunday and then Wellington on Monday and Tuesday and back Tuesday afternoon for the Design Masters Challenge in Auckland.
Vespa Beta 1 is now available for those that are signed up. New Autodesk Product Beta Coming Soon, Codenamed Vespa »
I have now begun my 16 hour flight to Auckland New Zealand. I am quite sure I will have plenty reading, writing, laptop work and of couse eating while enroute. I will be down under until May 23rd visiting Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Sydney, and Perth. This is a working vacation. Well I better turn off the Blackberry for awhile.
Oh great... I am leaving for New Zealand today and a possible tsunami in New Zealand. I do hope the tsunami pans out to be a dud and no damage or injuries anywhere. They are also warning for Hawaii, Tonga, and Fiji.
I spotted this funny web site from the USA Today blog Today in the Sky By Ben Mutzabaugh in an article “SkyHigh Air follows through on promise of mediocre service”. The Today in the Sky blog is a great resource for airline industry info. The link to the web site is below and was created by ad agency company Wong Doody (yes that is their real name). I especially liked the Poulet-Ulator 1000 used in the Free-Range airfares using a chicken randomly pecking out a price or the 4 star vacation packages.
I wanted to pass along this quote and link from an email to me from Shawn Gilmour of Autodesk. Although Shawn did not ask for me to blog this, I felt it was a great cause.
“We are off to a good start for this year’s Breathe Easy Ride donation collection for the American Lung association. We still have 1 month before the ride byTeam Autodesk.”
You can help by clicking here to make a donation.
I spent much of last week on the beautiful main island of Hawaii on the Kahala cost North of Kona. I had the same feelings as many who visit Hawaii and that was consider looking for a job there and never leave but I came back and still work for Autodesk. ;-)
* I got to ride a commercial self powered submarine similar to one I built (DS-48 Voyager II). Almost ten years back I performed the ASME external pressure design, NDT, and certification prior to coming to Autodesk of which I used Autodesk software in the design and fabrication drawings of the sub. The crew and company of the vessel Atlantis in Kona Atlantis Adventures were awesome people and I would recommend a ride if you are in Kailua Kona or any other location they have submarines commercially operating.
* Got to snorkel with some tropical reef fish and green sea turtles. This was a blast even though while on one adventure I got caught in a rip current and had to cross a small bay and beach myself on some lava rocks causing a few cuts and urchin jabs.
* Visited a Kava bar and chilled out.
* Had a great 398 miles of driving around the island including a visit to Waipio and Hilo as well as the sunny Kona region. I prefer to not follow the crowds and make my own tourist plans and locations preferably off the beaten path and more of the real local flavor and people of places I visit.
* Got to take some photos with my Canon Rebel XT of nice sceneries, beaches, and flora.
* Found a locals only hidden beach location that was awesome and some locals were fishing and catching odd fish. I even was the person unhooking and releasing some of the fish including one that the locals said was poisonous but I being a former hard core salt water aquarist thought otherwise and survived.
* Got to test a rental cars limits and how it would do on non-paved rough lava roads. :-)
Check out my photos from the trip. I will be annotating them later tonight.
This Wednesday, May 3rd 2006 I leave for New Zealand and Australia for both work and play. Yes I feel like I am living on planes but meeting people all over the world and experiencing things off the beaten path is something I would not trade anything for.
Autodesk 3ds Max 8 SP3 includes all previous updates such as SP2 and critical fixes.
SP3 includes updates to compatibility and interoperability with the Autodesk® 2007 product releases including AutoCAD® 2007, Autodesk® Revit® Building, Autodesk® Revit® Structure, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, Autodesk® Civil 3D®, and Autodesk® Vault 5 software products.
This 3ds Max 8 Service Pack can be applied to 3ds Max 8 English only. The install program will not install over a previous version. (Example: 3ds Max 7 or 3ds Max 7.5).
This would have been a fun ride with Salesoft! Maybe a reality show on a RV and showing cool Autodesk products. In any case I am excited to be in New Zealand later this week although I won't be on the bus but instead living on a plane for the most part.
My schedule May 3rd through the 23rd
• Auckland NZ May Arrive and stay 4th-8th
• Wellington NZ May Arrive and stay 8th-9th
• Auckland NZ May Arrive and stay 9th Will be at the Design Masters Quiz
• Queenstown NZ May 10th-14th
• Sydney AUS May 14th-17th
• Perth AUS May 17th-23th
• Auckland NZ May 23th 5:30AM to 9:54PM then back to the states.
Want to meet me and chat while I am down there or perhaps a visit to your company?
Shaan's Down Under Trip Survey
-Shaan (adopted by Kiwis)
Wellington has seen a 3,500 tonne building on a train but taking a Building Ideas Show on the road is an unusual solution for a problem posed by New Zealand’s geography and population distribution.
Faced with the challenge of presenting BIM Concepts and demonstrating the latest Autodesk AEC Applications throughout the land the team at Salesoft CAD Solutions have found a novel solution; take the Building Ideas Show on the road!
Date Town Location
May 1 – Monday Hamilton Civic Plaza, Site E
May 2 – Tuesday Palmerston North Railway Reserve
May 3 – Wednesday Wellington Civic Square
May 4 – Thursday NelsonTrafalgar Centre
May 5 – Friday Christchurch Cathedral Square
May 6 – Saturday Christchurch Cathedral Square
May 7 – Sunday--
May 8 – Monday Dunedin Lower Octagon
May 9 – Tuesday Invercargill Don Street Car-park
May 10 – Wednesday Queenstown Copthorne Hotel
How can you find out more?
Watch for updates at: www.salesoft.co.nz