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09 September 2008



I am from Jamaica W.I. I am not a major user of AutoDesk software, but I do like to watch my brother do stuff in it. He recently got a chance to borrow a friends laptop with 2009 for a few weeks and was disturbed by the changes made to the interface. I must admit, he is still on AutoCAD LT 98, so it sure is a drastic departure. The question I have to ask is why did the AutoCAD Team implement the Fluent UI? I realize there is a close relationship between you guys and Windows, but version 2009 looks like its a solution searching for a problem. Even when reverted to the classic UI commonly known commands that can be found in earlier versions (2002, 2004, 98, 2005) remain recluse in 2009. Performance is also an issue, could you improve that? Its running on a unit with a AMD Turion, 2.0 GHz, 2 GBs of RAM, ATI X1600 256 MB and he had to hibernate just cut the startup time for the application. Please include a classic mode thats more familar to at lease 2005 and can be easily saved. He is otherwise impressed with its features and creates a lot of isometric drawings in their.

How did I discover your blog? I was watching The Recruiter with Colin Farrell, saw the Maya logo in the first part of the movie, decided to leave a comment on the Mayalicious blog, but realized I had to register, so I decided not to bother and check out the other AutoDesk blogs.



I agree looking at a software and technology and its changes over 10 years can be a shock. We at Autodesk make changes based on customer feedback and research as well as technology. Without knowing more about your operating system and types of drawing it is difficult to diagnose your performance comments. One thing is for sure comparing a less featured software 10 years ago and today is a stretch as many changes have been made to be more productive as you can only be so fast when comparing milliseconds in operations but if you calculate all the additional features you can do things much faster than 10 years ago. For example just compare what it takes to match a Hatch pattern in two drawings between LT 98 and LT 2009 as it takes minutes in LT 98 but only a few seconds in LT 2009 and there are many more examples of productivity boosts added over the years at customer request. As for the look of the software, we are fairly unique in that we still support file formats back to 1983 and you can change your program back to be almost what it was back in the early 90's just use classic mode or look at my blog post example. We still have the Screen Menu 20 years later.

In Technology there is one constant, that is change. Change of the hardware, change of the operating systems, and change and evolution of the software. If we did not listen to our customers on what to do in future versions, we would not be here 26 years.

One way to be invovled in helping to determine and shape the future of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT is to signup at http://myfeedback.autodesk.com as well as http://www.augi.com. Both are free and heavily relied on for listening and communicating with our customers on the changes they want. That is what AutoCAD X (not it's real name) is, it was based on customer feedback and research and these test drives are to get feedback from customers on how we are doing in meeting their needs and requests.

Thank you for your feedback,

Best Regards,

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