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The Autodesk Foundation is focused on investing in design-driven organizations delivering scalable solutions with a measurable impact and in designer's solving the epic challenges using the power of design.
Yesterday we held a live Google+ Hangout with Autodesk's Project Chronicle Product Manager Eric Stover and myself. It was a casual and fun time with Eric and I in the Office of the CTO brainstorm room complete with lawn chairs on fake grass, but there was one big issue. We had over 50 people wanting to attend but found Google+ Hangouts have a limit of ~10. We want to thank everyone that was able to attend from as far as New Zealand and interact and ask questions, but also those that tried to attend.
Some of the highlights of the Hangout:
Most of you trying to attend seen this ominous message that the Hangout was full.
We will hold another live event in the very near future but will use the On Air YouTube method which will allow everyone to attend without a limit and also give us a recorded version on YouTube for those to watch later. In the meantime please give Project Chronicle (https://chronicle.autodesk.com/) a try either watching some of the available Chronicles or making some and posting to your blog or email me your Chronicles on Autodesk products to publish in a blog post with credit.
I will begin planning to host several other Hangout sessions with various Autodesk teams.
If you will be in San Francisco on February 6th, 2014 and love design and movies like me, then you better grab a ticket to one of the hottest monthly events in the city, Autodesk Design Night. The tickets go really fast for Autodesk's Design Night events.
The February 2014 Design Night theme is Making Movie Magic. Expect to learn about all wicked cool magic that is used behind the scenes with guest speakers like Rich McBride, VFX supervisor on the movie Gravity.
Get your tickets now before they vanish! http://autode.sk/movies
Lights, Camera, VFX (and popcorn)!
I will be there and hope to see you there.
Beta is pre-release testing where you signup to participate and test the early version products before they are released and report your feedback so we can improve them before the final release to customers.
It only takes a couple minutes to sign up and tell us about you which will determine what betas you could be recruited to participate in when the product teams go searching for more beta testers. When accepted, you will have to agree to a NDA testing agreement not tell other people about the new beta product or its features until the end of the beta. Yes it can be hard to keep the secret of the cool new features, but keep it you must.
This is one of the best ways to work with the actual products teams and let them know what you like or help us find the rough spots of the products by testing and reporting defects.
Please join the 70,000 members of the Feedback Community for beta testing and Autodesk Labs projects (which do not require a NDA):
The main goal is active feedback and participation with a result of better products for our customers.
I am back from my annual week of rest for the holidays which many Autodesk employees take each year.
This year I spent more time offline which felt refreshing and more time with family, friends, and outdoors. I even started small scale wine making by fermenting some white and red wines and hard apple cider which has made for a very fragrant home with the loud sounds of burping wine fermenting vessels. Perhaps I will use my good friend Bill Adams' wine brand name he made for me a few years ago, the "Between the Vines" wine.
2013 was an amazing year both personally and professionally, here are a few highlights:
In 2013 I lost some amazing people in my life like my grandmother and a dear friend and longtime Autodesk colleague Tony Peach.
I am looking forward to an amazing 2014 and sincerely thank you for reading Between the Lines.
You can capture objects in the real world as 3D textured using using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with greater precision and iOS7 compatibility with the new updated version of 123D Catch and still free. The last major update of 123D Catch mobile was November of 2012.
New features available include:
To download the app, visit: http://autode.sk/18pe3Rl
The Office of the CTO is trending all over the web and social media this week due to one announcement! Tuesday we made a joint announcement with Amazon, Mozilla and Otoy about Autodesk desktop applications running through the browser.
Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser, an Industry First
I get to take it for a test drive!
Today and late into tonight I was delighted to be able to get my hands on this technology preview and run the four Autodesk applications over the web with nothing but HTML5 in a web browser. The Amazon instance is running Windows 2008 server edition with the four Autodesk trial software pre-installed.
Look ma, nothing to download, install, or plugins required!
That's' right there was no catch and nothing to download or install as stated I just fire up my web browser like Firefox and Chrome with HTML5 compatibility and ran full versions of Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Maya, and Revit.
So how is this different from other remote access applications out there?
This technology allows hardware GPU acceleration and also since these Windows 2008 server machine instances are on the Amazon Web Servers along with modified Kepler Grid GPUs from Nvidia, I have one hell of a powerhouse machine that I can access anytime from almost any device. I can use Autodesk 3ds Max or Inventor from a MacBook Air. This my friends is what many with graphics hungry applications have been searching for, a scalable cloud GPU. The cloud based CPU cores have been around awhile now but those involved with graphics are more interested in GPUs and being able to use them in a cloud infrastructure where you can scale fast in a burst as needed unlike your local machine. I can just grab a new machine or device and fire up a HTML5 browser like Firefox and get to my desktop and run powerful applications without downloading or installing anything but a browser and also not sacrificing performance due to the local device hardware. I also wonder aloud if this will reduce the need for native platform applications if you can access them from most devices. For example I can run Revit on a Mac now without sacrificing performance.
I have noticed just testing today that the performance is about 30fps but the absolutely amazing part is the remote instance itself and how responsive it is in graphical operations like rendering and working with huge files.The remote machine instance actually renders frames in a test animation I ran about 4 times faster than my beefy local machine can.
Here are screen shots of Autodesk 3ds Max and Revit in my Firefox browser.
Here are Autodesk Inventor and Maya running in Firefox
Mozilla's blog post on the announcement:
I will also have this technology to show at Autodesk University along with my fellow Autodesk colleague John Schmier who was involved in making this happen.
Keep in mind this is an early technology preview but if you want to try this it does take some knowledge of EC2 and you could run an Amazon instance with Autodesk trial applications http://aws.otoy.com/docs/OTOY-EC2-AMI.pdf
The Smithsonian X 3D Conference with limited free registration so if you intend to be there you had better hurry and register. There will be amazing agenda of presenters and presentations on how 3D will transform museums and research institutions around the world. The Smithsonian X 3D Conference will be held on November 13th and 14th, 2013 in Washington DC as well as a possible webcast.
Autodesk is a very proud sponsoring partner for this special event. I will be attending and also hold a meetup on the Friday November 15th for those that wish to join me for discussing 3D, Autodesk products and technologies as well as exploring the Smithsonian and some DC landmarks. Having visited several of the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC, I can tell you it is truly amazing to see in person and free admission. Perhaps I can encourage some of the members of the Smithsonian's laser cowboys and Autodesk Reality Capture Team to join us for a great discussion.
For the first time ever, state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image-based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian tools will enable museum collections, scientific specimens, and entire research sites to be digitally recorded, studied, and shared in immersive detail.
- Researchers and conservators can use 3D capture to document and analyze a single artifact or an entire field site
- Curators and educators can use 3D imagery to explore complex ideas and share new discoveries
- Teachers, collaborators, and members of the public can interact with Smithsonian museum objects in new ways
Register Free autode.sk/19driWB
I hope to see you there,
It is that spooky time of the year where people dress up in costumes and you guess if they are in costume, or if that is how they really look. Not many things in the office more awkward than commenting "Nice Halloween costume Kurt" and Kurt responding "what, I am not wearing a costume."
To avoid the awkward situations, why not have some fun and also help your fellow Autodesk product users such as 123D products, 360 products, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, Inventor, Fusion 360, Maya, Navisworks, Recap Pro and Recap Photo, Revit, Smoke, or one of the many other Autodesk products with a tip or trick?
Provide your best Autodesk product trick to fool or torture someone or a treat to help their productivity with a helpful tip or show something really cool that you created. I will with my very own personal wealth (small sandwich bag partially full of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters hidden in my closet) purchase some fun yet inexpensive gifts to gift to some of the submitters with the best tip and the funniest and most creative submissions.
Guidelines are simple to follow as this is just for fun and not a contest or official competition.
Show how to prank someone like setting their mouse wheel zoomspeed to warp factor increments. More examples were in a past blog post AutoCAD Pranks. But please make sure the tricks are non-destructive and in the spirit of fun. NO setting their UNDO command to UNDO 3 times and save the file thus making them lose work. How about code to make their computer beep when they do something like use UNDO.
Show how to do something ninja like in an Autodesk product saving time and creating nice things. Or how about a pixel treat showing something really amazing you created using an Autodesk product.
Make sure you try to keep the Trick or Treat short and simple but yet detailed enough that people will understand it. Screen captures, sample files, scripts and LISP are welcome.
Deadline: October 29th,2013
I will be the judge, jury, and executioner and all decisions made in pure fun and final.
Spread the word so we gets lots of tricks and treats to share in a series of blog posts on October 31st!
It is hard to believe but this blog has just turned ten years old. I want to simply say thank you for all the millions of unique readers reading 2377 posts so far, thousands of commenters, several guest authors, fellow bloggers, and Autodesk employees that contributed to this blogs success and reaching this rare blogging milestone.
I would especially like to thank Autodesk management for allowing and encouraging Autodesk employees to be engaged, transparent, and actively participate in social media like blogs (http://blogs.autodesk.com) and twitter. It takes a great deal of confidence for a company to place the trust in its employees to do the right thing and Autodesk has always has. I want to also thank the two Autodesk employees that opened my eyes to what a blog was and got me started back in 2003, thank you Bill Johnston and Eric Wright.
Thank you Bill Adams for the annual birthday cakes, cup cakes, and this years digital birthday wishes to Between the Lines.
Ten years…thank you!
We have been working this Summer on many updates and improvements to the Autodesk Feedback Community where most Autodesk product betas and future research goes on. I was placed in charge of this 65,000+ member community again this Spring and had a list of things to do from the fellow admins and the participants in the community. We have some major upgrades coming and making the community easier to login and participate in but the most visual will be to switch from a dark theme to a light and bright theme like other Autodesk communities switches to a recently in addition to the new logo.
In response to participant feedback we also moved the logout to the upper right and extended the community timeout to 90 minutes.
I will talk more about the exciting feature upgrades in the future, but here is a look at the new Autodesk Feedback Community Light theme mockup that goes live today at 1PM PST.
Here is the old dark theme login page we are kicking to the curb!
And now the new crisp, clean, and vibrant new light theme:
I hope to see you in only 130 days at AU 2013!
Update: There are AU user logon changes taking place this week and old accounts will be migrated.
When we originally announced Autodesk FormIt for the iPad last December, the Android question came up. I responded telling people that this product was designed for a tablet so logically one would start on the largest tablet market device then move out from their based on customer feedback. The Android tablet request was one of the top (if not the top) request, and the team will satisfy that Android tablet request as I mentioned they would.
“Before the Android tablet users fire up my comments section asking where is the Android version, the team is looking towards an Android tablet version sometime in the future.”
The FormIt Team is moving at a lightning pace with going from Release 1 to 4 in just 7 month. Now there is an Android Tablet version of Autodesk FormIt confirmed, working, and to be released hopefully soon. Those with an Android tablet will have fun creating conceptual models that also automatically create a Autodesk Revit .rvt file in Autodesk 360.
Check out the blog post by the team and a video of FormIt running on the Nexus.
Back in June the team also mentioned a web based version would also be coming, so look for that in the future in addition to the Android tablet version.
Autodesk Fusion 360 went live today as an official Autodesk product after a great deal of evolution based on customer feedback and research. Autodesk Fusion 360 started in Autodesk Labs as a Technology Preview of a desktop product, then it evolved into a Cloud Assisted Desktop1 application for Mac and Windows on the Autodesk Feedback Community where betas are run.
Now the Beta product sticker has been removed and it is ready for primetime production use by designers and engineers free for the first 90 days and around the small price of $25 a month. The powerful product combines industrial design sculpting of T-Splines to the power of a 3D modeling tool along with cloud based collaboration, versioning, file translation and more. It is not only powerful, but fun to use and design in as I have been using it personally for quite sometime now.
I am currently on a flight (37,100 feet) heading back from the Lake Oswego (Portland) Oregon Autodesk office where there was a great deal of excitement.about the new product. I just happened to be in the Lake Oswego office for another unrelated meeting.
From the official Autodesk press release:
The Next Generation of Design and Engineering Software Has Arrived
Autodesk, Inc. today delivered the world’s first cloud-based software created specifically for people looking to fuse stunning aesthetic design with great product engineering. Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service.
What People Are Saying About Fusion 360
"Gone are the days of patching together specialized design and engineering tools that were either too complex or not sophisticated enough to address all needs of the product development process. With Fusion 360, we finally have a single, dynamic tool that allows us to execute on any idea in a very efficient way." - Jason Martin, Co-founder, Carbon Audio
"The beauty of Fusion 360 is to be able to iterate through many concepts very quickly and make small adjustments that may have a huge impact on the look and feel of a design. With Fusion 360's flexible design, engineering and visualization capabilities, our customers are empowered to make their own design decisions." -- Matthew Harris, Orphanage Guitars
Autodesk Fusion 360 brings together mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools into one, easy to use cloud-based service. http://autode.sk/11CfE6A
Autodesk’s free conceptual tool for the ipad, Autodesk FormIt was just updated as version 4. FormIt is the 1st Architectural Form Modeler for the iPad. In addition to new features, there is a web based version of FormIt coming so that you will be able to use it from many more platforms. Before the Android tablet users fire up my comments section asking where is the Android version, the team is looking towards an Android tablet version sometime in the future.
For those not aware of Autodesk FormIt, it is an extremely easy to use tool allowing you to explore forms and conceptual designs fast by directly manipulating the forms. You can start with a blank canvas or start with a satellite image location for your design as well as do a shadow study based on that location and a date and time.
Autodesk FormIt 4.0 Highlights:
One of the biggest strengths of FormIt besides drp dead simple ease of use is that FormIt allows you to take the conceptual to the design tool as it automatically generates a Autodesk Revit .rvt file in Autodesk 360. No need to work out a conceptual idea only to redraw it in a design tool wasting time when you move it to the design phase.
Generate and explore complex designs for Revit.
Project Blink gives you the power and flexibility to run software installed on your computer from a remote computer or tablet with lower latency than other solutions, and optimized for some Autodesk software. I wish I could say more, but this is a beta and you need to apply and get in the special beta to find out how amazing this cutting edge technology is compared to traditional remote hosted application technologies.
Sign Up for this Beta Opportunity http://bit.ly/11H7t8F
Currently the beta is acepting those from N. America.
The popular web, mobile, and Mac App known as AutoCAD WS has now been renamed as AutoCAD 360. AutoCAD WS now AutoCAD 360 has been downloaded over 12 million times in just 2 years and is still a free version plan with more functionality being added all the time. Renaming AutoCAD WS as AutoCAD 360 to the Autodesk 360 platform family will provide a unified experience and allow for more powerful functionality, integration with other 360 applications and services, and collaboration and much more in the future.
In addition to the free AutoCAD 360 plan, there is also Pro version plan with many more advanced features available.
If you already had AutoCAD WS installed, you may have noticed the update today as AutoCAD 360.
Take your drawings everywhere with the AutoCAD 360
Autodesk announced yesterday at Maker Faire which is essentially the center of the universe event for DIY & Makers our intent to acquire Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use browser-based 3D design tool and will become part of the popular Autodesk 123D family of apps and supports Autodesk’s vision to help anybody imagine, design and create anything.. The addition of Tinkercad to Autodesk will help broaden the The acquisition will also revive the Tinkercad service and community, despite a previously announced shutdown by its founders and creators.
Tinkercad has been one of the favorite tools of many Makers just wanting a simple web based 3D design tool to create 3D models for 3D printing. With Autodesk as a new parent and placed into 123D Family it is not only not going away as was the case before Autodesk, but it will be improved and given much love and attention.
Tinkercad Blog Post:
Tinkercad has found a new home at Autodesk
Go give Tinkercad a try, its super simple and a fun way to create 3D geometry for 3D printing or just for fun.
"We are excited to have reached an agreement with Autodesk that will provide a solid home and bright future for Tinkercad," said Kai Backman, founder of Tinkercad. "We found in Autodesk a shared vision for empowering students, makers and designers with accessible and easy to use software, and with their global reach and expertise in democratizing design, we're confident in their ability to introduce Tinkercad to new audiences around the world."
Autodesk intends for the Tinkercad service to remain available as part of its consumer portfolio. The company also intends to incorporate elements of the Tinkercad technology and user experience into the Autodesk 123D family of products as part of its ongoing effort to make 3D design easier and more accessible to everyone. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days.
"Tinkercad is a natural extension of the Autodesk 123D family as well as our other apps and services for consumers, as it is already used alongside Autodesk products," said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president, consumer products. "We look forward to welcoming the Tinkercad community to Autodesk and to continuing their mission of accessible 3D design for all."
We're looking for the best, the brightest, and the most innovative and creative faculty, students, and researchers that you know, and we need your assistance in encouraging them to apply to the IDEA Studio - Autodesk's unique scholar-in-residence program. The IDEA Studio is now accepting proposals for residencies that will take place in November 2013 through January 2014, and proposals are due May 15.
Located in San Francisco in the Autodesk Gallery at One Market, the IDEA Studio supports faculty and students from around the world who use Autodesk software in advanced, imaginative ways to solve real-life problems. In addition to grants of up to $30,000 USD, residents are given an inspirational workspace and are connected with a tailored network of Autodesk advisors to help them reach their research goals.
Applicants can submit a brief proposal directly via the online Proposal Submission Form.
Autodesk just released the 3rd version of the iPad App Autodesk FormIt after launching it at Autodesk University just a couple months ago at Autodesk University 2012. The team has been rapidly adding features and addressing requests based on users feedback. FormIt is the easy to use 3D conceptual modeler for the Apple iPad Tablet. You can create shapes and forms, and then later refine them in the auto-magically created Revit .RVT file or in another application using the SAT file.
While FormIt is great for architectural design, there really are no limits and you can just as easily model a robot or any other 3D concept model. It is just plain fun, oh and it is also FREE.
What’s new in FormIt 3.0
• New visual styles that include sketchy lines, hidden lines, and line extensions
• Import and manage multiple images on the ground plane
• Multiple images translate to the Revit file created in the cloud
• Apply bitmap textures to faces and objects
• View your sketch from an orthographic plan view
• Synchronize all sketches to the cloud by pulling down on the Gallery page
• Toggle the ground plane grid display on and off
• New icon and branding
• Bug fixes and minor improvements
You can watch the recording of the event that was broadcast live from the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco just an hour ago. Autodesk’s Amar Hanspal Senior Vice President, Information Modeling & Platform Products Group announced and showed some of the new Autodesk 2014 product & suites. http://youtu.be/w-kxV8C4xro
The focus of the webcast was the Suite spots.
The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:
A key addition to the 2014 portfolio of suites is Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating intelligent 3D data of physical objects and environments using laser scans and photos, allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.
The new Autodesk website went live www.autodesk.com
So much more news coming today including a post with links to Autodesk 2014 product related posts from the blogosphere. Stay tuned to this blog for all the Autodesk news Between the Lines.
Please join us for the special live events on Facebook, LiveStream, and the Autodesk Area.
“It is often the arrival of a new tool that opens our minds to new opportunities we would have never imagined before. New tools not only make it possible to do new things, they also expand our vision of what could be. We will soon be announcing our 2014 portfolio of tools for design, engineering and entertainment and we invite you to join us for a special webcast on March 26, 2013 at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, 3pm UK and 4pm Europe to learn more and see the impact that Autodesk software is having across the industries we serve.”
- The Role of Tools in Design blog post
On this day January 30th, 1982, 31 years ago a small group of people held an initial meeting in Marin County California to organize what became Autodesk. They risked it all including all the money they cold scrape together and it paid off for millions of people from employees, customers, partners, and investors.
A sincere thank you to John Walker and all the ‘deskers’ that followed in the founders and pioneers footsteps to this day as you literally changed the world!
Take a moment to sit back and reflect at all the history in the past 31 years and be damn proud, then get back to work.
Autodesk Flying founders
From left to right:
Rudolf Künzli, Mike Ford, Dan Drake, Mauri Laitinen, Greg Lutz, David Kalish, Lars Moureau, Richard Handyside,Kern Sibbald, Hal Royaltey, Duff Kurland, John Walker, Keith Marcelius
John Walker’s quote.
“We should shoot for having the company in operation by mid-March. We cannot dawdle, but we also are going to do it right this time. We're just going to do it fast! “
Onward and Upward!
Autodesk’s 4087 employee hired in 1998 and unofficial historian.
One of the winner’s apps just went live on the Autodesk Exchange. PhotoGeoDWG took second place in the competition and is a really creative app allowing you to add camera markers to the raster images in your drawing. No more asking yourself or others “where is this location” when in a drawing file or in the field.
Congratulations to CAD Management Resources! Stay tuned for more winning entries and their apps.
It is an honor to have been listed as the #1 CAD Blog of 2012 based on Alexa web rankings for global traffic and readers that was analyzed and posted by Brian Curran. It was also sweet to see my partner in Autodesk Labs crime Scott Sheppard also placed high at #4. While I am aware numbers are just that but Alexa are a good indicator of traffic to a web page.
I try to keep the blog a healthy mix of Autodesk, product tips, technology, personal, and just plain fun. If you ever have feedback on how I can improve, ideas, or exclusive Autodesk product related guest posts for the Between the Lines blog please email me.
Thank you everyone!
Except of just the top ten:
In tabular form, the Alexa Global Traffic Ranks are as follows:
Top 10 CAD Blogs and Alexa Global Traffic Rank
2. http://blog.jtbworld.com Jimmy Bermark’s blog 579,254
3. http://through-the-interface.typepad.com Kean’ Blog 647,649
4. http://labs.blogs.com Scott Sheppard’s blog 681,674
5. http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com Ralph Grabowski’s blog 708,197
6. http://thebuildingcoder.typepad.com 745,499
7. http://rcd.typepad.com Robin Capper’s blog 759,999
8. http://cadsetterout.com Paul Munford’s blog 877,488
9. http://deelip.com Deelip’s blog 952,326
10. http://thecadgeek.com Donnie Gladfelter’s blog 1,212,163
Check out Brian’s post with more charts and methodology.