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.
Sign up to participate in the Navisworks beta testing program. You can get a preview of a future release and provide your feedback.
Beta testing is where you get to download and test a version of the software still in development before the final release. You get to make a direct difference in the product by reporting bugs and providing your feedback on the new features directly to the product team members.
Sign Up Now bit.ly/ItWr0z
Fresh out of a customer beta at the Autodesk Feedback Community is the new Autodesk Inventor HSM Express, a free 2.5 axis Computer Aided Manufacturing "CAM" software for Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor LT.
Inventor HSM Express is Now Live! http://cam.autodesk.com
The recorded product launch video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/mT7mf-vrqAg
Autodesk Inventor HSM Express video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/h_xLy47uWuE
Articles from around the interwebs about Inventor HSM Express Launch:
For those who participated in the beta testing using the pre-release product to provide feedback and improve the quality, I give you a big THANK YOU and shower you in sparkling CNC metal shavings of gratitude for your participation and living on the bleeding toolpath. Please ensure to install the final released version. An issue was identified in the beta versions which causes Inventor to crash on start-up. Installing the release version will automatically will resolve this. This goes for any beta, always uninstall and start fresh with the final release of a product to avoid conflicts or time out of the beta software.
We are rapidly approaching the big pre-release alpha and beta season for Autodesk. There are already a couple Autodesk products in testing now and you can sign up to participate by registering at http://beta.autodesk.com. By joining almost 70,000 Autodesk customer that participate in hundreds of pre-release feedback projects every year you will improve the quality of the products and you become a vital extended member of the product teams and help us shape the direction of the products you use, or future products and solutions you may need.
On the AutoCAD team, we have created a Customer Council program as a way to partner with customers throughout the development of our key features.
The Customer Councils go hand in hand with Autodesk Feedback Community projects like early alpha and beta programs as we want our customers involved in shaping the products they use.
The Autodesk CAM Team have announced a new beta build that is ready for you to download, test, and provide your feedback. A great deal of feedback from the previous beta builds has been received and has contributed to the new beta build.
There will be about an hour downtime for maintenance tomorrow Tuesday August 13th, 2013 at 16:00 PST (4pm) for the Autodesk Feedback Community.
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:
We are currently working on a major update of the Autodesk Feedback Community. The Autodesk Feedback Community is where most all pre-release testing of Autodesk product betas are managed and run as well as a bunch of research projects, gunslingers, and now some Autodesk Labs projects. There are 65,000+ members of this community of bleeding edge adopters that want to help shape the future of Autodesk products and technologies as well as be part of our vital extended product team members. We can have over 100 projects a year including desktop, mobile, and cloud hosted products.
While many companies view beta and feedback projects as a project check list item to gather bugs or a marketing activity on ready to ship products, Autodesk sees the true value of beta and pre-release projects beyond just bug reporting and that is engagement of the participants as they are truly integral to the success of the product. A company or team will not learn how to best improve your products unless they actually talk with customers on how they use the product and the features that need work or the missing features to improve the product. It is a relationship between project participants and Autodesk. The participants are truly considered external members of the product teams.
Some of the big changes coming:
We need your creative genius for a render image:
I was thinking that during our big change from black to white community themes and since we have some of the worlds most creative members, that we could crowd source a landing page image and an icon that convey “feedback and participation”. I might be able to not only give you some public recognition but possibly scrounge up some goodies.
Current home page on black background with the abstract data city image.
Do you have any ideas for a landing page image? Email Me
Computer Aided Manufacturing Just Got a Lot More Interesting - See more at: http://autode.sk/190YCDL
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.
Last week Autodesk hosted some of the Autodesk Expert Elite group members in our sunny San Francisco office. This group of customers are top nominated participants (Expert Elite Nomination Form) in their product assistance to their peers in the Autodesk discussion forums. Scott Sheppard presented to the group on Autodesk Labs and Autodesk Beta and promised to follow up on the topics in blog posts. Scott is posting a blog post on Autodesk Labs (Autodesk Labs versus Beta: Experts Elite Presentation), and I am posting on Autodesk Beta. Beta has long been a passion and responsibility of mine, and is once again a responsibility of mine along with my other Office of the CTO role responsibilities. I was even a Autodesk beta participant for several years as a customer before joining Autodesk.
Autodesk Beta or the Autodesk Feedback Community is pre-release testing community for most every Autodesk product from desktop to mobile and cloud applications. Autodesk Feedback Community is where people can get involved in testing the pre-release products and provide feedback and help us identify the defects before final release. The more people test pre-release betas on different hardware and software configurations as well as test unique workflows to expose issues and feedback, the better the product will be when we ship it.
The Autodesk Feedback Community is also home to some of the future research projects where the product teams can speak confidentially under a non-disclosure with a group of users on possible concepts and ideas to solve user needs and work flows. The members of the community are even used by some teams to recruit for customer visits and in person gunslingers of early versions of software.
Autodesk is rare among large software companies in respect to beta testing engagement and involving it as a vital process across all our products. We could use beta for pre-release marketing activities, but instead we use it to better understand how our products are used, where defects are, and our developers, QA and management personally engage our customers as extended members of our product teams. We want to be as close to the customer as possible to fully understand their needs. After all we are not designing and developing the products for ourselves, but you our customers.
If you want to make a difference in the Autodesk software you use, the Autodesk Feedback Community is the place to be heard & have the potential to affect the software before it is released.
Last week we updated the Autodesk Feedback Community where over 50,000 people participate in Autodesk Beta, pre-release projects, and some future research projects with customers. In the minor update, it required a few people to delete their temporary website browser cache. I am not certain why this occurred, and am investigating it and to see if we can prevent from occurring in the future. If you were affected below is the solution and I do apologize for the pain.
Symptom: You may see the login screen overlaid on the main home screen.
Solution: Delete your browser cache to remove the cached version of the old web page. Some browsers cache a web page to gain better performance the next time they load the website in the browser, but when the website changes it can cause weirdness to occur as the old and new website components mix.
When I seen this on one machine in Internet Explorer 9, I went to Internet Options > Delete Browsing History
How to delete browser cache in other browsers:
Delete your cache and other browser data
Good article on clearing browser cache:
How to Clear Your Browser's Cache (with screenshots) - wikiHow
The Autodesk Feedback Community will be upgraded on Monday April 15th at 1PM PDT. Expected downtime will be an hour or two. The Autodesk Feedback Community is where most Autodesk pre-release alpha, beta, and some future research projects are managed with a community of over 50,000 people worldwide.
I worked on the Autodesk Beta Programs team and managed it for many years until 2010 but am back to owning the management portion of Autodesk Beta and the Autodesk Feedback Community as well as my Office of the CTO and Autodesk Labs responsibilities. What can I say, I love to stay busy and help connect customers to our product teams so we can all create the best possible products to use.
I am always open to your suggestions and comments on how we can continue to improve your experience with the goal to improve Autodesk products based on real user feedback and bug reporting before we ship them.We have some big plans in the works for this year before the next heavy alpha/beta testing season.
For those that love to participate in providing early feedback that helps shape the future of Autodesk products and technologies, there are several great options to get involved. You don’t have to be on the bleeding edge or the top Autodesk product user in the universe as all skill and experience levels are encouraged and needed.
Both Autodesk Labs and Autodesk Feedback Community are now managed under the Autodesk Office of the CTO. Both of these valuable future product and technological incubators are vital to Autodesk and of course benefit our customers.
Autodesk Labs is where several Autodesk teams post research and future technologies to get feedback on them. The technology previews are not products yet, but are early concepts. The goal is to find what technology previews are useful or need improvement from those that people have little interest for. Several current Autodesk products like Autodesk Inventor Fusion, Autodesk Revit LT, and Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler have successfully graduated from Autodesk Labs to be come real Autodesk products.
Go to: http://labs.autodesk.com/
Autodesk Feedback community is the center of the Autodesk product universe for future versions. This is where you can sign up to be a part of the early discussions in product futures, early alpha and beta versions of the Autodesk software you use or wish to use. The goal is to get early user feedback on the new releases and of course send in bug reports to improve the products before the new releases are released to the general public.
Go to: http://beta.autodesk.com/
Autodesk User Research is where you sign up to participate in in studies on how Autodesk products and technologies are used. Things like workflow where the product team or product design may want to know how a conceptual or current feature is discovered and used are studied remote, at events, or in person visits.
Get involved and help shape future Autodesk products and technologies today.
If you want early access and input on Autodesk products and technologies there are a couple of great and free methods.
If you want to get early access and participate in the feedback process of a beta program for existing products such as AutoCAD, Revit, Autodesk Inventor, 3ds Max, Maya etc. then you should definitely get involved in the Autodesk Customer Feedback Programs https://beta.autodesk.com/.
Both of these programs rely on your feedback and active participation so go ahead get involved and help shape the future of Autodesk products and technologies to be the best tools for you.
Over 30,000 members of the Autodesk Feedback Community played a key role in the development and Beta testing of Autodesk’s product lines, and Autodesk is issuing an open invitation for additional customers to join and participate in the testing and shaping of future products.
Autodesk welcomes customers on multiple platforms to participate in the Customer Feedback Program. Customers may register for our ongoing AutoCAD Beta programs, which feature AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP as well as AutoCAD Mechanical. Members must agree to terms of a non-disclosure agreement to participate.
When are you going to join the Autodesk Feedback Community?
“Just what is Hadrian Shaan”
I knew you would ask that question first. Hadrian was a Roman Emperor born in Rome in the year 76 AD and led a very interesting life with his architecture interests. Hadrian is also a pub in N. England which would carry on the teams beer themed codename series. Now they need a Shocktop or Obsidian beer codename or better yet the beer with the label that resembes the AutoCAD Plant 3D man Peter Quinn.
OK, Hadrian the codename for the next release of AutoCAD Plant 3D which does about everything you need for process and plant design built on the powerful AutoCAD platform. Hadrian Beta 2 is available for download https://beta.autodesk.com.
“Plant 3D 2011 is codenamed “Hadrian”, so I spent a bit of my free time in London seeking out a statue of Hadrian. Here is one of Hadrian & me in the British Museum. .”
Now I can use either my Macbook or Windows PC and have both of my favorite tools on both.
Camtasia Go is available for purchase now from www.techsmith.com/camtasia
Snagit for Mac beta is ready now! Download Here
I have become friends with the team over the years and absolutely love their products as it allows me to capture images for documentation, CAD Standards, Tech Support, Blogging and more as a picture tells a thousand words and crosses language barriers. I also wanted to congratulate the Techsmith team on their 10 year anniversary with Camtasia. We gave some Camtasia seats away recently at Autodesk University 2009 in Hide & Geek fun events over Twitter.
Project Cooper is not the final name just a project name while the product is still in development phases. What do you think it should be called? Help us give Project Cooper a permanent name! Take this short, multiple-choice survey. Should take less than 2 minutes, and we appreciate your input.
The SurveyMonkey survey link is live at: Click Here to take survey
Have you tried Project Cooper with Win 7, or even XP? If the answer is no then give it a try or mention it to someone that needs a super simple precision design tool. Be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments you might have.
New and exciting changes have been introduced to Autodesk’s Beta Program where we invite customers to test and provide feedback on pre—release product so that we ship the highest quality of product possible.
The Autodesk MyFeedback Beta platform was retired by May 31st, 2009 at which point the new Autodesk Community officially came to life at http://beta.autodesk.com.
Autodesk beta participation has grown considerably since we started our online beta communities in 1999. I joined Autodesk in 1998 on the Beta Team back when we still shipped CD and printed guides. I had been an Autodesk customer and involved in multiple Autodesk betas. I knew I could make a difference for customers and loved a good challenge. We went from a small email lists and doing a couple products to well over 30,000 participants in over 140 countries using over 60 Autodesk products. It is time to upsize again to a new Autodesk Beta Community.
Make sure to sign up for the new Autodesk Feedback Community site before the busy beta release season in the fall. The sign up takes only a few minutes to enter the information about your Autodesk product use and hardware you intend to use to test the pre-release beta software. We need you to provide the critical customer feedback which is vital to shape the future of all Autodesk products.
Our current MyFeedback platform used for running Autodesk product betas has grown way beyond its originally designed structure and we are looking to introduce you to a new Autodesk Feedback Community over the next few month. We are also reorganizing the management of Autodesk betas. Beta projects will be managed individually on this new community by each of the four Autodesk Divisions.
We will be retiring MyFeedback on May 30th 2009. We will be moving future betas to our new Autodesk Feedback Community server.
Q: Will my account be automatically migrated to the new Autodesk Feedback Community?
A: No, you will need to sign up on this new Autodesk Feedback Community at http://beta.autodesk.com/signup
Q: Will I need to sign up again or can I use my old MyFeedback login?
A: With this new Community you will need to sign up for a new account.
Q: What does this mean for non-beta related forums?
A: The new Autodesk Feedback Community will only support active beta projects. There will not be futures or miscellaneous discussion forums hosted.
Q: What will happen with existing forum posts, will they be available after May 30th?
A: The server will be offline and access to content and posts will be unavailable. You can keep a local archive on your machine by following the instructions
Q: Will there be NNTP access in the new Autodesk Feedback Community?
A: Yes, in the beta projects in this new community you will have the choice of HTTP:, SMTP email, and NNTP to participate in the discussion forums.
Want to archive discussion newsgroup content offline?
Many people choose a NNTP newsreader because you can use them to download newsgroup content and work with it while you aren’t connected to the Internet. You can download the forum posts to your Outlook Express or Windows Mail in Vista, and FreeAgent for later review.
All content from the MyFeedback website and discussion forums are considered confidential and not to be disclosed or publicly published.
Remember May 30th 2009 MyFeedback will be redirected to http://beta.autodesk.com and you will need to sign up to continue Autodesk beta testing of products at http://beta.autodesk.com.
We appreciate your past participation and hope you will join the new Autodesk Feedback Community. Things will be different but give it some time to adjust to all the changes. After signing up and your account is approved on the new Autodesk Community you will receive an email. You will then be able to login and see if there are any beta projects you would like to be considered for. You may also receive an email invitation to a specific beta asked on your profile. Most Autodesk beta projects start in the Fall so some may not get into a new beta for a few months.