I received a nice email from a longtime Autodesk product trainer and friend Matt Murphy. He and his company are offering a little something special to Between the Lines readers today to celebrate the 35th birthday of Autodesk. It is some free Autodesk product training.
How wicked cool is that?
Thank you Matt!
35 Years already, Autodesk?
Wow, how the time flies when you’ve been busy teaching, constructing, manufacturing, animating, designing, and, of course, having a whole lot of fun!
Our team at CADLearning has been with you nearly every step of the way.
We remember when Autodesk came on a floppy disk! (We even still have a copy to prove it!)
We remember in AutoCAD when the only way you could start a command was by typing it.
We used 3ds Studio before it was Max!
Over the years, we have watched you push boundaries, innovate, grow, and adapt.
Through your outreach and your events, we have made friends that often feel like family.
Regardless of which industry we are in, you have had an enormous role in shaping our learning, our careers, and the way we create.
To help celebrate, we have a gift for all Autodesk enthusiasts. For your 35th birthday, we are offering a FREE 35-day CADLearning subscription with access to more than 35 courses.
Free Individual Trial | CADLearning - www.cadlearning.com
And, since we all know that Autodesk isn’t just a job, it’s also a wardrobe, we hope you enjoy our collection of classic shirts.
Thanks for 35 years.
On this day 35 years ago in Mill Valley California, Autodesk was founded. Our customers and partners around the world (technically outer space as well) have done so many amazing things over the past 35 years, and so many amazing things yet to come.
Today, many are wearing Autodesk old memorabilia such as old shirts and sharing old stories. I am wearing my “AutoCAD R14 Faster, Smarter, Better” tee shirt.
I have an office full of my old Autodesk shirts with some on good shape and others not so good and none of them ironed.
Mike had his original Autodesk badge, and while it was obscured I found a cleaner version of his early day employee photos. He is probably going to kill me for this or at least sick his dog on me but I am doing it in the interest of Autodesk historical record and for all those that know Mike over the many years back into the CompuServe days.
In complete fairness, here is my old Autodesk badge from 1998.
Please email me photos and stories from the past 35 years of Autodesk.
Here is to the next 35 years and everything that will be accomplished. If the past 35 years is any indication of the future, the next 35 years will be absolutely amazing.
PS: Stay tuned for a post of some of the parties, memories, and photos of the old memorabilia.
The Autodesk Feedback Community is where most of the Autodesk Betas take place. From time to time we need to upgrade hardware and do some database upgrades. We never take an outage lightly on this large user community, but there are times when it needs to be done and this is one of them but thankfully a short planned outage.
Saturday January 28th 6pm PST until approximately 7pm PST.
The Feedback Community will be offline for approximately 1 hour .
What do you need to do?
Nothing really except be aware of the outage.
So next Monday Autodesk officially turns 35 years old. I am not sure if that requires a cake, beer, pizza, or just a thoughtful acknowledgement of all the years and amazing customers that made this possible. I think 35 years in tech and the design industry is a big milestone as there are not many in than club, not even Adobe is 35 yet. I hope some Autodesk offices and colleagues will stop next Monday and reflect on what an accomplishment this really is as Autodesk heads into middle age. I am challenging all Autodeskers and customers to wear their oldest Autodesk shirt o memorabilia on Monday January 30th and email me photos.
It is amazing that many of our employees and customers weren't even born when Autodesk was founded.
AutoCAD turns 35 this December!
AutoCAD 1.0 December 1982 Release 1 with customer shipments the following month with AutoCAD 1.1.
If you are in the Pacific Northwest near Portland, I will buy a refreshment to celebrate and mark the occasion as we look forward to the next 35 years.
Update Jan. 27
Several Autodesk offices and teams including the Portland Oregon, Manchester New Hampshire, and San Francisco offices have mentioned they will be holding something fun and photos to capture the festivities. I have also received emails form partners and customers that they too will be celebrating and wear old Autodesk memorabilia.
Expect to see lots of fun and photos here Monday!
At the beginning of the year it is a great opportunity to start fresh along with any intensions you set or resolutions and take care of a couple important things.
I hope you have an amazing 2017, 新年好 year of the rooster!
So you are interested in cutting some steel and making something, we have some great software and there is great training to help you master CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CNC (Computer Numeric Control). So maybe you are using Autodesk Inventor with HSM for your CAD/CAM power duo or using Autodesk Fusion 360 with its awesome built in CAM features and just need to get your machining skills up to par.
Maybe you attended AU but didn’t take advantage of that training or pay attention to the training during class. We get it, we have all been there, and distracted in class seeing what the Internet is saying about us.
Have no fear, there are many resources out there to learn CAM and CNC machining.
It is going to be a great competition with an interesting and challenging game this year including team members on the field.
and the Video
STEAMWORKS Game Revealed
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There are many age levels for kids to participate from LEGO Robotics to the First Robotics Challenge and each one is such an amazing experience for not only the kids, but the adults from the teachers, mentors, parents, and volunteers.
Get involved in FIRST Robotics!
I am not sure what is going on up here in Portland Oregon, but we have another weather impacted day that has shuttered schools. It used to be that we could expect a day of snow and it melted fast and a couple freezing rain events due to the Columbia Gorge, but that has not been the case the past two winters. We seem to have had storm after storm and this past week a storm dumped 14 inches of snow at my place and is still there today as the freezing rain begins and soon to be followed by all the melting snow later in the week and the flooding. What complicates everything as a guy who grew up in Idaho in the deeper snow and colder weather is that Portland is not prepared for this type of weather. We don’t have all the snow plows, road salting is illegal for environmental reasons, roads are not designed with a consideration of snow, and lastly and more importantly the people here aren't really experienced with driving in snow here especially with all the new Portland residents that moved up here from California. When it snows I get stuick in traffics and so far spent over 8 hours this year. People crash, get stuck, spin out, or simply panic and leave their vehicles in the roadway.
Maybe this weather will slow the flood of people moving here and making it the hottest moving destination the past two years and making the real estate market a crazy hot mess much like the San Francisco real estate market when I lived there. So if you are dreaming of moving to Portland and hate snow or ice, then change your plans now.
We will survive this but our patience is growing short and the cabin fever is growing for many especially with all the school snow days testing parents sanity.
Hang in there everyone and be safe.
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to read about when you started using AutoCAD and the stories about Autodesk and also the photos. A little known fact is AutoCAD 1.0 wasn’t shipped to customers so the first release was actually AutoCAD version 1.1.
Here is quote from a customer that started on the very first shipping AutoCAD version.
Daniel J. Bounds
Armstrong World Industries / Armstrong Building Products
I started using AutoCAD in 1984 with Release 1.1 on the 5 ¼” floppy disk. I used it on an original IBM PC with 2 floppy drives. I think the PC was 2 megahertz or maybe 4. The AutoCAD program came on 1 disk. The AutoCAD program disk had to be in Floppy Drive A: and saved .dwg files on Drive B: If you only had one Floppy Drive. AutoCAD would prompt you to remove the AutoCAD program disk and insert a disk to save your drawing on.
It’s been a real trip over the years. I don’t touch AutoCAD much anymore as I’ve been using Inventor more and more over the last 10 years.
A:\ACAD to load in MS/DOS version 1.0
I will be sharing the photos and stories from AutoCAD users, employees, and partners, and more.
“I think the fondest moment was COMDEX 1982. From the first hour of the show, it was clear we had a hit in AutoCAD. Our ten by ten foot booth in a distant hall of the convention centre was mobbed, and almost everybody working on it began to lose their voice by the end of second day. In addition to our booth, AutoCAD was running in three other manufacturers' booths, and was a hit there as well, sending traffic to our booth. Driving back from Las Vegas (we'd rented a big station wagon to haul the stuff, since I wasn't confident my ten year old VW bus could make it; Greg Lutz and I took turns driving), it was clear the challenge was now making the most of the opportunity before us.”
More great memories and feedback from, John Walker to come.
We typically do not get snow or big snowstorms here in Portland, but this year…SnowMG. This is the third big storm. I spent 4.5 hours on the freeway in a traffic jam due to an accident that then turned into snowed in vehicles becoming stuck in a parking lot from hell. We closed the Autodesk office today out of concern for the safety of our employees and also due to the weather and closed roads. At home the electricity and Internet are hit and missed with trees coming down from the weight of the snow. So if you don’t get ahold of a Portland Autodesker by email or phone know that they just might not be able to and may be digging their way out of this snow.
So I am working when I can, but also taking advantage of a quiet day of beautiful snow to fly my drone from my patio to the park and back capturing nice photo and videos of the weather.
For over 10 years, AutoCAD expert Lynn Allen has produced an annual collection of her top tips and tricks for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This year, using feedback from AutoCAD users around the globe, she put together an exclusive collection of her – and your – favorite and most requested tips and tricks. All for free.
I'm back after just returning from my extended annual week of rest vacation. I spent my vacation snowshoeing a weekend in the snow up on Mount Hood then escaping away from the computer in sunny warm Mexico SCUBA diving with friends and seeing maker space\s and beaches. It was an amazing experience and a tradition to spend New Year Eve there I may do every year now. More details on the trip later as I need to go chip my car from the block of ice due to the freezing rain and snow we had here in Oregon so that I can slide my way into the office.
I hope you and your family had amazing holiday season and celebrated a safe and fun New Year. I am so excited to tackle 2017 with so many exciting challenges and things to come.
Most Autodesk employees will be out of the office for our annual Week of Rest so that our employees can spend time with their families for the holidays. The annual Week of Rest is from December 23rd to January 3rd this year. Some of us may take a take a day or two extra in the front and end to maximize our time with friends and family and come back fresh and energized to begin the new year. Employees for certain support and business functions will be available throughout the holidays.
I would like to thank you for reading Between the Lines reading the blog.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to hear the memories of so many including some that have used AutoCAD it’s entire life of 35 years.
Stay tuned for more on the 35 year celebration of AutoCAD and a compilation of the stories and the people that have used AutoCAD and the projects designed.
Shaan (AutoCAD since R10)
Next month AutoCAD will celebrate it’s 35th birthday.
Just think about it, AutoCAD is hitting middle age. It is a pretty amazing milestone not only as a software product that has been used by millions of people around the world, but also that it is still quite popular 35 years later it was released. AutoCAD has been around longer than Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Windows.
Autodesk and myself will have several special posts and events to celebrate the 35th birthday of AutoCAD. How long the length do you think the total line or polylines drawn would be, I would bet it would go to the moon and back thousands or possibly millions of times. It is mind boggling to think of all the things designed in AutoCAD over the years.
Please email me your earliest memories of AutoCAD, things designed using AutoCAD, and photos of AutoCAD. I will be creating something special highlighting memories from AutoCAD users over the past 35 years. I started using AutoCAD back in release 10.
It has been great being a user of AutoCAD before joining Autodesk in 1998 and seeing it change over the years, as well as the evolution of Autodesk and it products. Looking back we learn a great deal and have a lot to be proud of as we look forward to the future.
The Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon (Portland) office has been closed the past two days due to a rare snow storm named Decima that hit Wednesday December 14th, 2016.
The snow total was 1-3 inches and to many that may not seem like much snow, but understand we don’t normally get snow so the the transportation system and drivers are not ready or prepared. With all the hills and winding roads and some of the snow melting and then freezing to ice it got really bad in a hurry at evening commute time. It took me 3-1/2 hours to get home less than 5 miles and I seen many slide offs, accidents, and many just abandoned vehicles. Many drivers just didn’t know how to drive in the snow and would accelerate and spin tires or stomp on the brakes when trying to stop and then would just slide off the road. I couldn’t believe how many decided to try to drive a small car and then abandoned right in the lane of traffic trapping me and hundreds of other motorists. We had to move several vehicles to the side of the road since the panicked drivers just walked away. Just a mile from the Autodesk office there was a 12 car wreck everyone had to navigate through.
I grew up in deep heavy snow storms of the intermountain west so I was just fine driving in this weather, but the other drivers were not. I gave some adhoc driver coaching to drivers while stopped waiting for other cars to move. I explained explained to just drive slow, don’t stomp on the brakes, wait for other cars to clear the top of the hill before starting to drive up it so you could keep momentum and for goodness sake don’t stop half way up a hill.
What the roads and traffic looked like from the Autodesk office.
A few photos from Wednesday night commute fun.
Employees were told they should work from home the past two days. I tried to work from home but my internet service has been affected by the storm and I got cabin fever fast. No traffic or people meant I could fly a drone easily at the Autodesk office yesterday to document the rare snow day.
The office parking lot yesterday:
The office parking lot today:
It is nice working in the office today being the only person on my entire floor and getting the snacks and Stumptown cold brew coffee on tap all to myself. They are now forecasting more snow possibly tomorrow and the melting snow from today will make for iced driving tonight.
“We have had to reschedule BunnyBots from Saturday Dec 17th to Friday December 30th. There's just too much snow, ice and hazards especially for teams pulling trailers long distances. The 30th is our last backup day, though, if weather causes us to cancel the event on that day then we'll have to cancel BunnyBots for the year.”
Come have fun and see some amazing high school kids who designed and built some robots at BunnyBots competing between the teams in here in beautiful Portland Oregon. Team 1540 Flaming Chickens of Catlin Gabel are hosting and organized the game and event. In a nutshell the teams have built robots race around a figure 8 course to collect stuffed bunnies from burrows to score points as well get more bonus points by firing optionally attached Nerf guns. The robots start a 10 second autonomous period followed by 2:20 seconds of driver controlled competition against other teams. The point is not only to have fun but to prepare for the impending FIRST FRC season competition which will be revealed on January 7th.
“BunnyBots provides a 12-week build season in the fall to help make FIRST more of a year-round activity. Each year, 1540 alumni, mentors, and a few students design the rules for an original game and provide the primary volunteer force to run the event. Learning those skills in the fall, when the stakes are lower and time more relaxed, is a great way to get ready for the Winter build season. The result is a less chaotic build season with robots built more by students and less by mentors, with full participation by first-year members. For many students, this is their first experience making a FRC-quality robot.”
There is no risk that the robots will turn on us humans, the only risk might be a slight one with the recent crazy Winter weather here in Portland. Get more information and the latest status at: http://team1540.org/bunnybots/
Location: Catlin Gabel School Gymnasium
Address: 8825 SW Barnes Rd. Portland, OR, 97225
The veteran bunnies are waiting to see what the teams bring!
We have shiny new Mac releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT today. The new AutoCAD for Mac 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac releases went live. For those AutoCAD history buffs, AutoCAD for Mac 2017 was code named Naboo.
You can download a free 30 day full trial here.
I recently purchased and received my new personal UAS/UAV a DJI Mavic. This little drone folds up and can be easily packed in my backpack or camera bag and has many advanced technologies like obstacle avoidance and several automated flight modes like follow me and follow terrain. II t can go 40mph and has a radio range 4.6 mile range however FAA rules require visual one of sight which is definitely not that far. The camera is not as good as the larger DJI Inspire but still a really nice camera and 4K video. One of my first flights was at the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office. I can’t wait to do some aerial 3D models and maps using Autodesk ReMake and ReCap 360 but have to wait for some good weather as the UAS is not weatherproof.
This UAS is essentially a flying camera and is a lot of fun to fly and I cannot wait to take it up into the mountains when weather permits, but did take it to Hawaii last week.
More on the amazing and historic events I attended last week in Hawaii in a future blog post.
I am in Hawaii to attend the 75th anniversary of December 7th. The event is not a celebration of the event or war, but to remember how bad war is and how we must never repeat this as well as honor all those that on that Sunday morning died or were forever affected. We had expected and hoped President Obama would be attending but it appears he may not be able to attend and cancelled his speaking events. I do know Japan's Prime Minister Shizo Abe is planning to attend and to remember and pay respects to the survivors and those that perished on December 7th, 1941. There will be several of the remaining Pearl Harbor survivors attendance including the remaining 5 of the USS Arizona. It is expected that this will be the final visit for most of the survivors who are all in their late 90s. If you are attending this event or in Hawaii and wish to, I may have one seat with me available for the ceremony early in the morning for free email me.
75th Commemoration website
Autodesk has been involved with the United States Park Service and U.S. Navy to map the USS Arizona in 3D and completed that task after a lot of work above and below the surface of Pearl Harbor. A 3D print of the ship is in World War 2 Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
It is going to be an amazing and historic event and I am truly honored to have been involved with Pete Kelsey of Autodesk and Scott Pawlowski of the NPS.
National Park Service and Autodesk Carry Out First Comprehensive Digital Survey to Preserve the USS Arizona and Memorial
Some photos of the 3D USS Arizona model, survey project, and a past December 7th event I have attended.
The 3D model in Autodesk ReMake and the 3D print.
Photos from the 3D survey project.
Autodesk Autodesk ReMake, Autodesk ReCap,Autodesk Infraworks) Pete Kelsey, Dominique Pouliquen, Shaan Hurley, Mike Gemmell, Mitko Vidanovski and several more Autodesk team members contributed to this historic project using the very latest in 3D capture technologies.
December 7th 2014 Remembrance Ceremony with the USS Arizona survivors final toast.
There is also a relative of mine who perished on this ship December 7th, 1941. This has a very personal connection to me not only from having participated in the 3D survey and diving on the USS Arizona and touching it, but the connection to a relative I never knew. A musician 2nd class in the USS Arizona band Wendell R. Hurley.
Read more about this project:
3D Print of the USS Arizona
3D Preservation of the USS Arizona in Autodesk Memento
Being the first teams to compete there were technical issues in the scoring but my team was clearly baking the points and were at one point 500 points ahead of the other team. After the lighting round it may have been close, but I don’t know. Some of the answers were odd like top used AutoCAD command you use and the command listed was “OOPS”, really? So we need to do this again with the scoring working as it was a great deal of fun.
Here is me with my awesome team!
After this fun and friendly competition Lynn and I are still best buddies.
Read more about the other teams that battled for AutoCAD geekness.
Recap: AutoCAD Family Feud at AU 2016
I seen this image on Twitter yesterday and it made me laugh out loud so I thought I would share on this Friday.
Most smartphones have a panoramic photo mode where the phone stiches photos together into one wide panoramic photo after you pan the camera. Well technology is not always perfect but in this case it was so perfectly weird that it was better than just a panoramic photos with a cat waking through.
As the cat walked by when the person was shooting the pano it resulted in the centipede cat. Please don’t start rumors and internet conspiracy theories that this is a real cat with multiple legs and 9 feet long. Can you imagine the cat box or foot long hair balls coughed up on the floor?
I use the popular mobile app for Nextdoor to keep up to date on what is going on in my neighborhood. In my SW Portland neighborhood we put the Weird in Portland. This week after many coyote sightings and other reports, someone posted a funny sarcastic warning about “pygmy wolves”. There is never a dull moment or something not funny in Mr. Hurley’s Neighborhood.
It's become clear to me that SW Portland is suffering from a major infestation of pigmy wolves. Based on panicked daily reports on Nextdoor, I estimate that there are probably upward of 7000 of these vicious creatures running in about 500 packs. They are dragging away our cats, small dogs and unwary toddlers.
This is no laughing matter folks. Experimentation with pigmy wolves leads to the next step up and eventually you're dealing with a full-blown timber wolf infestation.
I think we in the west hills have three logical alternatives for action:
1) Gather all the villagers in a line at the ridge with garbage can lids and shotguns. Beating the lids with baseball bats, we will drive the savage beasts down towards the river, drowning most and shooting those that escape.
2) Gather at the river with lit torches, then set the fields and forests aflame, driving them up towards the ridge line where we will shoot them as they run across the exposed alpine meadows.
3) Pool our resources and rent a few helicopters. We can then shoot them dead from the air or hit them with tranquilizers when they can then be radio tagged and released in the wild (Beaverton is my suggestion).
Anyone have a better suggestion? I'm scared stiff to take my cat out for a walk lest I return home trailing an empty leash and with a lot of explaining to do to the wife.
Oh and if you spot this friendly
tasty chicken, please let me know as another of my neighbors is looking for this escapee pet before the pygmy wolves or another hungry neighbor find it.