The phrase eating our own dog food or dogfooding describes someone or a company using their own created tools to better understand them.
Autodesk Project Chronicle has evolved into a really powerful tool for communicating steps in Autodesk products AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor where you can see the exact steps and commands used in addition to the video of the screen. While a photo may tell a thousand words, and video tells much more, but Project Chronicle for Autodesk product users tells the whole complete story.
Beginning this week I am going through my 10 years of blogged AutoCAD tips on this blog and creating chronicles and then posting the chronicles here. Project Chronicle is free and can be used to post quick steps on how to do something or show a problem whether online as a URL, posted in response to a discussion forum questions, or as a mobile file as an attachment. It is not intended to be a polished video with transitions and such but just the facts fast and easily with deep Autodesk product integration. You can also record chronicles of other non-Autodesk products but you wont have the same deep product integration of commands and settings. No need to re-play a section of recorded training video over and over or looking for a clue to get the same results for a step someone did not document, with chronicles you can see all the commands used in the Autodesk product even if the trainer forgot to mention or document it.
I am really excited about Project Chronicle and hope people start sharing chronicles and challenge Autodesk University speakers to create chronicles of their classes.