WOW! almost 100,000 unique Between the Lines blog readers this month.
A Sincere Thank You to every single reader!
Check it out, perhaps something on his most popular list is something you have been searching for.
(That’s “Hello” in Swahili)
I have posted to this blog regularly for over 8 years and even found remote connections to post to the blog even while in the deepest of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Over the next couple of weeks I will be in a extremely remote region without any real connections other than voice satellite phone. To save me from having to stand in the middle of an open area to try to post a message at a very slow speed oer a satellite phone and looking like a fat juicy meal to a large carnivore, a few bloggers have graciously provided guest posts.The guest posts will go live over the time I am traveling.
A huge thank you to:Brian Benton http://CAD-a-Blog.com
I am traveling with a friend and decided that I don't really need to be fast enough to outrun a hyena, lion, or leopard, just be able outrun my friend.
There will be a great deal of stories and photos once I return.
(Hungry Lioness photo credit Flickr user digitalwallpapers)
Yes, “Dances With Elephants” is the title of this new blog by Autodesk’s Jim Quanci and very fitting when you understand the purpose of the new blog. The blog is not about literally dancing with a two ton pachyderm, but instead a metaphor for the small companies working with large companies.
“The purpose of this blog is to de-mystify the purpose, value, process and most importantly business growth opportunities created by partnerships between large companies (“elephants”) and small companies.”
I have known the author Jim Quanci well before I joined Autodesk. Jim has spent his knowledge and energy for the past several years developing the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) into a very successful Autodesk group.
“He oversees an international team of Partner Evangelists and Software Engineers supporting of over 3600 software development partners – members of the Autodesk Developer Network - who complement and extend Autodesk solutions.“
I hope you you will check out this new blog and enjoy the topics from Jim’s unique perspective and experience.
If you want to check out more Autodesk blogs, navigate over to the page listing all of them at http://blogs.autodesk.com.
Google Currents is an application for your mobile device that allows you to easily browse online content and feeds similar and most likely the Google response to Flipboard. These content flowing applications are blissfully sweet and easy to flip through the your subscribed content at your pace and even share with others all at the touch & flick of your finger. This is great for browsing and catching up with all the latest content whether it be news, blog posts, photo feeds from the comfort of your couch, bed, or during that boring Monday morning team meeting.
Personally I currently prefer Flipboard but that is only available on the iPhone and iPad right now but it can add Twitter, Facebook and more content feeds. I am sure Google Currents will be adding more content streams as they develop this new content flipping magazine like application and platform.
A smorgasbord of delicious content at your fingertips.
Check it out http://bit.ly/uuNgmK
I just published the survey page (http://svy.mk/nIpQLI) to gather information on those wanting to be considered for a limited number of invitations to the Autodesk University 2011 Blogger and Media Reception. If you blog or Tweet in social media about Autodesk or Autodesk products and plan to attend AU 2011 then this is the event.
This event organized by a small team including me will be held the evening of November 28th by invitation only since we have limited accommodations. Last year it was standing room only with almost every single Autodesk executive and product manager in attendance. It is not a event for marketing or sales but rather focusing on you and social networking in real life (IRL). Mingle and meet your press, social media, and those rascally blogger peers in a casual setting. Meet that one Autodesk product manager or executive before AU 2011 starts. You can plan out your week having met many like minded people and instead of strangers have new friends.
If you will be attending Autodesk University 2011 AND can commit to going to the reception November 28th between 6-8 pm then complete this survey to get the ball rolling. Due to the limited space we are unable to accommodate guests of those that receive an invitation. We really wish we could invite everyone but that is just not possible and would most likely need to be held in the Venetian’s arena to hold everyone. Notification of invitations will be in October and based on your survey responses and availability of space.
Some images from last years AU 2010 Blogger & Media Reception standing room only event and even had a signature Autodesk’tini drink.
See you at AU 2011!
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I want to thank all the readers of this blog and followers on Twitter @mrcadman account. This blog has been active for over 7 years now and the number of visitors has continued to grow, but the methods and clients for reading the blog posted content has certainly changed over that time.
740,216 Absolute Unique Visitors
Top 10 Countries (visits came from 220 countries/territories)
1. United States
2. United Kingdom%
Top 5 Operating Systems
1. Windows 92.03%
2. Macintosh 6.16%
3. Linux 0.72%
4. iPad 0.30%
5. iPhone 0.29%
In the past several years it was no question that Internet Explorer was the top used browser used by visitors. Most of the time it was averaging about 80%+ of all visitors of this blog by browser. Now just like the browser market as more options became available the numbers have changed. Internet Explorer is down to less than half of visitors at 47% in the past year.
Top 5 browsers of Between the Lines blog visitors:
1. Internet Explorer 47%
2. Firefox 31%
3. Chrome 13%
4. Safari 5%
5. Opera 2%
Certainly reading a blog by web browser is mostly used by those using a web search engine or link from another page, but now about half visit by mobile device or actively subscribe to the RSS feeds for the many feed consuming apps and programs. I read most blogs and content by Google Reader or my iPad using Flipboard & Pulse Apps. Be careful seeing the Flipboard app will make you really crave an iPad.
There are an average of 23,000 individual daily subscribers to the Between the Lines RSS feed. In just the past 30 days RSS feeds for blog posts were 55,427 views and 22,648 click through.
I have recently celebrated recently the milestone of 2000 followers on my Twitter account @mrcadman. To celebrate I am personally awarding goodies to the two people that tied for number 2000 follower, and will over the next month be giving random goodies to my longtime followers.
I always encourage and welcome your comments, suggestions, as well as guest posts that are of value related to Autodesk products such as AutoCAD or Autodesk technologies such as Autodesk Labs Project Photofly. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been amazing to watch social media as it has continued to develop and mature over the past few years.
As of February 1st I have moved to the Autodesk Labs group within Autodesk as a Technology Evangelist. It is a full circle for me as I developed the first Autodesk Labs site and posted several projects back in 2006, now I finally get to work in the group. I will be working with the teams supporting and evangelizing the Labs hosted technologies to current and future customers.
This blog will remain as it has for seven years, an active all things Autodesk blog with varied topic posts from A to Z, or AutoCAD to Zombies. I have always covered design, science, technology, and visualization on this blog in addition to covering Labs technologies since its founding, so there are no big changes expected to this blog’s secret sauce. I will still be covering AutoCAD topics as it has been an important part of my experience both as a customer and as an Autodesk employee. AutoCAD is an important part of Autodesk technology and a product that is used in combination with many of the Labs technologies.
Autodesk Labs has excelled at providing emerging technology to people for feedback. Technology Previews are not really a beta for a product, but an early Technology Preview. The goal is that you and your feedback shape the direction, and if it might become a product or a new feature in a product.
Autodesk Labs longtime employee and blogger Scott Sheppard “It’s Alive in the Lab” http://labs.blogs.com/ and I will be covering Labs content from different angles, so now Labs has two voices and blogs instead of one, like stereo but better.
While I have your attention give some new technology a look and perhaps take it for a test drive at the Autodesk Labs. There are many exciting projects posted as well as more coming.
Some examples of the most popular:
And much much more.
In addition to the larger Technology Previews, there is the Plugin of the Month from the Autodesk Developer Network where our developer consultants aka programming ninjas and our ADN partners post plugins for Autodesk products.
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Spread the word! We are holding the Blogger Social Event at Autodesk University 2010 once again after a fun and successful event the past 2 years. The event is for bloggers who actively blog on Autodesk product and events not really for blogs about their unicorn training, bacon weaving, or wicked butter carving skills. There will be a large group of bloggers and Autodesk employees attending in this casual social networking environment to place names to faces. Face to Face networking F2F.
What: Blogger Social for Autodesk product and industry related bloggers attending Autodesk University 2010.
When: Monday November 29th, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We will have a welcome and speaker at 7PM.
Where: Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel
How to attend: To get your official invitation, please complete the form linked below by November 19th, 2010. We will review your information, blog, and start sending out the final invitations and event details November 22nd, 2010.
If you are a member of the press or have been contacted directory regarding attendance for media events by Autodesk PR, you do not need to complete this form but will still be attending this event.
Here are some photos from the last Blogger Social at AU 2009.
We love bloggers!
This is just a small way to show our appreciation for all of your hard work and get together and place blogs to faces.
Less than 18 days until Autodesk University 2010!
Last Wednesday Autodesk UK hosted a Blogger Meetup event at the London Soho office. The social event was held to allow people to come and play with AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD WS on the iPad live and see it for themselves before it ships this Fall.
Some of the attendees:
Everyone appeared to have a great time with beer and pizza available, but by far the most enjoyable items on the menu AutoCAD for Mac. Shaun Bryant was excited to see the Mac native version of AutoCAD. It was a blast watching Daniel Haslewood beating AutoCAD for Mac for well over an hour just grinning, and rarely coming up for a beer. Daniel was doing his best CAD Ninja moves to see how native AutoCAD for Mac was while retaining AutoCAD features and functionality. He also was testing the stability and logged one crash in the pre-release product and was so very proud to submit the CER back to the AutoCAD Team for them to investigate the crash cause.
PS: I tried to blog this post completely from my Mac but there is unfortunately no equal to Windows Live Writer for blog post writing and editing. I was trying MarsEdit but it was not close to Live Writer in terms of functionality, blog integration, or text and image formatting.
On this day in 2003, Between the Lines blog was born.
August 21, 2003 Getting the feel for this Blog.
Millions of page views, thousands of daily unique RSS feed readers, 2072 posts later and Between the Lines blog is still rolling.
Thank you to everyone for reading and contributing to this blog over the years. If there is something I can do to improve or make your experience more entertaining or educational please let me know with an email.
After hearing from Curt Moreno @wkfd on how he wired up a mobile device view of his blog Kung Fu Drafter (http://www.kungfudrafter.com/), I followed suit. Now if you visit this Between the Lines blog from a mobile device like an iPhone you will be automagically directed to a smaller mobile version of this blog complete with links to Twitter, AutoCAD Facebook Fan page, and my photos feeds.
Below is a view of what the blog looks like on my iPhone 4. The mobile view is pretty easy to navigate on a smaller screen. Although not 100% perfect, this solution does make it much easier for the many reading this blog from their mobile devices.
What Design, Visualization, Technology, CAD, and Hardware Blogs do you read, and why? Worldwide and all languages. Are they customers or users of the software or technology they write about?
What are your top 10 or 20 that in your opinion are the most influential, cutting edge, and a must read?
Please post your favorites from around the world in the comments to this post. I am always looking to make sure I am following and learning from the best out there as well as engaging them for any Autodesk special opportunities like the AU Bloggers Social and more.
This new blog is hosted by Ray Eisenberg and covers all aspects of the Autodesk user community. Currently there is a post on how you can contribute to a community wiki project for Autodesk Products.
Check it out and add to your list of the blogs you read from the blogosphere.
We have invited some blog, discussion group, and social media participants to visit with the AutoCAD Teams next week in the Autodesk San Francisco office. No details on the occasion yet but there will be a live webcast.
The webcast is available for registration now. http://www.autodesk.com/webcast
Here are some of the confirmed invitees:
The invited will be free to blog and tweet about the event but not obligated to say one single thing if they wish to remain silent. We at Autodesk respect the independence and street credibility of those in the social media and discussion groups and truly appreciate and commend all their efforts in providing feedback and assisting others on their own time.
Due to an increasing amount of spam comments being posted to old blog posts, I have set the blog service to automatically lock comments to blog posts older than 3 weeks months. I felt 3 weeks months was about right to at least allow for conversations, if not let me know in email or comments to this post.
Spammers and comment bots ruin it for everyone unfortunately.
Update 02/11/10 I have updated the script for auto closing out comments after 3 months.
Back in AutoCAD 2009 we introduced the Ribbon User Interface (UI) element which was first introduced in the Microsoft Office 2007 products and now in many software products on the market.
The change placed some on the fence as change is always something of a challenge for longtime veteran product users. Luckily Autodesk’s AutoCAD Team was smart enough to think ahead and allow you to choose the classic interface or the new ribbon interface.
AutoCAD UI ~ Best of Both Worlds is Flexible with Traditional Menus or New Ribbon +Plus+ AutoCAD UI Retro Mod’ing Fun
Since then many have grown to love the Ribbon especially when in AutoCAD 2010 it was updated even more based on customer feedback. Now most like the ribbon for task based selections in Autodesk products but some still prefer the classic mode.
Ribbon lovers, you are not alone. :-)
For those that have adjusted and become lovers of the ribbon you can share your or wear your enthusiasm like Autodesk customer Robin Capper did at Autodesk University 2009 with his “I love the Ribbon” tee-shirt. No he is selling I love the ribbon merchandise with any profits going to RobiNZ Blog Kiva Micro Fund Lending Team.
Robins blog posting Want your own “Love the Ribbon”?
Too bad it is after Christmas as these would have made great presents or stocking stuffers for that special AutoCAD Geek in your life or office. ;-)
This post is a token yearly blog wrap-up on the number of readers. I did not create any fancy charts as I am busy catching up on things since being on vacation for 2 weeks. The traffic for the almost 7 years has increased each and every year unlike the global economy. The Between the Lines blog had 1 million visitors from 217 countries using 188 languages on 21 Operating Systems and 74 Browsers. In addition to the web page readers the average RSS Subscribers per day was ~19,000 avg. per day reported by Google Feedburner.
Top 50 Visitor Countries
|32 Switzerland||42 |
|25 Singapore||35 |
United Arab Emirates
|29 Indonesia||39 |
Top Visitor Languages
Top 10 Visitor Browsers
|Internet Explorer 59.41%|
|Mozilla Compatible Agent 0.07%|
|Opera Mini 0.04%|
Top 10 Visitor Operating Systems
|Playstation 3 0.01% (WHAT! reading blogs from a game console)|
OK that is the end of 2009 for me. I am booting 2009 out into the cold and welcoming 2010 “TwentyTen” with open arms and high expectations. I have several blogs posts in process covering a wide array of topics including one I call “Round & Round, Rounding” that digs deep into just how the computer and AutoCAD deal with values with 64bit floating point precision but converting strings to binary and back and the base logic.
As always if you have comments, suggestions, topics you would like to see, or perhaps you have some AutoCAD family products tips you want to share with a large worldwide audience email me at email@example.com.
Thank you for reading Between the Lines!
A video has been posted to YouTube showing some highlights of the second annual Bloggers Social at Autodesk University. The event gets bigger and better each year and is our simple way to say thank you to all the great bloggers out there.
There was also a great series of Design Slam competitions including one night features "Extreme Free Form" AutoCAD Design Slam in which 3 power AutoCAD users went head to head. Congratulations to Rodrigo Ramos of Monterrey Mexico. I hope to get to Monterrey Mexico this Spring for photography, hiking and tequila tastings with Rodrigo around the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey.
There will be a flock of bloggers and Autodesk employees attending as well as some speakers in a casual social networking environment to place names to faces. We will have name/blog badges this year. Thus far I have confirmed over 100 bloggers and many Autodesk employees to attend the special event including Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.
Only 29 more days until AU 2009!
I am planning on sending out invitations to the Autodesk University 2009 Bloggers Social this week. Make sure to sign up for consideration to the 2nd annual special event held at Autodesk University. The Blogger Social will be held on Monday November 30th, 2009 from 6:30PM to 8PM.
Spread the word to fellow Autodesk related bloggers!
We have settled on a date and time for the second annual Autodesk University Bloggers Social. We are holding it once again after a fun and successful event last year. The Blogger Social will be held on Monday November 30th, 2009 from 6:30PM to 8PM. Monday conflicts with fewer classes, events, and activities plus it provides an opportunity for meeting people before the action packed AU gets into full swing.
To be considered for an invite, please complete the form linked below. We will review your information, blog, and plan to send out invitations in October.
There will be a flock of bloggers and Autodesk employees attending as well as some speakers in a casual social networking environment to place names to faces. We did take into consideration the feedback from last year and will provide name badges showing blog names.
Spread the word to fellow Autodesk product and industry related bloggers who may be attending Autodesk University 2009.
We love bloggers! This is just a small way to show our appreciation for all of your hard work.
It was six years ago today I started this Between the Lines Blog back in the days when most had no idea what a blog was. Most blogs barely make it past 6 posts or 6 months whichever comes first but this blog has been active continuously since August 2003 and I enjoy it.
I try to cover all angles of all things Autodesk and Autodesk products from AutoCAD, Autodesk Impression, to 3ds Max as well as outside the envelope topics like photography, travel, and humor. I try to keep a little variety and fun to keep you coming back and spreading the word to Read Between the Lines.
There has been thousands of posts, hundreds of thousands of unique visitors, and millions of page view. The RSS traffic continues to be the fastest growing segment of content viewers. There are now thousands of great CAD, engineering, and visualization blogs and I appreciate you keeping me in your favorites, the recommendations and mentions, and the nice emails and comments which are the icing on the cake and makes it all worthwhile.
I was the first known CAD blog and first one blogging at Autodesk and at one time was managing by proxy all the first Autodesk blogs as a nighttime hobby and social media experiment outlet instead of getting sleep. I believe it is extremely important for readers to hear from Autodesk employees “deskers” as well as place a human face on a large company like Autodesk. and understand we have come from the same place as many customers and are always trying to do the right thing for both the customer and Autodesk and continually improve and improve based on feedback and experience. I try to write not as a professional writer or journalist but rather as a person and in a voice that I would normally talk to someone in a conversation in person, not perfectly polished. Blogging should be a two way conversation otherwise it is just a web page being updated in a timeline format from one perspective or voice like a megaphone. People that know me personally will tell you besides run on sentences, I am a very dedicated and passionate person about what I do and the products I work on. My history is one of a customer using design products like Autodesk products in the trenches for many years and then coming to Autodesk as an employee working with many amazing teams and talented customers.
I want to thank every single person who has come to this blog over the past years, and if you have any suggestions, contributions, complaints, kudos, theories on the universe, photos of bigfoot, please feel free to Contact Me. I also will accept AutoCAD tips and Tricks for full credit and link to your site.
So is it a “Blog Birthday” or a “Blog Postday” celebration because blogs can be born with a post?
So many things have changed while some things remained the same… Yeah I know I contradict myself and have warped logic and warped humor at times but that is all part of the draw, right?
In June I will begin to focus on my Autodesk Platform Technology Evangelist position and less on managing all Autodesk product betas. I will be the mouth and ears for customers, the design and development, and product management teams.
I am adding 3 more great products to my hat for my position as Autodesk Technology Evangelist. In addition to AutoCAD, I am now involved with AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, and AutoCAD Mechanical and what I call the AutoCAD Fantastic Four. I am truly excited for having the cross discipline focus. These products are used by millions and relied upon and Autodesk is continuing to improve them based on customer feedback. They are not going anywhere or being retired they are being focused together with the same AutoCAD DNA they share which will result in a much more consistent and powerful features using more coordinated team resources.
I will continue same as always on this blog Between the Lines the same as I have the past 6 years but will have more time to dedicate to writing more tips and tricks and cover more products, user groups, and great customers as well as traveling for events and speaking engagements.
Before coming to Autodesk, I was a mechanical designer involved in a wide variety of large projects from process equipment, pressure vessels, shell & tube heat exchangers, large bridges, hydroelectric and navigational locks, nuclear steam generators,and military watercraft. Having been involved in a wide variety of projects gives me a diverse background of project experience and disciplines to draw upon in my jobs at Autodesk.
Please let me know how I am doing or what you would like to see in the blog. If you want a very large audience for AutoCAD tips, I would be happy to publish your tips and give you a very visible credit and potentially get you fame and fortune, ok maybe not fortune but thousands read this blog daily.
Shaan Hurley MoMH (Man of Many Hats)
Autodesk Platform Technology Evangelist