Apparently there are no strings are attached in this big free giveaway. You will just need to wait for their website to recover from the crash due to the massive traffic to download the Creative Suite. Creative Suite 2 “CS2” contains Photoshop, Illustrator, and nDesign. I am not sure Adobe did this just to be giving and charitable in the new year but perhaps down the road convert a percentage of those that download to upgrade or buy a new products. UPDATE: Gizmodo and multiple other major tech media apparently have got it wrong, as well as customers were sent the notice to download serials and software free because they (Adobe) were shutting down their CS2 activation servers. It is embarrassing for everyone, especially Adobe who will need to write more clear notices in the future. I would not like to be in their PR group today.
Check out Gizmodo’s article:
If you want a great alternative to Photoshop that has many advanced features, does not require a monster download, or take tons of disk space check out Autodesk’s free web based Pixlr. Pixlr is the worlds most popular online photo editor and also has mobile apps for iOS and Android.
I presented to an Inventor User Group organized by CADPro Systems last night in Christchurch New Zealand, but I never left my house, dealt with the security & customs checkpoints, or the long flight with the standard baby with an earache crying with an unchanged diaper on the 15 hours of flights each way. I used my webcam and GoToMeeting web conference software to present to the user group virtually where I could see and hear the attendees and they could see and hear me.
It was 10:30 pm time Wednesday (Halloween and wearing my Zombie Food shirt) and 5:30pm Thursday for them, so technically I was presenting into the future.
I placed my webcam upside down for a couple minutes just to have some down under Southern hemisphere fun.
I spoke about Autodesk Labs, the importance of sending in the CER reports each time and that they do not go into a black hole, and the recent Kenya research with 3d capture techniques and flying the Octo Copter in remote Northern Kenya to test capturing high resolution imagery to locate rare fossils faster and more accurately than just walking the desert.
During Q&A there was a common request to get the Autodesk Labs technology preview for the 3D Annotation in Inventor back or in Autodesk Inventor as a core feature. Here is s small webcam image of a small portion of the room when asked who not just wanted that feature, but who needed it. Scott Sheppard posted the feedback results of the 3D Annotation tool :
I stayed around for a Power Inventor user named Jason Dent of 4th Dimensional Façade Solutions Ltd to present on a mind blowing method of designing the exterior of a complex building using Inventor. Jason said: "Without Inventor, this job would have been absolutely impossible.”
It was a great treat on Halloween as I love speaking to customers and also seeing how they use our software and their feedback. Thanks to the user group members I attendance and Peter Crawley and Gavin Bath of CADPro Systems for making this happen. If you would like me to speak to your user group just send me an email request with details on the group, proposed date and topics.
Do I wish I was really in Christchurch and New Zealand, absolutely as I have been to New Zealand a couple times and loved every minute of it with the landscapes and people.
Expect me to post a celebratory post about this blog turning 9 years old on the upcoming Tuesday August 21, 2012.
Wow 9 years without any real breaks or blogcations (blogging vacation). I have posted while on sabbatical, sick, my own vacations, and traveling, from the Alps in Switzerland, the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, middle of nowhere in Northern Kenya, to all over Asia. Where there's a will, there's a way.
It is my readers that keep me going. Thank you for the nine years!
BO2042 Autodesk, the Social Web, and You
The speaker is Dan Zucker Lead on Autodesk Social Media, and I was the co-speaker. This session will be great for anyone wanting to understand social web and media such as Facebook, Twitter, and more with best practices and applies to everyone from customers, partners, and Autodesk employees.
Unfortunately there is currently a class conflict as I have another session at the same time.
AC2231 Capture Objects in 3D and Replicate Them Like the Star Trek® Crew Does.
I am hoping the AU class schedule can be changed and appreciate the complexity of the job managing hundreds of sessions, but if not either session choice will be a good one.
Update: BO2042 is now 8am on Thursday. Thank you AU Speaker Team. Yay!
My other sessions at AU2012:
My Sessions for Autodesk University 2012
There are only 105 days until Autodesk University 2012!
For the AutodeskCare crew, it was hard to pass up an opportunity to guest post on Between the Lines. So when we saw the call going out for guest bloggers a little while ago, we couldn’t resist. Because as the new voice of Autodesk Customer Service and Support, the more you know about us, the happier we get!
Many of you have probably already heard about AutodeskCare. Some of you have talked to us on online already. For those of you we haven’t met yet, this is the scoop on what we do, where we do it, and how we work social customer care at Autodesk these days.
We’re out there talking with you now on many social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Pinterest, Youtube, and our own Support Forum’s Installation & Licensing board. We do this 24/5 M-F, mostly in English, and with around nine crewmembers in Asia, Europe and Middle East, and the Americas.
We also patrol numerous external communities, forums, and social Q&A networks. See, we spend a lot of time listening to you guys out there.
And that’s why you might be surprised to hear from us out of the blue someday. If we find you wandering, unsure, confused, or struggling out there, we’ll chime in and help as best we can.
And we’ll do that in real time. Because imagining, designing and creating a better world doesn’t wait around. This doesn’t mean we’re able to resolve every issue instantly, but it does mean we’ll “get on it” pronto. Because in this day and age, anything less is just “old school”.
Who are these masked AutodeskCare crew members you might ask? Far from being hidden away, we’re actually quite out in the open. Come meet us on the AutodeskCare blog. Every day, we cook up a compelling menu of “insider” stories mixed with live customer interaction excerpts. We then sprinkle on a healthy dash of self-help solutions, and top it all off with a splash of new innovative Autodesk service venues.
So don’t be bashful and drop by next time you’re in the area on Twitter, Facebook, the Blog, or the Forums. Your AutodeskCare crew ^CAM, ^CEL, ^SIM, ^PHL, ^AK, ^JES, ^APB, and ^JB are always at your beck and call – ready to help you whenever and wherever you need it most. The new voice of Autodesk Customer Service and Support is waiting for you!
If you don’t know what AutoCAD WS is…perhaps you are not one of the millions that have tried or used it yet.
There are several all free flavors of AutoCAD WS. There is a desktop version that requires no installation and can view, edit, 2D and 3D DWG files and collaborate. There is also a native Mac App version for Mac users in the Mac App store.
There are also free versions for mobile such as iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. View, edit and share online and offline while in the middle of nowhere. Imagine having your drawings with you on your smartphone when you visit a jobsite or customer even when there is no service.
Cant wait to see what the AutoCAD WS Team have improved in the next version that they are teasing us with as I don’t personally believe it is just a splash screen as they have been very busy since the last release. Don’t ask me the date when as I just don’t know at this time.
What do you have to lose trying it, it is a FREE go anywhere 2D & 3D DWG viewer
During the course of today (and throughout the week) you’ll likely hear us at Autodesk talking about the latest deployment of Autodesk 360 and Autodesk BIM 360. If you’re familiar with the notion of cloud based services, then Autodesk 360 will be a natural way to extend your designs beyond your local desktop. The power of Autodesk 360 starts to compound when you consider that mobile access means that I could collaborate on this new tower concept design while I was making new friends in Kenya.
Lest we forget the cloud gives (virtually) limitless compute power aka infinite computing which makes it great for computationally intensive processes like rendering, visualization, and simulation. On your desktop workstation you do not have the ability to scale almost infinitely by adding more and more cores hosted on remote servers to complete the project fast. It makes that new 8-core workstation such a wimpy tool for design and engineering!
One way to get and stay connected with the Autodesk 360 team is to click over to the recently updated Facebook page. Don’t forget to head over to 360.autodesk.com, login, and try out this innovative cloud based technology and the advantages and benefits it provides.
Gonzalo Martinez and myself (Shaan Hurley) are currently in the extremely remote Turkana Basin of Kenya where many of the hominin fossils (our human ancestors) were found along with a great deal of other fossils and tools. We are researching aerial video and photo capture with Louise Leakey using a state of the art eight bladed remote copter mounted with lots of high tech equipment and cameras that we have named the Autodesk Octo-Copter for many exciting potential uses.
We hiked with all our copter and camera equipment to the Logatham Circle and Pillar site located to the West of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya.
And from the air!
Some of the other research flights we are trying to research how well we can see the rich fossils on the ground.
Here is a photo of the copter in a region today with several eroding faces with fossils. Here is a close up of a ancient crocodile jaw fragment.The fossils can be from the very small rodent, hominids, to giant hippo and elephant over 1 million years old.
Autodesk has been working with Louise Leakey, Turkana Basin Institute, and the National Museums of Kenya to document an amazing collection of fossils in 3D using Autodesk 123D Catch for display online at http://www.africanfossils.org.
We are now exploring several more ways in which to capture data with the latest technology to help preserve ancient sites and fossils. In remote locations around the world sites, structures, and fossils records are being lost and finding ways to capture them digitally would change everything. Imagine all the downstream possibilities after you capture these one of a kind objects, you could share the digital geometry with a remote researcher to study across the world or even create a cardboard pattern or 3D print so school children could have a copy in their classroom rather than a picture in a book.
Introduction Video narrated by Louise Leakey:
Welcome to AfricanFossils.org
We have been living and working off the grid for quite sometime with only solar & wind power, rain water or wells and mostly local food and an Internet or cell phone connection occasional as a treat although some AC would be a really nice treat in the intense heat of the day. Finding a cold Tusker Lager is equally amazing when chilled to freezing and taking a deep breath and looking at the scenery and reflecting on the busy day. One of my favorite and necessary pieces of equipment in my backpack has been my GoalZero solar panels and batteries which give me plenty of juice for the laptops, receivers, cell phones, cameras, as well as last night using the GoalZero invertor we were able to use a soldering gun to repair connections on the copter. I charge the panels during the day with the abundant sun.
The people and region is absolutely stunning and add to that the capturing of ancient ruins and fossils from a location of the earliest human evolution where hominid fossils are being found. I am really trying to stay awake and doing something every single minute so I do not waste a minute in this amazing and remote part of Kenya.
As I am writing this blog post taking advantage of an Internet connection being available (rare), it is so hot today my machine has shutdown several times so now I have my laptop comfortably resting on an ice pack.
I leave you with a photo of my hat which had been snatched off my head by a thorny tree.Apparently the tree wanted me or the hat to stick around a little longer.
If you go to the middle of nowhere in East Africa, go North, and turn right, then drive another couple hours in the blazing heat, you will be where I am. Gonzalo Martinez and myself of Autodesk are capturing some of the most remote geography in Africa using a remote controlled eight bladed Octo-Copter. The photos and video are amazing as are the reaction from local nomadic tribe members when they see the copter fly by and they run to the river to see it and wonder what it is. It was an interesting language barrier experience to try to explain what it was, and what it does and that we can actually see like a bird from the copter. I am pretty sure they are convinced I am some sort of space alien. The Autodesk Octo-Copter is doing very well but heat and rough transport did cause a great deal of extra effort in repairs and adjustments and no way to get to a location to get repair parts as we had to solve the problems right here in the first field site.
Dealing with overheating equipment, tons of bugs of all shapes and sizes including malaria carrying mosquitos, absolutely amazing bird life, venomous scorpions and snakes like the small cobra found yesterday, sand, lack of much if any Internet access or a cell phone signal and only ~106 F. degrees and some humidity. Not getting much sleep with all the travel, work and heat. Living off the grid with solar energy and rain water. And Yes, I am loving it!
Now we have another sunset flight to prepare for as being located on the equator the sunset goes so very fast and the flood of bugs soon. The bugs can be so this it is raining bugs and your computer screen becomes unusable as it is quickly covered in bugs.
For my US readers; please tune in for Bones of Turkana on PBS Wednesday May 16th, 2012. This is a new documentary about the Leakey's human origins research in Kenya's Turkana Basin http://t.co/si59ckRu.
The Turkana Basin of Kenya is where many of the hominin fossils (our human ancestors) were found along with a great deal of other fossils and tools. Autodesk has been working with Louise Leakey, Turkana Basin Institute, and the National Museums of Kenya to document many in the collection in 3D using Autodesk 123D Catch for display online at http://www.africanfossils.org.
Introduction Video narrated by Louise Leakey:
Welcome to AfricanFossils.org
If in the US be sure to watch the Bones of Turkana Documentary! http://t.co/si59ckRu
Capture the world in 3D using your Camera using 123D Catch on your desktop, web or iPad!
Autodesk 123D Catch is a technology where you take photos with your digital camera and then using cloud computing it constructs a textured 3D mesh model. There are three new flavors of this delicious 3D treat - one for the Windows desktop, one for the Apple iPad, and one web hosted version you run in a browser.
The desktop version of Autodesk 123D Catch contains some changes from the previous version such as a new My Corner where your projects are stored and the Gallery feature where you can share and explore other peoples creations.
There is now a mobile version for the iPad version named 123D Catch Mobile and available free in the Apple App store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/123d-catch/id513913018?mt=8). Autodesk 123D Catch Mobile currently supports the iPad 2 & 3 as they both have a camera. You launch 123D Catch Mobile and then simply tap the screen to take a picture in series around the object you wish to capture. It takes only about 20-30 photos for most objects and then uploads those to the server to process.
Update: This mobile app is currently restricted to the North American Apple App store. We have launched first in North America and plan to roll out to the rest of the world as we learn how people are using the apps and the cloud service so we can be sure everyone has the best possible experience and we can scale up to meet the demand.
Here is a photo of me on 123D Catch Mobile on my iPad 3 capturing some 3D textured models of ancient rock art sites in Southern Utah. I climbed up the rock wall like a mountain goat holding an iPad and stood precariously on the ledge to capture the petroglyphs.
Capturing a 3D model of a special decorated VW bug.
One of my favorite features of 123D Catch Mobile besides it being on my mobile device is that once your 3D models are created you can use the built in iPad gyro combined with your fingers pinching to orbit and view the object.
For more complex and higher resolution model captures I would suggest using a standard digital camera and the desktop version of 123D Catch but having a mobile version of 123D Catch is very convenient and fun.
There is now a web hosted version of 123D Catch so that almost anyone that can get on the web can use 123D Catch. This is really useful for those on a Mac as there is no current Mac native version of 123D Catch. The web hosted version of 123D Catch requires that you use the Google Chrome browser or the Chrome frame extension for IE. http://apps.123dapp.com/catch
You can also take the 3D models you create and use them in animations in 3ds max or Maya or other 3D software, make a 3D print on a MakerBot or even send them to Autodesk 123D Make (also free) and create a pattern to build a real object from cardboard, acrylic or plywood. Yes imagine your own head as a 6 foot tall cardboard sculpture.
See my post today on 123D Make http://bit.ly/KLSCxU
Spread the word and capture the world around you!
It was only recently that the impending and anxiously awaited product Sketchbook Ink was shown live at the Apple main stage launch for the iPad 3. Now both Pixlr and AutoCAD WS are basking in the limelight glow of the Google Drive launch.
Upon installation of Google Drive from http://drive.google.com (getting 5Gig free space) I noticed AutoCAD WS was suggested to me as a “managed App” since apparently I had some DWG and DXF files in my Google Docs folder it migrated automatically or perhaps it was because AutoCAD WS was in my Chrome extensions but now a default native Drive app. Now AutoCAD WS will be my default viewer and editor within the Google Drive storage for DWG files.
View of my Google Drive Folder with DWG files and then selecting one and it opens in AutoCAD WS ready for viewing mark up or editing.
And choosing the Pixlr Editor in Google Drive I get what looks like Photoshop with many powerful; features all without installing anything just accessing my Google Drive.
Pretty nice initial offering for cloud storage from Google that combines many apps to choose from including the Autodesk ones like AutoCAD WS and Pixlr.
AutoCAD WS allows the viewing, markup, and sharing of DWG files among architects, designers and engineers, as well as non-CAD professionals. AutoCAD WS is available for free on the web, on mobile devices with AutoCAD WS mobile, and as a native desktop Mac App in the Mac App Store.
Currently the developers are hard at work on the next update of the free AutoCAD WS and AutoCAD WS mobile. The new update will include many new features like new 3D viewing, GPS Integration, and Print to Plot with HP ePrint.
I got hands on with an in development build at Autodesk University 2011 with AutoCAD WS team member Shani Segev. We tested out the upcoming GPS integration feature where you can assign a location in your DWG file and then moving around you see where you are in the drawing with the location marker following. To me this would be great for site developers or large projects where you have a GPS signal on your mobile device.
Here are some screenshots of the setting of a location marker and the display of a location marker in a DWG on AutoCAD WS mobile.
From the press release :
”Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 28, 2011 ¾ Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced several new features to be added to the next release of AutoCAD WS, a free* web and mobile application that enables users to view, edit and share AutoCAD projects across desktop, web and mobile devices. AutoCAD WS users will have access to 3D interactive features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings on mobile devices. In addition, AutoCAD WS will include GPS capabilities, allowing geographic location information to be shared and saved with design projects, as well as new Plot-to-Print capabilities for immediate remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets.
So in the next update you will see these 3 big new features: 3D object viewing, GPS integration, and HP ePrint as well as the ability to export and email a PDF print of the DWG. There will be other features, fixes, and enhancements based on user feedback and research.
AutoCAD WS has over 4 million downloads. If you are not an AutoCAD WS user now don’t wait for the impending update give it a try now. http://autocadws.com
Don’t let the name “Hacker Space” scare you. A Hacker Space is not a group of people sitting around hacking into your online accounts, but a group of people young and old who work on projects from a wide array of things such as computers and electronics to building robots, lasers, rocketry, and wood working.
I love seeing Maker spaces where creativity and making things is the main purpose of people gathering in a common space. In this visit to Noisebridge I saw some young children about 10-12 printing some 3D plastic designs on some of the available MakerBot printers, a teenager writing a program that takes the electrical signals from a special head band to drive a terrain game engine, some high school students working on a robot for the FIRST Robotics competitions, some people sewing a project, another group working on some wood working, and several others all on a Sunday afternoon. What a cool and creative space to learn, build, and share with others.
There are Hacker Spaces all over the world and other Maker spaces like TechShop spreading to fill the needs of those that are not satisfied with just running down to the store to buy a alarm clock and instead get an open-source Arduino microcontroller circuit board and a bunch of LEDs and then begin to build and program their own alarm clock. Not only do they end up with a one of a kind alarm clock but the special knowledge after having built it themselves. I would strongly urge you to look into a Hacker Space or other Maker related space as there are most likely groups in your town where you can participate and contribute building your own projects or mentoring others members.. Even if the maker movement is not for you, I bet you know someone that has an idea just dying to get out of their head and build it themselves.
I wanted to show how anyone can create a 3D model of themselves or a person they know using a digital camera, free Autodesk software, and a 3D printer.
Here is an example of my two Autodesk colleagues Brian Mathews and Scott Sheppard as 3D printed miniature heads- about the size of Barbie doll heads. I could have printed the heads much larger, but that also increases the creepiness factor of carrying around a rather large plastic head of a coworker.
Here are Scott & Brian with their mini 3D printed heads.
With the person holding very still and me walking around them, I took about 40 photos of their head. I then used the free Autodesk 123D Catch where you use photos to automatically generate a 3D model. When I was satisfied with the results, I exported an .OBJ file to use as the raw 3D model I wanted to use for 3D printed plastic heads.
Here are the screen captures from 123D Catch of the texture and wireframe mesh models of both Brian and Scott.
I then cleaned mesh model for 3D printing by opening the .OBJ file in the free Autodesk meshmixer. Meshmixer allowed me to fill and zipper holes, smooth areas, and reduce or refine the mesh areas as well as remove portions of the mesh. I can also paint with volume brushes to create more detail or even add other OBJ content to add say a pair of horns to a persons head just in case you intend to mount it on the wall. When I am done I export the file as .STL ready for printing.
Now using the .STL file I can print the head in ABS plastic on a 3D printer like a Makerbot or using an online 3D printing service like Shapeways.com. You could also import the .STL file into Autodesk 123D Make and slice up the model into layers which can create a pattern to construct a 3D model out of cardboard.
Scott’s head being printed on a MakerBot.
You can even import the .STL file Project Falcon to see how fluids would flow around your cranium using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis.
I hope you will give this fun experiment a try as it is not only fun but a real conversation starter when you have a recognizable coworkers head or your own on your desk, or in your pocket. Of course there are more practical objects you could capture and 3D print using the same methods such as statues, architecture, and even geology such as the mountain I 3D printed from a Autodesk 123D Catch created 3D model.
Over the past month there have been several lists, web pages, and mentions in Twitter and other social media incorrectly stating that Autodesk supports the controversial SOPA initiative otherwise known as United States H.R. 3261.
The official Autodesk statement:
I just changed my Twitter username @mrcadman to my real name @ShaanHurley. Twitter allows you to do this and keep your followers. Why did I do this, well because I was tired of being referred to by “MrCADman” at events, some not connecting Shaan Hurley was MrCADman, and also I am more than just CAD.
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
After a day of thinking about Apple’s announcement yesterday, and getting over the reality there was really no iPhone 5 named model, I am now ok with Apples new 4S iPhone because it packs a real powerful punch inside the popular iPhone 4 chassis. First my AT&T account is due for an phone upgrade and I had expected on getting another phone. After checking out the other phones on the market as nothing really compared to the hardware quality and iOS platform with the iPhone 4 I have now. I am still a recovering Blackberry aka crackberry phone addict but the iPhone answered all my needs in a stylish package.
I understand some wanted and expected more due to the large Internet rumors building up for almost a year. There were also those who were from another phone brand camp and had their own reasons for beating on the iPhone 4S announcement. Ultimately it is personal choice of the consumers which is a good thing and keep everyone in the mobile hardware game moving fast to innovate and deliver better products to market.
So what does the S in iPhone 4S stand for? Well we know the iPhone 3GS was for 3G and the S for speed. So certainly the “S” in 4S could be “S”peed but could also be for “S”exy or perhaps as shown in the Apple presentation it really means iPhone 4S “S”quirrel as you can capture photos fast in low light such as those of a squirrel. IN addition to the Apple announcement of the iPhone 4S, they inadvertently may have created a new Internet meme of the squirrel.
If you want to get the cutout of the Squirrel from the iPhone 4S presentation to use for meme fun, here you go.
Download iPhone 4S Squirrel.png (6826.7K)
Squirrel! Phil Schiller shows off the macro focusing capabilities of the iPhone 4S' camera. (Credit: Kent German/CNET)
Read more: http://cnet.co/mWPxiX
So in a nutshell the iPhone 4S is the iPhone 5 in my book minus a size or shape change some people expected.
Yes, I will be ordering my iPhone 4Squirrel at 12:01 am Friday.
John Evans wrote a nice summary of the Autodesk Cloud offerings in his Design & Motion blog: http://designandmotion.net/autodesk/autodesk-cloud-computing-is-here/
Autodesk has just announced their first official full cloud initiative, including two cloud computing features. They call it Autodesk Cloud. Included in this feature set are:
- Cloud Document Storage
- Cloud based and mobile DWF viewing
- Mobile AutoCAD WS
- Multi-user real time editing of dwg files
- Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
- Green Building Studio
- Cloud Rendering
- Inventor Optimization
Commentary by Shaan not related to John’s article:
Before people get freaked out and consider the Autodesk desktop products and the cloud in the future as I had seen in Twitter. I want to make sure people understand with regard to the cloud or remote hosting of Autodesk products. Autodesk does not believe in making desktop products only available in the cloud and removing the desktop as it would be an option for people to choose for themselves.
Choice is an important thing for customers as each customer has their own needs and data control preferences in addition to IT and security policies. For some desktop will always be what they want and for other the ability to immediately run your applications from anywhere without installing or finding the files is a great option to explore.
The Autodesk Cloud Press Release
View the official news release online Autodesk Cloud Enables Access to Design Capability from Anywhere, at Anytime
Currently there are several features and products available with a cloud option even document storage at https://documents.cloud.autodesk.com/
Learn more about the Autodesk Cloud at http://www.autodesk.com/cloud
Stay tuned for more future cloud enabled features and product options. The future is bright even with clouds in the sky.
Google announced today that they have added public sign up for the new social media as well as have seriously added new features I have been begging for since the early preview started that prevented my full attention.
I have held a few experimental Google+ Hangouts sessions including a conversation with users of Autodesk Labs Project Photofly where we got into deep discussions with up to 10 people live in video and audio “hanging out”. It like a casual conversation in the same room or a lounge at Autodesk University and seeing people facial reactions unlike a webcast or phone conference call. You get some dimension of a group conversation than other remote options and best of all it is FREE.
The feedback from participants was this was an awesome and easy way to have a real conversation among people that typical web casting did not provide. What we really needed was a way to share screens and show what we were doing or to share a slide or demo a feature or product. Google have now added the ability to share screens in a Hangout session as well as use Hangout on a mobile device. They finally added search.
Some of my posts on the Hangout Session Experiments and photos of participants:
The jury is still out on Google+ as another complete social media platform to replace other social media such as Twitter or Facebook, but the Hangout feature is well worth the effort to join. Imagine a company client design review, product demos, usability studies, classes, or AU planning or practice you class with multiple people in multiple locations sharing their screens video and audio for immediate feedback!
I wonder if some Hangout sessions live from AU 2011 would be a blast so others could stop by and talk with people over the web from the AU Exhibit Hall or beer bust, yes a virtual beer bust and toast.
As I have been saying Google+ is great, but it is still +1 more (pun intended) social media to have to keep up with in this age of information overload and distractions The jury remains out but experimenting with the new social media platform.
Go ahead join it and experiment, +1 me, and place me in your Google+ circles.
Enough geeky rambling for now.
I have been holding Hangouts on Google+ as well as using other nice features of the new social network from Google in early testing. I have 150 invitations and am giving them away to the first 150 to grab them. Make sure to add me to your Google+ circles.
What is Google+ http://youtu.be/hC_M6PzXS9g
Google+ Invite Link http://bit.ly/nNuu6o
I am holding a Google+ Friday Photofly Hangout for 10 people live in 45 minutes.