For the past couple days I have been in Atlanta attending IWF 08 and presenting a compressed session on AutoCAD 2009 in the Microvellum booth. Microvellum is a Autodesk ISV reseller as well as AutoCAD OEM developer which develops top notch cabinet, furniture and retail fixtures design products and just announced their new versions based on AutoCAD 2009. The Microvellum people were great and were excellent in their knowledge and expertise in their industry and had a very busy booth.
It was amazing to see the scale of the IWF 08 show as there was no sign of economic slowdown and miles of walking just to see the vendors from small wood carving products, design, material optimization, and CNC software, to massive industrial wood product processing or fabrication equipment.
I promised in my presentation to provide links to my posts on many of the customer requested features we like to call internally as Fit & Finish.
After the event in the late afternoon I decided to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of this blog (thank you for the nice compliments and comments) and take the blog and the infamous Matt Murphy Clay Head Sculpture over to the Georgia coast in Savannah for dinner then back to Atlanta. It was more of a drive than I had expected and should have looked into the drive more closely rather than the spontaneous drive. It was a beautiful drive but along the coast it was remnants of hurricane Fay hammering the area with bands of high winds and rain that added to the experience. One of my favorite things was driving the backwoods roads in the swamps and taking a few photos and looking for a gator or some snakes. I did notice there are a huge amount of counties in Georgia and it seemed like a new one every 5 miles at time but even more numerous were the police hiding to catch fast drivers especially on I75 between Macon and Atlanta. After not being in Atlanta except the airport in over 20 years, it was extremely nice to see Georgia again as it is a very beautiful state especially along the backwoods off the beaten path. As usual with almost any place I visit, I just wish I had more time.
I have a quick meeting, tons of email to catch up on, and some general work to do here then I am departing back to my home base of Salt Lake City early this afternoon proudly wearing my favorite New Zealand All Blacks jersey.
Cheers and have a safe and good weekend,