Due to Popular Demand, AutoCAD WS Soon to Support Feature for Coffee Stains, Smudges, and Smells
According to a recent AutoCAD WS user poll, approximately 5% of users wish to remain in a paper-based workflow. This research, commissioned by the AutoCAD WS team to learn more about what drives customers to mobile formats, has resulted in new tools being added to AutoCAD WS mobile application to help users become accustomed to the crisp, always available DWG files.
“Paper is the universal file format, so it’s been a challenge to get my team working on these cool, new tablets,” states Michelle Makinbloks, CAD Manager. “They really miss the familiar feel of dog-eared paper drawings, complete with the real-world stains, blemishes, and smells from repeated use in the field.”
According to the researchers, such a phenomenon is common, and often referred to as “who moved my cheese.” Loss of existing, familiar hallmarks found on paper drawings, and their replacement with efficient, digital files can cause wide-ranging reactions from euphoric, excited laughter to total breakdown and confusion.
“All those bits and bytes of data, whizzing around the cloud, I just don’t get it,” utters an architect who prefers to remain anonymous. “Where do the red lines go? What if they’re not red? How can I possibly replace napkins as a starting point for my vision? And what’s with all this Android stuff? Are green men now lurking in my DWG?”
To address these important questions and the technological paradigm shift from viewing designs on paper to opening them on a mobile device, the AutoCAD WS team plans to incorporate support for coffee stains, smudges, and smells.
With the new smudge feature, you will be able to quickly obscure decimal points, numbers and text annotations. With the coffee stain tool, you will be able to create parametrically modeled, authentic coffee stains to represent a variety of different mug and cup sizes. And last but not least, you will be able easily add the smell of the tuna sandwich, chili cheeseburger, or mustard from your hot dog dropped onto the drawing with our new-fangled olfactory simulation technology.
“I remember when I was a Mechanical Designer, and sparks from the welding going on behind me made my drawing catch fire,” reminisces Al Falerstandards, Designer. “These new AutoCAD WS features make me feel nostalgic for R12, stinking anhydrous ammonia spewing blueline machines, and the way we did things old school. I can’t wait to give them a test run after April Fool’s Day.”