We have been working this Summer on many updates and improvements to the Autodesk Feedback Community where most Autodesk product betas and future research goes on. I was placed in charge of this 65,000+ member community again this Spring and had a list of things to do from the fellow admins and the participants in the community. We have some major upgrades coming and making the community easier to login and participate in but the most visual will be to switch from a dark theme to a light and bright theme like other Autodesk communities switches to a recently in addition to the new logo. In response to participant feedback we also moved the logout to the upper right and extended the community timeout to 90 minutes. I will talk more about the exciting feature upgrades in the future, but here is a look at the new Autodesk Feedback Community Light theme mockup that goes live today at 1PM PST.
We are currently working on a major update of the Autodesk Feedback Community. The Autodesk Feedback Community is where most all pre-release testing of Autodesk product betas are managed and run as well as a bunch of research projects, gunslingers, and now some Autodesk Labs projects. There are 65,000+ members of this community of bleeding edge adopters that want to help shape the future of Autodesk products and technologies as well as be part of our vital extended product team members. We can have over 100 projects a year including desktop, mobile, and cloud hosted products. While many companies view beta and feedback projects as a project check list item to gather bugs or a marketing activity on ready to ship products, Autodesk sees the true value of beta and pre-release projects beyond just bug reporting and that is engagement of the participants as they are truly integral to the success of the product. A company or team will not learn how to best improve your products unless they actually talk with customers on how they use the product and the features that need work or the missing features to improve the product. It is a relationship between project participants and Autodesk. The participants are truly external members of the product teams. Some of the big changes coming: New look as we change from the black theme to a white themed community. A complete mobile version of the Autodesk Feedback Community so you can participate in the discussions or report a bug in a project from your desktop or tablet and phone both web based mobile schema and native apps. New platform update with many new enhancements including simplification of the system. Streamlined feedback and defect reporting including the social ability to allow fellow participants to vote and rank defect reports and feature requests. Better reporting and management of your reported items and their current status. Working on a better Autodesk single sign on experience to make it more transparent. We need your creativity genius: I was thinking that during our big change from black to white community themes and since we have some of the worlds most creative members, that we could crowd source a landing page image and an icon that convey “feedback and participation”. I might be able to not only give you some public recognition but possibly scrounge up some goodies.
Project Blink gives you the power and flexibility to run software installed on your computer from a remote computer or tablet with lower latency than other solutions, and optimized for some Autodesk software. I wish I could say more, but this is a beta and you need to apply and get in the special beta to find out how amazing this cutting edge technology is compared to traditional remote hosted application technologies.
Last week Autodesk hosted some of the Autodesk Expert Elite group members in our sunny San Francisco office. This group of customers are top nominated participants (Expert Elite Nomination Form) in their product assistance to their peers in the Autodesk discussion forums. My colleague Scott Sheppard presented to the group on Autodesk Labs and Autodesk Beta and promised to follow up on the topics in blog posts. Scott is posting a blog post on Autodesk Labs, and I am posting on Autodesk Beta. Beta has long been a passion and responsibility of mine, and is once again a responsibility of mine along with my other Office of the CTO role responsibilities. Bug SplatAutodesk Beta or the Autodesk Feedback Community is pre-release testing community for most every Autodesk product from desktop to mobile and cloud applications. Autodesk Feedback Community is where people can get involved in testing the pre-release products and provide feedback and help us identify the defects before final release. The Autodesk Feedback Community is also home to some of the future research projects where the product teams can speak confidentially under a non-disclosure with a group of users on possible concepts and ideas to solve user needs and work flows. The members of the community are even used by some teams to recruit for customer visits and in person gunslingers of early versions of software.
For those that love to participate in providing early feedback that helps shape the future of Autodesk products and technologies, there are several great options to get involved. You don’t have to be on the bleeding edge or the top Autodesk product user in the universe as all skill and experience levels are encouraged and needed.
Over 30,000 members of the Autodesk Feedback Community played a key role in the development and Beta testing of Autodesk’s product lines, and Autodesk is issuing an open invitation for additional customers to join and participate in the testing and shaping of future products.
The next release of AutoCAD is in development & codenamed "Ironman". More details on getting involved in the pre-release beta program soon. All Autodesk beta programs are run from http://beta.autodesk.com.
“Just what is Hadrian Shaan” I knew you would ask that question first. Hadrian was a Roman Emperor born in Rome in the year 76 AD and led a very interesting life with his architecture interests. OK, Hadrian the codename for the next release of AutoCAD Plant 3D which does about everything you need for process and plant design built on the powerful AutoCAD platform. Hadrian Beta 2 is available for download https://beta.autodesk.com.
Our current MyFeedback platform used for running Autodesk product betas has grown way beyond its originally designed structure and we are looking to introduce you to a new Autodesk Feedback Community over the next few month. We are also reorganizing the management of Autodesk betas. Beta projects will be managed individually on this new community by each of the four Autodesk Divisions. We will be retiring MyFeedback on May 30th 2009. We will be moving future betas to our new...
The Autodesk Professional Certification program is pleased to announce the release of the 2010 beta exams for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD Civil 3D.
The second Service Pack for Microsoft Windows Vista has been in the works and is now entering preview and expected to be released in the first half of 2009.
Autodesk also has many other top notch products that I get to work with and have the luxury in my position to work with all Autodesk product teams. It always amazes me at the level of expertise of people around the Autodesk family and the products they produce. I received an email recently by someone that was told by someone that Autodesk was planning to stop AutoCAD development. This pops up from time to time and is usually the result...
The Public Preview of the Release candidates for Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 is now publicly available. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC Public Availability Program Please note Autodesk is internally testing for compatibility with products at this time and no official support or result statements will be made until the upcoming service packs for Windows Vista are released in the final form. Initial results from some using the Release Candidate say the performance is greatly improved and optimized CPU usage...