I am honored and truly humbled to have been listed as the #1 CAD Blog of 2012 based on Alexa web rankings for global traffic and readers that was analyzed and posted by Brian Curran. It was also sweet to see my partner in Autodesk Labs crime Scott Sheppard also placed high at #4. While I am aware numbers are just that but Alexa are a good indicator of traffic to a web page.
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. CS2 has plenty of of what people need when using Photoshop. The current version of Adobe Creative Suite is now CS6. In any case go get your free copy when their website recovers before they stop.
Many of the Autodesk topic related bloggers and industry press look forward to the reception the night prior to Autodesk University kicking off. It is a great way to meet fellow bloggers and press and also several key Autodesk people in attendance. It started small a few years ago and then grew. It will be the Monday night before AU kicking off.
If you have read this blog over 8 years you know I am a big believer in promoting other blogs and product users tips and tricks as they say “a rising tide floats all boats” as it benefits all of us, and the of course you the readers. It has always been a real pleasure to publish a guest post from someone in the community to the community. The idea is to share tips and articles that benefit Autodesk product and technology users as well as promote you, the expert and your, consulting, books, looking for a job, or promoting your blog, Twitter handle, or raise your Autodesk street cred among the CAD peeps. It helps the guest author get more visibility among peers as well as shares some valuable knowledge with the readers of the Between the Lines blog, a win – win for everyone in my book.
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.
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. The reception is planned for the evening of November 28th. If you blog or Tweet in social media about Autodesk or Autodesk products and plan to attend AU 2011 then this is the crème de le crème event.
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.
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.
We are holding the Blogger Social Event 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.
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.
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