I am at AU. I updated the Labs site this morning from the Venetian. The Project Galileo Online team has the actual service ready. Product Marketing Manager, Chris Andrews, sent me some updates for the Autodesk Labs site. He and I have worked together for quite some time now.
I was happy to make these changes as part of releasing an update to the technology preview. So as you can see, Project Galileo Online now allows users of Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler software to more effectively collaborate on and share infrastructure-scale models with their stakeholders.
This latest update supports publishing to the web and to IPad 2 mobile devices.
As always, feedback is what makes these technology previews tick, so let us know your thoughts at email@example.com.
Collaboration is alive in the lab
Thanks to AU hotel WiFi, I was able to update the Autodesk Labs site this morning. For people who work in mixed environments, we have a new technology preview on Autodesk Labs.
Program Manager, Mary Hoadley, let me know that the technology preview enables users to connect to an Autodesk Vault server from within MicroStation to version control their files via check in and out, manage file references, manage title block attributes, and dynamically create visualization files behind the scenes. How cool is that?
MicroStation users should give this a try, and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or the discussion forum. Since today is Cyber-Monday, if you download the technology preview today, we'll throw in free shipping.
Centralization is alive in the lab.
As I mentioned the other day, the AU 2011 Innovation Forums will leave you informed, inspired, and energized about trends and technologies that will be personally important to you and your business in the years ahead. These sessions feature a mix of individual speakers and panels that will provoke, challenge, cajole, and enlighten you about entirely new ways to design and innovate. The forums will encourage to you to think differently about how you get your work done. You will also learn where Autodesk stands on current trends and technologies, such as model-based design, the cloud, product lifecycle management, sustainability, and more.
In addition to the one on the cloud, if you are attending AU, I hope you will consider:
Creativity 2.0 – Making Design Personal Again
Sir Ken Robinson
Tuesday, November 29, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Join an audience of professional designers and consider the future of design technology and its impact on your career and day-to-day activities. Listen to international author and award-winning TED speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, describe a "crisis in creativity" and how our educational system's traditional models fail to encourage and develop our children's creativity.
Next, see how your peers apply the latest trends in professional, consumer, and crowd-sourced design to explore and accelerate their creativity. Learn how new tools will change the nature of professional design. Learn how cloud-based supercomputing helps architects to design increasingly complex buildings. Discover how manufacturers are putting design into the consumer's hands. And watch leaders in the Maker movement describe an extraordinary universe of creative minds and the software and services that help everyone to personalize and design the world around them.
There are several Autodesk Labs technology previews (plus one recent graduate) that allow a student to create a design from his or her imagination.
turn your ideas into reality
|Inventor Fusion Technology Preview
unite direct and parametric workflows
get started with BIM
conceptual design and analysis for buildings
Planning our AU week is alive in the lab.
Image courtesy of Shaan Hurley
I am in Las Vegas this week for Autodesk University. I fly out Thursday night. I will be in the Exhibit Hall talking about the Autodesk Labs process and how feedback is what makes it tick. I will be discussing a few of the technologies on Autodesk Labs. At this time I would like to publicly thank the technology champions who made these previews possible on Autodesk Labs.
Project Spark - a standalone application for Building Information Modeling whose user interface is a simplified version of Revit
Champion: Emily Marcus
Project Vasari - a standalone application for conceptual modeling with analysis capabilities that run in the Autodesk Cloud instead of your desktop
Champion: Kevin Schneider
Project Falcon - a standalone application or Alias add-on so you can perform wind tunnel analysis
Champion: Ian Pendlebury
Project Storm - a Revit Structure add-on to upload Building Information Models to the Autodesk Cloud for structural analysis
Champion: Pawel Piechnik
Project Galileo Online - an Infrastructure Modeler add-on for sharing and collaborating on infrastructure models via the Autodesk Cloud. Its presence on Autodesk Labs will return on the 29th. I will update the Autodesk Labs site from the Venetian.
Champion: Chris Andrews
Travel is alive in the lab.
The old Southwest Airlines free drink coupons had no expiration date. The new ones do. So as a savvy traveler, I was using the new ones first expecting that the old ones would never expire. On a recent flight I was informed that the old ones are no longer being honored. This was the first I had heard of it. Now I am left with 15 worthless coupons.
I liked how the old ones had funny conversation starters on them. Lots of other customers must have complained because on November 8 they mailed me 4 coupons out of the blue.
Southwest Airlines has my email address. They send me offers to purchase travel all the time. You would think one of those messages would have said "Drink up. Old coupons are about to expire." Although I might not have been able to consume them all, I could have shared the remaining ones with fellow passengers.
Getting ready for AU travel is alive in the lab.
Project Falcon for Autodesk Alias software is a wind tunnel simulator that allows designers to interactively investigate the aerodynamic performance of their designs. About 5 minutes ago I posted updated installers (32-bit and 64-bit) that contain the team's latest update.
In addition to defect corrections based on your feedback, this update has two new features:
Kinetix before AU is alive in the lab.
Project Structure Generator for Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Revit Architecture is our newest technology preview on Autodesk Labs. (And when I say newest, I mean as of 5 minutes ago, because I also posted Simulation Mechanical/Multiphysics yesterday and wrote about it this morning). This technology preview provides a connection between massing models and objects created during conceptual design and structural elements such as beams, column, walls, plates. With Project Structure Generator, structural engineers and architects, from the earliest stages, can very quickly create and visualize a physical and analytical model of a structure based on the massing model.
Senior Industry Marketing Manager, Sarah Hodges, shared some typical use cases with me so you can see exactly what this technology preview can do.
Architects when designing buildings, frequently start with simply a massing form which, to begin with, is not associated with a physical model. Once the mass is created, the next step is to create the physical model, which consists of elements such as beams, columns, walls, plates and so on.
The value that Project Structure Generator brings is that once the massing form is created, the mass objects can be used to create different variants of the building to help define the physical model. This helps bring early massing forms into conception quickly and easily. Project Structure Generator makes this step very easy, by giving the tools for automatic creation and visualization of different variants of the physical and analytical model, and enables structural engineers and architects to quickly analyze and compare different concepts of the structure at the very early stage of design.
For structural engineers, being able to analyze a building structures behavior from the earliest stages brings great insight to the design process. In a typical workflow today, the structural engineer will provide the architect with their insight regarding dimensions of main structural elements. This information can help architects to better inform the final design decision and can dramatically reduce further costs. Project Structure Generator significantly facilitates this task by allowing for automatic creation of different structural systems (like walls, columns, beams, beams with columns, diagrids etc). To inform designs further, Project Structure Generator allows models to be extended to Project Storm and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional software for static and comprehensive structural analysis.
A typical use case would be:
Here is another example use case to help demonstrate the value accessing Project Structure Generator can bring to a structural engineer’s workflow. A structural engineer’s or designer’s workflow could be optimized with Project Structure Generator for Autodesk Revit Structure by enhancing collaboration with the architect and performing analysis early on in the design process:
For example, the typical role for an architect in a building design project is as follows:
In contrast, here is a use case to help demonstrate the value accessing Project Structure Generator can bring to an architect’s workflow. An architect’s workflow could be optimized with Project Structure Generator for Autodesk Revit Architecture by enhancing physical model creation and enhancing collaboration with the structural engineer.
With Project Structure Generator for Autodesk Revit Structure and Revit Architecture the workflow can be improved by allowing design decisions to be made earlier in the process. A few variants of the structure can be easily created, allowing the best option to be selected. Analytical model is automatically created, in most of the cases without necessity of manual modeling, what saves time and ensures greater accuracy.
Thanks Sarah. Please put this technology preview through its paces and let us know how it works for you at labs.revit.generator@autodesk,.com or the discussion forum. Your experience shapes the future of our technology.
Revit DNA is alive in the lab.
We have something new on Autodesk Labs for you to try: Simulation Mechanical/Multiphysics Technology Preview - what we have been calling Project Scout internally. As its name suggests, this technology preview is for users of Simulation Mechanical 2012 and Simulation Multiphysics 2012.
According to Research Manager, Sam Murgie, the features of the Simulation Mechanical/Multiphysics Technical Preview include added capabilities:
as well as improvements in:
Simulation is alive in the lab.
Most of you know Product Manager, Guillermo Melantoni, from his work with many Autodesk products as well as his What a Mesh! blog. As part of Project STEEL, an internal initiative to improve the interoperability among Autodesk products, Guillermo shared a new technology preview with me to make available on Autodesk Labs.
As the name suggests, AutoCAD Quick Send to 3ds Max enables quickly transferring an AutoCAD drawing into a 3ds Max scene. We would love for you to integrate this into your workflow and let the Quick Send team know what you think at email@example.com or the AutoCAD discussion forum. Is your workflow now faster than a speeding bullet? Does this technology preview enable you to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Working with the man of STEEL is alive in the lab.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching and Autodesk University almost upon us, I decided to release the December ADN Plugin of the Month early. Fear not, you can still get the November ADN Plugin, String Search for Revit, from the ADN Plugin Catalog page:
This catalog page includes all of the plugins that we have ever featured on Autodesk Labs.
This month's plugin is HierarchyClone for Inventor. It is available on the ADN Plugins page:
As noted in its read me, this plugin can be used to copy and rename Inventor IAM/IDW/DWG file along with any files it references (including substitute parts and OLE references). If the assembly/drawing to be cloned is large, the cloning process may be time-consuming. In this case, it is recommend to use the CloneFolder application to perform this work in the background rather than tying up your running Inventor application.
This month's plugin was written by Barbara Han with significant contributions from Vladimir Ananiev and feedback from Xiaodong Liang, Ishwar Nagwani, Philippe Leefsma, and Kean Walmsley. Way to go gang! Let us know what you think of their work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloning is alive in the lab. Cloning is alive in the lab.
Project Galileo Online is a technology preview on Autodesk Labs that allows users of Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software to collaborate on and share infrastructure-scale models with their stakeholders. Using Project Galileo Online, users can publish models to the Autodesk Cloud, and invite others to access, download, and commit changes to shared models.
For those of you who have already downloaded and installed the Infrastructure Modeler 2012 add-on, Project Galileo Online will be unavailable from November 25 until November 29. You can continue using it from now until the 25th.
For those of you who have yet to download and install the add-on, fear not. Although I have temporarily removed the Project Galileo Online pages from the Autodesk Labs site, I will restore updated versions of them on November 29. In the mean time, please make sure that you upgrade your Infrastructure Modeler 2012 to Service Pack 1 before the 29th. You will need that to be compatible with the new version of Project Galileo Online.
We thank you for your patience and continued interest in Project Galileo Online.
Amelioration is alive in the lab.
Since I enjoyed A Brief History in Time and The Grand Design, Amazon recommended War of the Worldviews by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow. The title is an allusion to H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and this new book is billed as Science versus Spirituality. It is presented as a debate where each author presents his worldview on a particular topic.
Allow me to summarize each chapter by quoting or paraphrasing one and only one sentence.
Part 1: The War
Part 2: Cosmos
How did the universe emerge?
Is the cosmos conscious?
Is the universe evolving?
What is the nature of time?
Is the universe alive?
Part 3: Life
What is life?
Is there design in the universe?
As the CEO of the design software company, I am guessing Carl Bass hopes the answer is yes. :-)
What makes us human?
How do genes work?
Did Darwin go wrong?
Part 4: Mind and Brain
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Does the brain dictate behavior?
Is the brain like a computer?
Is the universe thinking through us?
Part 5: God
Is God an illusion?
What is the future of belief?
Is there a fundamental reality?
Who won the debate? Readers can decide. The truth is probably like the nature versus nurture question - who we are is the result of a little bit of both. I had a test question in high school once: "Define the universe. Give 3 examples."
Reading, writing, and arithmetic are alive in the lab.
This year’s AU will replace industry specific keynote presentation with cross-industry Innovation Forums. We believe everyone attending AU could benefit from the topics in these forums, and we want to make sure everyone attending AU knows what they are – and will attend at least one. If you are attending AU, as an Autodesk Labs community member, I hope you will find this one of interest.
The Promise of the Cloud - The Implications of Virtually Infinite Computing for Your Industry
Tuesday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
You hear about it every day. Everyone is talking about the potential of the cloud, but how real is this new technology? What does the cloud mean relative to team productivity and traditional design processes? If you move your data into the cloud, what are the security, bandwidth, and intellectual property risks? Does cloud computing offer tangible benefits that can better serve your customers and provide you with a competitive advantage?
Get a better understanding of these issues and learn why now is the time to embrace the possibilities of virtually infinite computing power in the cloud to truly transform your business and gain a real competitive advantage.
There are several technology previews on Autodesk Labs that fall into the cloud category.
turn your ideas into reality
|AutoCAD Isometrics WS
use isometrics from the cloud with AutoCAD
see your designs in a wind tunnel
view and review using the cloud
|Project Galileo Online
infrastructure modeling with the help of the cloud
try our new community
share your designs instantly
|Project Storm for Revit Structure
structural analysis via the cloud
conceptual design and analysis for buildings
We look forward to seeing you there. The cloud is not dead. Long live the cloud!
Anticipation is alive in the lab.
A shortened form of a distance corresponding to a parallax of one second, a parsec is the distance from the Sun to an astronomical object which has a parallax angle of one arcsecond. That makes it about 19 trillion miles.
In terms of Autodesk Labs, Project Parsec is a technology preview that allows AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 users to easily import and map GIS geometries and attributes to AutoCAD Map 3D industry models from: SDF, SQLite, Esri SHP and geodatabase files, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle databases. That gives it access to about 19 trillion files. [OK, I exaggerate.]
As with all of our technology previews, the emphasis is on feedback. This technology preview does require SP1 of AutoCAD Map 3D 2012. Please try this out and let us know if the technology preview works for you by emailing us at email@example.com or by posting to the discussion forum. If this is a bad idea, stop us now before we go too far. If this is a good idea, let us know so we can proceed at light speed. Your experience shapes the future of our technology.
Space travel is alive in the lab.
As I have mentioned before, some technology previews are like milk cartons. They have expiration dates on them. When a technology preview expires, the technology preview no longer operates. A preview has a time bomb in it that makes it stop working on a particular date. We do this so there is a sense of urgency to try a technology preview and get back to us. Our customers are busy people, and without this, they would just say “I’ll get to that later.”
When a technology preview expires, any data that has been created by it continues to be valid. It’s just that the data cannot be edited using the technology preview since the preview does not run anymore. Certainly new data can’t be created either.
This approach allows us to get early feedback on the general idea, user interface, performance characteristics, and general correctness of the results associated with a technology preview.
Here is a list of active Autodesk Labs technology previews and their associated expiration dates. The list is sorted by expiration date - so act fast if you want to provide feedback on these technology previews before they retire or graduate.
|BIM Family Toolkit
|Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max/3ds Max Design
|Project Scandium for Moldflow Insight
|River Analysis Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D / AutoCAD Map 3D
|Mesh Enabler for Inventor 2011
|Point Cloud Feature Extraction for AutoCAD Civil 3D
|Shape Extraction for AutoCAD
|Inventor Publisher Publish to Social
|Project Nucleus for AutoCAD
|Project Galileo Online
|Jig and Fixture Design for Inventor
|Project Storm for Revit Structure
|Inventor Fusion Technology Preview
|LaunchPad for Product Design Suite
|Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD Civil 3D
|Project Geppetto for 3ds Max/Design
|Corridor Solids for AutoCAD Civil 3D
|eTransmit for Revit
|Project Parsec for AutoCAD Map 3D
|Mesh Enabler for Inventor 2012
Each development team is focused on a technology preview for a project interval. While they are, they want the feedback and the ability to make a decision so they can continue development of the technology or quickly move on to something else. We appreciate it when we debut technology previews, people try them right away, and provide us with an up or down vote. Your experience shapes the future of our technology indeed.
Sniffing the cartons to see what can still be tasted is alive in the lab.
Wired Magazine's latest video mentions Project Photofly which is now 123D Catch Beta.
Check out 123D Catch Beta for yourself.
Sculpting is alive in the lab.
Autodesk is a global company. We have software developers all over the world. For example, Autodesk Labs has staff in San Francisco, San Rafael, Sofia-Antipolis, and Shanghai. Our team members in Shanghai decided to localize a few of our technology previews into Chinese. I have added them the Autodesk Labs site. Now when you download the installers for the technology previews, you will find English and Chinese subfolders. You can select the installer that matches the language of your application. In addition, the team got ambitious and translated my text from the Autodesk Labs technology preview overview pages. You can check them out on:
Shape Extraction for AutoCAD
Point Cloud Feature Extraction for AutoCAD
It's great that we can open up these previews to a wider audience to get more feedback. After all, feedback is what it's all about.
Reaching out is alive in the lab.
Most of you see the Autodesk Labs page as:
But actually instead of By Industry, you also can see the available technology previews By Product:
The Labs site did not always have this ability to see the technology previews this way. Before it did, I started maintaining a page on my blog:
Even with the capabilities on the Labs site I have kept it gong because it shows the graduates right along side of the current technology previews. Looking at it is like a walk down memory lane. How many of these do you remember. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminiscing is alive in the lab.
Though it's only been a few days, 123D Catch Beta (the software formerly known as Project Photofly) has gotten lots of press.
"Where Catch and Make come in, however, is the ability to push these capabilities to the consumer. With the new software, users will be quite literally able to walk into a museum, take dozens of photos of a statue, then create their own exact scale model at home and print it out - exactly what Christian Pramuk, a technical product manager at Autodesk, did with a statue he saw at the Vatican a few weeks ago..."
"With 123D Catch, Autodesk is betting that because digital cameras are now ubiquitous, almost anyone should be able to produce a workable 3D digital model."
"Well, recently I've discovered a brand new technology - Project Photofly from Autodesk Labs - that allows me to realize the dream that Photosynth first hinted at."
Geology Home Companion Blog
"One of them, dubbed 123D Catch, will allow users to create 3-D models of objects using photographs taken from a digital camera or even a camera phone."
"They'll be able to bypass the daunting task of learning and mastering a 3D modeling program."
Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop
"123D Catch makes it easier to capture the shape of a part that needs to be replicated so that design can be fine-tuned before it goes to manufacture."
"In theory, the user, armed with a newly created 3D model can take their creation to the TechShop and make it themselves."
"Capturing your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D is now both possible and easy."
"Being part of the 123D platform means that the application will remain free and continue to be accessible by everyone. It also means that the integration with the 123D platform will make it easy for anyone to 'photo-model' almost anything, and bring it into the rest of the 123D products to modify and ultimately have the product printed within the 123D service."
Design & Motion
"For those familiar with using Microsoft's Photosynth to create a walk-around image of an object, the process should be quite familiar."
"I'm sure as I play with the software I'll learn (although I'd love to have some help from Autodesk in the form of more detailed instructions) what it needs in the way of picture quality and brightness as well as how to capture the maximum detail."
You can download it for yourself at:
Inkless printing presses are alive in the lab.
Like last year, we will have the 3D Photo Booth in the gallery section of the exhibit hall at AU. You can see 123D Catch Beta in action and get a 3D model of your head. But unlike last year, we will have two additional exhibits in the hall. One focuses on Reality Capture and the other is entitled Design, Analyze, and Share. Both exhibits feature technology previews found on Autodesk Labs.
As the name suggests, this will cover creating models from real world buildings or objects. This can be accomplished with laser scanners (point clouds) or cameras (photogrammetry). This exhibit features 4 technologies that are on (or have graduated from) Labs.
Design, Analyze, and Share
This exhibit features technology previews on Labs that allow you to design in new ways, analyze designs via the Autodesk Cloud, and share your designs with others. This exhibit features 5 technology previews that are currently available on Labs.
So if you are attending AU, please stop by, say hi, and check out the technology previews.
Excitement about AU is alive in the lab.
The LaunchPad for Product Design Suite is a technology preview that accelerates design efforts by providing a single portal into Product Design Suite applications, project data, and workflows. The one-click workflows prepare your design data in the Suite environment that is most appropriate to your task so you can quickly start designing, engineering, simulating, and visualizing your design. The team recently released an update.
This update includes:
Inventor Template Options: Users can set the default part, assembly, and drawing templates that are used for Inventor-related workflows.
Inventor Project Support: Users can set the Inventor Project file when they start an Inventor-related workflow.
Scalable Desktop Icon: The LaunchPad desktop icon is now scalable to accommodate different screen configurations.
New One-click Workflows: With this update, the LaunchPad offers two sets of one-click workflows, each supporting different industry design tasks.
The following NEW Plastic Part Design workflows are available in this technology preview update:
Capture your product and graphic concepts using Sketchbook Designer. Sketchbook combines vector and raster workflows to provide an effective way to communicate design ideas. Start a blank sketch or import raster or AutoCAD DWG data.
Import an Inventor model or other 3D model into Alias Design to use as reference data for technical surfaces. The selected model is loaded into Alias Design where you can use it to build your surface data.
Import Alias wire data into Inventor to transform your technical surface data into manufacture-ready solid models. Associativity is maintained so that changes to the Alias .wire file are consumed by Inventor.
|Materials Selection Analysis
The selected 3D model is loaded into Inventor with the ECO Materials Adviser active. The ECO Materials Adviser evaluates environmental impact of you material selections allowing you to make informed decisions.
The Inventor Stress Analysis environment simulates the structural behavior of your 3D model under specified loads and conditions. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into the Stress Analysis environment where you can add loads and conditions to define the simulation.
Create 2D documentation of your 3D models in Inventor. The selected part, assembly, or presentation file is used to automatically create the first view of the drawing. You can customize the scale, orientation, line options, or other settings before committing the view.
|Explore Design Alternatives
Transform your 3D model into highly realistic imagery or perform an interactive presentation using Showcase. The selected part or assembly is loaded into Showcase. You can create design alternatives, configure lights and materials, then render the environment or use Showcase as a presentation environment.
Create a photorealistic rendering or animation of your 3D model in 3ds Max Design. The selected Inventor part or assembly is loaded into 3ds Max Design. You can then configure lights, materials, cameras, and other environment settings for your rendering or animation.
Thanks to Product Manager, Kirstin Gail, who provided this information.
If you have already downloaded and installed the LaunchPad, please grab this update. If you haven't yet, it's not too late to get started. Let us know your thoughts at email@example.com. Your experience shapes the future of our technology.
Incremental improvement is alive in the lab.
Recall my Why am I posting this? blog article on October 7. I hinted that something was coming with the phrase "how jets now Perfectly Poop" which was an anagram for Project Photofly now 123D Sweep Beta. At the time, we were considering calling the application 123D Sweep Beta as a reference to the picture-taking process that involves sweeping around a person, place, or thing.
Things change. Recall my Happy Halloween from Autodesk Labs posting. I hinted that something was coming with the phrase "toPnotch jet coach pry wolf" which was an anagram for Project Photofly now 123D Catch Beta. We decided that catching the geometry was a better analogy than sweeping around what was being captured. So 123D Catch Beta it is.
Project Photofly has been a very popular technology preview. We've had people from all over the globe create 3D models from their 2D photographs using the power of the Autodesk Cloud. Now it's time to take the next step. With today's release, the technology has been incorporated into 123D Catch Beta.
People who have previously used the Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly will find 123D Catch Beta very familiar, but here are some new features of today's release:
We have included a new version of the automatic meshing engine, making it much more accurate and generating fewer ghosts and waves in uniform surfaces (as in the sky).
We have improved better FBX and OBJ exports in that the model is not split in chunks related to texture images.
We have improved security as in a new End User License Agreement with the capability to encrypt the data and delete project data on the server upon customer request.
We have included improvements based on direct feedback.
The service is now more robust (i.e., process less likely to get stuck prior to 100%).
The service is now less sensitive to non-Latin characters and quotes in image and project names (e.g., Chinese, Cyrillic).
The service provides explicit error messages for common user correctable problems (e.g., date and time on your computer being incorrect).
The service now makes better use of EXIF data associated with pictures.
We have improved the workflow for manual stitching of pictures that are not automatically included in the construction of the 3D photo scene.
We have new tutorials and new training material so that new users can consume this technology much faster.
If the previous success of Project Photofly is any indicator, this evolved application might just catch on.
Achieving the next level is alive in the lab.
Several times during the year, new functionality is released into Autodesk’s Enterprise Information Systems to enhance the company’s services to partners / customers and help the organization run more efficiently. The next update is scheduled for three hours on November 15, 2011.
To implement these changes, Autodesk Freewheel and Project Freewheel will experience planned downtime from 2:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, November 15 through 5:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, November 15. In Greenwich, this would be 12:00 a.m. UDT on Sunday, November 16 through 3:00 a.m. UDT on Sunday, November 16.
We realize that any systems outage impacts the operations of Autodesk, our partners, and our customers. We work diligently to minimize the duration of downtime and appreciate your understanding. So take a three hour break and enjoy the down time.
Updating servers is alive in the lab.
In my never-ending quest to observe uses of Project Photofly in the wild, I have found some more videos. These are not videos of real world objects. These are animations of computer models generated from digital pictures of real world objects. Project Photofly is one way to capture reality and bring it into a computer.
"Eat the rich. Take one bite now, come back for more." - Aerosmith
"I believe I can fly..." - R. Kelly
"He did the mash. He did the monster mash." - Boris Pickett
"Would you like to play a game?" - WarGames
"Yeah, look a little bit closer, and it's easy to trace the tracks of my tears." - Smokey Robinson
"Me and my arrow, straighter than narrow..." - Harry Nilsson
"What I gave is yours to keep in white houses." - Vanessa Carlton
"Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon. We are shakin' the tree." - Peter Gabriel
Observation is alive in the lab.
Cloud, cloud, cloud. It's all the rage. Fear not, desktop applications are not going away. We're just giving people choices. Desktop applications like AutoCAD Plant 3D have the ability to generate isometrics. That's not changing. The misinformed believe the cloud is dead, but would you like the option of offloading this processing to the cloud? Let's find out:
The AutoCAD Isometrics WS technology preview is an Autodesk Cloud service for creating, storing, viewing, and sharing isometric drawings. You can design and collaborate on isometrics across multiple platforms - desktop, web, and mobile devices - with full DWG reliability and compatibility. Simply upload PCF files from AutoCAD Plant 3D, Autodesk Inventor, or 3rd party applications, and then generate isometric drawings without running any desktop software for isometric generation.
We're interested in your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org or the discussion forum. We'd love to hear your suggestions, success stories, or results that did not turn out as expected. That's how we hone our technologies. It's why we conduct technology previews. Your experience shapes the future of our technology. So if the motto on the Statue of Liberty is "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." then the motto of AutoCAD Isometrics WS is "Give me your designs, your output, your PCF files yearning to breathe free." Let's see if this technology can handle them?
Cloud computing is very much alive in the lab.