"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Romeo and Julliet, William Shakespeare, 1594.
Project Cooper is our easy to use sketching tool that allows consumers to communicate their visions. I have to admit that every time I type Cooper, I have to work real hard not to type Copper. Maybe its because I am from Arizona which is the Copper state? That got me to thinking, how did Cooper get its name?
Technologies on Autodesk Labs have a variety of sources for their names.
- Project Freewheel got its name from being free from having to install Autodesk Design Review.
- Project Draw got its name from its origin as Cumulate Draw.
- Inventor LT followed in the footsteps of AutoCAD LT in that it is a Limited Technology version of Autodesk Inventor. By the way, the cognoscente all say "el-tee" instead of "light."
- Project Dragonfly got its name from Product Manager, Brian Souder, who thought they were interesting and nimble little insects.
- The Boomless Chameleon took its name from the Boom Chameleon developed by the Autodesk Research team. It provided similar functionality but without the boom.
So what about Cooper? Is it in honor of Gary Cooper? No. Actually Project Cooper gets it name from Product Manager, Lisa Crounse, who was inspired by the small size of the Mini Cooper automobile. Think of Cooper as a mini AutoCAD. :-) That's not 100% accurate, but you get the idea. Wherefore art thou Project Cooper? I will post an announcement on this blog when the technology preview is open to the public.
Pondering the origins of our monikers is alive in the lab.