People often email me to ask what type of feedback are we looking for in our technology previews. As these previews are early in their life cycles, we are interested in knowing if the concept itself is a good idea, did it work correctly for you, and how was the performance. We like hearing both the good and the bad. Here are some examples of the types of feedback we receive.
"The most frustrating problem I am having [with the Google Earth Extension for AutoCAD] is my dwg images publish to a completely wrong location. One of the locations I am trying to publish to is Lon. -66.230689 Lat. 17.393895 and the image repeatedly end up at Lon. -64.720549 Lat. 18.907753 in the Atlantic Ocean."
"I'm a teacher for Revit and Ecotect since 6 years, and I don't understand why Revit is trying to get technology from Ecotect in a light version? I mean both software work fine in their field, but a "light" mix of them I don´t know? It is a bad advertisement for Autodesk because the people will say "Now Revit can do 'some' things that are the same in Ecotect, but not so good as in Ecotect."
"I am very interested in opening a dialogue with someone involved in the BATCHPUBLISH ADN plugin. Batch production of DWFs is an area that we have been actively pursuing as an organisation, and I feel that we could have a lot of valid feedback for you. The tool itself looks as if it could be very powerful but as yet may have a lot of untapped potential."
"Currently, the GUI of the Google Earth Extension is an 'old fashioned' toolbar. Could we ship a ribbon GUI instead (or in addition) to this toolbar?"
"[Regarding Feature Recognition for Inventor,] in the case of a native Inventor file, you can change the location of a feature (such as holes) by right clicking on the feature in the tree and picking Edit Feature or simply by picking Show Dimensions and modifying. However, in the case of the file brought from a ProE Step File using the FR add-on, we have been unable to use these commands. We have been able to utilize the Move Feature command, but this is much less convenient."
"When will this [STL Exporter for Revit] be available for Revit 2011?"
"The Revit material definition information does not export to STL format? How do I get this information over to STL?"
"Will the 2D to 3D tool be updated for Inventor 2011?"
"[Regarding the Solar Radiation Technology Preview,] what other output is available beyond pretty colors? Is there statistical Data in table form? Point Analysis?"
"The new Solar Radiation Analysis tools look great (as they did in 2010), but they have a flaw that while it may seem minor on the surface, or in a rationalized explanation, it is a critical and fundamental flaw that will inhibit many people from using it who otherwise would: Its limitation to Massing. I cannot explain how absolutely critical it is that this limitation be lifted/abandoned. Will it cause a performance hardship? Absolutely. Will it make the geometry overly complex for the task at hand? Absolutely. These are the breaks, and the reasons most AEC firms serious about BIM have migrated to serious hardware's pushing into the bleeding edge."
Please keep those discussion forum posts and email messages coming in.