We get lots of feedback at Autodesk Labs. That is indeed the whole point of the exercise. Small teams of people spend moderate amounts of time developing a technology. They share it with you via a technology preview on Autodesk Labs. You give it a thumbs up or down. For ones that get a thumbs down, we kill it before the team spends any more time on it. For ones that get a thumbs up, the team keeps going.
I sometimes get email from people who have tried a technology preview but are unsure as to what type of feedback we are looking for. We accept the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are some examples from last month.
With regard to the 3D Annotation for Inventor, I would like to see additional flexibility - text position, changing leader lines, changing which part/face is indicated, etc.
I noticed that the offset xref plugin doesn't offset locked xrefs. I use it everyday and other than having to load it every time I run AutoCAD that's the only thing I noticed as a slowdown.
I've noticed a multitude of apps for the iPhone and not the Android. I was wondering if the Labs have or will be looking into having the same apps available for the Android. Our office is split with iPhones and Androids. Are Apple Apps easier to create or is this more a contractual issue?
I think that the idea of the Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max is a really good one, but supporting only .pts extension is a great limitation. Most of the photogrammetry apps I've tried and the one I use, deploys the point cloud information in .ply format. Considering how popular .ply format is I think that would be nice to include it in the next release.
Project Galileo has no ability to undo changes (No undo button).
Why can't the Project Nucleus analysis grid come from faces of mass? Why is it generated as a sheet that needs to be modified to have a unique form? It is very hard to manipulate it far beyond a bendy sheet at this point. It looks like it has similarities to the curtain panel by shape tool, could you just modify that tool to produce the simulation grids?
A coworker and I were just talking this morning how interesting it would be if a Subassembly Composer for AutoCAD Civil 3D knew more about the base point station and profile slope. We were discussing it in relation to the idea that when you are limited to a maximum slope of 2:1, when it is measured perpendicular to the baseline and the baseline has a steep slope, you will actually end up with contours that are over the maximum slope. You can fake it by using a perpendicular slope of 2.1:1 but it would be interesting if you could have the subassembly calculate out the perpendicular to baseline slope based on the profile slope (in the increment of the corridor frequency) and the desired maximum slope.
My company uses Freewheel to share DWF files with customers. The files are placed in eRoom. For viewing DWG files we use Cimmetry Autovue but I am stuck there with an old version because there is no support anymore for Autovue on eRoom. The problem is my customers cannot open DWG files of recent AutoCAD versions any more. Now I am looking for the same Freewheel technique for DWG files, only to view, or at the most markup or annotate, not to edit. I read something about Project Butterfly and Project Twitch.
Sharing what we hear is alive in the lab.