When a technology preview ends, one of three things typically happens:
- The technology graduates to the next step such as a beta or incorporation into a shipping product or service.
- The technology retires. This doesn't mean it's dead. It just means that it is not available for the moment. The technology may re-emerge at a future date or in another form.
- Another preview may be conducted so that the team that created the technology can get additional feedback.
The end of the calendar year brought the end of a few of the technology previews on Autodesk Labs.
Project Carbon was our Autodesk Labs project to collect feedback on the Vectorize It application. Vectorize It is an iPad application that converts images to vector drawings, introducing an easy way for creating CAD files that can be opened using AutoCAD 360 mobile or sent as DXF/SVG vector files via email. Though Project Carbon has ended, Vectorize It is still available for download via the Apple Store. To be quite honest, many users were happy to download the free Vectorize It application, but few provided feedback via Project Carbon.
Model Builder for InfraWorks 360 was a preview that was activated while working with your existing InfraWorks 360. The technology has graduated to be included in InfraWorks 360. The feedback from the preview is being incorporated into the production version.
The Project Solon — Dashboards for Revit and Project Solon — Runsets for Revit projects were feedback collection projects on Autodesk Labs. These projects ended which just means that using Autodesk Labs as an avenue to provide feedback has ended. The Solon technology continues to be available in the production environment. The feedback from the Labs project is being incorporated into the production version.
Project Scandium extends simulation capabilities by offering new capabilities to try out and provide feedback based on the version of Simulation Moldflow Insight that is already installed. The team plans to update the technology based on the feedback received to date and conduct another preview.
Project Cassidy provided a composite plate bending simulation tool that allowed designers and engineers to optimize composite layups for complex-geometry plates under bending loads. This technology is currently in retirement. The team is considering its options based on the feedback received.
Project Ventus for Simulation CFD also retired from Autodesk Labs. This technology preview helped prepare CAD projects for simulation — removing the tedium associated with the preparation.
On behalf of all of the Autodesk divisional teams that showcase technology on Autodesk Labs, thanks to everyone who participates in these technology previews. Your experience shapes the future of our technology.
The denouement is alive in the lab.