In an email we received from Autodesk today, it was announced that "Autodesk will no longer ship physical software—free of charge—to Maintenance Subscription customers in US and Canada."

Also announced was "Effective September 29, 2014, physical shipments will be available for purchase for $30 US each (costs include standard shipping)."

Personally, we prefer a physical shipment so we don't have any download hassles and so that we always have a copy on physical media. What is your stance?

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The AutoCAD Blogger Council was welcomed to the Autodesk offices in San Francisco this week to participate in several forums. Some members took advantage of the trip to arrive early and/or stay late, but many participants arrived on Sunday afternoon. We were booked into the Lodge at Tiburon, a short and scenic ferry ride across the bay to the town of Tiburon.


Sunday evening we were treated to dinner at the iconic Sam's Anchor Cafe by Lynn Allen, where many of us finally met in person for the first time. After some minor travel delays, Shaan Hurley, one of the Bloggers long time and strongest supporters also joined us for dinner. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event 2014

Stay tuned for more information on the happenings at the 2014 Autodesk Blogger Event. We've heard some news on AutoCAD 360, the AutoCAD User Experience developement process, and some inside information from a successful VAR.

More information coming soon. Thanks to Autodesk for the invitation to their offices. Although they always treat us well, let me add the disclaimer that we will are never "told" or even asked what to say by Autodesk. In fact, they are always open to what some might call negative feedback. When you meet these Autodesk employees in person and listen to them, it becomes clear they truly care about the products they design and create. <end disclaimer>

OK, our break is over, so more to come soon. Read more about Blogger Event 2014

CAD Panacea and other AutoCAD Blogger Council members have been invited to a special Autodesk event next week at the Autodesk offices at One Market in San Francisco. The content of this event has not been made fully available to us, so we are pretty excited to see what's in store.

Stay tuned for more information next week as it is revealed to us. Meanwhile if you are ever in the San Francisco area, we highly suggest taking the free tour of the Autodesk Gallery at One Market. There are many creative exhibits to view showing what imaginative designers are creating using the latest technology. I suspect we will get another opportunity to tour the Gallery again, which will be nice because the exhibits changes every so often. We'll leave you with some photos of past trips to One Market. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event

Earlier this week, Autodesk launched "Autodesk Instant" in North America. Autodesk Instant is a group messaging app for the workplace available for iOS and Android. Read more about Autodesk Instant App for iOS and Android

Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work. - Carl Bass, 03 Dec 2013

In the last three years, cloud based computing has taken a stronghold. In some areas more than others, but the growth is evident. Let's take a look at the status of some of the more popular offerings from Autodesk, including information revealed at Autodesk University last week.

  • Fusion 360 has a fast growing passionate community with over 17,000 unique users who have created over 67,000 designs in the cloud. Although Fusion 360's only language is English, there are users in over 90 countries including the top four countries of the U.S., India, the U.K., and China. Every day there are approximately 300 new designs posted and collaborated on and the average user can sit at a local machine and begin working in less than 3 minutes. 83% of Fusion 360 users are in companies with less than 200 employees and a full 90% of Fusion 360 users are new to Autodesk.
  • Autodesk 360 is "like Facebook for engineers" according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. Autodesk 360 now has over 26 million accounts, up some 73% from last year. Autodesk 360 users have created 5.6 million renderings and over 1.2 million of those in the last quarter alone. The 14 million paid subscribers is up 60% from last year. The virtually infinite computing power available allows you to do more with less.
  • Infraworks 360, launched just a few months ago, already contains over 3800 projects.
  • BIM 360 has over 15,000 monthly active users, up over 60% from last year, and there are 50 new users a day on average.
  • SIM 360 has executed over 142,000 simulation jobs in the cloud, including fatique, stress and thermal anaysis. Some 10 jobs per user, per week are being run in SIM 360.
  • Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that PLM360 is "the world's first cloud based PLM solution. What being in the cloud really means is that it's instantly on and it's innately mobile." PLM 360 has over 10,000 users, 66,000 workspaces, and 4 million items in the cloud.
  • The newest service, just announced at Autodesk University 2013 is CAM 360, which according to Autodesk is "The only CAM solution that combines CNC programming, simulation, and design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management in one easy-to-use product."

Read more about 360 branded offerings from Autodesk - how will you work in the cloud?

Autodesk has decided to discontinue Design Review, according to Autodesk Labs program manager Scott Sheppard, in this thread in the Autodesk Design Review user forum.

The current Design Review downloads will continue to be available for some time, but according to Scott, it "will eventually be replaced by Autodesk 360".

Related: DWG Trueview direct downloads. Read more about Autodesk Design Review discontinued, to be replaced by Autodesk 360

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and R.K. McSwain at the Expert Elite Lunch, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-11-28
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and R.K. McSwain at the Expert Elite Lunch, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-11-28<br />


One of the events at AU2012 was a special luncheon on Wed., Nov 28. to announce the creation of the Expert Elite group, a select group of individual community members who have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions, helping customers by sharing knowledge, providing community leadership, and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration that drives a healthy and valuable Autodesk customer community.

I was honored to be included among this groups initial members, composed of approximately sixty worldwide members. If you participate in the Autodesk forums, you may have noticed the term "Expert Elite" in use on some of the user titles. We have been empowered to better share our knowledge, while supporting our peers and the Autodesk Community in general. Read more about Autodesk Expert Elite group

It's been a busy summer and fall 2012, you may have noticed fewer posts here than normal. Things are going to pick up starting Monday, the first day of AU2012. We'll be in Las Vegas blogging and tweeting, live from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

Here is some recent AU2012 news from Shaan Hurley over at Between the Lines.

If you are attending AU and this is your first time, try to make the Freshman Orientation, Monday, November 26, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. 

Freshman or not, the AU survival tips are always good to read, and practice.

See you next week!

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Autodesk has published a knowledge base article describing the products which are currently supported on Windows 8.

The article is pretty short, essentially two sentences. But those two sentences are very interesting.

  1. Autodesk intends to support many of our key products on Windows 8 and will add additional products to the list of products supported on Windows 8 as updates and future versions are released.
  2. Product Support will provide its best effort to assist customers who have issues with products that are not currently supported.

So, it looks like more products will be supported, going even back to 2010 versions, and they will provide some support for products that are not "officially supported". The full KB article is here.

  Read more about Windows 8 support for Autodesk Products



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