The Autodesk Cloud

Today is the eve of opening day of Autodesk University 2011. AU pre-events all point to a strong Autodesk Cloud showing this year highlighted by a big “Everything Changes” announcement by Autodesk on opening day, 11.29. Autodesk is definitely embracing the cloud concept, leap frogging all the other CAD companies with a slew of new technologies and software offerings being revealed this year such as Autodesk Cloud, Autodesk 123D Catch, and of course AutoCAD WS. I’m sure this is leaving some of the competition scratching their heads as to where they need to be in order to “stay on top of the cloud”.

Thanks to Michael Rambach at Graphic Air Design for the awesome Autodesk Cloud comic. You can follow at @GrafikAirDezine.

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Autodesk University 2011 Starts Nov 29th

Autodesk University 2011 is starting next week, on November 29th. Some of you may already be making your way to Vegas to meld your vacation into the conference. I’m not able to attend this year but thought it would be great if some how I could show my presence this year. So, if you’re attending AU this year and are on Twitter, take a photo of something with my Twitter handle “@cadtoolbox” written on it with AU scenery in the background and you could win a Starbucks gift card. The best photo as selected by me will win. I’ll make my selection by the end of AU 2011, so you’ll have all week to take a cool photo.

To enter, just tweet the photo and include my Twitter ID @cadtoolbox and the hashtag “#AU2011″.

 

Edit: YouTube videos will be considered supporting material to your submitted entry.

 

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Everything Changes on 11.29.11

After watching the latest “teaser” video from Autodesk regarding what the 11.29.11 announcement will be at Autodesk University I have to be honest, Rob Cohee does not have any future as an actor. All kidding aside, this could be some very different technology rolling out. If I was to make an educated guess, I would say it’s a new cloud based PLM solution that can be accessed from your desktop or mobile devices. I definitly see it as a subscription based solution with Autodesk handling all the infrastructure and software updates. We now see it has yet another Apple tie in with the use of the iPad. It’s certainly showing how strong the bond is becoming between Apple and Autodesk.

The latest article in Desktop Engineering Magazines November issue “Cloud Control” backs up some of my predictions by highlighting some of the shift to the cloud approaches that we are seeing. You can read the article here.

I can keep guessing until I’m blue in the face, but we’ll all know for sure what Autodesk is up to on November 29th.

 

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Best 3D Design Contest from WikiCAD

This contest was recently brought to my attention. WikiCAD by Novedge is running a contest thru November 30th for US residents to submit their best 3D CAD design for a chance to win some very cool prizes. The grand prize is $1,000 cash, round trip airfare to San Francisco from anywhere in the US, two nights hotel stay and a trip to the Autodesk gallery. All you have to do to enter is submit your best work from something you most likely do every day anyway.

Upload an image or video of your best AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit or Inventor 3D design. Tag the upload with ‘WINSF’ and gather as many Facebook Likes or Google +1′s as you can before the Nov. 30th deadline. Whoever get’s the most combined Likes or +1′s wins. Sounds easy enough. There’s just one catch… the design has to be yours. Sorry, people… no stealing other peoples hard work from GrabCAD and uploading it as your own.

As a plus to being informed of this contest I also now have another website I must explore, WikiCAD. This is the first time I’ve seen the site or heard about it. WikiCAD is a micro social network dedicated to the CAD community. If your scared of the generic, macro nature of Google+, Facebook or Twitter… WikiCAD may be right up your alley. It looks fairly new based on the current activity, but I’m a firm believer in giving everything a fair try. WikiCAD does contain an extensive list of current CAD jobs as well as a fairly full events calendar.

I personally would really like to check out the Autodesk gallery in San Francisco. Unfortunately I despise Google+ and am not that connected to Facebook as I am to Twitter. So you all have a mildly fair chance of beating me out on this contest. :)

More Information can be found here: http://www.wikicad.org/profiles/blogs/enter-into-wikicad-s-best-3d-design-contest

 

 

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