The new Autodesk 360

We’ve been teased by Autodesk for a few months now about a “new Autodesk 360” coming soon. If you’ve requested access and have patiently been waiting you should be able to login to the tech preview using the link below.

What’s new in the Autodesk 360 tech preview:

  • Create project groups and invite team members to collaborate on projects and designs.
  • Share and organize all project data, not just design data.
  • Collaborate on design data on the web or on your mobile device, no tools need to be installed.
  • Perform deep search in your design data and access critical design information.

Login Link:

Watch the Getting Started With Autodesk 360 video.

Autodesk 360

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Autodesk Instant

Instant Oats

Like Wilford Brimley telling you to “Eat your oatmeal!”, Autodesk is telling us to try out their new Autodesk Instant messenger.

The app is available as an iOS app or Android and resembles the workings of WhatsApp where there is no actual username and password login. Authentication is based on your mobile phone number with confirmation of ownership obtained by clicking  a link from within a text message sent to your phone.

Instant allows you to create individual group chats for a specific set of users. This could be handy for discussing specific projects within your organization. You can send text based messages, images, video or your current location.


Instant Conversation

I’m assuming Autodesk’s motive for Instant is to integrate it into it’s other products. We may even see something as soon as the usual annual product announcements this spring. However, If it remains stand-alone for too long, it will just be yet another proprietary messaging services that hardly anybody uses because of the lack of interoperability.

If anyone would like to be added to the time wasting “Mad Cad Bunch” conversation, you can join us by sending me a message with your phone number. Currently, there is no way to add users using a central Instant directory of users.

I would love to hear what you all think of Autodesk Instant, so far I have read mixed reactions. Mostly, yes the app is cool and very easy to use… but it’s still just another messaging service. Now if you could message your colleague in realtime directly from within Inventor when you finish uploading the latest edits of your models to the Vault… that would be cool.


Instant is a mobile app designed to make communicating with your team fast, easy and simple.
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YouTube: Documentation Beta for Autodesk Fusion 360

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GrabCAD, Make This Happen.xls

You may have read my post titled “What I would change about GrabCAD Partner Spaces“. Since then, I’ve been fiddling around with Workbench some and created a folder to store documentation. After clicking on an Excel document that I uploaded I see this message, and oh how disappointing. 🙁     …yes the emoticon was necessary.

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So what should happen when you click on a Office document? (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Etc) A live editable view where changes can be made without leaving GrabCAD Workbench is the ideal scenario.

Maybe something similar to an embedded SkyDrive document…

A Google Docs version is a little clunky with what I can do on this blog but you get the idea…

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There’s also plenty of other 3rd party tools for being able to embed and edit Office documents in a web page. A plethora of options for GrabCAD to be able to provide real-time editing of Office documents from directly within Workbench and it’s a shame that we can’t even preview the file types yet. I’m sure this is only a matter of time before features like this are added.

Additionally, the mobile Workbench app should first of all allow you to view not just renderings and 3D models as it does now but any file type. This would also let you open these files in other mobile apps such as Documents To Go or Office 365 Mobile.



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