16 October 2012

Autodesk Revit wants you

It has been too long since I last posted here... I've been busy. It's a good thing in this economy! Anyway, I just got a note about an opening at Autodesk for their Revit program.

You are an expert in modeling for construction. You pursued this career path because you are energized by complex problems, passionate about getting the details right, and convinced that technology can shape our environment. You are a designer at heart. You are able to lead and also follow. You want to work collaboratively with a team of equally committed, talented, and driven professionals. 

If this is you, we'd like you to consider joining our team as a user experience designer for Revit, focused on modeling for construction. Don't worry if you've never written a line of code or designed a software application, if you are the right candidate, we can teach you what you need to know user experience design.

Are you excited by this opportunity? If so, you can review the full position posting here. Please send a statement of interest and resume to chris.yanchar@autodesk.com. Want to wow us? Send us a link to some work of which you are really proud and tell us about your role in making it real.

16 November 2011

Bought a new Dell XPS 9100

Recently bought a Dell XPS9100. Be sure you research the components before you buy from Dell...or you will regret it. I've had several problems so far all related to the video card and misinformation on the Dell website. Then in trying to sort it out I get the runaround between sales, technical support, returns, etc. That of course is broken up by the eventual disconnect at about the 45-50 min mark during the support call. At this point I have given up...sigh.

18 October 2011

Win a trip to AU 2011 and a 3D mouse, compliments of 3Dconnexion!

Introduce yourself to new products, people, and techniques at the premier conference and exhibition for Autodesk product users, and take home a new SpacePilot PRO – the ultimate 3D mouse!

Register now to enter to win:

· One full-conference pass to Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas, NV Nov 29 through Dec 1, 2011

· Airfare and hotel accommodations for 3 nights

· A SpacePilot PRO - The Ultimate Professional 3D Mouse

21 September 2011

Are suites, sweet?

Just got the Autodesk Design Suite Premium 2012. Something new was the distribution, it came in a small box with a USB flash drive! No more stacks of CD/DVD cases…

This little thing came packed with software too! AutoCAD, Autodesk SketchBook Designer, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Mudbox, and 3ds Max Design! The MSRP is about $5000 but these titles by themselves are almost $10k! For me, having AutoCAD is a no-brainer, everyone can use that. I’ve played with SketchBook but unfortunately I am not much of a freehand artist. But I can model with the best of them and then render real-life with 3ds Max.

This form of bundling and delivery is certainly appealing. The biggest benefit is getting access to some apps that under normal circumstances I would not have been able to buy without a specific use case presented. But now, for example, Showcase, having access to that can cut a lot of time from the “just give me a rendering” efforts. You know, you need a nice render but don’t have the time to do an awesome render.

Where this goes into the future is unclear. I have my doubts about Autodesk providing these USB flash drives to deliver software. I would bet that pretty soon it will be internet download only. Better get yours while supplies last!

26 August 2011


I’m starting to get organized for AU2011 this year in Las Vegas. This year should be a bit busier than most with my additional AUGI responsibilities. I’m really looking forward to meeting some great AUGI volunteers and members. I also really enjoy having a chance to talk Autodesk’s ears off about the software we know and love.

17 August 2011

AU 2011 Class Catalog Is Live

The preview version of the Autodesk University 2011 class catalog is now live. View it now and begin planning out your AU schedule.Class space at AU is limited so plan to sign up when AU registration goes live for AU members on August 30.
Highlights for AU 2011 include:
• New! Classes on:
o Advanced features and workflows
o Cloud, mobile technologies, and visualization
o Autodesk Certification preparation
• New! Innovation Forums
• New! AU Leadership Forum
• New! Media & Entertainment Developer Network Conference
Remember, early registration for AU members starts one week before general registration. Plan to register starting August 30, 2011. Learn more http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=e2011.

19 July 2011

Vote for my project!

This is a project of mine under construction at the moment. The roof is actually done and the project was submitted for the annual Tekla design competition. One crazy design…



16 July 2011

Point Cloud UsabilityStudy- Call for Participants

ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Participants!
Dear AutoCAD user!
The AutoCAD Team is planning series of user research validations (usability studies) between July 18 and July 22, 2011. All sessions will be remote (using the GoToMeeting and the phone).
We will compensate your time with $30 Amazon Gift Certificate.

Working with Point Cloud data in AutoCAD.

Who Should Participate?
We are looking for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil and/or any other application users with experience and need for working with Point Cloud data in their design process.

How is the Study Conducted?
Remotely; an individual 60 min remote session will be conducted via the internet (GoToMeeting) and phone.
The study will be conducted between July 18 and July 22, 2011.

How To Sign Up?
Please submit qualification data and indicate your availability here:

You will be receiving $30 Amazon Gift Certificate as a Thank You for your participation or you can also donate this amount to one of the charities.
Note: This research requires a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Thanks for your help!
AutoCAD User Experience Team
Autodesk, Inc.

16 June 2011

AutoCAD Design & User Experience Team is looking for Studyparticipants!


Dear Autodesk product User!

We are looking for participants in the usability study which will be conducted between June 22 and June 30, 2011.


Documenting 3D Models in AutoCAD (creating views of 3D models).

Who Should Participate?

We are looking for AutoCAD Mechanical, Inventor and/or AutoCAD users with experience and need for creating views of 3D mechanical parts and models (3D models from various sources).

How the Study will be conducted?

Remotely;   individual 60 min remote session will be conducted with the GoToMeeting and the phone (all info will be provided in the invitation).

How To Sign Up?

Please submit qualification data and indicate your availability here:


You will be receiving $30 Amazon Gift Certificate as a Thank You for your participation.

Please note: this research requires a Non- Disclosure Agreement.

Thanks for your help!

AutoCAD User Experience Team

Autodesk, Inc.

Contact <Elena.fadeeva@autodesk.com> if you have any questions.

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19 April 2011

AUGIWorld April 2011 issue available!

AUGI is pleased to announce that the April 2011 issue of AUGIWorld is now available for download via PDF and online via digital edition.

Autodesk has released new versions of most of its products!

Click Here to read the AUGIWorld April 2011 issue.

Also in this issue of AUGIWorld:

  • Beth Powell uncovers a streamlined and simplified AutoCAD MEP 2012
  • Brian Benton examines the productivity boost in AutoCAD 2012
  • Stephen Preston unplugs the latest AutoCAD 2012 API’s
  • Brian Benton goes mobile with AutoCAD WS 2012
  • Autodesk’s Harlan Brumm answers AUGI’s 15 most interesting questions
  • Christopher Fugitt gets sand between his toes with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012
  • Lonnie Cumpton and team win big with Revit Architecture 2012 & Platform
  • William Troeak gives you a Heads Up with all the latest updates, services packs and top known issues.
  • Erik Lewis has the latest industry news in the Inside Track
  • R. Robert Bell unveils what’s in the Revit MEP 2012 box
  • Phil Russo reinforces the value found in Revit Structure 2012
  • Richard Parker gets interoperable with Navisworks 2012
  • John Evans finds all the new nuts and bolts in Autodesk Inventor 2012