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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I don't know who's to blame for this, but someone needs to do something and we need to do an email carpet bomb.

So, there's this great product from Logitech/3dconnexion called the Space Navigator. It's really cool and works with Autodesk Inventor.

Starting at $59, 3Dconnexion has made powerful 3D navigation accessible and affordable for architects, artists, students and anyone else who wants to enjoy the 3D experience.

Ideal for Google Earth version 4 and Google SketchUp, 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator™ works with more than 100 of today's most popular and powerful 3D applications.

Oh, did I mention one tiny problem. IT DOESN'T WORK WITH REVIT!!!!! When I visited their booth in Las Vegas at the Autodesk show, they blamed Autodesk. Autodesk says it's their fault. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THE DRIVER THAT MAKES THIS WORK IN REVIT.

Here's my plan. Everyone please click on this link to send an email to Autodesk and 3dConnexion.

The subject line and body have already been created, so just click and send. I'm figuring if we can get a 1000 people today to send the same message, we can make things happen. Please forward this post to every Revit user you know. Let's move some mountains today!

Then there's this press release about VectorWorks. How can Autodesk be stood up by them. Shame to all that haven't made this happen. I'm sure Autodesk would rather work with 3dconnexion than have people buy VectorWorks.

San Jose, Calif. - June 10, 2008 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced that its complete line of 3D mice are now supported by the entire Nemetschek North America VectorWorks 2008 line of award-winning, precision-design software: Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Machine Design, Fundamentals, and RenderWorks. With 3Dconnexion's 3D mice, the VectorWorks community can easily control and maneuver 3D objects, 3D designs and 2D drafts, for a streamlined design process that optimizes workflow and increases productivity.

Unlike mice confined to motion on two flat planes, 3Dconnexion's 3D mice allow effortless movement and control within the VectorWorks 3D workspace. Gently lift, press and turn the 3D mouse controller cap to fly through 3D space while simultaneously zooming and rotating the view with fluid and highly intuitive control. An increase in pressure accelerates motion, while a decrease in pressure slows motion for precise micro-adjustments.

"Our support of 3Dconnexion's 3D mice was an easy choice - VectorWorks provides an extremely easy and flexible 3D design environment and 3Dconnexion's family of 3D mice delivers the most natural interface to navigate that 3D world," said Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek North America. "With 3Dconnexion's product line, our users can naturally and quickly navigate the virtual world they are designing."


David Kingham June 24, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

I have one and quite frankly I would never use it with Revit. I love it in NavisWorks but it would be unbearable in Revit because the 3d graphics in Revit are so slow and jumpy it would be unusable.
I think I was the first one to request they get it working with Revit way back in the day and I got the same response, they were waiting for the API in Revit...well it's here now and they're still blaming Autodesk..*shrug* I give up.

Gregory Arkin June 24, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

David, thanks for trying. Maybe now with quad core machines and 64 bit Revit on the horizon and Revit 2009 and and and.....it may be the perfect time. Let's get the word out and I figure 10,000 emails should make a difference.

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