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Monday, January 31, 2011

Upcoming Expiration Dates for #Autodesk Labs Technology Previews


There's only one thing I love more than technology and that's even more and newer technology.  I don't know if you all appreciate this, and I certainly know that the 2D year olds with their Y2D issues will never touch this stuff or even look at it ( over their 56k modems).  

If you're wondering where your subscription dollars go every year, about $500 million of it goes towards developing new software and updating existing products.  I don't know any other design authoring company that invests that much money continually into their products. Sometimes I wonder why features of Revit make their way into other unnamed products which just confuses the 2D year olds into thinking they can't benefit from BIM tools, but eventually Autodesk will figure out that it's you passionate Revit fanatics that will sustain the development of the great products below.

In the meantime, make sure you research the products below as they will be a part of your life in the near future.

Source: It is Alive in the Lab
about an hour ago by Scott Sheppard
Milk1 Some technology previews are like milk cartons. They have expiration dates on them. Here is a list of active Autodesk Labs technology previews and their associated expiration dates. The list is sorted by expiration date - so act fast if you want to provide feedback on these technology previews before they retire or graduate.
When a technology preview expires, the technology preview no longer operates. A preview has a time bomb in it that makes it stop working on a particular date. We do this so there is a sense of urgency to try a technology preview and get back to us. Our customers are busy people, and without this, they would just say "I'll get to that later."
When a technology preview expires, any data that has been created by it continues to be valid. It's just that the data cannot be edited using the technology preview since the preview does not run anymore. Certainly new data can't be created either.
This approach allows us to get early feedback on the general idea, user interface, performance characteristics, and general correctness of the results.
Technology
Preview
Expiration
Date
shape Shape Extraction for AutoCAD 2011 was:
02-01-2011
soon to be:
08-01-2011
Krypton Project Krypton Technology Preview for Inventor 2011 / 2010 Pro/E 5.0, and SolidWorks 2010 03-21-2011
scandium32 Scandium Technology Preview for Moldflow Insight 2011) 03-30-2011
perfmon Performance Monitor for AutoCAD 2011-based applications 05-01-2011
Civil3D Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 05-01-2011
Vasari Project Vasari conceptual modeling with cloud-based analysis 05-15-2011
Layout32 Factory Layout Optimization for AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 05-31-2011
Fusion Inventor Fusion Technology Preview 06-01-2011
subassembly Subassembly Composer Technology Preview for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 06-15-2011
solar Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max 2011 / 2010 and 3ds Max Design 2011 / 2010 06-20-2011
bimft32 BIM Family Toolkit for Inventor 2011 08-01-2011
pse Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly 08-01-2011
Galileo32 Project Galileo city modeling 08-15-2011
Mesh Mesh Enabler for Inventor 2011 01-31-2012
cc CommunityCommands for AutoCAD 2011 / 2010 9 months
after installation
We do this because we have a sense of urgency. A development team is focused on a technology preview for a project interval. While they are, they want the feedback and the ability to make a decision so they can continue development of the technology or quickly move on to something else. We appreciate it when we debut technology previews, people try them right away, and provide us with an up or down vote. Your experience shapes the future of our technology indeed.
Sniffing the cartons to see what can still be tasted is alive in the lab.

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