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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

List of Expiration Dates for Autodesk Labs Technology Previews

Only a few Revit toys on the list. Another note is that it's hard  tell the release dates from these expiration dates.  On the bright side, look for these items to be a part of the 2014 product line.  

B1_It is Alive in the Lab
Milk1 I blog about this every once in a while. Most technology previews are like milk cartons. They have expiration dates on them. 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.
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.
Expiration DateTechnology Preview
February 28, 2013 Factory_modz_preview

Project Facrory.Modz() for Inventor
February 28, 2013 ProcessSim_ThumbForLabs_V3b

Process Simulation
March 15, 2013 Falcon_preview2

Project Falcon
stand-alone program
March 31, 2013 Revit_fabmep_preview

FABmep Import for Revit MEP
March 31, 2013 Designscript_preview2

April 1, 2013 Inventor_fusion_preview

Inventor Fusion (Windows version)
May 1, 2013 Sciviz_preview2

Project Sci-Viz for 3ds Max
June 30, 2013 River_analysis_preview

River Analysis Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 / AutoCAD Map 3D 2012
August 6, 2013 RevitMaximoIntegration_204x120a

Maximo Integration for Autodesk Revit 2013 products
August 12, 2013 Basejump_preview

Project Basejump for AutoCAD Map 3D / AutoCAD Civil 3D
August 30 15, 2013 Falcon_preview2

Project Falcon
for AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit
January 31, 2014 Mesh_enabler_preview

Mesh Enabler for Inventor 2013
July 1, 2014 Inventor_simplification_preview

Inventor Simplification
Technology previews have a specific end date so no one confuses them with perpetual functionality that is associated with a product offering or subscription service. In fact, technology previews are offered for free to Subscription, non-Subscription, and educational users alike. 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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