Another Autodesk University has come and gone. The week after Thanksgiving seems to pass much more quickly than the same week back at our jobs. Attendees wait all year for that day in late summer when registration opens and then patiently tide the time away until Thanksgiving. But did you know that Autodesk University is in operation in some form or fashion the other 51 weeks of the year also?


The planning for the next AU begins even before the current AU takes place. The event planners are busy booking the venues, planning the schedule, and evaluating our feedback from prior AU's. The call for class proposals goes out in the spring and an AU team starts working on compiling what hopes to be a successful set of classes and other activities. Read more about AU 2013, it's a wrap

Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work. - Carl Bass, 03 Dec 2013

In the last three years, cloud based computing has taken a stronghold. In some areas more than others, but the growth is evident. Let's take a look at the status of some of the more popular offerings from Autodesk, including information revealed at Autodesk University last week.

  • Fusion 360 has a fast growing passionate community with over 17,000 unique users who have created over 67,000 designs in the cloud. Although Fusion 360's only language is English, there are users in over 90 countries including the top four countries of the U.S., India, the U.K., and China. Every day there are approximately 300 new designs posted and collaborated on and the average user can sit at a local machine and begin working in less than 3 minutes. 83% of Fusion 360 users are in companies with less than 200 employees and a full 90% of Fusion 360 users are new to Autodesk.
  • Autodesk 360 is "like Facebook for engineers" according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. Autodesk 360 now has over 26 million accounts, up some 73% from last year. Autodesk 360 users have created 5.6 million renderings and over 1.2 million of those in the last quarter alone. The 14 million paid subscribers is up 60% from last year. The virtually infinite computing power available allows you to do more with less.
  • Infraworks 360, launched just a few months ago, already contains over 3800 projects.
  • BIM 360 has over 15,000 monthly active users, up over 60% from last year, and there are 50 new users a day on average.
  • SIM 360 has executed over 142,000 simulation jobs in the cloud, including fatique, stress and thermal anaysis. Some 10 jobs per user, per week are being run in SIM 360.
  • Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that PLM360 is "the world's first cloud based PLM solution. What being in the cloud really means is that it's instantly on and it's innately mobile." PLM 360 has over 10,000 users, 66,000 workspaces, and 4 million items in the cloud.
  • The newest service, just announced at Autodesk University 2013 is CAM 360, which according to Autodesk is "The only CAM solution that combines CNC programming, simulation, and design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management in one easy-to-use product."


Read more about 360 branded offerings from Autodesk - how will you work in the cloud?

AU started off early this morning for us with the Augi Volunteer Breakfast. Augi President David Harrington recognized all attendees, and distributed special awards to board members. Volunteering opportunities are available if you are so inclined. Visit the Volunteer page at Augi for contact information.

The Keynote address is scheduled to begin in 1 hour. If you are not at AU2013, you can watch online.

More to follow. Read more about AU 2013 Day 1

Autodesk University is only a few days away, December 3-5. If you are not going to make it this year, you can still get in on some of the events from your office or mobile device, for free.

Click here or the image below for details on sessions that will be streamed live at no cost.


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Autodesk is conducting a survey to gather feedback on AutoCAD HELP. A lot of people did not like the change to primarily online help, now is your chance to tell them. There are also questions on what kind of content you would like to see in HELP.

AutoCAD HELP Survey

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How would you like to win a new Dell workstation? Cadalyst Magazine, Dell, and Microsoft have teamed up to bring us a video contest titled "Don't Let IT Limit Your Potential, and the grand prize is a new Dell workstation, configured by Cadalyst for your needs, AND one copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2013! (up to a US$5,000 total value!). Not bad for making a video, right? Read more about Video contest - Win a Dell Workstation

Scott Sheppard, current program manager for Autodesk Labs published this comparison chart of DWF and PDF file formats in June of 2006 on the Beyond the Paper blog. With Scott's permission, we have copied this table and added our own thoughts to this comparison based on changes in the last 7+ years.

With the recent acknowledgement that the long time standalone DWF viewer (Design Review) is being discontinued, we wonder if this will have any impact on your usage of DWF files? Please leave a comment with any thoughts on this. Thanks. Read more about DWF vs PDF revisited

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AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac are now available. This later release date, as compared to AutoCAD for Windows which is typically released in the spring, is to allow for better alignment with Apple's schedule. Some of the highlighted features in AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac include: Read more about AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English version). Read more about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

We've been seeing reports of missing thumbnail previews in the AutoCAD OPEN dialog box, usually in AutoCAD 2014 or 2013. This can usually be traced to the registry setting that controls this feature, which is: Read more about AutoCAD thumbnail preview not working?

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