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Shaan Hurley
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Autodesk employee, shutterbug, geek, and world traveler.
Interests: travel, photography, technology and the outdoors.
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In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to read about when you started using AutoCAD and the stories about Autodesk and also the photos. A little known fact is AutoCAD 1.0 wasn’t shipped to customers so the first release was actually AutoCAD version 1.1. Here is quote from a customer that started on the very first shipping AutoCAD... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Lines
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We typically do not get snow or big snowstorms here in Portland, but this year…SnowMG. This is the third big storm. I spent 4.5 hours on the freeway in a traffic jam due to an accident that then turned into snowed in vehicles becoming stuck in a parking lot from hell. We closed the Autodesk office today out of concern for the safety of our employees and also due to the weather and closed roads. At home the electricity and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Lines
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For both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT For over 10 years, AutoCAD expert Lynn Allen has produced an annual collection of her top tips and tricks for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This year, using feedback from AutoCAD users around the globe, she put together an exclusive collection of her – and your – favorite and most requested tips and tricks. All for free. http://autode.sk/2igoPrH Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Lines
Wired has just ranked the Autodesk Elbo Chair third on its list of “The Most Innovative Objects of 2016”. Last summer, my teammate Arthur Harsuvanakit and Autodesk intern Brittany Presten set out to use a chair as a design space for Project Dreamcatcher, working with the software to generate solutions that were feasible and sensible to fabricate using wood as the material and a CNC router for fabrication. This is what we do in the Office of the CTO “OCTO”. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Lines
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I'm back after just returning from my extended annual week of rest vacation. I spent my vacation snowshoeing a weekend in the snow up on Mount Hood then escaping away from the computer in sunny warm Mexico SCUBA diving with friends and seeing maker space\s and beaches. It was an amazing experience and a tradition to spend New Year Eve there I may do every year now. More details on the trip later as I need to go chip my... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Between the Lines
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Most Autodesk employees will be out of the office for our annual Week of Rest so that our employees can spend time with their families for the holidays. The annual Week of Rest is from December 23rd to January 3rd this year. Some of us may take a take a day or two extra in the front and end to maximize our time with friends and family and come back fresh and energized to begin the new year. Employees for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Between the Lines
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to hear the memories of so many including some that have used AutoCAD it’s entire life of 35 years. You can email me your story about your use of AutoCAD over the past 35 years, the projects, and possibly include a photo of you and old AutoCAD memorabilia or moments like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Next month AutoCAD will celebrate it’s 35th birthday. Just think about it, AutoCAD is hitting middle age. It is a pretty amazing milestone not only as a software product that has been used by millions of people around the world, but also that it is still quite popular 35 years later it was released. AutoCAD has been around longer than Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Windows. Autodesk and myself will have several special posts and events to celebrate the 35th birthday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Between the Lines
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The Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon (Portland) office has been closed the past two days due to a rare snow storm named Decima that hit Wednesday December 14th, 2016. The snow total was 1-3 inches and to many that may not seem like much snow, but understand we don’t normally get snow so the the transportation system and drivers are not ready or prepared. With all the hills and winding roads and some of the snow melting and then freezing to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Update 12/16/16: “We have had to reschedule BunnyBots from Saturday Dec 17th to Friday December 30th. There's just too much snow, ice and hazards especially for teams pulling trailers long distances. The 30th is our last backup day, though, if weather causes us to cancel the event on that day then we'll have to cancel BunnyBots for the year.” Come have fun and see some amazing high school kids who designed and built some robots at BunnyBots competing between the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Between the Lines
We have shiny new Mac releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT today. The new AutoCAD for Mac 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac releases went live. For those AutoCAD history buffs, AutoCAD for Mac 2017 was code named Naboo. Introducing AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac You can download a free 30 day full trial here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Between the Lines
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I recently purchased and received my new personal UAS/UAV a DJI Mavic. This little drone folds up and can be easily packed in my backpack or camera bag and has many advanced technologies like obstacle avoidance and several automated flight modes like follow me and follow terrain. II t can go 40mph and has a radio range 4.6 mile range however FAA rules require visual one of sight which is definitely not that far. The camera is not as good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Between the Lines
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I am in Hawaii to attend the 75th anniversary of December 7th. The event is not a celebration of the event or war, but to remember how bad war is and how we must never repeat this as well as honor all those that on that Sunday morning died or were forever affected. We had expected and hoped President Obama would be attending but it appears he may not be able to attend and cancelled his speaking events. I do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Between the Lines
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At Autodesk University 2016 the AutoCAD Team’s Heidi Hewett held a AutoCAD Family Feud fun competition. The first contestants where Lynn Allen and myself each with a team of volunteers. Being the first teams to compete there were technical issues in the scoring but my team was clearly baking the points and were at one point 500 points ahead of the other team. After the lighting round it may have been close, but I don’t know. Some of the answers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Between the Lines
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I seen this image on Twitter yesterday and it made me laugh out loud so I thought I would share on this Friday. Most smartphones have a panoramic photo mode where the phone stiches photos together into one wide panoramic photo after you pan the camera. Well technology is not always perfect but in this case it was so perfectly weird that it was better than just a panoramic photos with a cat waking through. Seen on @YouHadOneJ0B As the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Between the Lines
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I use the popular mobile app for Nextdoor to keep up to date on what is going on in my neighborhood. In my SW Portland neighborhood we put the Weird in Portland. This week after many coyote sightings and other reports, someone posted a funny sarcastic warning about “pygmy wolves”. There is never a dull moment or something not funny in Mr. Hurley’s Neighborhood. It's become clear to me that SW Portland is suffering from a major infestation of pigmy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Great article on Hack Rod by Drew Turney on Redshift. “Do you have a great idea for a new product but don’t have a fully equipped manufacturing plant to realize it? Thanks to a pair of California hot-rod enthusiasts, the whole manufacturing workflow—from conception to assembly—might someday be within your grasp.” http://bit.ly/2gGpS0u Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Between the Lines
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YouTube star Tom Scott recently visited our Autodesk Pier 9 to meet with my colleagues Maurice Conti, Heather Kerrick, and Evan Atherton in the Applied Research Lab to discuss robots. Big robotic colleagues Bishop and Ash make cameos appearances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9pknU0zv9c At Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco there are giant robot arms using welders to 3D print with stainless steel. Which seemed like a good place to talk about programming abstractions, high-level languages, training pendants, and just how safe... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Between the Lines
There are now over 250,000 people in the Autodesk Feedback Community which is home to most pre-release beta testing for Autodesk products and technologies, Autodesk Labs, and some usability projects. <grandpa voice> I remember when I started at Autodesk in the Beta team in 1998, we had 3 beta projects of AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and AutoCAD Mechanical and under 500 beta customers who were sent a physical CD ROM to test and then fax or email bug reports back to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Between the Lines
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If you attended Autodesk University 2016, or even if you did not you can view some photos from the event and relive the event or see some highlights. If you attended and have your own photos you can add your own photos to the pool for free for others to see. https://www.flickr.com/groups/au2016/pool/ It was so great seeing everyone that attended this year and I look forward to seeing you and many more next year at AU2017! Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Check out the recordings of these three great keynotes from this weeks Autodesk University 2016 and learn more about what Autodesk is thinking, doing, and what our customers are doing in the Future of Making Things. Prepare to be blown away by the speakers including a 16 year old young lady Anna Nixon from Beaverton Oregon who not only builds FIRST Robotics robots but has her own non profit to benefit girls learning STEM topics. Autodesk University Opening Keynote with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Between the Lines
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The first official day of Autodesk University 2016 was yesterday and the day 2 is just starting. One thing I am realizing is that with organizing morning runs meeting at 5:30 am and then a full day of events and evening meetups and receptions there is little time for sleep or even blogging. I am mostly able to be on social media @shaanhurley and my Instagram from my smartphone. A few highlights in short bullet form. The Autodesk Fusion events... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Between the Lines
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I hit the Las Vegas ground running yesterday for Autodesk University 2016 and another busy day today. The official first day of Autodesk University is tomorrow beginning with an early morning run, the big opening keynote, Exhibit Hall opening, AutoCAD Family Feud, The Blogger & Social Media Meetup, and so much more. Video Today developer and leadership events are going on. This evening is the newbie AU Orientation at 5:00 pm as well as several receptions like Welcome Reception, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Sharing photos of your Autodesk University experiences on social media is awesome but sometimes people can miss them or not know where to see many photos all in one location. Have no fear there is a place to upload and view photos from AU for free. Share your photos online using the free Flickr website or the Flickr app. You can post your photos to the AU 2016 Photo Group https://www.flickr.com/groups/au2016/ for everyone to see. I will also be posting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Between the Lines
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Attending Autodesk University in Las Vegas next week and have crazy AutoCAD knowledge, then I need you on my team. Sign up for AutoCAD Family Feud at the AutoCAD booth in the exhibit hall which opens at 11:30 AM Tuesday and join my Team OSNAP to battle Lynn Allen‘s Team at 1:00 PM Tuesday afternoon. If you know nothing about AutoCAD, but are fascinating and know random facts about unrelated things please make sure to sign up to be on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Between the Lines