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Scott Sheppard
Alameda, California
http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/about-the-author.html
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When I was learning to program, "user-friendly" was all the rage. A program's user interface, i.e., the ways that we interact with the software through menus, buttons, and data entry, had to be easy to use. Although today user-friendly has... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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Register Today for Forge DevCon in Las Vegas, November 18 as part of Autodesk University. Years ago when Autodesk University (AU) started, it was almost solely about the classes that one could take to learn about using our software. Hence,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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I often get contacted by college students in May or June who want to intern at Autodesk for the summer (June-August). I have had to break the bad news to them that our interns had already been hired, and that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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Last year we moved to Cypress, TX. Since Texas has hot weather in the summer, we decided to get a pool. Since Autodesk software is used to design and make things, I have been chronicling the construction process. In a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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When we develop tools for designing and making things, we consider that those things are used in the context of a system. In other words, those things are integrated with the environment in which they are used. That's one reason... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Today's blog post is a guest post from Samuel Macalister. Sam is a Senior Technical Sales Specialist, AEC/ENI in our Worldwide Field Operations (WWFO) Team. Our Worldwide Field Operations is our face of Autodesk to our customers. Through modern and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Microsoft is working on developing a piece of hardware and are looking for the killer app. VR in a building information model may turn out to be the one; however, at this time, there isn’t a huge clamoring from our customer base for a VR solution although we continue to keep an eye on the technology, including working with Microsoft.
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Here are two slides from our corporate Future of Making presentations. These pretty much say it all. MORE The global middle class is growing faster than at any time in history. 400,000 people join the middle class every day*. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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At Autodesk, our team focuses on strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is a practice of looking systematically at the future, understanding fragmented indicators that suggest possible futures, and developing a point of view about how to respond. We use imagination to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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I am working in San Francisco this week, so I am at the Houston Hobby airport on this fine Sunday. My Southwest Airlines flight has been delayed, so I have time to kill. Given that, I thought I’d blog about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Autodesk got its start when we democratized CAD technology by making it available on personal computers that were much less expensive than special-purpose workstations so that small mom and pop architect shops could graduate from using their drafting tables. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Due to this blog post's graphic nature, viewer discretion is advised. More, better, less. Never let them rest, until your more is better, and your better impacts less. I have posted several blog articles about the future of making and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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At Autodesk, our team focuses on strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is a practice of looking systematically at the future, understanding fragmented indicators that suggest possible futures, and developing a point of view about how to respond. We use imagination to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Got code? What gets coded in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. Let's say you've been an Autodesk customer for a long time. You've got decades of your intellectual property captured in AutoCAD drawings, Revit models, Inventor parts and assemblies, or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
Please try http://tinkercad.com and let me know what you think.
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When Autodesk was exclusively a desktop software provider, we had a fixed cost of goods associated with our offerings. It was basically a set of CDs or DVDs, a printed user manual, and some packaging. Now that we also offer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk University is your chance to take classes in using Autodesk software. It's also your chance to get insight as to where we think the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction and Product Design and Manufacturing industries are headed. There's also a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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David Rowan was the founding editor-in-chief of WIRED Magazine's UK edition and technology columnist of The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, and Sunday Times. David travels the globe to meet crazy-driven startup entrepreneurs who are reinventing industries through unconventional means.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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At Autodesk, our team focuses on strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is a practice of looking systematically at the future, understanding fragmented indicators that suggest possible futures, and developing a point of view about how to respond. We use imagination to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Travis Heppe, an Alameda, California resident and Google software engineer, recently did some research on participation among minorities in computer science. What he found was shocking. Although 90% of parents want their kids to learn computer science, only 14% of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk got its start when we democratized CAD technology by making it available on personal computers that were much less expensive than special-purpose workstations so that small mom and pop architect shops could graduate from using their drafting tables. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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For all of our users who help us evaluate technology previews for customer interest and beta programs for customer readiness, we are aware that our beta site, feedback.autodesk.com, has an issue that prevents our customers from logging in with an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Logo design by Anh Look It was 26 years ago today that Ithaca Software was acquired by Autodesk. Autodesk People and Places provided me with the list of employees on that fateful day. Patricia Abbott Carl Bass Milton Capsimalis Bob... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Though I have Paypal and Venmo accounts, I mostly use a credit card for convenience. I took my wife and mother-in-law out to dinner last night. I charged the dinner, and as I was signing the credit card receipt, my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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"Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature." — Penelope Hobhouse Our Lennar home in Cypress, Texas came with landscaping in the front and backyards; however, when you dig a hole for a pool in the backyard,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab