Autodesk is announcing their 2014 line of software this morning, and we are listening along to the Webinar. There are about 1,560 others watching at this point.
First item up is an emphasis on you buying their suites of software. Did you know that you can be 42% happier just by using a suite? The science of statistics says so.
Live from San Francisco.
ReCap is the first product mentioned, the name being short for Reality Capture. Actually, it is just a rebranding of Autodesk's collection of software for processing point cloud data, and is included with all suites
Geolocation with Live Maps is also included with all suites. Perhaps there'll be more details later.
AutoCAD 2014 supports Windows 8 and Design Feed. Will there be more on this later? (See http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad/features.)
We are now hearing about other suites, though not features but how the software is being used. "By using suites, the firm saved thousands of dollars." Yup, buy-our-suites is the Big Push today. Odd thing, though, is that the suites are shown in very tall boxes, even though I don't think you can buy Autodesk software in boxes anymore, let alone really large, Release 12-size boxes.
This product box must hold a lot of software!
The number of viewers peaked at just over 1,600 and is now falling, perhaps because of the lack of information about the new software releases. It is disappointing.
I think the problem with customer stories is that all CAD vendors have them, meaning that just about any software can be used for any project. For example, is Inventor the only CAD package that can design an oil platform? A rhetorical question, because Catia, Creo, NX, and others are just as capable.
And so that's why the (missing) list of new functions is crucial: how is Autodesk's 2014 software different from its competitors? We don't need to know how it is the same.
"As you know, numbers don't lie." This factoid is being used to push Autodesk's vision of the cloud. For instance, one million online renderings in the last three months.
"We've covered a lot in a short amount of time." The Webinar is coming to a close.