One of our AE's (Miles Carlson) tipped meoff to a video on the MTV Overdrive website showing Inventor (and a little AutoCAD too) being used to design the weapons used in Spiderman 3. You can check it out at the MTV site here: http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1544919. Watch the 4th video called Arm Blades, Helmets, Goggles and Stuff The rest of the videos are cool too and show other types of technology being used to produce the film. -Amy
As many of you know I taught a few classes at Autodesk University this year and put together a document for my "Pretty Pictures Sell Product!. Other than a goofy name, it was a fun class and I think those that attended enjoyed the class.
In preparation for the class I collected lots of data from several sources to put a document together in order to help users that want to use this functionality but may not be familiar to the functionality.
We've got a post AU promotion on the eStore for our official courseware. It continues through 12/31/06. Just use promo code AU2006 for 20% discount.
We've got classes that cover transitioning from the prior release, introductory classes, certification exam prep classes as well as specialized classes for complex part design, importing data and more. Check out the list below and on the eStore here. List prices range from approx $50 to $85.
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Transitioning from Autodesk Inventor 10 AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Essentials AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Introduction to 3D Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Parametric Part Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Assembly Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: 3D Curves, Sketches & Construction Geometry AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Creating Production-Ready Drawings AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Creating Assembly Drawings AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Complex Shape Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Importing Data for Fixture Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Rendering and Animating with Inventor Studio AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor Professional 11: Tube and Pipe Design AOTC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Certified Expert Exam Preparation Guide AOCC
* Autodesk Inventor 11: Certified User Exam Preparation Guide AOCC
On Wednesday I had lunch with Russ Wicks. He was in Portland on business and stopped by our office for a while. I also spent some time with him at AU (and yes AU was outstanding and I am still recovering and will post on that later...). He wow'ed everyone he talked to in the booth and was signing autographs and letting people sit in his car. He's had a very interesting career and was clearly born to be the "Speed King". In July Russ broke the World Stock Car speed record and his team is currently using Inventor to design a boat to break another record. It was great fun to have him at AU since he is both a customer and a celebrity. His team pushes Inventor hard just like many of the customers I met at AU.
More on AU next week, really. After all I just took down my Halloween decorations and need to get a Christmas Tree today before I leave on Monday to see 700 of my favorite Korean users next week in Seoul. I have a nice long plane ride to catch up on everything!
Last week during Autodesk University, 3Dconnexion unveiled two new products as well as new pricing. The first product that was announced was the SpaceExplorer which sells for $299. The SpaceExplorer is similar to the SpacePilot without a display screen and a little nice ergonomics.
The second new device which I was very excited to get my hands on was the SpaceNavigator. The SpaceNavigator is a desktop device that is a little larger in size to the SpaceTraveler and about twice the weight to keep it from moving around. This one sells for $99/$59 depending on if you want email and phone support with the device.
I stopped by the 3Dconnexion booth while at AU last week to get a look at the new devices and ran into Tad Shelby (Marketing Manager) at 3Dconnextion and he hooked me up with a SpaceNavigator. I already had the SpaceTraveler and the SpacePilot although I think this is my favorite one yet. Even though it is a bit heavier than my traveler I think I like it enough to pack it with me when I travel.
3Dconnexion also updated the drivers to allow the devices to work with Google Earth and DWF viewers (thank you)!
If you have ever thought about picking a 3D navigation device, now is a great time due to the various options starting at $59.
While at AU last week I saw a demomonstration of a new project called Freewheel where they had posted a DWF file on the web and view it without a viewer loaded on the machine. If you have ever wanted to share a DWF file without the need to download a viewer, take a look at the new Freewheel project on Autodesk Labs.
Project Freewheel is both a web site where you can enter a DWF URL for interactive viewing, and a web service that allows you to embed an interactive DWF viewer in your own HTML pages.