AutoCAD 2011 launch on 25 March

Just announced by Shaan Hurley via Twitter and Facebook:

Busy on the final details for a special Autodesk event next week in San Francisco with some bloggers. http://www.autodesk.com/webcast

Follow the link and you will find this:

Autodesk Webcast

Date: 3/25/10
Start Time: 9:00 SF/12:00 New York/16:00 UK/17:00 CET

Register today to join Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Senior Vice President Amar Hanspal for an exclusive live webcast to learn about updates to Autodesk’s portfolio of design software for the AEC, manufacturing and general design industries.

In Autodeskspeak, “general design” means AutoCAD (AEC = Revit, manufacturing = Inventor), so you can expect this to be the same kind of thing as the AutoCAD 2010 launch I attended last year. (Note: ‘launch’ does not mean ‘release’). At this event, selected bloggers will probably get to see the big production effort that goes into the launch webcast (no, it’s not done on Shaan’s laptop webcam). They can expect to be transported, housed, fed and watered by Autodesk, which I trust we’ll see disclosed by everybody this year.

More importantly, they will most likely be given access to various significant Autodesk people, such as my video interview on the Autodesk Listening theme. These events are both worthwhile and great fun, and my best wishes go out to those bloggers who will be attending this time round.

For the previous three years, you will have seen bloggers reporting on the contents of the new release in early February, but this has not happened not this time. Why is the information being held back so long this time, with the launch 48 days later this year than last? I genuinely have absolutely no idea. Feel free to speculate.

7 Comments

  1. I was wondering the same thing. Why so late? This is a question I plan on asking. Will miss having you there this time Steve. What do you want me to ask them?

  2. Thanks for the offer, Brian, but I think I know where to find them if I have anything I’m burning to ask. 🙂

  3. No problem. I’m here to help.

  4. R. Paul Waddington

    I guess the ‘Exlusive’ dealers have been given ‘early release’ to talk about 2011 Steve; AutoCAD 2011 is being shown off here in the east?

  5. Is that a statement or a question? If you’re saying Australian Eastern States dealers are showing off AutoCAD 2011, I’d be very interested to hear about that.

  6. R. Paul Waddington

    Yes Steve its a statement. Had a fellow tell me he has been shown 2011. Like many things in Autodesk’s world its rules for some and different rules for others!

  7. The rules may well be the same, just that some obey them and some don’t.

    I just received a dealer email announcing a National Autodesk Product Launch with dates from 14 to 22 April. I expect most users will already be pretty familiar with the product features by then.

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