How can I complain about AutoCAD wasting screen space…

…when this blog layout is wasting so much more of it? OK, I haven’t complained about AutoCAD doing that (not here, anyway). Yet. But I will.

First, I need to get my own house in order. So, expect to see this blog change its layout a few times over the next few days as I try to make the best use of your pixels. Do not be disturbed. OK, you can be disturbed if you like, but I won’t care.

AutoCAD 2009 – The Prequel Part 2 – Status Bar Left

Enough of linking to other peoples’ observations about AutoCAD 2009, here are some of mine. There is a lot I don’t like about AutoCAD 2009, and I will be covering that side of things in more detail once I have the shipping product to play with and I’m certain that the bad stuff is still there. This post is about the mostly good stuff that will definitely appear in the finished product.

AutoCAD 2009 is all about the user interface, but it’s not all about the Ribbon. There are other interface changes too, and some of them are quite welcome.

Let’s have a look at the left side of the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen. The buttons have changed from the traditional text labels to incomprehensible icons, at least until you get the hang of what they all mean. Don’t get too outraged about that, because thankfully … Full post

AutoCAD 2009 – The Prequel Part 1 – Links

AutoCAD 2009 is about a month away, but people with pre-release copies are already allowed to start talking about the product. I intend to do so soon, but for now here are a few mentions I found:

http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/2008/02/the-2009-produc.html
http://lynn.blogs.com/lynn_allens_blog/2008/02/autocad-2009-is.html
http://lynn.blogs.com/lynn_allens_blog/2008/02/the-autocad-200.html
http://heidihewett.blogs.com/my_weblog/2008/02/the-word-is-out.html
http://heidihewett.blogs.com/my_weblog/2008/02/autocad-2009-a.html
http://discussion.autodesk.com/thread.jspa?threadID=643193
http://discussion.autodesk.com/thread.jspa?threadID=643871
http://mistressofthedorkness.blogspot.com/2008/02/some-autocad-2009-thoughts.html
http://rcd.typepad.com/rcd/2008/02/time-flies-its.html
http://rkmcswain.blogspot.com/2008/02/autocad-2009-in-2-minutes.html
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2008/02/autodesk-worl-1.html
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2008/02/autocad-2009.html
http://www.theswamp.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=31k5jnveooq0qn8ecci6i72o34&topic=21356.0
http://forums.cadalyst.com/showthread.php?t=5808
http://thecadgeek.com/blog/2008/02/13/introduction-to-the-autocad-2009-ribbon/
http://cadit.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/02/autocad-2009–.html

How do you get a pre-release copy of AutoCAD? Well, assuming you’re not a pirate, you can join up with the Autodesk MyFeedback program. It’s too late for AutoCAD 2009, but sign up now for 2010…

Graham Greene – The Vowels of the Earth

Stick with this video beyond the first minute or two, I think it’s worth it. Graham Greene’s “Happy Sinners” supporting Voyager at The Amplifier Bar, Perth, 1 Feb 2008.

Hand held video camera. Some sound distortion (brick walling) on the power stuff, but the clean guitar work sounds OK and I think the video quality is pretty good.

Artist website: www.grahamgreene.com.au