AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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*Rizzo, Jon
Message 21 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-22-2003 04:38 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
It IS a public Beta. The problem is that AutoCAD is not! If they gave it
away to everyone, everyone would have AutoCAD 2004 for a limited time, so
they came up with an easy way for them to be sure that the only people that
have it are existing customers. And, it offers another argument in favor of
subscription.

Civil 3D makes it very simple to do simple things. The problem is that
right now it can only do simple things. This will change, though...


Jon




"Dave Lewis" wrote in message
news:dcldpvsoocl4mv99um19i0mul13r5v7a6a@4ax.com...
> yaya everyone has been saying for 5 years now we need this sort of
program.
>
> But it should be a public beta. We should not have to pay for it. Why
should we
> skip LDD 2004? We are going to have to pay for it anyways, either today
or
> tomorrow. There is no way around it.
>
> LDD is already too complicated to do simple things. I know very few
people
> who really understand how to use it properly. I'm sure C3D will be more
of the same.
>
> "Tim S."
> |>The smart design engineer would get this copy of Civil 3D while it is
still
> |>in some form of development, try it out, and pass along your
> |>thoughts/complaints/ideas before it is cut loose as a full production
piece.
> |>I think AutoDesk has a GREAT idea by doing it this way. It gets the
software
> |>in semi-production on a large variety of operating systems and allows
the
> |>average everyday user to throw out new ideas for its completion. Notice
when
> |>there are new newsgroups like this one that they always have 4 or 5
AutoDesk
> |>people lurking, looking for opinions and ideas to make it better. You
won't
> |>see that in the LDD1 newsgroup. This software is way too complicated to
have
> |>every bug fixed for every operating system scenario in the world. The
more
> |>operating systems they get it going on before it is finished, the better
the
> |>finished product will be. And then it will still have bugs. That is the
> |>nature of software.
> |>I can tell you this much if you haven't seen Civil 3D. It is powerful.
This
> |>is where I wanted the software to be 5 years ago.
> |>A couple of examples:
> |>1. Draw an alignment and the parameters for the stationing are drawn as
you
> |>click the tangent points. Result: No extra time with stationing
commands.
> |>Not that this is GREAT, but cool none-the-less.
> |>2. Draw a profile of the alignment by clicking a couple of buttons. Edit
the
> |>profile any way imaginable by clicking a couple of buttons.
> |>3. Grab the PI of the alignment and move it: EVERYTHING UPDATES. And I
do
> |>mean EVERYTHING.
> |>4. No more fighting 15 different commands to get a shaded TIN view. It
is
> |>now a toggle. Click to change from contours, to TIN view to shaded
relief
> |>view.
> |>There are probably 500 cool things like that in the new software.
> |>AutoDesk is headed in the right direction, FINALLY!
> |>
> |>One more note: when you decide to upgrade don't think you will be up and
> |>running in a few hours. This baby is HUGE. The next complaints are going
to
> |>come from people who will say it is too complicated.
> |>One more thought: Skip LDD4. Even if you have to pay for something you
never
> |>received. It is really a bug filled version of LDD3.
> |>Steve Cannon, you should burglarize a local engineering company to get a
> |>copy. This is your kind of candy!
> |>Tim
>
*S., Tim
Message 22 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-22-2003 04:41 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
Yeah but Dave, this is coooollll. And yes it will be complicated. I see the
problem being much the same as now. Engineers think it is below them to
create drawings, and drafters don't have the patience to learn what all the
dialog boxes are about. So there will be the segment in the middle getting
the most use out of it. But trust me on this one: It is neat. It is really
something that 2 yr engineers LOVE. What seems to be finally going away is
the old DCA way of drafting things. You could do cross sections and
profiles, but they only came in one flavor. It seems with all the toggles
you are going to be able to bend things to your own standards more. And
AUTOMATIC EVERYTHING.
I don't see how it could be public beta, then everyone gets to use it for
free. This is more like a hobby copy. If you lik messing around with it,
and you want to get a head start on the future, well there you go.
Tim

"Dave Lewis" wrote in message
news:dcldpvsoocl4mv99um19i0mul13r5v7a6a@4ax.com...
> yaya everyone has been saying for 5 years now we need this sort of
program.
>
> But it should be a public beta. We should not have to pay for it. Why
should we
> skip LDD 2004? We are going to have to pay for it anyways, either today
or
> tomorrow. There is no way around it.
>
> LDD is already too complicated to do simple things. I know very few
people
> who really understand how to use it properly. I'm sure C3D will be more
of the same.
>
> "Tim S."
> |>The smart design engineer would get this copy of Civil 3D while it is
still
> |>in some form of development, try it out, and pass along your
> |>thoughts/complaints/ideas before it is cut loose as a full production
piece.
> |>I think AutoDesk has a GREAT idea by doing it this way. It gets the
software
> |>in semi-production on a large variety of operating systems and allows
the
> |>average everyday user to throw out new ideas for its completion. Notice
when
> |>there are new newsgroups like this one that they always have 4 or 5
AutoDesk
> |>people lurking, looking for opinions and ideas to make it better. You
won't
> |>see that in the LDD1 newsgroup. This software is way too complicated to
have
> |>every bug fixed for every operating system scenario in the world. The
more
> |>operating systems they get it going on before it is finished, the better
the
> |>finished product will be. And then it will still have bugs. That is the
> |>nature of software.
> |>I can tell you this much if you haven't seen Civil 3D. It is powerful.
This
> |>is where I wanted the software to be 5 years ago.
> |>A couple of examples:
> |>1. Draw an alignment and the parameters for the stationing are drawn as
you
> |>click the tangent points. Result: No extra time with stationing
commands.
> |>Not that this is GREAT, but cool none-the-less.
> |>2. Draw a profile of the alignment by clicking a couple of buttons. Edit
the
> |>profile any way imaginable by clicking a couple of buttons.
> |>3. Grab the PI of the alignment and move it: EVERYTHING UPDATES. And I
do
> |>mean EVERYTHING.
> |>4. No more fighting 15 different commands to get a shaded TIN view. It
is
> |>now a toggle. Click to change from contours, to TIN view to shaded
relief
> |>view.
> |>There are probably 500 cool things like that in the new software.
> |>AutoDesk is headed in the right direction, FINALLY!
> |>
> |>One more note: when you decide to upgrade don't think you will be up and
> |>running in a few hours. This baby is HUGE. The next complaints are going
to
> |>come from people who will say it is too complicated.
> |>One more thought: Skip LDD4. Even if you have to pay for something you
never
> |>received. It is really a bug filled version of LDD3.
> |>Steve Cannon, you should burglarize a local engineering company to get a
> |>copy. This is your kind of candy!
> |>Tim
>
*Lewis, Dave
Message 23 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-23-2003 03:11 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
Its about time, thats all I can say

"Tim S."
|>Yeah but Dave, this is coooollll. And yes it will be complicated. I see the
|>problem being much the same as now. Engineers think it is below them to
|>create drawings, and drafters don't have the patience to learn what all the
|>dialog boxes are about. So there will be the segment in the middle getting
|>the most use out of it. But trust me on this one: It is neat. It is really
|>something that 2 yr engineers LOVE. What seems to be finally going away is
|>the old DCA way of drafting things. You could do cross sections and
|>profiles, but they only came in one flavor. It seems with all the toggles
|>you are going to be able to bend things to your own standards more. And
|>AUTOMATIC EVERYTHING.
|>I don't see how it could be public beta, then everyone gets to use it for
|>free. This is more like a hobby copy. If you lik messing around with it,
|>and you want to get a head start on the future, well there you go.
|>Tim
*Lewis, Dave
Message 24 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-23-2003 03:13 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
but to someone who has R3 in order to get C3D I would be forced to upgrade to 2004
which is not a worthwhile upgrade from a civil perspective. So in order to get C3D you have to pay.
C3D is not free in that respect.

If its really beta then why don't they just bundle it with a demo version of LDD? They got demo versions of Autocad,
right?

"Jon Rizzo"
|>It IS a public Beta. The problem is that AutoCAD is not! If they gave it
|>away to everyone, everyone would have AutoCAD 2004 for a limited time, so
|>they came up with an easy way for them to be sure that the only people that
|>have it are existing customers. And, it offers another argument in favor of
|>subscription.
|>
|>Civil 3D makes it very simple to do simple things. The problem is that
|>right now it can only do simple things. This will change, though...
*Wilson, Neil
Message 25 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-29-2003 10:08 PM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
It is not free. You paid for it with your subscription. If it were free
anyone could have it.

"Jon Rizzo" wrote in message
news:ABCCA633F149EC394429481EDC7D9E14@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> It IS free. If you own the Civil Series or Civil Design & are on
> subscription, you will receive it. Otherwise, it is not available at all.
>
> Jon
>
>
> "Dave Lewis" wrote in message
> news:t16rovkajr8r7l1e2quuohskkik7od9iud@4ax.com...
> > hehe then it should be free :smileytongue: We are still at LDD3. There is no way
> then I
> > can convince the company to pay for an upgrade to 2004 and civil 3d 1.0.
> > Oh well when is 2.0 slated for release?
> >
> > Caddtech
> > |>Autodesk states to use in NON_PRODUCTION Projects....

Just here for
> evaluation

Roger
> >
>
>

*Wilson, Neil
Message 26 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

10-30-2003 12:57 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
My bet is that we will not see it ready for release this year and you will
be paying for it again with your new subscription.

"Neil Wilson" wrote in message
news:smileyvery-happy:A6CD4E608E483CADA5E7C84A32CD2EA@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> It is not free. You paid for it with your subscription. If it were free
> anyone could have it.
>
> "Jon Rizzo" wrote in message
> news:ABCCA633F149EC394429481EDC7D9E14@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> > It IS free. If you own the Civil Series or Civil Design & are on
> > subscription, you will receive it. Otherwise, it is not available at
all.
> >
> > Jon
> >
> >
> > "Dave Lewis" wrote in message
> > news:t16rovkajr8r7l1e2quuohskkik7od9iud@4ax.com...
> > > hehe then it should be free :smileytongue: We are still at LDD3. There is no way
> > then I
> > > can convince the company to pay for an upgrade to 2004 and civil 3d
1.0.
> > > Oh well when is 2.0 slated for release?
> > >
> > > Caddtech
> > > |>Autodesk states to use in NON_PRODUCTION Projects....

Just here
for
> > evaluation

Roger
> > >
> >
> >
>
>

*Lewis, Dave
Message 27 of 27 (72 Views)

Re:

11-04-2003 07:44 AM in reply to: *Lewis, Dave
bingo

We just upgraded a bunch of seats and I just upgraded to LDD R3 instead of 2004
I also skipped subscription. Skipping releases was not the big deal that I had thought.
Autodesk wanted to make deals at the end of the quarter so I got great prices, so thus
making a subscription a bad investment.

"Neil Wilson"
|>My bet is that we will not see it ready for release this year and you will
|>be paying for it again with your new subscription.
|>
|>"Neil Wilson" wrote in message
|>news:smileyvery-happy:A6CD4E608E483CADA5E7C84A32CD2EA@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
|>> It is not free. You paid for it with your subscription. If it were free
|>> anyone could have it.
|>>
|>> "Jon Rizzo" wrote in message
|>> news:ABCCA633F149EC394429481EDC7D9E14@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
|>> > It IS free. If you own the Civil Series or Civil Design & are on
|>> > subscription, you will receive it. Otherwise, it is not available at
|>all.
|>> >
|>> > Jon
|>> >
|>> >
|>> > "Dave Lewis" wrote in message
|>> > news:t16rovkajr8r7l1e2quuohskkik7od9iud@4ax.com...
|>> > > hehe then it should be free :smileytongue: We are still at LDD3. There is no way
|>> > then I
|>> > > can convince the company to pay for an upgrade to 2004 and civil 3d
|>1.0.
|>> > > Oh well when is 2.0 slated for release?
|>> > >
|>> > > Caddtech
|>> > > |>Autodesk states to use in NON_PRODUCTION Projects....

Just here
|>for
|>> > evaluation

Roger
|>> > >
|>> >
|>> >
|>>
|>>
|>

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