We were able to get there by going to Help>Getting Started>New Features on the left hand side. My message was more about getting the link on the right side fixed otherwise it will prompt a lot of questions.
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That links to the New Features page. But if you then go to the home page of help and try the links there. They're still broken (or denied).
Good find on the direct link though. I looked for it quickly but didn't find it.
Interesting, not many new features and it will be interesting to see how many bugs are fixed. Although it was nice in 2014 that they finally fixed the xref issue for section views for moving labels (Even though this issue was identified many versions previous to this).
Civil 3D is starting to mimic CAiCE in terms of the way Autodesk is maintaining and improving it. CAiCE would have a few new features that would be added but the bulk of the improvements between versions were fixes to bugs that we issues in the previous one. Even so, CAiCE still had many bugs that were never fixed and we had to program around them.
I am clearly aging myself by discussing CAiCE but Civil 3D is technically over 10 years old and since we started using it in 2008 quite frankly there has not been many new features. I have a feeling this is currently going the way of CaiCE: It is going to be out of date to the point where Autodesk realizes they need to do a complete rebuild and start from scratch.
Civil 3D is a good platform but technology moves quick and without improvements software can quickly become archaic. I have always preferred Autodesk products but the open roads technology Bentley has is impressive. Autodesk is going to have to start improving versus their current trend of maintaining civil 3D if they want to keep up. The good thing for users is that competition between the two keeps them on their toes giving us better products.
Anyone notice that there's really nothing new for Map 3d at all? Just an update to FDO and that's it, at least listed by the help. Pretty sad.
You are correct. Absolutely nada.
I've been following the development of Bentley's Open Roads (Civil Platform) technology and they have taken a superior approach in my opinion. The technology is only partially developed and depends on components of the legacy products to handle the parts that are not yet available (which requires file translation processes), so it is too cumbersome to use at this stage of implementation. One of the big downsides to their products has been the annotation and plan production tools. I have yet to see any foregleams of how they are going to handle that. If they can catch up to C3D on the annotation side of the problem then their technolgy would be the one to beat.
It's interesting; most agree the new features are thin and the fixes are nebulously non-existent. Which may portend the demise of the product due to lack of interest from the top. Oddly, I've heard other topics claim InfraWorks is the future and that's where development has spent their resources. But, when you view an InfraWorks feature video, if you listen closely they say... blah blah blah... "...and when planning is complete, you can export to civil3d to do the final design":
Obviously they know where their bread is buttered.
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