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sjbosley
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Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

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10-07-2008 12:01 PM

This is a copy of the annoucement sent to subscriptions customers earlier today:

Autodesk has terminated development of Autodesk® Mechanical Desktop® and will no longer release new versions of the product. This decision was made to allow Autodesk to focus on the development of the Autodesk® Inventor® and AutoCAD® Mechanical product lines.

As a result of this decision, Mechanical Desktop 2009 becomes the last version of the product to be made available.

Autodesk recognizes that our customers have created many Mechanical Desktop files containing their intellectual property. To protect this data, Autodesk is taking the following actions:


- In accordance with section 2.2.3 of the Subscription Terms and Conditions, Autodesk Support will continue to provide product support for Subscription customers for a period of no less than three years after the removal of Mechanical Desktop from the Inventor product line.

- Autodesk will continue to make Mechanical Desktop 2009 available for download with future releases of Inventor.

- Autodesk will continue to support the DWG Import wizard for Mechanical Desktop parts, assemblies and drawings.

- Despite anything to the contrary in our Subscription terms and conditions or our license agreement(s), Autodesk will allow customers the right to continue using earlier versions of Mechanical Desktop with Inventor releases.

For additional information, please contact your reseller.

Thank you for choosing Subscription for your Autodesk products.

Sincerely,

The Autodesk Subscription Team

Posted by Simon Bosley
Product Manager
Autodesk

*Aug
Message 2 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-07-2008 01:57 PM in reply to: sjbosley

Looks like it's time to step up to the dng
format.

 

Astala bye-bye

 

Aug
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anagnoa
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Registered: ‎10-11-2007
Message 3 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-07-2008 03:02 PM in reply to: sjbosley
Aug,

I certainly understand your feelings on this matter and I want you to know that Autodesk did not make this decision lightly. We worked hard to support MDT well past the 4 releases we said we would when Inventor was first released in 1999; that's over 5 years beyond that commitment, and we did it for dedicated customers like you.

I certainly don't want you to pursue other options, but we are grateful for your business over these past years and we hope you'll consider continuing to work with Autodesk. Feel free to let us know what we might be able to do to ease any transition for you.

Regards,

Andrew Anagnost
Vice President, CAD/CAE Products
Manufacturing Solutions Division
Autodesk, Inc.
*Jason Rhymes
Message 4 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-08-2008 09:08 AM in reply to: sjbosley

Would you be willing to sell the source code of MDT
so someone else can continue development?

There's only 6 or 7 of us around that are still
using it so it should go pretty cheap. eBay it maybe, I'll bid.

 


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Jason Rhymes
3D Solid Power Toys
including Multi Solid Stretch

href="http://www.acadianagraphics.com">http://www.acadianagraphics.com

 


 

 


 


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Aug,
I certainly understand your feelings on this matter and I want you to know
that Autodesk did not make this decision lightly. We worked hard to support
MDT well past the 4 releases we said we would when Inventor was first released
in 1999; that's over 5 years beyond that commitment, and we did it for
dedicated customers like you. I certainly don't want you to pursue other
options, but we are grateful for your business over these past years and we
hope you'll consider continuing to work with Autodesk. Feel free to let us
know what we might be able to do to ease any transition for you. Regards,
Andrew Anagnost Vice President, CAD/CAE Products Manufacturing Solutions
Division Autodesk, Inc.
*Aug
Message 5 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-08-2008 02:22 PM in reply to: sjbosley

Anagnoa,

I appreciate you explanation but there are things
about IV that make it impossible for us to make the transition.

I've voiced these concerns since IV was introduced
and it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

 

1.We need to submit the total model and the drawing
package in a single file.

2. The model needs to be linked to the drawing
set.

 

These allow large project to be integrated together
into a master set. This is not an option for the contracts we work with. It
would mean the loss of that sector of our business. We like working with Uncle
Sam, he pays his bills but he will not accept IV files and a export to a 2d dwg
does not fulfill the requirements.

The whole mess of individual part files and
assembly files and drawing files makes it complex enough I don't see Uncle Sam
capable of making that transition any time soon.

 

Our only choices are to stay with MDT as long as
possible then move on to a different approved package (looks like Pro-E right
now). Unfortunately IV does not qualify.

 

Aug
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anagnoa
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Message 6 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-08-2008 03:08 PM in reply to: sjbosley
Unfortunately, the AutoCAD and MDT code bases are too intertwined.
Member
anagnoa
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Registered: ‎10-11-2007
Message 7 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-08-2008 03:10 PM in reply to: sjbosley
Aug,
This is something we have to look into for you and your team, and I'm apologize for the deaf ears. Thanks for the actionable feedback. Andrew
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sjbosley
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Registered: ‎09-08-2006
Message 8 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-08-2008 03:15 PM in reply to: sjbosley
I'm very interested in understanding more about your requirements. We have a number of customers who use Inventor on government contracts and so I'd like to figure out the differences between their contracts and your situation and see what we can do to help. If you'd like to send me your contact information to simon.bosley@autodesk.com I will follow up with you.

Simon Bosley
Product Manager
Autodesk
*Jason Rhymes
Message 9 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-09-2008 06:48 AM in reply to: sjbosley

Any chance of porting some or even all of the
better tools to AutoCAD? View creation (flatshot sucks), igesin/out, bom...
. Seems like the developers of AutoCAD are working on trying to get things
to work in vanilla AutoCAD that have been in MDT for years. Why try and reinvent
the wheel when the wheel has been spinning in MDT without many problems for some
time now.


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--

Jason Rhymes
3D Solid Power
Toys
including Multi Solid Stretch

href="http://www.acadianagraphics.com">http://www.acadianagraphics.com

 


 


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Unfortunately,
the AutoCAD and MDT code bases are too intertwined.
*Aug
Message 10 of 93 (1,106 Views)

Re: Announcement concerning Discontinuation of Mechanical Desktop

10-09-2008 07:06 AM in reply to: sjbosley

They could drop the parametric modeling capability
and leave the drawing creation tools and visibility controls and integrate them
to vanilla Acad and preserve a lot of customers and greatly improve their core
software.

It shouldn't be that hard as you say they are
already integrated,....just patch in the code.

 

Aug
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