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JDMather
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Is MDT Really Dead?

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10-07-2008 11:17 AM
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Message 2 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-07-2008 12:47 PM in reply to: JDMather
MDT 'died' before it was released (concurrent with the birth of Rubicon).
That's not hard to figure out.


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Message 3 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-07-2008 01:54 PM in reply to: JDMather
That's funny, I've been using it now for 13 years. Seems lively enough for
me.

Just means the subscription cost goes away.
If they think all the MDT users are going to switch to IV they better
rethink their position.

Aug
*Alex
Message 4 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-08-2008 04:29 AM in reply to: JDMather
People were buying IV just for the sake of MDT.
Killing MDT will be suicidal for Autodesk
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"cadchimp" wrote in message
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MDT 'died' before it was released (concurrent with the birth of Rubicon).
That's not hard to figure out.


wrote in message news:6046606@discussion.autodesk.com...
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*Bob Wiley
Message 5 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-08-2008 06:55 AM in reply to: JDMather
I think you need to check your history.

If my research is correct: Ribicon was released in '99 and had been in
development for 3 years. Putting its beginnings at about '96. MDT was released
in '96 but was a collection of AutoCAD R13, Designer R2 with assembly modeling,
AutoSurf, IGES Translator, PartSpec, and MaterialSpec. (Remember those?) All of
which existed in '95 or before. The original Designer and assembly modeling were
DOS based and came out as add ons for AutoCad R12. I still have the original disks!

My hat's off to Autodesk for a fine product. It was obvious from the first time
I used the software that 2D was dead for mechanical design. I jumped headfirst
into 3D design in '95 with the Designer software and never went back to 2D.
Inventor was still several years away at that time.

MDT may you rest in peace. You served us well.

Bob Wiley

cadchimp wrote:
> MDT 'died' before it was released (concurrent with the birth of Rubicon).
> That's not hard to figure out.
>
>
> wrote in message news:6046606@discussion.autodesk.com...
> Anybody else seen this? http://discussion.autodesk.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=697062&tstart=0


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Message 6 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-08-2008 09:13 AM in reply to: JDMather

Say it ain't so Joe

LOL

Guess I'll be using MDT 2009 until I retire
now.


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Message 7 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-08-2008 02:14 PM in reply to: JDMather
At a time where profits and margins loom large I'm surprised Autodesk has
put themselves in a position to loose so many subscribers.
They really must believe designers will just switch to IV.
Unfortunately IV has some very big issues for a lot of design teams that
make that switch impossible. I think Autodesk made a lot of assumptions that
come back to bite them.

I'll use my MDT until it's outdated then move on to the dng format. It's
suppose to be a supior modeler anyway but I couldn't get the boss to spring
for the cost. Now it looks like we got our excuse to move on to Pro-E.

Aug
*cadchimp
Message 8 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-08-2008 09:14 PM in reply to: JDMather
Bob Wiley wrote:
> I think you need to check your history.
>
> (Remember those?)

I have and I do.

> My hat's off to Autodesk for a fine product.

It served some people well and they will agree.

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Message 9 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-10-2008 11:16 AM in reply to: JDMather
"If they think all the MDT users are going to switch to IV they better rethink their position."

How true. What is never considered is that some people use Mechanical Desktop because Inventor is not up to speed in some areas. For example, we often receive horrific IGES files from our customers generated from Catia V4. These files would require days of rework to close them into a solid, so we work with what we are given. Mechanical Desktop does not require these files to be perfect. Try importing these surface files into Inventor and see how far you get.

I think Autodesk should market Mechanical Desktop as a stand alone legacy CAD package, and price it in the 1K range. Don't put another minute into developing it, and don't charge annual maintenance.

Dan
*Aug
Message 10 of 11 (161 Views)

Re: Is MDT Really Dead?

10-10-2008 11:32 AM in reply to: JDMather

There ya go,...good idea.

 

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