CADDManager on February 5th, 2015

From a recent FAQ on the topic… “Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for our products to subscription options only. In the first phase of this transition, new seats of standalone desktop software products will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription beginning February 1, 2016.” This is the next step in ADSK’s [...]

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CADDManager on February 4th, 2015

Recently, the publishers of Cadalyst Magazine interviewed me for their CADSpeed blog as part of their “Expert Interview” series.  The interview included a quick review of CAD Manager duties, the impact of the “maker” movement, qualities of a good CAD Manager and more. You can read the interview on their blog at  “Expert Interview with [...]

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CADDManager on January 27th, 2015

At the request of Melanie Perry and the AutoCAD Blogger Council… here is my day.  hashtag #CADdork Started off with a bang – or maybe a whimper. My laptop has been dogging it for some time and I cannot figure out what the issue is. It is running slow and apps are hanging. It is [...]

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CADDManager on November 5th, 2014

There are several things that most users want from a CAD Manager. Of course they want the latest and greatest hardware and software. And they want killer training. But I want to go beyond the obvious to what I think are some pivotal items that Here is my list of the things that they want [...]

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CADDManager on July 24th, 2014

I attended a webinar today on the 2015 Autodesk Application Manager presented by Erik Klein.  It seemed pretty promising for the SMB sized firms. Autodesk defines this new tools as : Autodesk Application Manager is a cloud-centric software delivery solution, which includes a desktop software component that self-installs with all Microsoft Windows®-based Autodesk 2015 products [...]

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CADDManager on February 17th, 2014

I ended the last series on Critical Conversations about CAD with some quick advice on what to do when you fail.  I wanted to revisit that topic and provide some additional comments on learning from failure. When failure happens you have to review how you got in that position.  How could things have gone so [...]

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Critical Conversations

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Critical ConversationsCAD Issues that are brought to you must be addressed.  CAD problems can corrupt CAD files, cripple progress and ruin projects.  This is not a good thing.  Issues have to be dealt with when they arise.  Better yet – tackle them when they are [...]

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CADDManager on January 29th, 2014
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Critical Conversations

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Critical ConversationsYou notice something.  Then you become concerned.  Then it becomes an “Issue”.  That is the progression…  but how does it move from one to the next? These are the steps of items evolving beyond annoyance, anomaly or abstraction.  These are the items that have [...]

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CADDManager on January 28th, 2014
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Critical Conversations

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Critical ConversationsWhen CAD concerns continue without being addressed they become CAD “Issues”. Issues should be fairly easy to identify because someone should let you know about it.  That does not always happen and we will discuss that in the next post.  For now, let’s just [...]

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