- Upgrade Visual LISP IDE (VLIDE) to have a more modern interface and license OpenDCL to make it on par with VBA for dialog design. (2003)
- Restore network licensing for AutoCAD LT (2004)
- Standardize on ONE format for all software updates (preferrably .MSP) (2009)
- Standardize the Network Deployment wizard to make nothing but MSI components, no stupid .exe (yes, I'm talking about FARO). (2009)
- Fix the .NET 4 and DirectX silent install problem when pushing a network deployment through Configuration Manager advertisements. (2009)
- Include the NetBIOS name of computers that register standalone activation when sending the e-mails to the contract license owner (help customers nail thieves on their own) (2005)
- Figure out what to do with Raster Design. Some customers deploy it with AutoCAD, Mechanical, Map 3D, and so on. The licensing gets confusing at times. (2008)
- Buy Vital LISP from Basis Software and replace AutoLISP with it (they were already closing the deal when I suggested it, so I was late to the party on that one) (1997)
- Merge Mechanical Desktop with Inventor or just kill MDT and keep Inventor but make your mind up! (again, they were already executing the plan before I thought this up, although they took their time finishing up) (2000)
- No more spread-out AU locations per year, do it in one location (1998, Boston, horrible)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
If This Were a Perfect World...
I tried to get my voice heard by Autodesk for much of the period between 1996 and 2006, but eventually I just gave up. I'm not trying to badmouth them or anything. The reason is simple: they're just too big to hear a tiny squeak anymore. I was going through some old e-mails and notes from discussions I had with AE's at Autodesk University in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2004 (the last year I attended). Here's a summary of ideas I put forth into the vacuum of space...