Here I am at an altitude of 30,000 feet being bored and all it comes when flying and recollecting gathered impressions from this year's Autodesk University in Las Vegas. This was my third AU in the last seven years now and already can begin to consider myself a veteran, but I have to admit that I was once again amazed like the very first time. I always think that I know the magnitude of this event and that I am aware of the size and importance of this gathering, but I every time I got amazed and reminded how great the company is and how it is all overwhelmed. So naturally, I get another level of appreciation for all we do to "imagine, design and create a better world".
I am unaware of the total number of attendees this year but it based on what I have seen in General session I would not be surprised if the number was around 10,000. Regardless, it is not a small thing to gather that many people from all over the world in one place and allow them to be part of this, provide all the logistics, food, entertainment, etc. organize and conduct countless events, meetings, presentations, Install and configure several hundred computers, schedule and coordinate a small army of people who have in any way been involved in the organization and assistance during one such event. This time, I was also part of the small army and I can say that this was (at least from my perspective) a very well organized event. During the preparation and installations to several hundred computers and large numbers of programs, plugins, datasets there are great chances that something will go wrong.
Luckily nothing big had happened and I am sure that even if it did our group lead by Scott Menard would be able to quickly respond. All kudos to our team members: Avto Chachava, David Dembkoski, Royce Abel, Nathan Chandler, Michael Bussiere (empowered by great team from EIS division). Great job guys and it was a privilege being part of the team.
Also it was nice to meet some faces that we do not have the opportunity to put faces to some names of those we have talked over phones, instant messages or e-mails. It was nice of our upper managers who have found time despite busy schedule to have dinner with us and socialize. Basically I'll be back full of beautiful impressions and energized when I get home. We also spent time hanging with our customers and got to hear their opinions and experiences. We saw our former and current colleagues and other people with whom we have been working on joint projects or teams.
So long, until the next following meeting... I'll take this opportunity to remind you about one feature that many of you may know but not many (including me) are using. If you remember in AutoCAD 2014 and its verticals, the new functionality was introduced in the form of drawing tabs that you see on the screen.
A Right-click option possesses not only to create new, or close the drawing but it can save all or close all drawings.