Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Versions

Hard to believe that it is already the middle of February.  It seems like Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago and now it's tax time.  So what is happening these days?  In the CADD world Bentley has released MicroStation V8i and Autodesk just released AutoCad 2010.  So everyone has good bit of updating and testing to do.  It looks like AutoCAD 2010 adds some new features but continues on with most of the 2009 interface in tack. 

Likewise MicroStation V8i continues the interface enhancements from MicroStation XM.  This will cause a lot of state DOTs some problems since I would say the majority of them are still using MicroStation V8.  So those moving to V8i over the next year are going to have their hands full.  Learning the XM interface and the V8i enhancements.  Hopefully the gains will be worth the pain. 

Likewise, GEOPAK users will also have the addition of the InRoads roadway modeler to GEOPAK to deal with.  Which while it will cause a bit of a workflow change but I think most people with find it a worthwhile one (guess templates won out in the end).

At least we won't have to worry about a new operating system introduction for a while.