According to assumptions of James Fee, in his non-popular blog, AutoDesk is about to announce a new alternative in GIS applications, and although it does not reveal its source, it seems that AutoDesk will announce it soon ... although it is surely a joke of the famous day " April Fool's Day. "
Smoking the current, this makes us suppose several things, it is ruled out that AutoDesk thinks to come out with a play like when he launched with Land, wanting to kill Civil Sourvey. Some have argued it because in the latest version of Civil 3D, almost all of the AutoCAD Map functionalities have been merged between what was previously Softdesk (Civil Sourvey) and AutoCAD Map.
The smoking of the proposal is that AutoDesk plans to create a super package that summarizes the features of Geoengineering, including Land Desktop, Map 3D, Civil 3D and MapGuide, all under the AutoCAD 2009 environment and shortening its name to what it calls AutoGIS Max and with Smurf services.
At the end of the road, the struggle between AutoDesk to gain ground in the Geospatial field is serious, especially now that the development platforms and robustness of equipment have managed to grow and prices are lower every day, eye! I said platforms and equipment, no products. ESRI may not have intentions in the field of Engineering or Architecture, they have it well earned AutoDesk and Bentley, both with different strategic models but very well supported for almost three decades, at least in our western environment.
Here the assertions of the mysterious source of James Fee, translated into the version of our Hispanic caliche:
With much pride AutoDesk announces the launch of AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS Max, a new desktop GIS tool built on the stable AutoCAD 2009 platform. AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS Max incorporates all the features of AutoCAD Land Desktopment and Civil Map 3D, but with a shorter name ... Good or what could be.
Users will not only have access to the previous features of AutoCAD Land Desktop / Civil Map 3D but also announce that AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS Max it has the new particularity of "Multiuser environment on demand", known as SMURFS that will allow to communicate directly with the users for a feedback process, facilitating that the GIS features are incorporated as they are implemented ... over the next decade ... AutoDesk will incorporate an icon of a blue smurf? (Smurf could mean Smurf) to familiarize users with the available GIS features.
AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS Max it will also have a plug-in to AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS MapGuide Extreme Web 2.0, a cutting edge of internet mapping services. Based on MapGuide, which has been developed with the help of the open source community, to whom we extend our thanks for the many hours of free work, We sincerely appreciate your efforts. AutoCAD 2009 AutoGIS / MapGuide Extreme Web 2.0 It will also allow the visualization of drawings on platforms developed under the 2.0 Web environment
The future of the desktop interacting with web mapping is here, come and enjoy it.
Well, a good joke from James Fee, and since he's done it on the low-key blog he hasn't gotten a lot of comments yet, we'll see if he dares to announce it there too. If that is what we understand, AutoCAD got tired of having many tools and now wants to make a megaprogram in fashion "All included, take it or leave it, or take what you occupy ... jolin"And how about it is not a joke!
Any suggestions on how much this wonder can cost? Let's add:
+ AutoCAD 2009 $ 3,995
+ Map3D $ 5,295
+ Civil 3D $ 7,495
+ Map Guide $ 495
+ The Smurf logo. $ 495
Total: $ 17,775 but for being a special user, do not pirate it will leave you at the modest price of ...