I was hoping we would celebrate the return to Phil’s outstanding classes this year at AU after his absence last year. But that doesn’t seem likely.
If you’ve ever been to AU and attended Revit classes, you HAVE to know what I’m talking about. I remember my first AU in 2005 and he made a huge impression on me. He inspires positivity in his approach to solving problems/shortfalls/perceived limitations and his classes were the ones that every power user yearned for.
I don’t believe anyone at Autodesk marketing knows about Seth Godin. Their marketing department is redundant and a colossal waste of money. They’re useless. You want to cut costs? There, I just solved one of your major problems; fire the whole department and turn the office space into a game room or something. Let’s make it even clearer: your users are your marketing machine. Sadly, you don’t seem to get it. Too bad.
I don’t necessarily agree with Phil’s views on the Ribbon UI, however I listen to him with big, wide-open ears as I don’t pretend to even measure up against his knowledge and insight. Personally I thought he was a bit aggressive and surprisingly “negative” perhaps in his criticism of the UI. But that’s the beauty of the world we live in: we can speak our mind and agree to disagree. I’m not working in production right now so I cannot express judgment of the new UI based on working experience with the product; I’ve only tested since January and agree on most of the issues outlined with tool placement, etc. If one factors in the increased amount of clicks, then I’d say there’s potential for decreased productivity. But one cannot infer that the productivity hit is linearly related, because we’re not interacting with the tools 100% of the time.
Anyway, I don’t want to delve on this because that’s not why I posted. I just wanted to express my utmost dismay at how this matter was handled. Sure, let someone else handle the Power Track. But reject perfectly legitimate class proposals? That’s as childish, unprofessional and immature of behavior as it gets. How sad.