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September 09, 2008



From SIGGRAPH's piont of view, I can see their concern: today anyone can start a free blog in order to get special treatment at events.

The same problem occurred a decade ago, when shows were not keen to give press credentials to just "anyone" who could pull out a laser-printed newsletter from their briefcase.

The job of marketing is to track who is a "real" journalist who spends time tracking the industry, and who is an unsuitable wanna-be.

Jon Banquer

I think it's unfortunate that someone like you is affected by what's going on at present.

SolidWorks bloggers have shown the don't deserve to be treated as press.

For sure, SolidWorks bloggers are not really press but rather shills many of whom get special treatment from SolidWorks Corp. for pushing SolidWorks on their blogs.

I’ve raised this very issue on Ralph’s WorldCAD Access.

It's a sad state of affairs that SolidWorks Corp. started with their blogging crew who won’t dare report on how bad SolidWorks really is at easily letting a user modify non-native solids or giving a SolidWorks user the tools to understand the design intent of a SolidWorks model they didn't create.

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA

Shaan Hurley

Of course this is my own opinion based on blogging 5 years and watching blogging grow from a niche to widespread thing in the CAD world. Autodesk has always and will continue to respect bloggers and their efforts most on their own time. With respect to Autodesk related bloggers they are grass roots without any compensation, blog hosting, candy, travel, or anything tasngible other than our respect for them and reading them as they are product users for the most part. They are great to know what we at Autodesk are doing right and what we could improve.

Autodesk is holding a blogger reception at Autodesk University 2008 this year (http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/2008/09/attention-blogg.html) but still treating the press to a special tailored relationship and track at the event as they are journalist/press and report and write for a living.


Matt Lombard

Don't worry, the CAD companies are going to start taking their turn at filtering bloggers soon enough. I think they embraced something without quite understanding it.

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