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Celebrating AutoCAD: It’s Been a Great Month

Lynn Allen
April 13, 2017

This year marks 35 years since AutoCAD first started – can you believe it? I sure can’t. You may have seen Shaan’s recent recaps of how Autodesk is going about celebrating and in case you missed it, we are also highlighting some of the next generation of AutoCAD designers with our 35 Under 35 Young Designers list.

March also marked the launch of AutoCAD 2018. To celebrate the occasion as well as some incredible design work by our AutoCAD customers, we hosted an event in the Bay Area with some of our most influential AutoCAD personalities (many of whom, coincidentally, have also become good friends of mine over the years). The day at our Autodesk One Market office in San Francisco included a Gallery tour, followed by an up close and personal overview of the exciting new features introduced in AutoCAD 2018 by the AutoCAD product team, as well as a glimpse into future using the AutoCAD crystal ball. Spoiler alert: The road ahead promises great things!

We were fortunate to have some back-and-forth dialog with the AutoCAD product team during lunch, after which we headed over to the amazing Autodesk space on San Francisco’s Pier 9 for a guided tour. As you can see below, Heidi Hewett enjoyed a little ad-hoc ziplining (with a little push from yours truly).

Celebrating AutoCAD: Heidi Ziplining

After Pier 9, we boarded a bus to one of my favorite wineries, Silver Oak (in Northern California’s famed Napa Valley) to hear from a couple of AutoCAD customers who used our software to make the vineyard LEED Platinum certified! Shout out to Andy Souza from TEP Engineering, and James Munden from Marta Fry Landscape Associates — thank you!

The AutoCAD marketing team worked hard to pull this amazing Influencer Day together, and here’s a pic of some of them getting some well-deserved downtime at Silver Oak Vineyard at the end of this long but very productive and exciting day. 

Celebrating AutoCAD: Marketing team at Silver Oak

I had a ball hosting this event and am even more thrilled to be able to share what we did with all of you!

Looking forward to many more reasons to celebrate AutoCAD in 2018 – including your great design work. We’re always interested to learn about how our customers are using AutoCAD in new and creative ways so please don’t hesitate to tell us about your cool project by leaving a comment below.

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Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos –“Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen”. Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University®. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.

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