I really dislike continuing this discussion, but it kind of supersedes everything else. “CAD” development has been short circuited and hijacked by cloud development that doesn’t offer any real benefits. Especially when it seems so clear to most of us that we won’t use it. Yet, it’s the direction that Bernard Charles has vowed to take, and seems to be robbing most of us of other development that we would much prefer to see.
Anyway. It turns out that with all the cloud stuff Autodesk is also up to, AutoCAD users are also concerned about the same things SolidWorks users are concerned about. Steve Johnson over at Blog Nauseam has a way with pointing out the ridiculous that I rather admire. His latest post is on the Terms of Service he had to agree to to be able to use the Autodesk cloud stuff. Head over to Blog Nauseam to read his translation from legalese into stuff we can all understand.
Even if every other argument CAD users are making against the cloud were 100% wrong, the terms of service of using the Autodesk cloud would be enough to prevent any engineering manager with a brain from using it for production data. I mean, it’s a no brainer to not use it. They won’t take responsibility for your data, and they can use it in any way they see fit.