This is fabulous news...now you can try AutoCAD 2006 for yourself and take it for a spin! Simply go to AutoCAD 2006 30 day trial download and give it a go! (Sorry - United States and Canada only). Do realize that we're talking about a 400mb download though...so it could take awhile! You'll need 400mb for the download file, 600 mb for the temporary files that are created in your Temp folder and another 500mb for the actual installation of AutoCAD 2006. After you've installed AutoCAD 2006 you can delete the download file if you like. It's a full-fledged version of AutoCAD - but only good for 30 days. At the stroke of midnight on the 30th day it will be turned back into a pumpkin (perhaps I'm getting my stories mixed up here - Cinderella-CAD?). If you prefer a trial cd you can also order it on the same link.
I've had the opportunity to visit two customer sites in the past two weeks...the first customer was this amazing ship building company about an hour outside of Amsterdam called Royal Huisman. I had such a wonderful time with them - they had just upgraded from AutoCAD 2002 and needed a crash course on all the features that had been added since then.
They took me on a fabulous tour of their facility and I had the opportunity to see one of their latest creations in the making. What an amazing boat - my goodness! Apparently each one costs many many millions and is custom made to the clients desires. The picture below is of their latest creation which is well on its way to being finished. I couldn't believe how posh it looked on the inside (I can only dream!).
The highlight of my time with Royal Huisman, however, was solving the issue of too much light in the room (too difficult to see the projected image). The engineer came out in everyone (or the MacGyver) and they cleverly taped cardboard over the windows. Here's a picture of the gang (sorry for the glamour shot Lambertus!)
They were so kind to me - even presented me with a wonderful bottle of Champagne and a book of some of their amazing accomplishments. Thank you so much!
I had some animal drama today...somehow a poor cat accidentally got his foot caught in a truck window and was dangling for heaven knows how long crying its poor heart out. My daughter came across the poor creature as she was leaving for work...so I ran out of the house (bathrobe and all) and between the two of us we were able to get the leg out. The cries of the cat were so pathetic my heart was nearly broken by the time we were able to free it. We called the local humane society (with a strict no-kill policy - as they all should have!) and they promised me they'd take the sweet cat straight to an emergency vet for immediate care. I posted signs all over the neighborhood in hopes of finding the owner...if no one claims him he's coming back home to me. He was such a great trooper through it all...such a sweetheart. He was beautifully taken care of (though no collar) so I'm sure he has a family who loves him. I snapped a picture of the adorable cat before they took him away...