XBR webinar poll results and recording

Posted by Ken Pimentel, 13 February 2011 7:00 pm

For a second year in a row, we held a public webinar to expose customers to our long-term roadmap plans and discuss some of the details behind our XBR initiative. This year, we had over 800 people attend a series of 3 sessions where we talked in more detail about the UI changes, graphics and simulation efforts.

Poll results

We did run some polls to help us understand if we were doing what you wanted, I think the results are pretty positive (even though a lot of low-level details are missing in our presentation). Out of the 874 attendees, 83% said the webinar was good or very good. 61% believe XBR addresses most or all their concerns and 36% says it addresses some of their concerns. XBR Graphics received 64% (most or all of their concerns), XBR Simulation 54% and XBR UI was 49%. Importantly, our scores for “doesn’t address my concerns” was below 10% across the board – so the vast majority see something valuable in what we’re doing.

Top ten countries:

Just about every country was represented. Great to see such strong interest in Germany, England, Canada, Brazil and Norway. Impressive since us lame Americans don't speak more than one language so we're limited to English for these webinars.

Country Total
US 44.2%
DE 13.3%
GB 12.0%
CA 9.5%
BR 4.1%
NO 3.3%
FR 3.1%
ES 3.0%
SE 2.8%
IT 2.3%
AU 2.3%

Are we providing the right level of information about XBR?
I want more details, even if it takes longer to give them 48%
This level of detail is about right 52%
This was too much detail, I wanted to hear about all the XBR 1%

Overall, how useful was this webinar?
I didn’t get much out of it 3%
It had a little value 15%
It had good value 57%
It was very useful 25%

Overall, what do you think of XBR?
Exactly what I was hoping for 12%
It addresses most of my concerns 49%
It addresses some of my concerns 36%
It doesn’t really address my concerns 3%

What do you think of our Graphics vision?
Exactly what I was hoping for 23%
It addresses most of my concerns 41%
It addresses some of my concerns 30%
It doesn’t really address my concerns 6%

What do you think of our Simulation vision?
Exactly what I was hoping for 15%
It addresses most of my concerns 39%
It addresses some of my concerns 38%
It doesn’t really address my concerns 9%

What do you think of our UI vision?
Exactly what I was hoping for 16%
It addresses most of my concerns 33%
It addresses some of my concerns 42%
It doesn’t really address my concerns 8%

Recording of the webinar

Here is one of the sessions (they were all about the same):


Video clip used in the presentation

We showed a viewport video clip in the presentation, but due to the sharing software we used, the performance was pretty bad. Here is the same video in all of its glory. An Nvidia FX3800 was used to generate this result (in case you were wondering).




Posted 14 February 2011 2:36 am

glad to see some interest from brazil!

regards, ken


Posted 14 February 2011 12:03 pm

Seems i missed quite a bit!

UI portion offered some good ideas but it is still unclear what the general direction is except "we want to change the entire UI". While the UI needs some changes and improvements, many of the UI features simply need an update, the solution is not necessarily their replacement. Uncle Bob is not always angry when you clean up his garage. Sometimes when you understand what you shouldn't touch, really know his work habits and how he goes about doing his work and where he reaches for his tools, you can make him really really happy.

40':47" onwards is my favourite part of the webinar.

Really looking forward to the realisation of the plan for Simulation!! that was fantastic!


Posted 14 February 2011 3:16 pm

strong interest in germany?

us population is around 310million peepz while germany is around 81million. so the interest was about the same. great britain has around 61million humans, so the interest from the uk was actually bigger than from us or de. brazil with 190million and 4,1% is low.

for me, the interesting here is estonia. 1,3million ppl and they're on the list...


Posted 14 February 2011 3:17 pm

is es estonia btw?


Posted 14 February 2011 6:03 pm

ES is typically the abbreviation for Spain, or España in the native spanish.



Posted 16 February 2011 10:02 am

toon shading in the viewport ? what for??

Ken Pimentel

Posted 16 February 2011 4:33 pm

re: toon shading
It is really for Quicksilver, but because they share technology, it was easy to turn it on for the viewport. There are people in AEC that have been asking for something like this and it wasn't really any extra work to do it.

Ken Pimentel

Posted 18 February 2011 12:18 pm

re: MacOS
It's an area of long-term research. We think we see how it would be possible because XBR addresses a bunch of issues (like getting to OpenGL). We also have to figure out the UI (see XBR UI effort in Webinar).

Ken Pimentel

Posted 18 February 2011 12:32 pm

re: OSX
Yes, we did a poll (for the first time) and got all the OSX fans in it. AutoCAD went OSX - which paves the way for others. We're much closer to this goal than we ever have, we're just not announcing anything nor do I want to set expectations too high.


Posted 18 February 2011 12:35 pm

Hi Ken

Did you get my question about the beta portal ?

Ken Pimentel

Posted 18 February 2011 1:00 pm

re: beta
We're sort of past the point you can do any good, if you know what I mean. But email me at ken.pimentel AT autodesk.com


Posted 19 February 2011 5:06 pm

The new Max UI should be able to automatically reset dialog box positions when I switch from one monitor to two and back again. This has always been a problem for laptop use, or multiple computers on a KVM switching. You covered this, but it needs emphasis. Also, having tear-off viewports would be a great help to support multiple cameras and orthographic views on multiple monitors.

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