I have just read Joe Croser's article about Autodesk's enforced retirement policy (AJ 22.1.04) and agree strongly with his comments. I am an architectural technologist working in local government, and in the last eight years I have had to cope with two major upgrades - R13AEC to R14AEC, and R14AEC to ADT.
I have complained bitterly to AutoDesk as I was just getting to understand all the complexities of AEC when I was told to upgrade to ADT, as AEC would soon become a dead product.
The amount of expense and disruption in new software and retraining is wholly excessive, and when you are under pressure to produce drawings for clients, it's a nightmare.
R14AEC would have lasted me a lifetime. You never had upgrades when drawing boards were used. If I ever went selfemployed I would go for a simple CAD package that did not need frequent upgrades and accept the fact that I would not be able to exchange drawings with other CAD users.
Robert Aspey, via email