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September 01, 2009

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Angelina

"Personally I believe that content is king. Whether it is print, email, web or any other medium." I entirely agree on this!

Wrong Island

Hey Deelip, I totally agree with your point. The internet has no (or at least, a very limited) quality control and if bloggers are not as keen over the content of their blogs then they are guilty of propagating ignorance! Be responsible! Thanks for the post!

Jonathan

im wiv u windy, wear ever ye be!

Jonathan - ....hic :-)

temet nosce

content is king - thats what yer thinkin?

I wont dishonor taras blog so im not tellin what just went down my belly but I have heard this xpression a long since.

content. digital content. digital content creation. dcc. oughta be more contradictious in itself than central intelligence. I done dcc long before the germs know what 4d is. einstein did.

is it the content *only* we care about to make or is it real... CONTENT like in "making sense"? tell whats it?

dont you see how youve been bought by the marketeers already?

peeps i beg ye! on y kneees if have to

watch for the WORD. the word is what press is made out of. mr newton knows what im talking bout hes the bible man. "there be lots who tell you Im it. Dont follow them."

always judge them by their fruit. jeez somany buttons this laptop hase would we be seen by medievals wed be burnt as witches

dont get lost. see into whats dcc. yer gonna find out theres a lot of rubbish. The piano was up bout 40 yrs in xistence before a polish composer named Fryderyc Chopin would discover its soul. the stratocaster would exist coupler years befor jimi hendrix would discoveri ts soul and rendering will be on current time longly before anyone discover its soul so dont barf at me bout dcc. ok? coz I mite well be the one to discover its soul.

yours every µsecond
wind
(geez this 54 rum strong)

temet nosce

content is king - thats what yer thinkin?

I wont dishonor taras blog so im not tellin what just went down my belly but I have heard this xpression a long since.

content. digital content. digital content creation. dcc. oughta be more contradictious in itself than central intelligence. I done dcc long before the germs know what 4d is. einstein did.

is it the content *only* we care about to make or is it real... CONTENT like in "making sense"? tell whats it?

dont you see how youve been bought by the marketeers already?

peeps i beg ye! on y kneees if have to

watch for the WORD. the word is what press is made out of. mr newton knows what im talking bout hes the bible man. "there be lots who tell you Im it. Dont follow them."

always judge them by their fruit. jeez somany buttons this laptop hase would we be seen by medievals wed be burnt as witches

dont get lost. see into whats dcc. yer gonna find out theres a lot of rubbish. The piano was up bout 40 yrs in xistence before a polish composer named Fryderyc Chopin would discover its soul. the stratocaster would exist coupler years befor jimi hendrix would discoveri ts soul and rendering will be on current time longly before anyone discover its soul so dont barf at me bout dcc. ok? coz I mite well be the one to discover its soul.

yours every µsecond
wind
(geez this 54 rum strong)

Temet

Yeah, the cad press is dead and may ye rest in hell. hav been bord long enough by ye!

Im grateful that you asked the question roopinder tara coz i always saw something mite special in your serious indish-like face and Im happy i was rite. luv you my man :)

(kinda drunk here cues the typis. had to be done allergy against bullshit)

some press brags about being "in touch" with the brass, and being the first ones a.s.o. love yourselves I barf you! I think this is the death bell ringing for every real PRESS! peeps. dont you have got any ... something?

how bout bein factual?

you shouldnt arrange, you shouldnt meddle you shouldnt take advantage of sth, coz this the way go south for serious press. let them invite you let them pay for your expenses let them dope honey round yer beards but always keep yer distance otherwise yer be in their pockets thats what you are (spoiler: they want you too bloggers cant you tell)

btw bloggers the difference between you and "professional press" the press is (or oughta be) thrivin on facts less feelings but this is blurrin too

so. hope to have cut eryones head of for good so you can start to live again.

poa: ye now the coyotes? Theyre real individuals but if need be theyll pack together. think about it!

Best to y'all
Wind

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The CAD press is dead, but long live the CAD press.

Bloggers are morphing into the “traditional” press because as Deelip observed and many seconded is "content is king." Any boob can start a blog, but few are really good at it. This writer, dear reader, is as Exhibit A on the latter.

Kenneth Wong is spot on. The people out there doing the leg work, thinking rather than emoting, and informing and entertaining readers by writing well have and will bubble up to the top. The audience will sort the wheat from the chaff just as audiences do with movies, fast food joints, pop music, politicians, and whatever. That's human nature.

Technologically, the hard copy press is caught between the past and the future. Paper, mailing costs, and lead-times are the killers in our instant-on, tell me now world. I'll spare you a diatribe on the web. Instead, I suggest that technologies like, say, Kindle are the medium for today's hard-copy providers to reassert themselves tomorrow because it's kind of like hard copy – a delivery mode more harmonious with their life's experience than this web thing.

The Kindle's prohibitive unit cost is a problem and, frankly, current technology is at its ugly duckling stage. More importantly, however is that today's 3-year olds are not yet demographically a critical mass of 30-somethings naturally interacting with Kindle-like technology in the same way that flabby 50-something dinosaurs such as I happen to be with hard copy or a rotary phone.

These transitional states will pass. The traditional press that survives will re-engineer itself to leverage the flexibility of a Kindle-like mechanism. While evolution doeth its thing, an entire generation of bloggers are paying their dues and learning the craft of being a good content maker. Those bloggers surviving that natural selection process will be those who make king content. (Later they become dinosaurs, but that's another outburst.) The two will converge.

As for making money doing it today and in the future: Advertising abhors a vacuum. The Marketing market has begun its sort of the blogosphere. Witness the SolidWorks event mentioned earlier. I have a hunch that event was the Big Bang of the new CAD press universe.

Brian Benton

Is the CAD Press dead? In print? Yes, but it is unfortunate. The issue is that there are fewer CAD Professionals in the market than there used to be. There was a time when we were known as Drafters, then came CAD. People were called board or CAD Drafters. Soon there were only CAD Drafters, essentially. CAD became more powerful and more automated. It took less CAD operators to create construction drawings. This meant that Professionals could do more of the drawing themselves. Since there are fewer workers in an industry, there is a smaller need for print materials serving that market. Add to that the internet with instant information and blogging, and a recipe for instant content by users for users is created.
That content is created on the fly, at lunch time, on a break, or simply on a whim. There is no criteria to meet, no advertisers to cow-tow to, no editors or owners to keep happy. Bloggers simply write what they feel, when they feel it. This has created a breeding ground for large amounts of CAD content.
There is a need for Printed CAD Press. Books, training manuals, class handouts, and software manuals are still needed. Individual bloggers typically do not have the means to produce large data bases of information that users can glean from, where as magazines have the means to provide this type of service. That may change in the future if the day of the personal home server ever happens.
There is enough need for instruction in the software because it has become so widely used across the world and it has become so complex. Each release increases the complexity of CAD and its abilities. Instant blogs may be the only way for users to keep up with the ever growing technology.

Nancy Johnson, Cadalyst

There's no question that content is king, that every content provider needs a niche, or that there's room for everyone – or at least everyone who does content well. When one of us does something well, it challenges another to do it better. What's wrong with that?

There's also no question that traditional media has had to redefine itself to survive, and we'll continue to do so. But this is true in all facets of any market, whether you're talking about media or toothpaste, and it doesn't signal impending death. No doubt there will come a time when today's bloggers and tweeters will have to adapt to new technology as well.

Many SolidWorks bloggers do a great job of delivering expert, passionate content to other existing users. (This content can help SolidWorks sell copies of v2010 to users of v2009.) Cadalyst and other more traditional media usually take a broader approach. We provide information that serves 2D and 3D users -- or in the case of Develop3D, users of various 3D tools. (This content and the audience it attracts can help a company such as SolidWorks reach the 50% to 75% or more of the market that is still facing the decision to move to 3D and whether to choose Inventor, SolidWorks, TurboCAD, etc. -- or to convince an Inventor user to make the switch.) Is one approach inherently better than the other? No. Each is a niche with its own benefits and drawbacks for the reader and the vendor. Savvy readers and savvy marketers will determine who is successful because they will support those who deliver what they need.

So how about we all just pull on our big kid britches and stop writing eulogies and being offensive/defensive so we can get back to doing what we're here to do?

By the way, Kenneth Wong, you are always amazing in your insight and level-headedness, and Curt Moreno, you are nearly mesmerizing with your keen observations and – I would say – prose. The CAD community is richer for your contributions.

Jeff Waters

Yep, I love the fact that there are so many bloggers out there reporting their opinions passionately. I certainly allow plenty of leeway for poor writing skills if the passion and integrity is there.

There are issues of favoritism and payola (er, advertising) to take into account... but I'd argue that's the same for any form of traditional media.

I think one of the more important aspects of blogging that mainstream media needs to think about is 2 way communication. Every blog post (such as this one) invites open discussion. Participitory media is where it's at...

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