Surprise, Surprise, Surprise ... Autodesk Guts Google Earth From AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013
In working with the newly released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, it surprised me to find out that Autodesk gutted Google Earth functionality from this latest C3D version. After not finding the formerly available Google Earth commands in the Import Panel on the Ribbon Insert Tab, I searched on Google for an explanation (ironic, isn't it?).
What I found was the following Autodesk forum post by an AutoCAD Civil 3D Senior Product Manager:
While I'm not thrilled by getting an explanation that Google Earth utilities are not included in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, and I'm happy to know that Autodesk will post any potential announcements (if any) on "various channels including Autodesk Labs, Facebook, Blogs and the Civil 3D Discussion Group", it's not as effective and open as an explanation clearly posted on the Autodesk, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Product Page!
Watch the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Guts Google Earth Video
What's Your Opinion Regarding Autodesk Gutting Google Earth in AutoCADCivil 3D 2013?
So I ask you the following questions (please leave your comments below):
- Should Autodesk have been clearer in letting subscription purchasers and new purchasers of AutoCAD Civil 3D know that Google Earth functionality is not included in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013?
- Did you use Google Earth data in earlier AutoCAD Civil 3D releases and will miss this functionality?
- Or, could you care less, as you rarely if ever used Google Earth data?