Autodesk Tag

Head any good tech news lately? Smoke is changing.  Everything. <2017: link is dead> Smoke has had a long and illustrious career, but for many years was only available to those with deep pockets - and a willingness to use Linux.  Several years ago Smoke for Mac (or as we call it, "SMac") was released, and although it lacked some of the features it's Linux big brother had, it gave many users the opportunity to begin the foray into high end finishing.  At $14,999, it enticed many users.  What the low price hid, however, was that a complete system that met the basic requirements - and gave you a pleasurable post experience, bumped the total price up to $30,00 or more. So, at NAB 2012, Autodesk announced an update to their Smoke software application with a few big massive selling points:
Once a year, us posties flock to our mecca, and plant ourselves within the bowels of sin city to suckle from the geek teet, and bask in all it's acronym run glory.  We spend too much on cheap food.  We spend way more on alcohol, and desperately try and find which one of the vendors will have the best afterparty.  Walking each hall and floor tenderizes our feet as if Rocky Balboa was in training.  We hoard swag in the several free branded bags slung over both shoulders.  We shout over the tens of thousands of other people asking the same questions, and demand specifications about balsawood products that won't ship until next year.  We play business card roulette and find out who is where.  We reminisce about older, bulkier and more expensive technological solutions, the same way we'll chuckle over this years offerings in 10 years.
Thousands of vendors, and hundreds of thousands of square feet later, I am back in SoCal, with some highlights from the 2009 NAB convention.