Autodesk's external pr firm sent me a copy of Inventor 2008, and -- like Roopinder Tara of CAD Insider last year with SolidWorks -- I finally took it off the shelf to install it.
The software came in a large black box with a bonus wireless mouse (stopped working the second day) and USB hub. Perhaps, I mused, these were part of the tutorials.
The box contained Getting Started, a paperback book. This, I knew instinctively, was where I would learn how to install Inventor. I knew the software had some pretty steep hardware demands, what with approved and mildly-disapproved graphics boards, and who knows what else.
Paging through the booklet, I found "Introducing Autodesk Inventor," and "Creating Sketches," and-- But nothing on installing it. Hmm. On my own then. I opened the CD case to find two DVDs. There was familiar-sounding software listed by name on the discs:
1. AutoCAD Mechanical 2008
2. Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008
3. Autodesk Vault 2008
Oh, yes, also Autodesk Inventor. Later, during installation, lots more software gets installed, I found. Why, that much software is easily worth five or six thousand dollars.
In with the DVDs was another booklet: Plan Your Install. That's more like it. I paged through it. "License Types and Usage," "Content Center," "Autodesk Productstream and Autodesk Vault." Oh, here we are: page 19: "Installation Process."
And a few pages later, "System Requirements":
For each product you plan to install, review the system requirements. If your systems do not meet the requirements, problems can occur during installation.
That's all? What are the system requirements?
I tried the install anyhow, not knowing if my six-year-old desktop computer was up to the task. I inserted DVD 1 and ran setup. A lot of waiting, but otherwise everything went fine until the license page. I click I agree, but the installer complains, "Cannot find license," and then quits.
Well, try again another day.