RTC is clever in putting the food -- breakfast, morning and afternoon "tea," and lunch -- in the exhibit hall. This "forces" attendees to hang out among the booths.
IMSI/design had asked me to stop at their booth to see version 1.3 released last week. Here are the highlights I took away from the demo:
- List price remains at $999. is reduced from $999 to $499. It always was $499 for a "limited" time, but now the price cut is permanent. This allows IMSI/design further drives the "special" pricing down to $299 at this event.
- New link to Revit, timely for this conference. How this works: a new plugin for Revit reads all the content of a .tap file (a ZIP holding all the data output by TurboSite), and then displays it in Revit. The drawing is displayed as a DWF and cannot be edited. The links, like photos and videos, can be viewed in a window that opens in Revit. IMSI/design says they plan to make the link bi-di eventually.
- Customized report generator produces a PDF with an introduction, base plans, photos, embedded videos, and audio clips. We can customize (on PC, not iPad) the content of the report. Because the iPad knows our location, it can grab the local weather conditions and stick them into the report.
Finally, there is a new "executive" edition (I think it is called) that gives us greater flexibility in obtaining TurboSite (hint: not through Apple Store and their 30% take of the price).
IMSI/Design sees the benefit of adapting TurboSite to areas other than building sites. An obvious one would be collecting data at disasters, such as last week's plane crash at SFO and the damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Well, it is the end of the conference for today, and I will be back blogging some more tomorrow. Until then, here is another photograph taken at the Coal Harbour area near the hotel.