October 23, 2006 3:38 PM PDT

Autodesk rushes out IE 7 compatibility fix

Autodesk plans to release a patch for two products that aim to remedy compatibility problems with Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7.

The "hotfix," or patch targeting a specific issue, will be issued for Autodesk Design Review 2007 and Autodesk DWF Viewer 7.0 later this week, said Jennifer Toton, a spokeswoman for Autodesk. The applications are for viewing and printing 2D and 3D designs in the Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF).

"We have been working with Microsoft and had a service pack planned to release on Nov. 7," Toton said Monday. "We didn't think the IE 7 issue was that significant for our customers, and we thought the delay would be fine."

Some Autodesk users had complained that their Web sites that include DWF files no longer worked in IE 7. Microsoft made the IE 7 update available for download last week and plans to push it out to users of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 next month. IE 7 is the first major new version of Microsoft's Web browser software in about five years.

DWF Viewer is a free application that has been downloaded 11 million times, according to Autodesk. Design Review is a premium version of DWF Viewer that adds features such as annotations.

Microsoft had warned of compatibility issues and released several trial versions of IE 7 prior to the final version so that Web administrators and software companies could prepare, a representative for the software giant said last week. The Autodesk problem is one of the minor issues that have surfaced so far with the new browser, the representative said.

A beta, or test, version of the Autodesk fix is available via the blog of one of the company's employees. The final version is slated for later this week, after some more vetting, Toton said. The patch will also be included in Autodesk's service pack update, which is still slated for November, she said.

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Time and again Microsoft history repeats itself too often
It started with the upgrade from Win95 to Win98.

Then it was followed with the upgrade from Win98 to Win98SE.

Then it happened again when people started to move from previous versions to WinNT v3.50 and all of it's Service Releases and Service Patches.

And the same thing happened when WinNT v4.0 was released and all of it's Service Releases and Service Patches.

It was later followed by Microsoft's release of WinME and Win2000 and WinXP.

It also occurred when Microsoft upgraded their IE v3.x to v4.x and then to v5.x followed by v6.x and now v7.x.

But STUPID users around the world continue to use Microsoft's v0.0 Release even though it's been proven time and again and again and again and again and again and AGAIN AND AGAIN that v0.0 is always buggered to the max and there are always compatibility issues with their first release!!!

But they complain that this and that and the other doesn't work because they started using the new v0.0 software before it's been fully debugged because Microsoft released it before it was debugged.

Microsoft Zombies... (* ROFLOL *)

The Microsoft beta testers whom all work for Microsoft for free!!!

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