This past Friday night, at around 10:00pm EDT, Anthony Govenanti, Autodesk ISD Technical Marketing Manager, posted in the Civil 3D discussion group the fact that the Civil 3D Tutorials are available in a PDF file.
From the "Help" menu > "Tutorials" we will find the link to the 244 page Civil 3D Tutorials PDF.
This got me thinking about two things. Firstly, how many other PDFs are available in the box? A quick search turned up the following 16 PDFs:
Civil_3D_GSG.pdf -- Getting Started Guide (150 Pages)
acad_nag.pdf -- Network Administrator's Guide (126 Pages)
acad_sig.pdf -- Stand-Alone Installation Guide (52 Pages)
acmaparxdev.pdf -- ObjectARX Developer's Guide (title page only)
ADMS_Implementaion_Guide_5.pdf -- Vault Implementation Guide (80 Pages)
adsk_nlg.pdf -- Network Licensing Guide (56 Pages)
adsk_slg.pdf -- Stand-Alone Licensing Guide (18 Pages)
best_practices.pdf -- Best Practices for Managing Geospatial Data (120 Pages)
3C3DStockSubassemblyHelp.pdf -- Subassembly Referece Guide (414 Pages)
civil_tut.pdf -- Civil 3D Tutorials (244 Pages)
civil_ug.pdf -- Civil 3D User's Guide (2716 Pages) This is no typo
FDG_FDODevGuide.pdf -- FDO Devloper's Guide (324 Pages)
FET_TheEssentialFDO.pdf -- The Essential FDO (56 Pages)
Managing_Your_Data_5.pdf -- Managing Your Data for Auodesk Civil 3D (38 Pages)
map2007_tutorials.pdf -- Map 3D Tutorials (76 Pages)
map_ug.pdf -- Map 3D User's Guide (1466 Pages) Yep, that's right
My second thought was... why is one of the Civil 3D world's biggest rockstars -someone with his own fan club- posting at that hour on a Friday night. Surely he could be hanging with his groupies or something.
We may never know. But something good came of it, and for that I thank him.