|Submitted by jestin on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 23:18.|
Today we finished LandSketch, Eagle Point's subdivision conceptual design software. I have been working on it since about May, and this has felt like a long time coming. We have all the features we said we would have at the start of the project, and we finished when we said we would, give or take a week. No doubt about it; this was a triumph!
Without trying to sound too fanboyish about my own company, I have to say that I think this product is great. A user can design a decent looking subdivision in less than half an hour, and make several alternatives to compare against each other. They can all be submitted to whatever overseeing bodies need to decide on such things, and they can all be viewed with the program, with a CAD utility, or even with Google Earth. When the best is selected, all the data can be brought into a more traditional CAD system where the details can be ironed out, and the practical aspects be added in (like sewers). All in all, it's brilliant software. See for yourself.
Now that this project has come to a close, it makes my near future a little more unpredictable. For the past few months, my life at work has revolved around writing this specific product. While we are still going to be in a maintenance mode for a while, and I'm sure it will keep me busy enough, there is probably going to be a lot less direction in my work. When you are working towards a set of specific features to be completed by a specific date, there is very little question to what you do with your time. Seeing as nothing I will be doing in the foreseeable will be nearly as specific, it makes work more difficult, especially when working from home.
Still, I look forward to the approaching calm (if it really stays calm, that is), and plan to use it as wisely as I can. Last time I was in between projects, I found time to explore Eagle Point's old suite of desktop applications that were written long before I worked there. I found that to be beneficial,so maybe I can do something similar this time around. The point is, there are options, and time between projects does not have to be wasted.
Well, no matter what becomes of my work days the next few weeks, here's to Eagle Point LandSketch, and it's success despite the down market.