Saturday, February 17, 2007

2008 Autodesk Products Up Close and Personal

More information about the 2008 Autodesk product line continues to rain out of the San Rafael, CA headquartered powerhouse of design software. In addition, many bloggers are beginning to review all the new features of each product which should be publicly available around April. I for one am looking forward to many of the new features in the AutoCAD platform product such as adjustable columns in Mtext, Tables with 2way link to Excel spreadsheets, and unique Layer Properties per Viewport just to name a few.

Click here for more info from the Autodesk Preview 2008 site.

Lets take a look at the product packaging:

Autodesk Platform Products:

AutoCAD-Based Solutions for Architects, Civil, and MEP Engineers:

Revit Platform for Building Information Modeling:

Autodesk Geospatial Solution Suite:

Manufacturing Software Products:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

2008 Autodesk Products Heading Our Way Soon

Once again a new year at Autodesk and their almost ready to introduce their new 2008 product lineup to the public. Recently there have been some other exciting announcements such as Design Review becoming a free product and Home Use Licensing available to Subscription customers as I mentioned in my previous 2 posts. Lynn Allen already is posting information about some of the new features of the new AutoCAD 2008 base product on her blog.

Of course AutoCAD will be their first unveiling with the other desktop verticals coming shortly after. Personally I'm excited to begin working with the much refined and well performing Civil 3D 2008 compared to its predecessor versions. I also look forward to the new features in store for us with Design Review 2008 which you can check out on Scott Sheppard's blog.

If you want to keep updated on the entire 2008 Autodesk product line as its introduced visit the Autodesk 2008 Preview mini-site and sign up to receive e-mail notifications or subscribe to the RSS Feed. Also available is Autodesk formal Press Release describing their global vision for the design software industry.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Home Use Licenses Now Available for Autodesk Subscription Customers

Autodesk Subscription customers can now request home use of Autodesk products for their employees. Home use licenses are governed by an "Ancillary Service Agreement for Home Use" and can be obtained through your Autodesk Subscription Center. All eligible products are listed below:
  • Architectural Desktop
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD LT
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Building Systems
  • Civil 3D
  • Inventor Professional
  • Inventor Series
  • Land Desktop
  • Map
  • 3ds Max
  • Raster Design
  • Revit
  • Revit Series
  • Revit Series Structure
  • Revit Series Systems Plus
  • Revit Structure
  • Survey
  • Viz
Wow, that's a long list! Be sure to check out all the details on the Subscription Center site because the procedures differ for stand alone and network licenses. Now if people could only work from home without interruption and loosing focus on their work we could save commuting time and the expense that comes along with it. Wait, as I mentioned in my last post, Autodesk Design Review is now free so even the markup and review process can take place electronically without any additional cost, makes you think this working from home thing could be a reality after all.

Everyone have fun working from home!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Autodesk Design Review 2007 and Beyond!

Autodesk has decided to trump Bentley which offers their electronic markup tool Redline to SELECT customers for free by giving away Autodesk Design Review 2007 and future versions to the world. I feel this is a huge value Autodesk is providing it's customers because it will allow anyone producing DWF files in their design environment the ability to eliminate paper prints for the purpose of review and markup and now perform those same tasks electronicly without the need to purchase another software package. This could also have a huge impact on what companies currently spend on large format plotting equipment due to reduced volume and media consumption. Granted the Engineers, Architects, and Designers will need to buy into the idea of marking up plans electronically but the fact that Autodesk has made this a free option, it should catch on much faster and at the same time save a few trees. It seems as though Autodesk may have plans to formally introduce Design Review as is free product with the 2008 version due out around April 2007.

I'm looking forward to implementing Autodesk Design Review throughout my company very soon and have been pondering this idea for quite a while. No need to justify the cost to upper management now that it's free. We can concentrate on getting buy-in from all the potential users within our many disciplines to start taking advantage of all its capabilities after a little introduction training. Potentially we could have close to 600 people using Autodesk Design Review in some capacity so the cost savings for us is huge now that it's free!

With a suite of free applications offered such as DWG TrueView, DWG TrueConvert, DWF Writer, DWF Viewer, Inventor View, DWF Toolkit, Project Freewheel, and now Design Review, I get the feeling Autodesk is really trying hard to provide increased value to its customers. My company has been using various flavors of Autodesk products sense the 1980's and I don't see that changing that any time soon. Autodesk has continued to provide innovative tools to efficiently complete designs for our clients. They've always strived to make them perform well and include desired new features by continuiously requesting feedback and allowing customers to be involved during beta testing phases of development.

Keep it coming Autodesk!

Shaan Hurley's Blog Post

Scott Sheppard's Blog Post

How to install Autodesk Design Review 2007 silently

About Autodesk Design Review 2008

Thanks Scott and Shaan for all the great information about the now free Autodesk Design Review!