Autodesk Inc. took the
wraps off its 2012 product family, touting enhancements in key areas such as
modeling, simulation and analysis, visual communications and mobile and Web
connectivity while making it easier for users to access multiple products.
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The Autodesk 2012 design and creation suites each come in
three-tiered editions (Standard, Premium and Ultimate) and from license to
install, are architected to make it easier to get products to work together,
Autodesk officials say. "We've worked hard to create an integrated experience
on both the desktop and the Web," says Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice
president. "We've moved to an integrated software approach to provide a
complete package of tools that matches customers' design objectives."
As part of its Manufacturing Software Portfolio, Autodesk
Product Design Suite
, a complete set of design, visualization and
simulation software that addresses the entire product design workflow. The
standard edition of the suite includes foundational tools for conceptual design
and drafting and presentations, including AutoCAD Mechanical with Inventor
Fusion, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk SketchBook Designer, Autodesk Vault and
Autodesk Mudbox. The Premium version includes those plus Inventor and Autodesk
3ds Max Design for optimized digital prototyping and visualization, and the
Ultimate package pulls in Inventor Professional and Autodesk Alias Design for
advanced surfacing, simulation and tooling.
There are a couple of stand-out additions to the new lineup.
makes its commercial debut following a lengthy
preview on Autodesk Labs
. The technology, which brings together 3-D
modeling ease-of-use and direct modeling, also blends direct and parametric
workflows within a single digital model created in Inventor.† It is now included at no charge as a
companion application to Autodesk Alias Design and Alias Automotive, Autodesk
Inventor, Autodesk Moldflow, Autodesk Simulation and AutoCAD.
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This release also includes new capabilities in the area of
sustainable design resulting from a
partnership announced last year with Granta Designs Ltd.
technology forms the basis of the new Eco Materials Advisor in Inventor 2012,
which helps engineers address sustainable design requirements early in the
process while enabling them to choose materials that minimize environmental impact
without compromise on cost or performance. Autodesk officials said.† Eco Materials Advisor is powered by the
Granta expert materials database and methodology and the software produces
eco-impact reports that help engineers communicate the reasons for the
Accompanying the Product Design Suite, Autodesk also
announced the availability of AutoCAD 2012 and the companion Autodesk Design
Suite 2012, which follows a similar integrated packaging strategy and
three-tiered approach. The upgrade includes an array of enhancements designed
to slash drafting, detailing and design revision time, including more robust
3-D modeling tools for surfacing and conceptual design; enhanced design and
documentation tools for streamlining the documentation process; and improved
overall performance. In addition, the 2012 AutoCAD products and Autodesk Design
Suite 2012 are now directly connected to the free AutoCAD WS web and mobile
application, allowing users to view, edit and share designs with anyone from a
web browser or mobile device.
The new Autodesk 2012 products will ship this quarter.