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11 Top iPad Engineering Apps
11/28/2011

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This native viewer for the ubiquitous DWG CAD file format supports both 2D and 3D renditions. Usability features include pan and zoom. Files can be accessed via ftp or Dropbox. $3.99. Go here.
This native viewer for the ubiquitous DWG CAD file format supports both 2D and 3D renditions. Usability features include pan and zoom. Files can be accessed via ftp or Dropbox. $3.99. Go here.

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Rob Spiegel
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Many of these apps are free
Rob Spiegel   11/28/2011 1:29:22 PM
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Nice slide show, Alex. Quite a range of apps, and it seems Siemens is particularly advanced in mobile apps. It's also encouraging that many of these companies are providing their apps at no charge. That's is a no-brainer, since customers are already spending considerable sums for the technology.

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Top iPad Engineering Apps
Jack Rupert, PE   11/28/2011 1:56:44 PM
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Thanks for posting, Alex.  While I'm not quite ready to join the ranks of the daily iPad users, it's good to know that companies are starting to offer some useful apps for when you're on the road.

Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe   11/28/2011 2:15:49 PM
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Thanks, Jack.  It's interesting to me that, utlities excepted, many of these iPad apps are adjuncts to the real thing, rather than full-blown, standalone programs. I think that's a function of the data-entry limitations of the tablet form-factor.

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ken.booth   11/28/2011 5:06:09 PM
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Thanks for starting this list, Alex. How about one for Android tablets? I think they are likely to be popular amongst Engineers - I'm getting one.

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Tim   11/28/2011 9:38:46 PM
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I can definitely see usefulness of the Autodesk App for production floor use of CAD drawings.  A lot of times it would be nice to have a good viewer for drawings that can be brought to meetings or to the production line.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/29/2011 1:39:57 AM
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I have to agree. Running any CAD routine, the bigger the screen you have, the easier it is to truly develop your design solution.  As a design engineer its more necessity than luxury when designing on a 42” flat screen, or at least two adjacent screens.  I just wouldn’t be comfortable driving a little tablet as my tool of choice, unless using it for just the processor then augmenting it with a larger display. Then I could always use my pocket-folding Targus QWERTY keypad I’ve had since 2001. Gotta have a keyboard.

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Beth Stackpole   11/29/2011 6:27:42 AM
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Alex: I think the whole key to making the mobile platform successful is to figure out where the mobility equation fits in with the way engineers work--be it, on the road for design reviews with customers or going home at night and needing to finish a simulation--and creating apps to meet those specific needs. Given the significant graphics rendering and performance requirements of full-blown CAD modeling or simulation tools, I don't think any one is expecting the full tool to translate to the more limited processing and screen real estate of a mobile tablet or smart phone. There would be too many tradeoffs and it wouldn't fill a need--rather, it would just be pursuing technology for technology's sake.

Autodesk actually has the largest selection of mobile apps thus far and is taking the platform really seriously, particularly for its AEC segment.

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Alexander Wolfe   11/29/2011 9:22:55 AM
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As you noted, Beth, I've just mentioned one Autodesk mobile app, whereas there are actually more. Same deal with the other vendors. This is a starter list and I'll go with the suggestions to broaden and also to include Android in future iterations.

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   11/29/2011 9:30:05 AM
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Well noted, Alex. And as far as Android goes, most companies are definitely planning to release for Android as well. Typically it's first up for Apple iOS and then Android follows in fairly short order.

Stuart21
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Get out of the dark ages!
Stuart21   11/29/2011 9:32:38 AM
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Wot no iCircuit?

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