Autodesk Accelerates Design and Visualization with New Design Suite Family

Some breaking news for you!

Autodesk have created a new set of suites combining some of their best software apps in the one package.

There are 3 suites:

* Autodesk Design Suite
* Autodesk Factory Suite
* Autodesk Plant Design Suite

The Autodesk press release runs as follows:
San Rafael, Calif., June 23, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, unveiled a family of software suites for visual, factory and plant design. The new suites will offer increased functionality, interoperability and provide users with a superior user experience through a simpler, more cost-effective purchasing and deployment process.

“The design suites make it much easier for Autodesk customers to accelerate their design processes and benefit from the wide range of Autodesk design, visualization and simulation technologies,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers will also benefit from increased interoperability and productivity through access to new features and web services that will only be available as part of the design suite family.”

The suites for visual, plant and factory design are the first releases of the new family of design suites aimed to address industry workflows. The design suites will provide strong interoperability between the products, and a range of capabilities for design and visualization. The first three suites are:

• Autodesk Design Suite is for architects and designers working with AutoCAD software who desire enhanced concept design, sketching and best-in-class 3D visualization capabilities. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD, 3ds Max Design and Alias Design.

• Autodesk Factory Design Suite is for machine and equipment builders, system integrators and manufacturers who design, visualize and simulate layouts of machine lines and entire manufacturing facilities. Autodesk Factory Design Suite helps manufacturers make better layout decisions by creating a digital prototype of the factory before equipment is installed and commissioned. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Navisworks.

• Autodesk Plant Design Suite is for plant designers and engineers who need integrated plant design and whole-project review capabilities for plant design projects. The primary products in this suite are AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and Autodesk Navisworks.

Each suite will be available in several editions, with each edition offering progressively broader and more sophisticated capabilities.

Availability: The Autodesk Design Suite and the Autodesk Factory Design Suite are now available in select countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The Autodesk Plant Design Suite will be available in July.

For more information visit:

http://www.autodesk.com/designsuite
http://www.autodesk.com/factorydesignsuite

My personal view is that this can only be a step forward by Autodesk. It represents that Autodesk really are thinking about industry-specific uses and applications of their software. The Design Suite goes through the entire architectural design process from concept to visualization, for example.

As an FM bod/geek/anorak, I can only hope that a Facilities Management (FM) Suite will be on the list real soon! Autodesk, you listening? 🙂

Happy CADD’ing!

SB

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