Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the release of the new Autodesk 2015 Design Suites, which are more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services than ever before -- offering customers the ability to collaborate, simulate, analyze and more, many with just one click from within the suite.
Each Autodesk 2015 Design Suite includes AutoCAD 2015, the most advanced AutoCAD yet. A new interface and enhanced productivity tools enable customers to experience a new standard in design and documentation. Additionally, Autodesk Subscription offers customers even more convenient, flexible ways to access the tools they need, when they need them, to help grow their business. Autodesk subscription connects customers with software updates, services and support that help get the most out of their investment in Autodesk software now and in the future.
"The Autodesk portfolio now has something for everyone involved in making products and projects come to life, in addition to designers and engineers," said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of platform products, Autodesk. "Users will notice a difference in how much easier it is to get their work done with the Autodesk 2015 Design Suites."
Productivity-Boosting Enhancements for All Suites
New features and functionality have been added to the 2015 family of Autodesk Design Suites:
-- Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite offers a refined visual interface, better
point cloud support to bring the real world into the AutoCAD canvas, and
easier ways to work with online maps and other geographic location
-- Autodesk Building Design Suite delivers better integration with BIM 360
cloud services, enhanced point cloud capabilities, and numerous customer
requested improvements for Autodesk Revit, including a new sketchy lines
feature, ability to include imagery in schedules, enhanced hidden lines
capability and more.
-- Autodesk Factory Design Suite introduces easier moves from 2D AutoCAD
drawings to 3D factory layouts with streamlined transitions from legacy
workflows; point cloud support for "as is" facility capture; extended use
of Factory Design data; and enhancements to Factory Design Mobile app.
-- Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite includes major enhancements to
AutoCAD Civil 3D software, including improved user interface, greater
flexibility for corridor modeling, more efficient creation of profiles
layouts, better production drafting, and simpler ways to create custom
-- Autodesk Plant Design Suite rolls out significant enhancements to AutoCAD
Plant 3D software, including center of gravity, bill of materials (BOM),
fixed length pipe modeling, piping and instrumentation drawing (P&ID),
and isometric improvements.
-- Autodesk Product Design Suite launches with exceptional modeling
capabilities, a new user experience, and workflow enhancements.
Actual features and functionality vary by edition (Standard, Premium, Ultimate) of each suite. Visit the In the Fold Autodesk blog for more in-depth details on the 2015 Design Suites for Autodesk manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction, infrastructure and oil and gas industry customers.
Cloud Services Just a Click Away
Customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction and infrastructure markets can expect to see significant productivity improvements through one-click access to BIM 360, cloud-based building information modeling (BIM) software for collaboration and management of construction projects. Autodesk InfraWorks 360, which offers civil engineers additional cloud services for collaboration and analysis at the early stages of infrastructure design, includes an updated user interface, support for more data formats, enhancements to Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 and a new application Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360. The Design Suites for these fields also feature full integration of the Autodesk 360 Rendering service, which uses the virtually infinite computing power in the cloud to create high-resolution renderings efficiently.
Manufacturing industry customers gain easy access to new offerings such as Process Analysis 360, a cloud-based service that helps engineers and system designers model, study, and optimize manufacturing processes. This accessibility -- combined with other feature enhancements and refinements -- removes the barriers to entry so that everyone can design and engineer great products.
"One of my favorite features of the cloud services specifically is access to Green Building Studio," said Andrew Watkins, associate principal, Ayers Saint Gross Architects. "Architects are much more in tune with doing energy analysis early on in the design process, so even in the early concept stages we are able to analyze multiple versions of our building design directly from Revit through the cloud and get immediate data points back for making design decisions based on energy usage through the life the building. That's been one of the best benefits of the cloud for us."
It's Never Been Easier to Access Autodesk Software
Autodesk Subscription offers the most convenient, modern, and flexible way for customers to purchase and access the software and services that they need to grow their business, and new purchasing options allow customers to choose the plan that best fits their current project needs and budget.
"We like the subscription program with Autodesk because it provides predictability and stability; it simplifies our licensing, and it gives us a lot of flexibility," said Gene Evans, Autodesk subscription administrator for Woolpert, a US-based design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm. "In addition, upgrades on subscription are pretty much a no-brainer. We budget a static sum every year, and it's been easy to predict our costs, we can upgrade at any time, whenever it works for us. Subscription also allows us to explore cloud services and evaluate where they will benefit us as a company and make better informed decisions. Subscription is the only way to go for us."
Autodesk Subscription customers gain access to the latest Autodesk software releases and cloud services, technical support, and flexible licensing rights from the following options:
Maintenance Subscription is the most cost effective way to maintain and maximize long-term investment in purchased Autodesk software and services.
Desktop Subscription offers pay-as-you-go plans. Customers can choose from monthly, quarterly, and annual options for using Autodesk Design and Creation Suites and select software products.
Cloud Service Subscription can have a dramatic effect on the way customers work. A broad selection of cloud-based services offer access to virtually infinite cloud computing power that significantly reduces visualization and simulation processing times and frees up desktop resources for greater productivity, mobility and collaboration.
AutoCAD 2015 showcases the biggest redesign in more than a decade, and is included in all Autodesk Design Suites 2015.
Autodesk 2015 Design Suites will become available starting March 28, 2014. Availability varies by country. See details and purchasing options at http://www.autodesk.com/subscription
Source: The Wall Street Journal