Archive for April, 2011

Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

So Autodesk say that the 2012 upgrade for subscription customers will be available tomorrow (14 Apr 2011), but guess what….. it’s already available on the subscription centre and has been for the last few hours. I’m currently downloading the 9.5 odd GBs of it. Really looking forward to getting stuck into it after the Cadpro Christchurch Product Launch today at Peppers Clearwater Resort. The Cadpro Systems lads did a great job of showing off the new functionality with some help from a couple of the Autodesk APAC guys.

It seems that there has been a lot of Autodesk focus on trying to get customers to use more than just the 1 or 2 bits of software that they already use day to day. The bundling of multiple design tools into “suites,” as well as a lot of new developments in Vault integration with various Autodesk packages seems to be where a lot of the devlopment horsepower has been used in the last year.

All the little features and improvements aside, I think the direction they are going is a good one. Times are changing and rendered images and “fancy” visuals are becoming more than just a “nice-to-have.” Tools like 3Ds Max and Showcase go so much further than Inventor Studio, and often with a lot less effort. Now as long as they don’t raise the subscription price next year…….. I’m real happy!