Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AEC Bytes Newletter on Autodesk 2011 product launches

This post is from AEC Bytes - very good read:

Last week, Autodesk hosted a webcast to officially launch the next version of its design software portfolio. While it did not discuss any of its products in depth, the webcast summarized the main enhancements in the 2011 versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and 3ds Max, which were identified as the key applications of its product portfolio. In addition to individual enhancements in each of these applications to make them "best of class," Autodesk has also launched an initiative to make the user experience more consistent across all of them. This has included implementing the ribbon-based interface to provide a similar—and modern—look and feel, as well as making common tasks such as model navigation, material selection, and so on work the same way across all of them. Other key objectives for Autodesk in this product release were improved graphics for better visualization, better data interoperability between its applications, and improving the power and sophistication of the applications while at the same time making them simpler and easier to use.

The highlights of Autodesk’s launch webcast from an AEC perspective are captured in this issue of the AECbytes Newsletter. Autodesk is holding another event next month to provide further details of the 2011 AEC product portfolio, which will be covered in a separate article at that time.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What's NEW and ENHANCED in Revit Architecture 2011

Some of these items will be the same in Revit MEP and Revit Structure.

  • Parametric Constraints and Families - ENHANCED
  • Integrated Rendering - ENHANCED
  • View Styles - ENHANCED
  • Temporary Dimensions - ENHANCED
  • Application Programming Interface (API) - ENHANCED
  • Repeat Last Command - NEW
  • Find & Replace Text - NEW

  • Structural Elements - ENHANCED

  • Task-based User Interface - ENHANCED
  • Resizable Dialogs - ENHANCED
  • Quick Access Toolbar - ENHANCED
  • Application Menu - ENHANCED
  • Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog - NEW
  • Web-Based Help - NEW
  • Modeless Properties Palette - NEW
  • Sun Path - NEW

  • Worksharing (Multi-person File Sharing) - ENHANCED
  • Linked Revit Files - ENHANCED
  • Publish to Autodesk Navisworks products - ENHANCED
  • Publish to CAD Formats (DWG, DXF, DGN, ACIS (SAT)) - ENHANCED
  • Import from Autodesk Inventor - ENHANCED
  • Autodesk Green Building Studio Web-based Service* - NEW
*Available to Subscription customers of Autodesk Revit Archictecture software during the term of their Subscription.

  • Annotations  - ENHANCED
  • Text Notes Formatting  - ENHANCED
  • Sheet Composition - ENHANCED

  • Solid Modeling - ENHANCED
  • Free-form Modeling & Direct Manipulation - ENHANCED
  • Surface Modeling - ENHANCED
  • Surface Rationalization - ENHANCED
  • Custom curtain panels - ENHANCED
  • Flexible Components - NEW

Friday, March 19, 2010

Autodesk ImageModeler

Autodesk ImageModeler image-based modeling and photogrammetry software enables architects, designers, and entertainment content creators to generate 3D models from 2D digital images. The software’s easy-to-learn, three-step workflow—calibration, modeling, and texturing—enables users to achieve stunning, photorealistic 3D models with real-world accuracy and export them in different formats to other Autodesk products.

You can obtain a license of ImageModeler 2009 when you purchase a license for the following Autodesk products with Autodesk Subscription: