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« CAD: March 28, 2012 Dassault Systémes Week in Review ... | Main | CAD: San Francisco and the 2013 Autodesk Product Launch … »

CAD: Autodesk Unleashes 2013 Products, Lots to See and Learn …

What can you say about a day where you are utterly immersed in the Autodesk culture? It was another amazing visit to the Autodesk Gallery and there were plenty of fantastic faces from the blogging and media worlds. Naturally the food was nothing less than fantastic and the information flowing out of every conference room was fascinating.

The Big News

Naturally it was all about the American 2013 product line launch. Everything seems to be improved, stuffed with new features, and more powerful than ever. The suites have been pumped up with new additions. AutoCAD is still the master tool that is able to crank out a bit of everything you could need. And Revit is just nuts.

One of the best additions that we loved was the addition of Raster Design to the AutoCAD Design Suite. No, it’s not a typo. What was formerly known as the “Autodesk Design Suite” is now the “AutoCAD Design Suite” and we have to agree with the name change. And Raster Design is a pretty awesome feature to add to the package considering that it is a $2k product on its own.

BIM BIM Everywhere

We saw so many BIM-related presentations that it made our head spin. The biggest news there is that the Revit will be joining the lineup in the Building Design Suite at the Premium and Ultimate level. Which Revit? Oh, all of them! And Revit comes packing a nifty new trick. Now you can actively switch between toolsets for Revit Architecture, Revit Structural, and Revit MEP. At the ribbon level! And you can even configure those Revit tabs to only show the tools you need. Pretty awesome, but this is a trick that only comes at the suite level!

In cloud news Autodesk is branding all of their cloud offerings as Autodesk 360. And there sure seem to be lots to check out there. We walked away very impressed with the versatility of PLM 360. We had no idea that it had any sort of AEC application! Now that is something worth checking out.

We are now off to dinner. Check back later to see our list of 2013 news from our favorite blogs. Until then …

- KFD -

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