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Autodesk Releases 2014 Design and Creativity Suites

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: March 29 2013

Marrying desktop and cloud design experience for more comprehensive industry workflows continues to be a theme at Autodesk. The latest Autodesk Design and Creation Suites offer access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio for building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction, and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals.

Desktop and Cloud Design Working in Tandem

Suite customers on Autodesk Subscription will also have access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend workflows so that designers and engineers can explore more design alternatives, collaborate more effectively, and experience greater mobility. Subscribers can purchase 100 additional cloud credits (cloud capacity) for $100.

Illustrating the power of a combining the cloud and desktop, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 introduce Autodesk InfraWorks software and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 cloud services. These new tools help accelerate the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows for the planning, design, construction, and management of civil infrastructure projects. Helping improve the civil infrastructure design process by engineering in 3D from the start, the software and services allow collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders on mobile and desktop platforms and enable communication in visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design projects, large or small, within the context of the real-world environment, and efficiently manage even large-scale infrastructure models.

Cloud Reality Capture

The 2014 Design and Creation Suites include Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality-capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process,  allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into the design and engineering process.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

The 2014 suites’ industry-specific workflows strengthen compatibility between Autodesk products, given that surveys show more user satisfaction as they use multiple Autodesk products. For example, suites containing Autodesk Revit products and Autodesk AutoCAD software have tight interoperability, so when it is time to import forms from AutoCAD into Revit products, the forms retain greater integrity, or when it is time to output drawings in AutoCAD, users can generate 2D documentation within Revit products. Suites containing Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software allow customers, such as building product manufacturers, to simplify and export an Inventor model into a Revit file format for the construction environment without exposing any sensitive intellectual property.

Autodesk Portfolio 

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes the following:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite

  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite

  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite

  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite

  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite

  • Autodesk Product Design Suite


The latest Autodesk portfolio gives designers and engineers a broader palette of tools to choose from for the job at hand, and allows them to better respond to changing business requirements. Each suite offers an economical way for customers to access their primary design software—plus the complementary software and cloud services needed to more effectively complete design, engineering, or entertainment creation tasks. The 2014 Suites come in Standard, Premium, or Ultimate editions. Product availability varies by country.
 
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