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April 15, 2015

Inventor 2016 & AutoCAD 2016 - Free Trial

Autodesk has now released the downloads so you can try out Inventor 2016 & AutoCAD 2016 for a 30-day trial. Also, these are full functioning copies of the 2016 releases, no features are missing. You can run it through its paces to decide for yourself if you are going to upgrade or purchase it as a standalone or in a product suite.


Here is the link for Inventor 2016 30-day free trial, Click Here...

Here is the link for AutoCAD 2016 30-day free trial, Click Here...

So head on over to the links and give them a try.

April 13, 2015

Product Design Suite 2016

Here is what is included in Product Design Suite 2016.

Product Design Suite Premium
  • Inventor
  • Fusion 360
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD Raster Design
  • ReCap
  • Vault Basic
  • 3ds Max Design
  • Navisworks Simulate
  • Showcase
Product Design Suite Ultimate
  • All of the above plus:
  • Replace Inventor with Inventor Professional
  • Replace Fusion 360 with Fusion 360 Ultimate
  • Replace Navisworks Simulate with Navisworks Manage
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • Alias Design
Here is the press release talking about all of the Design Suites, Click Here...

March 27, 2015

Inventor 2016 System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for Inventor 2016:

Please make sure that you are installing the appropriate version of Autodesk Inventor software for your operating system. Inventor provides separate installers for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Note that a 64-bit version of Inventor cannot be installed on a 32-bit system and vice versa.

Inventor 2016 - What's New

Here we are again, a new release of Autodesk Inventor. Inventor 2016 has a lot of new features and some tweaks to some old ones that make working much easier. They include improvements to Inventor Studio, text input, 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing), Sheet Metal Parts, Freeform Parts, Standard Part design, Sketching,  Assembly, Drawing Enhancements, and also a revamped Representations. Hope you enjoy.

March 23, 2015

AutoCAD 2016 System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for AutoCAD 2016:

Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

CPU Type:

  • Minimum Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor

Memory:

  • For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016:
    •  2 GB (3 GB recommended)
  • For 64-bit AutoCAD 2016:
    • 4 GB (8 GB recommended)

Display Resolution:

  • 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Display Card:

  • Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended

Disk Space:

  • Installation 6.0 GB

Pointing Device:

  • MS-Mouse compliant device

Media (DVD):

  • Download and installation from DVD

Browser:

  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 (or later)

.NET Framework:

  • .NET Framework Version 4.5

Additional requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling

Memory:

  • 8 GB RAM or greater

Disk Space:

  • 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements

Display Card:

  • 1600x1050 or greater True Color video display adapter, 128 MB VRAM or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D-capable workstation class graphics card

Note:

  • 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling

March 20, 2015

AutoCAD 2016 What's New Preview Guide

AutoCAD 2016 was released yesterday, I gave you a brief overview of What's New, AutoCAD 2016 - What's New. Now here is the pdf for the AutoCAD 2016 What's New Preview Guide, Click Here...

You can also see all of the What's New Documents in the above tab called AutoCAD What's New.
Also, here are a few videos done by the team at Design and Motion.

Dim Improvements

System Variable Monitor

User Interface

Documentation Enhancements
Revision Cloud

March 19, 2015

AutoCAD 2016 - What's New

Here is the full list of What's New in AutoCAD 2016.

File Tabs

The New Tab drawing file tab has been renamed to Start and remains persistent as you create and open additional drawings.

Layouts

Layouts now support drag and drop to move or copy layouts to positions that are hidden in the overflow menu. As you drag the selected layouts to the right or left edge of the layout tabs they automatically scroll enabling you to drop the layouts into the proper position.

Status Bar

The status bar can now automatically wrap onto two rows when there are more icons than can fit into a single row. Isolate objects and Lock UI have been added to the status bar customization menu.

Revision Clouds

The Revision Cloud tool is enhanced in AutoCAD 2016 to provide more flexibility. It is accessible from the Annotate ribbon panel and includes 3 methods of creation: Rectangular, Polygonal, and Freehand.

Dim Command Enhancements

The DIM command is significantly enhanced in AutoCAD 2016 and is now accessible from the Ribbon. The DIM command automatically creates appropriate dimensions based on the type of objects you select. A preview as you pass the cursor over those objects enables you to see the resulting dimension before you actually create it.

Text Wrap in Dimensions

When editing dimension text, a width sizing control is displayed above the text enabling you to specify the width for text wrapping.

Layers for Dimensions

A new Dimensions layer is automatically added to the drawing when dimensions are created.

Text

A new Text frame property has been added to Mtext objects enabling you to create a border around the text.

Closed Polyline Snapping

By enabling the existing Center object snap to snap to the geometric center of a closed polygon/polyline. Tooltips distinguish the Center osnap from the Arc Center osnap which is displayed for arcs and polyline arc segments.

Move/Copy Enhancement

When you move or copy a large number of objects together in the 2D Wireframe visual style in AutoCAD 2016, move function preview is generated quickly allowing you to move the selected objects freely without significant lag.

 Section Object

The section Plane tool creates a section object that acts as a cutting plane through 3D objects including solids, surfaces, meshes, regions and now point clouds. The sections object's type can be set to represent a simple cutting plane, a bounded area, or volumetric area. A new Slice type has been added to the section object. The Slice type generates a thin cut through the model that always contains parallel front to back section planes.

These are just some of the upgrades and enhancements in AutoCAD 2016. When I receive the full breakdown, it will be posted on the site.

March 10, 2015

Inventor 2015 Update 3 for Service Pack 1

Autodesk has just released Update 3 for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1. Update 3 is cumulative and includes all changes from Update 1 and Update 2.

Here is what is addressed in Update 3:
  • Unable to save as or export to CAD Format
  • Drawing Views are out of sync with assembly data
  • Model sketches not updated in drawing view when model has no volume
  • Unexpected exit creating nailboard
  • Stability enhancement
Here is a link to download Update 3 for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1 32-bit - Click Here...
Here is a link to download Update 3 for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1 64-bit - Click Here...
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015
  • Autodesk Inventor 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2015

Inventor 2014 Update 5 for Service Pack 2

Autodesk has just released Update 5 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2014. Update 4 is cumulative and includes all changes from Update 1, Update 2, Update 3 and Update 4.

Here is what is addressed in Update 5:
  • Drawing views missing detail
  • Precision inaccurate for pressure unit conversion calculation
  • Unable to access API file on network by more than 20 users
  • Hatch missing in drawing exported to ACAD DWG
  • Unable to save as or export to CAD Format
  • Unable to create Shrinkwrap
  • Model sketches not updated in drawing view when model has no volume
  • Unexpected exit creating nailboard
  • Stability enhancement
Here is a link to download Update 5 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2 32-bit - Click Here...
Here is a link to download Update 5 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2 64-bit - Click Here...
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2014

February 5, 2015

Autodesk Perpetual Licensing Changes

Autodesk just announced changes to their licensing of software for the future. Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for their products to subscription options only. In the first phase of this transition, new seats of standalone desktop software products will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription beginning February 1, 2016. Desktop Subscription products provide a simplified product management and deployment experience, and makes it easier to introduce new tools and technology into the workflow with lower upfront cost and the ability to pay as you go. Desktop Subscription is available on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, and Autodesk also plans to introduce a new multi-year Desktop Subscription offering.

Customers who have purchased a perpetual license prior to February 1, 2016, will be able to continue to use those licenses.  Customers with Maintenance Subscription on those perpetual licenses will continue to receive corresponding benefits for as long as the subscription remains active.

Here is a list of products that will be affected by this change:

  • 3ds Max
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD LT
  • AutoCAD for Mac
  • AutoCAD LT for Mac
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • InfraWorks
  • Inventor
  • Inventor Professional
  • Inventor LT
  • Maya
  • Maya LT
  • MotionBuilder
  • Mudbox
  • Navisworks Simulate
  • Navisworks Manage
  • Revit Architecture
  • Revit MEP
  • Revit Structure
  • Revit LT


  • What is Desktop Subscription? Does Desktop Subscription use the cloud to store applications and data? Desktop Subscription gives access to Autodesk software—the same full version as with a perpetual license—but with a flexible, pay-as-you-go approach for a software budget that’s easier to manage. Desktop Subscription provides benefits such as Basic Support, access to the latest software and product enhancements, and in some cases, access to select cloud services.  The desktop software application delivered through Desktop Subscription as well as associated user data continue to be stored on a local machine, and any usage of Autodesk cloud services is optional.

    Does this mean customers will lose the ability to use existing software purchased under a perpetual license?
No, if a customer already has a perpetual license or purchases a new perpetual license at any time before February 1, 2016, that license doesn't go away.  They still retain the perpetual license to that software and can continue to use it in accordance with their perpetual license agreement. If the software product is covered by Maintenance Subscription, they will also continue to receive their Maintenance Subscription benefits.

    Will perpetual licenses for Autodesk Design & Creation Suites still be available for purchase after February 1, 2016?
    New perpetual licenses for Autodesk Design & Creation Suites and other suite offerings will continue to be offered beyond February 1, 2016. Any transition to a subscription-only based offering for Suites after that time will be communicated well in advance.

    What happens to my perpetual licenses on Maintenance Subscription?
The elimination of perpetual licenses on Feb 1, 2016 only applies to new purchases of perpetual licenses.

    Customers with current Maintenance Subscription contracts after Feb 1, 2016, will continue to receive their Maintenance Subscription benefits.

    What is Autodesk doing to make this an easy transition for you?Autodesk is doing several things to make the transition to Desktop Subscription as smooth as possible:
    • Providing the time needed to assess options and make plans by providing a full year of advance notice of changes to come
    • Allowing Maintenance Subscribers to continue to renew their Maintenance Subscriptions and receive/access the benefits of their Maintenance Subscription
    • Making Autodesk Account the one place to manage all of your products, subscriptions and services
    • Providing the ability to lock in your subscription rate by introducing the option of a multi-year Desktop Subscription offering
    Here is a link to the Press Release