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Autodesk 2014 Launch Video : Autodesk launches new design software, the 2014 product release gives customers more capabilities with suites and cloud services

Autodesk, always nine months ahead, will roll out the Autodesk 2014 products. The company wants to leverage their suites and cloud applications to provide more effective solutions for customers. Having perhaps the broadest product range for desktops, mobile devices and cloud computing, the 2014 release marks the second year of this Autodesk strategy.

Autodesk recently changed it's logo and branding as a way to give a face to the changing company.  Two years after the launch of the Suite products, Autodesk sees their customers executing faster with higher quality by using a combination of products. Last year this was augmented with the Autodesk Cloud platform, Autodesk 360.

This provides a broader palette of tools for customers to choose from today. This choice allows better work-flows and communication in virtual design, digital prototyping, and building information management, etc.  And Autodesk has found that when customers combine and use more than 3 or 4 products - either cloud or desktop products - the customer satisfaction increases.

The 2014 family of design, engineering, architecture, and creation software includes the following suites :

  • 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

Interoperability between products has been improved. Autodesk sites examples such as importing an Autodesk Inventor model into Autodesk Revit so as to see designs in their full context.

Autodesk Recap - available in every suite - Autodesk allows customers to integrate high-quality laser and photographic scans. This allows customers to create projects in a highly accurate context for product environment. Autodesk claims this advances the level of precision and detail in customer designs.  All applications support geo-location data, and the 2014 design software supports Windows 8.

AutoCAD Design Suite includes Showcase and Alias Design with an improved interoperability for faster, richer design work-flow. The AutoCAD Design Suite helps customers in many industries like the automotive design environment. 

The new Building Design Suite adds many new design, analysis, construction, and documentation capabilities as well as cloud products.  Customer examples include using the Autodesk 360 cloud services for large, high-quality rendering in-house saving the company thousands of dollars.

Autodesk subscription customers enjoy the benefits of Autodesk's cloud-based services in Autodesk 360. Autodesk promotes the access to Autodesk 360 as a major service enhancement. The ability to use the cloud provides massive computing capabilities to all customers which enhances the ability of smaller, nimble Autodesk customers to provide large-scale design and engineering services for their own customers.

A few facts about the Autodesk 360 services :

  • 20 million accounts created in Autodesk 360 and 9 million of those created in the last year.
  • AutoCAD WS has 11 million downloads, as well as
  • 2 million active users every month, and
  • 20 million uploaded drawings.