If you watched my previous Sketchbook Pro review, you will know that I am an enormous fan of Autodesk Sketchbook – to the point where my colleagues are probably sick of hearing about it. I have been waiting anxiously for any news of updates, plugins or service packs that might enhance my already awesome Sketchbook experience.
Recently Autodesk just announced that they acquired Vela Systems who specializes in field management software for the construction industry. Vela Systems combines mobile technologies and BIM (Building Information Modeling) at the point of construction to improve the quality, safety and profitability of projects and companies.
Combined with the Autodesk BIM portfolio, the Vela Systems software has already helped contractors, owners, architects and engineers accelerate project schedules, reduce project risk, and improve the flow of information, including key data and project photos, between project stakeholders. Autodesk users can now reduce reliance on manual processes to track progress, document work activities and resolve issues. With the Vela Systems integration, users can also visualize the as-designed building in the field to improve quality and fidelity to design intent; streamline reviews; save money with more efficient workflows by linking physical tasks to a virtual model; and capture critical data on materials, systems, and equipment.*
Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2013 is a drafting and detailing software that delivers the 2D documentation, collaboration, and productivity tools you need. With a long track history running on Microsoft Windows, this year’s version marks the first time AutoCAD LT is available for Mac. It isn’t some mere port either–Autodesk has developed the AutoCAD LT 2013 Mac version specifically to run on Mac OS X. You can work on your platform of choice with licensing entitlements that give you the flexibility to activate either the Windows or Mac version of AutoCAD LT, regardless of which OS version you purchased. This AutoCAD LT 2013 review will go over some of the latest and enhanced features of AutoCAD LT 2013.
This is a good week for recently unemployed CAD users in the architecture, engineering, design, and manufacturing communities. Both Autdesk and SolidWorks have released programs that give unemployed designers access to free software, software training, and discounted or free certification exams. Both programs are aimed at increasing CAD proficiency in unemployed designers to help them get back on their feet sooner.