• Design tools optimized for the mobile platform


    Design-tools20131111There is a staggering demand for mobility. This is evident by the availability of mobile gadgets, gears, and gizmos to people right now. Mobile devices that are also connected—connected to the Internet to be precise, making communications instantaneous or real-time, which in turn could push productivity to a new level.

    In line with this, BYOD or Bring Your Own Device and “The Internet of Things” are concepts spawned by connected mobile devices. These two concepts are now part of todayís growing mobile workforce. A workforce who can now afford to do their job even outside of the office.

    Since there is a growing demand for mobile devices, the need for tools to work with these gadgets are also increasing, software in particular. And when it comes to design software, users often look for something that is optimized for their particular choice of platform.

    So, it is not surprising that a 3D design tech provider such as Autodesk recently announced that the company has released professional and consumer design tools that have been optimized for mobile devices, particularly those coming from Apple.

    One of these design solutions is the AutoCAD 360, which Autodesk claimed is the first professional software app that has been optimized for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display—two of the latest tablet computers from Apple.

    The mobile app, Autodesk said, will take advantage of Appleís newly designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, which they said would provide designers and engineers with an improved user experience.

    According to AutoCAD web and mobile director Jonathan Seroussi, “from a user’s perspective, navigating and editing large models will be snappier and much more fun.” Furthermore, he shared that users will see an immediate improvement in a number of functions such as rendering time, which is twice as fast in both navigation and editing; drawings will now open faster, and selection speed will double too.

    There will also be support for Retina display on the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro for the next in line Mac version release of AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014, which can easily synchronize with Autodesk 360. Together with its other enhancements, the latest AutoCAD will be the most powerful 2D &3D CAD application for Mac, said Autodesk.

    “AutoCAD for Mac users are extremely passionate, and we have worked hard to incorporate their top requests and feedback into this release,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products at Autodesk. “Customers will find the overall experience much faster and cleaner, enabling designers to be more efficient and collaborative with their teams.”

    In addition, Autodesk with also update seven of its mobile apps to fully take advantage of iOS7, the 3D design software company said. With this, users can now benefit from the enhanced functionalities of AutoCAD 360, BIM 360 Field, BIM 360 Glue, Sketchbook Mobile, 123D Creature Show, InfraWorks mobile and Pixlr on iOS7.

    With these new apps and software enhancements, using Autodesk software on your iOS7 device will probably never be the same again.


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