Bunch of news from Autodesk University 2010

The Autodesk user conference "Autodesk University 2010" held currently in Las Vegas brings a series of interesting news and new product announcements. You can also take part on this conference as a virtual attendee - see "AU virtual" for Autodesk subscription customers.

Here is a short list of the most important news from different areas covered by Autodesk technologies:

  • Inventor Fusion (the simple-to-use 3D CAD with direct editing) will be offered for free with AutoCAD
  • A very promising cloud application Autodesk Photofly (reconstruction of 3D point clouds from a series of photos) will be updated to directly generate 3D models from photos
  • Sketchbook Express (Sketchbook Mobile) was released for Android mobile devices - as a free version and $1 version - see the Android Market (there are not many Autodesk products for $1 ...)
  • Project Galileo is a new tool combining large CAD, GIS and BIM data - e.g. for modelling of cities
  • Autodesk Tinkerbox is a new learning software for design and simulation of mechanical devices/systems
  • Autodesk plans a new scripting tool DesignScript for automation of operations in AutoCAD and other products
  • The web application Homestyler (easy and free interior- and home-design 2D/3D tool) now generates photorealistic 3D views (render snapshots)
  • AutoCAD WS (AutoCAD version running inside web browsers and on Apple iPads/iPhones, now with more than 500.000 users) is being released in version 1.1 - supports off-line mode, direct upload of DWGs and other functionality from the full AutoCAD
  • Project Vasari - the simplified conceptual version of Revit is now available in an enhanced version with new editing tools and enhanced solar radiation