Sunday, August 28, 2011

IMSI Design announces TurboViewer Pro for iOS


IMSI Design, developer of TurboCAD and the TurboViewer app for iOS announced today TurboViewer Pro also for iOS (for iPhone and iPad.)  TurboViewer is a free application for iOS that allows users to open and view native DWG files.  There is no editing but users can navigate freely in either a 2D or 3D file.  DWG and DXF files can be opened with TurboViewer.  Files can be share via email, FTP, Dropbox and WebDav systems.


TurboViewer Pro has everything the free version has but with more features of course.  Visual styles support, Layer Manager support, support for 14 languages and no onscreen advertising.

The Visual styles supported are:

  • Hidden line
  • X-ray
  • Shaded
  • Shaded with Edges
  • Grayscale
  • Adjust edge color range from white-gray-black
  • Adjust x-ray transparency factor
  • Option to use default or model lights (if any in drawing)
  • Option to render both inside and outside model (force two-sided rendering)


The layer manager tool allows users to turn layer on or off, invert layers, or to turn all layers either on or off.

Additional settings include the ability turn off or on the 2D/3D autosense navigation feature.  There is an option to use two fingers to rotate in 3D or to constrain an orbit view, and more.

The languages supported are:  Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.


TurboViewer Pro will be available Tuesday, August 30th in the App Store at an introductory price of $9.99.  For more information you can visit their website:  www.IMSIdesign.com/TurboViewer

Extra Scoop:
Now for you Android lovers IMSI Design let me know that an Android version is in the works but no info on when it will be available, but it is in the works!

For more information about IMSI Design and their products, visit their website:
http://imsidesign.com


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT for Mac, and AutoCAD WS for Mac


Design 8.16 is finally here. Where you surprised? Wait, you haven’t heard what it is yet? Today, Autodesk is announcing the next version of AutoCAD, AutoCAD for Mac 2012. Disappointed? Well there are few more details to go with it. Autodesk is also announcing AutoCAD LT for Mac 2012.


Also, Autodesk is announcing AutoCAD WS for Mac, standalone version. Now it’s interesting. If you are a Mac user or if you want to be a Mac user then this is great news. I am wondering, how many of you guessed it? I’ll bet you might have figured on AutoCAD 2012 for Mac and maybe even thought AutoCAD LT for Mac was the topic of Design 8.16, but I’ll guess that none of you considered that a standalone version of AutoCAD WS for Mac would be a part of it. 

This announcement makes a lot of sense from Autodesk’s point of view. It’s also really great news for Mac users. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and AutoCAD WS for Mac will be available worldwide on August 19th, 2011. AutoCAD LT for Mac will only be available in the U.S. and Canada on August 16th, 2011. Why? Because these two products will only be available through the Mac App Store.

That last bit is disappointing to hear, but it is nice to see Autodesk try new things, like the Mac App Store as a product delivery method. Perhaps one day Uncle Carl and Cousin Steve can work it out so everyone can get AutoCAD LT for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac through the Mac App Store, but for now, it’s limited.

AutoCAD WS for Mac is a free download (for those that can download it.) AutoCAD LT for Mac is a down load on the App Store and will be priced near $900. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 will be priced just under $4000. There will be a Free Student version of AutoCAD for Mac available. For a better price guide go to Autodesk’s website. 



Since AutoCAD LT is a download, up to five machines can license it under the same username. That’s nice for those that have multiple Mac’s or Mac Books. Also, if you have a license for AutoCAD (for PC) you can choose to download the Mac version instead. Check with Autodesk’s website for exact details. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 will also feature network licensing and is available for subscription.

The majority of the AutoCAD 2012 features have been brought over to AutoCAD for Mac 2012, but still no Sheet Set support and no tools to create dynamic blocks.

Will you be updating your AutoCAD for Mac 2011 to 2012?  Will you be getting AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT for Mac now?  

I think it's great for Mac users and for Autodesk to have more products, and updated products, on the Mac platform.  As a PC user I'm jealous of the standalone AutoCAD WS version, but maybe there will be one in the works soon enough??  Autodesk is slowly expanding their Mac portfolio.  Which Autodesk product will be next?  Which one would you like to see?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Autodesk Announcement: DESIGN816


Something is coming from Autodesk and my guess is that it is design related.  Many Autodeskers have been teasing an upcoming announcement from Autodesk that will be made on the 16th of August 2011.  They aren't saying what it is but they have been blogging and Tweeting about it.  (Kate Morrical's AutoCAD LT blog has a post.)  Several Autodesk Twitter feeds have been Tweeting with the hash-tag #design816

AutoCAD's Facebook page has a banner on it that says, "The AutoCAD team is announcing something new.  Many would say it's long-awaited.  Even revolutionary.  Fans will rejoice..."

If you are interested, Autodesk has set up a page so that AutoCAD users can upload images and or videos on how you use AutoCAD.  Go to the link on their Facebook page or click here.

I don't know what it is.  Maybe AutoCAD is going to Linux!  Maybe Autodesk and their frequent partner HP are teaming up and putting AutoCAD on their mobile operating system WebOS?  (I have been begging for this.)

Whatever it is, Autodesk will make the announcement live on their AutoCAD Facebook page during a Facecast (That needs a different name.)  I don't know what it is but it seems to be AutoCAD related.  Well, what have I been waiting for from AutoCAD for a long time that I will rejoice about?  We will find out on the 16th.
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