Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Confirmed: Autodesk is making Windows 8 Apps



--UPDATED--2012-10-31
A few days ago I was wondering if Autodesk was going to make any Windows 8 apps.  I asked them, and they said, “it is our intention is to support many of our key products on Windows 8 in future versions.”

See previous post:
http://cadablog.blogspot.com/2012/10/is-autodesk-going-to-release-windows.html

It looks like they were true to their word.  Autodesk now has its first free Windows 8 App, Sketchbook Express.  And…it’s free!

This makes sense because I believe that Sketchbook Express was its first mobile app for iOS and then on Android.  If you are one of the people that picked up a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT last week, then you can get to work on Autodesk Sketchbook Express.



This app is for Windows 8, with the new interface (formerly known as Metro) not for Windows Phone 8.
(edit) If you go to the DETAILS page (click the details button) it says that this app is only for x86, x64 processors.  There is no support in this app for ARM processors.  That means it won't work on a Windows RT tablet.  That is a shame.  If this sort of thing happens often, then Windows RT is in big trouble.(edit)


You can search in a browser for Windows Phone apps, but searching for Windows 8 apps is a bit more difficult.  There is currently no site where you can go to search for Windows 8 apps.  Each app does have its own webpage though in the app store.  I don’t know why Microsoft took Apples rout here, but I did find a way to get around this.  Use Google Advanced Search.  Go to the Google Advanced search page, search for Autodesk, your language of choice, then search in this domain “apps.microsoft.com”.  That will narrow your search to the Windows App store.

I also looked at the Windows Mobile App Store (http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store) and searched for Autodesk.  Nothing came up.  Nothing for Sketchbook either.  The big question now is will Autodesk port their Windows 8 apps to Windows Phone?

I searched the Windows App store but didn't find anything else from Autodesk.  I’ll keep my eyes and ears open though.

(Thanks to @kellings and @MPetrikas for working this out with me via Twitter!)
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