Autodesk, Inc . has introduced AutoCAD 2008 software — the latest version of its computer-aided design (CAD) software. The application’s innovations continue to respond to customer needs and requests, driving Autodesk product development and alignment of the company’s core applications to help customers redefine the design process, save costs and support continuous quality improvement.

“The market success of AutoCAD is a direct result of our effort to respond to customer needs and raise the standard for innovation to take our customers one step further,” says Amar Hanspal, vice president, Autodesk Platform and Geospatial Solutions. “Since creating the design software market with the debut of AutoCAD software, Autodesk has remained focused on making the design process smoother and smarter. That’s why we continue to integrate our core drafting, visualisation and collaboration technologies in order to accelerate the evolution of design — and ultimately, help our customers become more innovative, productive and competitive.”

Updates, introductions reflect evolving design landscape

Together, improvements in AutoCAD and Autodesk Design Review software and the debut of the Autodesk Impression application deliver new tools for customers to solve the increasing complexities of the design process. Autodesk has also announced updates to its industry-specific portfolio of AutoCAD-based solutions for architecture, engineering and construction.

AutoCAD 2008

The latest update to AutoCAD software focuses on improving designers’ ability to quickly and easily document their designs, with a level of control that helps ensure their drawings look as professional as they require. AutoCAD 2008 focuses on solving common customer problems in a way that respects current workflows, so that little or no retraining is required to obtain significant time savings.

Key enhancements include:

• Simple, intuitive creation, editing and management of annotation scale, tables, text and leaders, to virtually eliminate duplication of work, minimise errors and time spent on workarounds, and support corporate standards for design.

• Customer-driven improvements in functions ranging from drafting to presentation, including more than 35 enhancements in response to customer visits, Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) top-10 feature wish lists, and feedback forms.

"One of the most powerful aspects of AutoCAD software has been its support for designing and documentation in real-world scale,” says Lucio A. Da Silva, CAD manager, Architectural Land Design, Inc. “But combining those elements with associated annotation has been difficult. AutoCAD 2008 makes it transparent for the designer — we think it’s a must-have update that builds on the modelling and visualisation enhancements we got in AutoCAD 2007.”

AutoCAD LT 2008

Autodesk also launched AutoCAD LT 2008 software, the latest version of its 2D drafting application. While AutoCAD software offers 3D conceptual design tools, advanced rendering, network licensing and deployments and more, AutoCAD LT is wholly focused on 2D drafting productivity for individual users. AutoCAD LT 2008 features the improvements to drafting tasks that are found in AutoCAD 2008.