Autodesk releases next-gen CAD software

Autodesk releases next-gen CAD software

Autodesk continues to attack the market for scaled-down computer aided design (CAD) software with the release of Autocad LT.

Improvements in four key areas of AutoCAD LT are central to the 1998 incarnation of the low-cost 2D CAD applications.

Announcing the release of AutoCAD LT 98, Autodesk Australia recently described the new version as an "affordable, easy-to-use 2D drafting solution with a superior performance".

Among several new features, officials singled out drag-and-drop hatch patterns, a customisable new user interface, undo and redo improvements and the capability to create a multi-tabbed dialogue box for commands and toolbars as the main innovations.

According to worldwide research conducted by PC Data, AutoCAD LT has been ranked number one in designer software in total unit sales for three consecutive years (1995-1997).

"This is a proven, fifth-generation product, built specifically to address the needs of new and part-time professionals who don't need or want full-featured AutoCAD," Peter Ambrose, marketing manager of Autodesk Australia, said.

AutoCAD LT 98 has built-in tools to allow publishing, sharing and accessing information on the Web, as well as on any local area network (LAN).

As with other Autodesk products, AutoCAD LT 98 is distributed in Australia through a network of 37 distributors and value added resellers that Autodesk considers a part of its "Virtual Corporation".

Explaining the concept, Nancy Maul, Autodesk's director of worldwide sales for Personal Services Group, told ARN that over the years, AutoCAD has been developed as a programmable solution that can be customised for specific markets by Autodesk's global Virtual Corporation.

"You will find that many of our dealers in Australia may have AutoCAD solutions they developed themselves," Maul said.

The system supports Windows 95, 98 and Windows NT, requiring 55MB of available hard-disk space for full installation and is 100 per cent AutoCAD 14 compatible.

AutoCAD LT, used by some 800,000 architects, designers, engineers and drafters around the world, will be available from October 30 at an RRP of $895.

Meanwhile, an upgraded version of the company's project start tool, AutoSketch, is expected to be released this week.


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