Autodesk kicked off it’s 2012 product lines today with a special webcast hosted by Amar Hanspal. The company is focusing on design industry workflows with suites, packaged products that work together to help professionals meet their needs. These packages are not a new concept, as we saw some of this last year, but not across the entire fleet of products.

  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2012
  • Autodesk Creation Design Suite 2012

Additionally, the Autodesk will tier their products according to how much power you actually need (and how much moolah you are willing to part with). The breakdowns are Standard, Premium, and Ultimate.  These are said to offer reduced package pricing, but for those on subscription, I do not know what net benefit will be realized.


A few notable points for this cycle are:

  • Suites will be delivered on thumb drives
  • More Multi-processor support in some products, enabling faster startups and view regeneration
  • Inventor Fusion has emerged as a commercial product
  • Autodesk and Granta Design Ltd. Partnership offers the Eco Material Advisor
  • More use and support of Autodesk Vault
  • Inventor loses their Routed, Simulation, and Tooling suite packages for Standard and Professional
  • Alias Freeform models integrated into Inventor and Fusion


The complete list of new improvements and functionality for Autodesk Inventor 2012 will be presented by yours truly in the next edition of AUGI World Magazine.

Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012

imagetandard edition provides foundation tools for concept, surfacing, and solid modeling design, as well as drafting and presentations:

  • AutoCAD Mechanical with Inventor Fusion
  • Autodesk Showcase
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Designer
  • Autodesk Vault
  • Autodesk Mudbox.

Premium edition adds Digital Prototyping and Visualizations:

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autodesk 3DS Max Design

Ultimate edition adds advanced surfacing capabilities as well as simulation and tooling functionality:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional
  • Autodesk Alias Design

Autodesk Factory Design Suite

imageStandard edition for effective factory design and detailing:

  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Autodesk Showcase
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Designer
  • Autodesk Factory Design Utilities
  • Autodesk Vault

Premium edition adds modeling and visualization:

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate

Ultimate edition adds advanced simulation and visualization:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional
  • Autodesk Navisworks Manage

AEC Division

Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012

The AEC division is pushing forward with more BIM interoperability.

imageStandard edition offers AutoCAD 2012 functionality with geospatial tools with Navisworks:

  • AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate

Premium adds 3D design features and tools paired with visualization:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk 3Ds Max Design

Ultimate adds powerful construction simulation:

  • Navisworks Manage

Autodesk Building Design Suite 2012

imageStandard concept design and layout functionality biased towards architectural needs, along with basic visualization:

  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD MEP
  • AutoCAD Structural Detailing
  • Autodesk Showcase
  • Autodesk SketchBook Designer

Premium adds the intuitive 3D power of Revit along with advanced visualization:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture
  • Autodesk Revit Structure
  • Autodesk Revit MEP
  • Autodesk 3Ds Max Design

Ultimate adds 3D modeling, simulation, and analysis:

Media and Entertainment Division

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2012

  • Autodesk 3Ds Max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Softimage
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk Motion Builder

General Design

Autodesk Design Suite 2012

  • Autodesk SketchBook Designer
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk Showcase

Premium adds:

  • Autodesk 3Ds Max Design

Ultimate adds:

  • Autodesk Alias Design