Designers, Autodesk's 2016 Design Suite has been announced

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Designers, Autodesk's 2016 Design Suite has been announced

Autodesk is moving towards a subscription-only model rather than the traditional perpetual licensing where you pay once and use the software for as long as you wish.

While Autodesk made its name with design tools for the engineering and architecture markets, a series of acquisitions over the last 20 years has allowed the company to address the requirements of designers in a much wider range of fields.

Consequently, the just-announced Autodesk 2016 Design Suites are packaged in a variety of versions to meet the needs of designers working on projects from infrastructure to entertainment.

AutoCAD Design Suite prices currently start at $320 per month for AutoCAD Design Suite standard edition. The company did not announce pricing for the 2016 editions which go on sale on or after 16 April 2015 - Autodesk didn't say when they will reach Australia, only that the release date "varies by country."

The foundation products for all the suites are AutoCAD (computer aided design), ReCap (creation of 3D models from laser scans and photos) and 3ds Max (3D modelling, animation and rendering). New features in the 2016 release include faster and more precise design, and support for more laser scan formats.

From there, other programs from Autodesk's portfolio are added to suit specific industries. Suites are available for building, infrastructure, plant, product and factory design, and entertainment creation.

Autodesk is moving towards a subscription-only model rather than the traditional perpetual licensing where you pay once and use the software for as long as you wish.

The 2016 suites provide subscribers with better integration with Autodesk Cloud 360 services, including access to additional cloud services (apparently available at extra cost) such as faster rendering and visualisation capabilities, simulation, analysis and collaboration tools. Installation, management and upgrades are said to have been simplified.

Autodesk has also introduced an account portal allowing customers to track and manage all their Autodesk products and services.

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