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Autodesk releases AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015

10/14, 10:06am

Suites gain Dynamic Blocks, previously Windows-only features

Autodesk is now shipping the 2015 Mac editions of its flagship design products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. There are several major additions this year, including Dynamic Blocks, which can be used repeatedly in other design elements and simply tweaked in size and shape as needed. Improving parity with Windows, AutoCAD for Mac now also supports layer states, including data such as color and linetype.

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Briefly: Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated, Renegade iPhone 6 case

10/10, 3:37pm

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated for iOS

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.

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Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

09/16, 8:13am

Updated Autodesk video editor is put to the test

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out.

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Briefly: Civilization Rev 2 for iOS, Instructables app update

06/23, 4:20pm

2K Games announces July 2 launch of Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS

2K Games has announced that it will soon release a new iteration of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS and Android. The first title in the franchise specifically designed for mobile use, the game will combine core tactical elements of the series with a user interface specifically intended for touchpad devices. Historical leaders found in this version, as well as the first game, include Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and more, with new appearances from leaders such as Churchill and Kennedy. Available July 2, iOS users can download the game through iTunes.

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Autodesk debuts Spark open-source 3D printing initiative

05/14, 4:03pm

Software maker to offer own reference design and hardware

Autodesk -- best known for software such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max -- has announced a new open-source initiative for 3D printing, dubbed Spark. The platform is geared toward making printing simpler and more reliable for all parties involved, including designers, and hardware and software developers. On top of software efforts, Autodesk says it will release its own 3D printer reference design and hardware.

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Briefly: Autodesk's new Desktop Subscriptions, Stereo music app

05/09, 5:59pm

Autodesk announces availability of Desktop Subscriptions for Smoke 2015, Mudbox Digital Sculpting To

Autodesk has announced that its digital painting and 3D sculpting software, Mudbox 2015, as well as editing and effects software Smoke 2015, have been released and are now available in a Desktop Subscription format. Mudbox assists users in customizing 3D models for use in mobile and indie games and other 3D projects, and accelerates development while reducing production costs. Smoke 2015 has added an integrated timeline editor, visual effects tools, and various desktop tools, and support for OS X 10.9 as well as the new Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X. The Mudbox 2015's Desktop Subscription is priced at $10 per month, and Smoke 2015 is available in three payment options of monthly, quarterly or by the year, starting at $200 per month. More information about both Mudbox 2015 and Smoke 2015 can be found online.

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Autodesk announces Smoke 2015 with 3D Tracker, redone Timeline FX

04/07, 10:15am

Enhances hardware, software support

Autodesk has revealed Smoke 2015, the next edition of its video editing software. Upgrades this time around include an overhauled Timeline FX system, with added effects options including direct access to Action 3D compositing. A new 3D Tracker tool matches visual effects to camera movements, such as layers, text, or 3D objects.

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Autodesk debuts 2015 updates to Maya, 3ds Max, other render tools

03/18, 1:21pm

Softimage to be phased out

Autodesk has announced a slate of 2015-edition updates to its 3D animation programs, including 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, and Softimage. Perhaps the greatest focus is on Maya, which has been upgraded with features like the new Bifrost procedural effects system, the XGen arbitrary primitive generator for hair and vegetation, and geodesic voxel binding for character skinning. ShaderFX is a new node-based interface for shader programming, and the software also supports Pixar's OpenSubdiv libraries.

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Briefly: Skitch for iOS updated, Autodesk's Maya LT Extension updated

12/04, 3:55pm

Skitch iOS update restores PDF reading, markup support, web capture

The iOS version of screen capture and markup app Skitch (free) has been updated, mostly restoring features that were previously removed. Users can now once again open and read PDFs in the program, as well as markup and re-save a PDF (the latter feature requires an Evernote Premium account, however). Crop mode has been removed and various bugs fixed, and web capture has been added back in. Evernote, which bought Skitch two years ago, has dealt with continuing criticism over the company's changes to the program, which was originally created to quickly capture, annotate and share screenshots. Evernote Premium accounts cost $5 per month or $45 per year.

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Autodesk to supplement Autocad licensing with Adobe-like rentals

08/23, 5:42pm

Plans of program will be announced on October 2

In an earnings conference call on August 22, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that the company will reveal an "evolution" of its software licensing program. The new initiative will include the ability to rent part or all of its suite of software to users. The CEO expects that the new program will not eliminate outright purchase of the company's software.

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Autodesk Smoke Extension 1 to ship on May 29th

05/22, 3:56pm

Update to addd new trim tools, Blackmagic support

Autodesk has announced that its first major update for Smoke 2013, Extension 1, will go live on May 29th. The update adds two main features, beginning with support for Blackmagic video IO devices including the DeckLink, UltraStudio, and Intensity lines. The other is a new Trim View, accompanied by a set of dynamic trimming tools which should allow for faster editing.

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Autodesk updates Maya to 2014 edition, available now

03/28, 5:54pm

New version fixes long standing bugs, adds dozens of new features

Autodesk has unveiled the latest version of its 3D modelling, animation and rendering suite, Maya 2014. The new version offers improved display technology, accelerated modeling workflows, robust new systems for handling complex data, and creative toolsets. A new Modeling Toolkit panel presents a streamlined environment that enables artists to access new selection, transformation, and mesh-editing tools in one place for increased efficiency.

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Autodesk ships Smoke 2013 editing suite for Mac

12/17, 11:23am

Final release gets interface tweaks

Autodesk is now shipping Smoke 2013, the latest version of its editing and effects suite for the Mac. Aside from basic editing, the software can handle tasks like motion graphics, color correction, and 3D compositing. The 2013 edition brings in a new user interface, including the ConnectFX compositing system, which uses a node-based scheme designed to keep work within the main editing environment.

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Autodesk Magic Finger turns surfaces into touchscreens

10/22, 11:44am

Magic Finger will let users control smartphones with swipes over surfaces

Researchers from the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto, and Autodesk Research have teamed up to create a gadget called Magic Finger. It attaches to a user's finger and effectively turns any surface into a touchscreen as it tracks their movement. Still largely a working prototype, the device is said to be capable of connecting wirelessly to devices such as smartphones and trigger phone calls through gestures.

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Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60 million deal

07/17, 10:08am

New acquisition expected to stay mostly independent

Socialcam has been bought out by Autodesk in a deal worth about $60 million, reports All Things Digital. The arrangement should be finalized within the next 30 days. Rumors of Socialcam's acquisition have been circulating for months, and other potential buyers are said to have included Google and Zynga.

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Autodesk to roll out Scaleform for mobile development

07/10, 3:43pm

Flash-based gaming, app development platform

Autodesk today announced new versions of its Scaleform middleware targeted at mobile developers. Scaleform provides a means of producing user-interface environments as well as 2D games. The new software provides a Flash-based gaming and application platform and plugs into the Unity game engine, allowing designers to develop once and distribute across multiple operating systems quickly.

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Autodesk unveils revamped Smoke 2013 for Mac

04/15, 9:05pm

Autodesk Smoke 2013 reworks

Autodesk reworked its video editing and post-shot visual effects tool specifically for Mac users. Smoke 2013 brings a new, unified interface that mixes traditional, editorial track-based editing with Autodesk's own interface elements. A node-based compositing tool, ConnectFX, lets editors insert advanced effects without having to jump to a separate interface.

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AutoCAD 2013 sports cloud services, better modeling options

03/29, 4:45pm

Mac, Windows versions debut simultaneously

Autodesk has launched AutoCAD 2013, a major update of its flagship design software. New to the program are links with the Autodesk 360 cloud service; this lets a user access a project anywhere with Internet access, as well as collaborate with distant coworkers. The emphasis on sharing in fact extends down to posting content on Facebook and Twitter.

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First look: Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac

01/26, 6:05pm

Autodesk continues to focus on Mac ecosystem

After a successful year on the Mac App Store, Autodesk is continuing to focus on the Mac platform for its 2012 product lineup. MacNN talked with Autodesk product managers this week in San Francisco, where the company provided an early peek at its Inventor Fusion modeling software for Mac OS X.

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Tim Cook set to gain nearly $100M in vesting stock

01/05, 4:40pm

Will beat out Schmidt, other tech leaders

Apple CEO Tim Cook may be about to vastly increase his personal wealth, notes an executive compensation tracking firm, Equilar. Parts of two separate restricted stock unit grants belonging to Cook are vesting in the current quarter. Based on Apple's closing stock price on December 30th, the shares are estimated to be worth about $96.2 million.

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Autodesk releases free Motion FX app for Lion

08/24, 3:35pm

Bases camera effects on Maya

Autodesk has released Motion FX, a free app for OS X Lion. The title is essentially a showcase for the fluid effects in Maya, Autodesk's professional rendering suite; as it samples video from a Mac's camera, one of over 80 preset effects responds to the motion. Some example presets include Fire, Smoke and Rainbow Plasma.

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AutoCAD LT 2012 arrives on Mac App Store

08/16, 3:20pm

LT released ahead of full software

Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD LT 2012 has been released on the Mac App Store. The LT release serves as a downsized edition of the full AutoCAD 2012 package, which is set to late in the week. Users can take advantage of 2D drafting and detailing tools for creating and editing technical drawings, saved in the popular DWG file format supported by the range of AutoCAD software for Mac and Windows machines.

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Autodesk 'working round the clock' on AutoCAD for Lion

07/12, 10:50am

Warns current software not compatible

Autodesk engineers are "working round the clock" on OS X Lion support for AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, according to a notice on the company's support pages. The developer in fact warns of "undesirable side effects" when trying to use the design suite in Lion. These include "issues with printing/plotting, Customer Error Reporting (CER), and more."

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AutoCAD coming to Android phones and tablets

04/12, 12:35pm

AutoCAD due for Android devices in April

Autodesk on Tuesday said it planned to bring AutoCAD WS to Android-based smartphones and tablets before the end of the month. The version comes after the iPad and iPhone adaptation and will have the same basic editing and collaboration tools intact. Company Senior VP Amar Hanspal told AllThingsD it was a reaction to demand after the iOS version and that it would likely do well in "certain geographies" where Android was popular.

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Maya 2012 to bring viewport, sequencing upgrades

03/01, 5:40pm

Shares enhancements with 3ds Max

In tandem with the announcement of 3ds Max 2012, Autodesk has additionally revealed Maya 2012. The modeling, effects and animation suite is getting several improvements, such as a new viewport with fullscreen rendering options like motion blur and depth-of-field. The viewport has also gained a new API, batch rendering functions and component and manipulator displays.

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Autodesk preps 3ds Max 2012 for April

03/01, 3:40pm

3ds Max Design info coming later this month

Autodesk has taken the wraps off of 3ds Max 2012, the next major upgrade of its professional modeling, animation and rendering suite. One planned improvement is the switch to a new, multithreaded graphics engine, claimed to improve both speed and quality. The engine should better exploit modern GPUs and CPUs.

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AutoCAD WS 1.2 for iOS gets Snap Previews, copy/paste

02/24, 4:15pm

New localizations include Chinese, French, German

Autodesk has updated its flagship iOS app, Autodesk WS, bringing it to v1.2. The CAD tool has gained several critical upgrades, including layouts and the ability to cut, copy and paste text or objects. A feature called Snap Preview magnifies an area to help with selections or drawing.

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Google Docs adds support for Pages, Photoshop, AutoCAD

02/18, 5:20pm

Pages among 11 other formats

Google on Friday gave Google Docs its first real file format update with 12 new standards. The release supports an Apple-specific format for the first time and will let users read Pages documents in-browser. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop images also now work, and modelling gets its first support through recognition of Autodesk's AutoCAD.

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OnLive expands to apps, shows Maya 'running' on an iPad

12/07, 1:35pm

OnLive gets into streaming apps

OnLive at the D: Dive Into Mobile show today expanded its scope beyond just gaming with plans to stream regular apps and websites to other devices. The company targeted it at mobile users and showed apps and features running through the OnLive Viewer iPad client (free, App Store) that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Users could run an instance of Internet Explorer with Flash on Apple's tablet, or even a high-end professional rendering app like Autodesk's Maya, chief executive Steve Perlman proved on stage.

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Autodesk ships AutoCAD 2011 for Mac

10/15, 11:25am

Software absent for over a decade

As promised in August, Autodesk has begun shipping the first new Mac version of AutoCAD to be released in over 18 years. The program carries over most features of the recent Windows editions, and uses similar interface tropes. Some notable differences include the ability to browse files through Cover Flow, or use multi-touch gestures on Apple controllers like the Magic Trackpad.

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AutoCAD comes to iPhone, iPod, iPad

09/29, 12:45pm

Allows editing, sharing

Autodesk has launched AutoCAD WS, an iOS version of the company's desktop CAD software. The app lets users view, share and edit DWG files. External references, layers, and image underlays are incorporated, and while editing users can move, rotate and scale objects. Special tools allow for shape creation, text annotations and distance measurement.

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Autodesk confirms AutoCAD for Mac, iOS app

08/30, 11:30pm

Release slated for October

Autodesk has confirmed earlier reports suggesting AutoCAD will return to the Mac platform sometime in October, alongside a companion app for iOS devices. The popular 2D/3D design and engineering software spent the last 15 years as a Windows-only offering, although early versions were offered for both platforms.

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First screenshots back upcoming AutoCAD for Mac

05/24, 11:10am

App should support 64-bit, Magic Mouse

AutoCAD is indeed coming to the Mac, a report says. In April, code comments in ObjectARX 2011 SDK files were noted to be pointing to a Mac port. These have been backed up with new screenshots of an early beta, codenamed Sledgehammer Beta 1. The release is said to be 64-bit native, and already supporting multi-touch gestures via a Magic Mouse.

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Autodesk Homestyler for 3D home/garden design, AutoCad 2011?

04/19, 9:05am

Mac AutoCAD 2011 beta may be in the works

Autodesk has released an online home and garden design application, Homestyler, and is rumored to be about to release a Mac-native version of AutoCAD 2011, according to Architosh. Homestyler is a cloud-based 3Ddesign application oriented toward non-professionals but capable of exporting 2D/3D info in Autodesk DWG and Revit versions. It quickly creates floor plans with manufacturer-based items, using drag-and-drop to relocate items. It has been released as a public beta and is free.

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Autodesk Maya 2011 brings new UI, 3D editorial capabilities

03/09, 8:55pm

Mudbox, FBX also udpated

Autodesk on Tuesday announced Maya 2011, along with updates to its Mudbox and FDX utilities for Mac OS X. The latest version of Maya features a redesigned user-interface based on Nokia Qt, with simpler customization and dockable elements. The graphics core has been revamped to improve performance with complex scenes, while also enhancing the viewport feedback.

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Autodesk begins shipping Smoke 2010 for Mac

12/15, 10:20am

Suite handles editing, visual effects

Autodesk has begun shipping the Mac version of Smoke 2010, its high-end video production suite. The software is described as an editorial finishing tool, combining normal timeline editing with visual effects. Users can for instance implement 3D titles, color correction, compositing and/or rotoscoping.

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Sapphire 5 to push render speeds, floating point support

11/24, 10:30am

Autodesk version to be available first

GenArts has announced Sapphire 5, an upcoming upgrade for its signature plug-in suite. The current collection includes over 200 processing and synthesis effects, in categories such as lighting, film, warping and textures. Versions are available for several different editing platforms, including Avid, Autodesk, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

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Autodesk's Smoke 2010 to come to Macs

11/20, 9:15am

High-end production suite making platform debut

Autodesk will soon launch a Mac version of Smoke, a demonstration at Japan's InterBEE expo confirms. The software is a high-end video production suite, costing approximately $15,000. It is capable not only of conventional editing tasks, but also handling audio, painting, text and various visual effects.

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Autodesk brings out SketchBook Mobile for iPhone

09/17, 10:40am

Aims for professional-level illustration

Autodesk has released SketchBook Mobile, a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The title uses the same engine as the desktop-based SketchBook Pro, and attempts to imitate many of its illustration functions. SketchBook Mobile includes an assortment of pencil, pen, marker and airbrush tools, and supports the creation of custom brushes on top of 25 preset ones.

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Autodesk announces mental ray standalone renderer

08/11, 7:40pm

mental ray 7.5 standalone

Autodesk has unveiled a new standalone version of its mental ray renderer. The application is used to create photorealistic or stylized 3D imagery by utilizing a ray-tracing engine. The software works independently of other Autodesk 3D programs using a command-line interface, while an enhanced shading language enables users to extend the Autodesk 3D shader library.

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Autodesk debuts Mudbox 2009 for Mac

04/27, 4:20pm

Autodesk Mudbox 2009

Autodesk has released the Mac version of Mudbox 2009, one of its newest graphics utilities. The software is designed for texture and modeling artists, and provides tools for painting, texturing and retouching 3D models. The texturing workflow -- which supports bump, diffuse, specular and reflection textures -- is said to be new, with options like a Projection brush and the ability to apply multiple maps to multiple meshes at the same time.

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Autodesk brings Alias to Mac OS X [u]

02/24, 10:15pm

Autodesk Alias on Mac

Autodesk has finally brought its Alias design and rendering suite to Macs. Though well-known, the software was previously only available for the Windows platform, limiting its practical application in an industry where Mac software is relatively common. A senior product marketing manager at Autdoesk, Rob Hoffmann, is however known to have said the Mac is no more or less important than Windows or Linux.

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