New at Autodesk...

I try not to post about Autodesk news, but here are some things that matter to me:
  • Revit Architecture has Mental Ray, the rendering engine from 3DS Max. It's amazing..and really will be helpful for our field visualization program.
  • Revit MEP supposedly has increased modeling functionality. I say supposedly because I haven't played with it yet, but I'm excited that it is getting better because we're going to be using it on our next project.
  • Autodesk NavisWorks 2009 has also been described, but it sounds a lot like JetStream v5. I think I'll have to wait until I see to really understand new features and what the acquisition really means. The only difference that i can see is that they are changing the names of the products to NavisWorks Review (core functionality of aggregation), NavisWorks Simulate (previously Timeliner) and NavisWorks Manage (previously Clash Detective). And of course, Freedom is the free view (no change there).
More on Autodesk 2009 BIM Solutions

Additionally, Green Building Studio has announced that Autodesk is going to acquire GBS. Autodesk is also acquiring Carmel Software, which is a
"developer of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) mechanical engineering software that enables engineers and architects to analyze their mechanical designs and help ensure sustainability goals are achieved."

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