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dpropson
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AutoCAD v. ADT

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09-19-2007 04:48 AM
Hello,
I am not a CAD expert, I'm a network administrator who is inquiring about going to AutoCAD 2008. I was asked the following question and do not know how to answer it. Any help is appreciated and can someone give me a quick tutorial on the differences between AutoCAD and Arch Desktop (or a link to that information)? Thanks.

"Can we try utilizing ADT 2008 in lieu of straight AutoCad. I believe there are significant opportunities to perform in a more efficient manner (2D format) with Architectural Desktop. I wonder if it is a way to also “stretch” our licenses"
*Doug Broad
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Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 05:25 AM in reply to: dpropson
Yes. If you are doing architectural work, ACA2008 has significant benefits even if you
are just using the productivity tools and objects for 2d plans and the detailing module. I
use it and benefit.


wrote in message news:5725627@discussion.autodesk.com...
Hello,
I am not a CAD expert, I'm a network administrator who is inquiring about going to AutoCAD
2008. I was asked the following question and do not know how to answer it. Any help is
appreciated and can someone give me a quick tutorial on the differences between AutoCAD
and Arch Desktop (or a link to that information)? Thanks.

"Can we try utilizing ADT 2008 in lieu of straight AutoCad. I believe there are
significant opportunities to perform in a more efficient manner (2D format) with
Architectural Desktop. I wonder if it is a way to also "stretch" our licenses"
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dpropson
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎05-30-2007
Message 3 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 05:55 AM in reply to: dpropson
Thanks, Doug, but what is ACA? Is that Arch. Desktop or AutoCAD? Sorry, CAD newbie here.
*Dean Saadallah
Message 4 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 06:15 AM in reply to: dpropson
ADT was renamed AutoCAD Architecture this year, ACA is the abbreviation
Autodesk uses for the product.

--
Dean Saadallah
http://ltisacad.blogspot.com
Add-on products for LT
http://www.pendean.com/lt
--
*Brad
Message 5 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 06:16 AM in reply to: dpropson
Autodesk renamed is products slightly in 2008, so ADT (Architectural
Desktop) is now called ACA (AutoCAD Architecture).

I am not an architect, but you may want to also consider another Autodesk
product called Revit. I am a civil engineer and have used Land Desktop and
Civil 3D. Civil 3D is a completely new program by Autodesk for civil work
that is replacing Land Desktop. I think Revit is along the same lines for
architecture. They are also doing the same thing with mechanical
engineering with MDT and Inventor. I have also used Inventor, but not MDT.
I can see that Inventor is way better than standard AutoCAD for mechanical
engineering.

Brad

wrote in message news:5725743@discussion.autodesk.com...
Thanks, Doug, but what is ACA? Is that Arch. Desktop or AutoCAD? Sorry,
CAD newbie here.
*Doug Broad
Message 6 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 08:01 AM in reply to: dpropson
Yes, have your CAD users experiment with both Revit and ACA by downloading
trial versions prior to making a decision which way to go. Many say that
Revit is a better building modeller but I see my students using both and
borrowing things from each program that work best for them.


"Brad" wrote in message
news:5725749@discussion.autodesk.com...
Autodesk renamed is products slightly in 2008, so ADT (Architectural
Desktop) is now called ACA (AutoCAD Architecture).

I am not an architect, but you may want to also consider another Autodesk
product called Revit. I am a civil engineer and have used Land Desktop and
Civil 3D. Civil 3D is a completely new program by Autodesk for civil work
that is replacing Land Desktop. I think Revit is along the same lines for
architecture. They are also doing the same thing with mechanical
engineering with MDT and Inventor. I have also used Inventor, but not MDT.
I can see that Inventor is way better than standard AutoCAD for mechanical
engineering.

Brad

wrote in message news:5725743@discussion.autodesk.com...
Thanks, Doug, but what is ACA? Is that Arch. Desktop or AutoCAD? Sorry,
CAD newbie here.
*Brad
Message 7 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 08:21 AM in reply to: dpropson
As for stretching your licenses, look into network versions so you can
easily share licenses across the network of users. That of course still
limits the number of users at one time to the number of licenses, but you
can have ten users with five licenses provided that only five are using it
at any one time. Call you local dealer for more information.

Brad

wrote in message news:5725627@discussion.autodesk.com...
Hello,
I am not a CAD expert, I'm a network administrator who is inquiring about
going to AutoCAD 2008. I was asked the following question and do not know
how to answer it. Any help is appreciated and can someone give me a quick
tutorial on the differences between AutoCAD and Arch Desktop (or a link to
that information)? Thanks.

"Can we try utilizing ADT 2008 in lieu of straight AutoCad. I believe there
are significant opportunities to perform in a more efficient manner (2D
format) with Architectural Desktop. I wonder if it is a way to also
"stretch" our licenses"
*Larry Bettes
Message 8 of 8 (170 Views)

Re: AutoCAD v. ADT

09-19-2007 09:07 AM in reply to: dpropson
Another interpretation of that "stretch" comment could be crossgrading the
existing licenses from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Architecture... and yes this can
be done. It definitely costs less than paying for all new licenses!

You can also upgrade standalone licenses to network licenses for a fee, if
that is the issue.

--
Larry Bettes
ACA (ADT), C3D (& LDT/CD)
(06, 07, & 08 with all SPs installed)
P4 - Dual Core 3.0 GHz, 3.00 GB RAM
nVidia GeForce 6800 GS AGP - 256 MB
Windows XP Pro, SP 2
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