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Inventor Publisher

Status: Future Consideration
by jamest on ‎10-24-2012 05:10 PM

I am sure this has been brought up countless times before however i would love to see Inventor Publisher included in PDS



Status: Future Consideration
Thanks for the feedback - we'll add this to the list of requests for a future release.
28 Kudos

Product Design Suite Addition

Status: Under Review
by *Expert Elite* on ‎11-27-2012 05:24 PM

I would like Autodesk to seriously consider adding Autocad P&ID to Product Design Suite to round out the package for skid mounted Routed Systems design industries.  Industries such as mine require the use of Inventor Routed Systems, Autocad Electrical AND Autocad P&ID.  Currently Product Design Suite and/or Plant Design Suite only include 2 of the 3.  I think either one or the other suites should include all 3 for a more fully rounded package.  Mentioned this to the Product Manager at AU2012, and putting the ide here was his suggestion... so lets kudo this sucker up and get it rolled into the 2014 packges.  :smileyvery-happy:

Status: Under Review
Hi cbenner and tahdesign - Thanks for your feedback! I'd like to move this suggestion to our Product Design Suite IdeaStation, so we can consider the input in context there. Also, would you be willing to have a short phone conversation with me, so I can better understand the kind of applications you're working on? I'll send you a private message with this request as well. Thanks, Janna Janna Spicer Product Manager, PrDS
7 Kudos

Buy a 1.5 Suite

Status: New Idea
by Active Contributor djovica30 on ‎12-15-2013 04:56 PM

Why don't you sell a 1.5 Suite, where customers can buy a 1.5 Suite and use two suite products simulataneously? i.e. One guy using inventor, one guy using showcase, 3ds Max or sketchbook designer or AutoCAD, etc.. but you can't use two instances of the same product.


Many of my clients want to be able to use a second program in the suite for short term stints like marketing doing visuals or the product development manager using sketchbook, etc. and it's notthe engineer who wants to use it.


Sell it as a SLM or NLM, charge 50% more on the licence and on the subs. It's one 360 account.

If they need another user, (e.g. one uses Inventor, one uses AutoCAD, one uses Sketchbook), then they can pay another 50%, an add-on to the 1.5 and make it a 2.0, 2.5, etc. but if they need two seats of Inventor, they buy two PrDS suites.


That way you're actually getting the suite to do what it was intended to do, growing the pool of licences and integrating it better in the workplace. In its current form its only being used by the designers or engineers who are too busy doing their work and are not utilising the suite to it's full potential. The engineer has enough work on his plate than to also learn 3ds Max when there's a guy in marketing already that knows how to use it.


Clients don't see the value of buying 2 PrDS' when the second user is only using it for Sketchbook or knocking up a quick AutoCAD drawing or doing a minor edit.


Instead of someone buying PrDS and then AutoCAD Electrical becuase they can't afford 2x rPDS-P's, they can buy a PrDS-P 1.5 and have both mech and elec guys working inconjunction and both enjoy the benefits of the suite too.

1 Kudo

Vault family

Status: New Idea
by bendesign04 on ‎12-31-2013 05:57 PM

I would like to see the traditionally vault family of pay for products in the suites so vault pro in the ultimate suite, vault collaboration in the premium suite and vault work group in standard.

1 Kudo

Customise or consolidate

Status: Future Consideration
by Distinguished Contributor O.Maille on ‎04-23-2013 09:50 AM

I just reinstalled the infrastructure design suite premium following a fresh install of windows. As I use a SSD as my primary drive I decided to install the programs to my secondary drive, the result was a loss of 14.4 GB from primary and 17.7 GB from secondary drive. Assuming the building design suite will be the same size that's 60GB for drawing software. That is bad enough but I know from previous cleanups of autodesk installs a large portion of that is duplicate content, given the array of programs included in the suites can shared libraries not be utilised more effeiently? Why is 14.4GB of content on a drive where the programs are not installed? Essentially there must be huge potential to streamline the suite to deliver a more joined up approach.


The alternative is to keep having to jump between multiple programs on one machine to get anything done meaning massive CPU and RAM requirements as we have at the moment. The only advantage to this setup is that there should be potential for customised design suites?

For example I do not need visualisation programs yet >50% of the suite is for vis (navis, 3ds, IW...), I do need design software but most of it is either in the ultimate suite or not maintained. I would prefer a suite with; Robot, SSA, C3D, M3D, RA and forget about the rest OR allow me to hire somebody to mess around with all the visual stuff on another PC to see if there is any value in it.


The programs and plugins could  be easily tiered to allow people pay for a set number of apps from each tier this would not only give the client a better product Autodesk might learn what apps are pointless



Status: Future Consideration
Hello O. Maille, This is the Idea Station for Product Design Suite, but I think your point is still valid in this context. We are looking at ways to make the suites more valuable to our customers, and your suggestion is an interesting one. We'll include this in the input for future product and suite planning. Thanks! Janna Spicer, Product Manager for Product Design Suite
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I am attempting to install the design suite on a stand alone HP Z620 that is running all latest MS software (Win 7). The suite hangs up at step 44 of 46 remaining, when it is trying to install ACAD Mechanical 2014, and gives an error message that says "Allied Product is not found". Then the installation program stops running and shows all the products that did not install.


I suspected it was because there was no AutoCAD installed, and so I went to my subscription site and tried to download ACAD but the latest version I could find for myself was 2012. I downloaded that version and attempted to install it on my machine, but could not get past the serial number screen as the serial number and product version numbers would not match. 


So, I have no ACAD on my machine and the Suite Ultimate refuses to install any more programs. I have attempted to reinstall the suite without any luck. This machine is new to me, only 5 mo. old, and I did transfer Inventor 2013 from the last year's suite onto the machine (but not the rest of the 2013 Suite Ultimate, only Inventor). 2014 Suite Ultimate was meant to be installed entirely on this new workstation as the other one has been retired. Does anyone have any ideas as to a next move?

0 Kudos

Managing Suite Network Licenses (Automated Tiered Network License Control)

Status: New Idea
by Valued Contributor pmascaro on ‎01-03-2013 09:56 AM - last edited on ‎01-03-2013 09:58 AM |

There has to be a better way to deploy licensing across corporations. I'm in the process of upgrading our North American licensing to 1 Consolidated licenses server.


There should be away to install any application or suite in any order and have the license server see and use the lowest license in the pool of licenses. I understand that this was an oversight at first but I would say the workaround should not be considered long term solution and some serious thought should go into managing license pools from within suites.


What the current license structure means for me:


I will have to create multiple deployments onto an external hard Drive. Then send a drive to all IT managers and make sure they first install AutoCAD, then IDSS, then IDSP, then P&ID, then PDSU.


I also for a fail Safe. I have to exclude the lower apps from the higher deployments. (eg. IDSP will exclude Map 3D and AutoCAD from the deployment)


This is a logistical nightmare and makes annual subscription upgrades extremely difficult for my dept. Alone, much less when I strait building the deployments for North America.


I hope this helps and that you consider building tiered licensing into your network suites. You have tiered solutions for applications now (suites) but no tiered solution for licensing these suits... Installing in order is a workaround not a long term solution.


Push the suites for all that they are worth, but please don't forget to clean the crumbs that are left behind...

This is a mess....



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Issue with installation of Product design Ultimate Suite

Status: Solution Provided
by johnb on ‎01-02-2013 06:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-02-2013 06:01 PM |

Having a major issue currently with installing my AutoDesk Ultimate Suite. Problem is quite simple while the solution seems to be rather annoying. I have my computer built in a newer, more technology update fashion. I run a small yet fast SSD to only run my OS. The issue is this leaves practically no additonal space on my boot C: drive. I have a couple of other hard drives specifically for music, games, other very large programs. Well like any other major brand of software AutoDesk is attempting to install all of the Product suite, which is around 8-9GB of data on my boot drive C:. Put simply I just can not do that, the issue is I have not found a way to install the program on my alternative (non boot) drives and am quite frustrated.


Any help?


I am currently very frustrated as this install process seems to be very old fashion as new technology has surpassed the needs to have a massive, yet very slow main C: drive. 


Of course as luck would be it I can not get in contact with anyone from AutoDesk. 

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Status: Duplicate
by ar-ge on ‎05-07-2014 01:54 AM

Ancak ben Inventor Publisher PDS dahil görmek isteriz önce defalarca gündeme olmuştur eminim.

onun mucidi yayıncı gerekir

Status: Duplicate
Hi there, This idea is a great one, and has been suggested in an earlier post. I'm marking this one as a duplicate so all "kudos" can be consolidated under the original post. Thanks! Janna
0 Kudos

Alias Automotive instead of Alias Design?

Status: New Idea
by Contributor Hyncharas on ‎07-27-2013 09:27 PM

Product Design Suite is known for making products for many different industries, but much of these have mechanical and hydraulic components in them, which is why the suite is used a lot in the development of equipment for Construction and Agriculture - combine harvesters, tractors, bulldozers, etc.  Therefore it struck me as odd, given the suite has "Mechanical" and "Electrical" aspects of AutoCAD, why it features Alias Design; not Alias Automotive used to create one of the most widespread products available.


Whilst the manufacture of automobiles and other modes of transport are an industry, the vehicles themselves are built for demographics of end-users based on a list of specific criteria, much like a vacuum cleaner or washing machine.  Alias Automotive also offers all the features of Design, in addition to more advanced visualisation tools that are useful in easily adjusting the surface of a model, so it may more efficient in the final product.


I will stress, however, should Automotive be added to PD Ultimate, Premium and Standard could also include Alias Design so customers in the lower suites still benefit from the change.

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In Adesk Premium I would would Not like to install : electrical, 3DSMAX design, Mudbox and


Showcase and inventor standard as I would like to install Inventor with routed systems.


 Adesk standard suite: mainly I would like to install only :AutoCAD Mechanical with Sketchbook.


Is it any issue TO NOT install full standard / premium suites? If yes, what is the issue please ?


Many thanks for your answer.

Kind regards


Status: Solution Provided
You can definitely decide which products you'd like to install. There are checkboxes that will be shown during the installation procedure. Thanks, Janna
0 Kudos

include sketchbook Pro agaain with Product Design Suite

Status: New Idea
by Active Contributor _DanSolo_ on ‎01-18-2015 10:46 AM - last edited on ‎01-18-2015 10:47 AM |

Put Sketchbook Pro back in to Product Design Suite. :smileymad:

Not sure why it was removed....but I would like it back. The value of Product Design suite was reduced in 2015 when it was taken out.

0 Kudos

Project web site

Status: Solution Provided
by moneyman20121 on ‎09-15-2013 11:25 AM

im  making this user friendly website that will use autodesk/solidworks and all other 3d soft ware

and work together in file downloading and uploading ...can i get any help in contacting the right people in autodesk to get

into the right channels

Status: Solution Provided
Hi there, you might want to check out where we already have a capability like this implemented. If you are looking to develop something else, you may want to consider becoming a member of the Autodesk Developer Network:
0 Kudos

Prodcut Design Suite Standard

Status: New Idea
by brotherkennyh on ‎01-28-2015 05:16 AM

Why is there not a Product Design Suite Standard?

Each company I have worked for have only really made use of Inventor, Vault, AutoCAD and sometimes Showcase.

It would good to have a standard package with only these components.

Certainly the company I currently work for would be considering more licences if we could shed the cost of the programs we do not use. Surely other people are in a similar position?

0 Kudos

how can we change elemnt colour when 3d max started ?

Status: Comments Requested
Hi Kamal, could you give me a little more context for your question? Are you moving a design from Inventor to 3DS Max when you want to change the element color, or in the middle of another type of workflow? Thanks, Janna
0 Kudos

sketchbook pro

Status: Solution Provided
by alrobinson on ‎10-08-2013 09:21 AM

How is it possible to import sketchbook pro files into inventor?


I don't want to know how to do it in designer due to Autodesk not making it anymore thanks.


Thanks in advance!

Status: Solution Provided
Hi alrobinson, Inventor is able to accept the following image types: BMP GIF JPG PNG You can export your SketchBook Pro image as one of these filetypes, and then import into Inventor with the following steps: From Inventor- Create a new Part Create a new 2D Sketch From the Sketch Menu on the Ribbon, select Insert (tab) --> Insert Image (button) Navigate to your image. Note - Inventor prefers that your image be located in the active project, however it's not absolutely required. Hope that helps! -Janna
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