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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.
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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
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Product Design Suite Update Manager

Status: Solution Provided
by Alumni pfwhite on ‎10-10-2012 05:59 PM

The Product Design Suite should have an update manager that automatically searches for hotfixes and service packs. These updates could be presented in the Launchpad application for the user to apply the updates as this would like.


This would be a better way for users to become aware of and install all the various service packs and hotfixes that may affect the numerous programs they have available in the Product Design Suite.

Status: Solution Provided
Good news! The 2014 release of Product Design Suite includes a method to notify users of updates. Check out the Launch Pad in Product Design Suite 2014 and let us know how it works for you! Thanks, Janna Spicer, Product Manager for Product Design Suite
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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.

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we use VaultPro 2014 and we still have the issue, that only in the Vaultbrowser the fields from Vault are available to show (like eg. description or materialnumber).

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In the Modelbrowser it is not available (look at the lower screenshot). I miss these functions in the vault browser!

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My idea is to merge this to browsers together, so you do not need to change every time between these two.

Or to make all features available in Vault browser

2 Kudos

Upgrading to the latest version

Status: New Idea
by itravers on ‎08-28-2013 01:07 AM

Hi All,


I have being installing upgrades of these product suites for a few years now. The last couple of years, the amount of software that has to get uninstalled before you install the latest version is getting very time consuming. I only have 6 machines to look after and I fit it in around my actual engineering role.


I would find it really useful if on the next version, there were a tick box on the setup menu that said 'automatically uninstall previous version'.


That way I could set it off in the evening, let it run overnight to remove the old software and install the new software, come in in the morning to a rebooted machine ready to go  - all without the need for user interaction. It would be even better if I could configure the template paths as part of the setup, then it really would be ready to go, just link it to the vault and the user is away.


Anyway, it's just a thought. :smileyhappy:

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I want Inventor Fusion to come back

Status: Comments Requested
by Valued Contributor fprico ‎03-30-2014 02:19 PM - edited ‎03-30-2014 02:20 PM

As there is not an ideastation for Autocad, I write this here. I want Inventor Fusion to come again with Autocad. Very useful tool to edit solids and do some other things.

Status: Comments Requested
Hi fprico, Have you tried the new freeform and direct edit tools included with Inventor 2015? There are tons of improvements, which might already cover what you're looking for. You can get a free trial version here: Let me know your thoughts! -Janna
1 Kudo

Point Cloud Data

Status: New Idea
by tom.mcnulty on ‎06-27-2014 05:59 AM

The majority of my work involves the registration, analysis, manipulation and tracing of point cloud data (PCD). Below is a list of problems I face with PCD in the Product Design Suite (PDS) and features of other software packages that I find useful and would like to see included in Autodesk products.


I have seen some improvements with the handling of PCD within the PDS in the last couple of years however it does not cater for all of my PCD needs and as a result my workflow is still very disjointed with a wide range of software packages including: Faro Scene, Bentely Pointools, Pointools 4 Rhino, Recap and Inventor. I would love to solely use Autodesk products but they don't cut it at the moment.


I use Faro Scene for registration; I am aware that Recap Pro for an additional £3k plus cost per year. If it included additional features such as point cloud selection and RGB editing (painting tools) then I may be able to justify this expenditure as it would remove my requirment for Bentley Pointools which is fantastic for this and for creating animations. The RGB editing is a necessity for me as I often have to refine data prior to creating animations and simply deleting out people and objects just leaves big holes. 


One thing Recap does very well is handle the PCD. The scans can be navigated through with ease, rotating views etc is very smooth. Once the same scans are opened in Inventor things start to slow down. I have a 24gb computer with a decent graphics card which runs PCD in other packages seemlessly however once more than two or three scans are imported into Inventor it really struggles with rotating the data. Also taking sections of the data is quite a laborious process; I find Pointools 4 Rhino much more user friendly as it handles the PCD well and section lines can be dragged through the data. The addition of section lines in Inventor would be fantastic.



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It would be helpful if there was a way to 'customize' my launchpad by organizing the workflows and applications depending on how much I use them. For some applications and workflows that I use a lot I may want to create a favorites area that allows me to quickly access these items.

Status: Under Review
Excellent idea! Thanks for the suggestion!
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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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Undo Event

Status: New Idea
by odk4548 on ‎08-21-2014 12:09 PM

You should be able to select an area and undo only in the area selected.

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

Revit Mep

Status: New Idea
by chris.jones on ‎07-17-2014 10:38 PM

Have the ability to split ductwork into multiple lengths in Revit MEP, just like Autocad MEP.


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Its time to change how AutoCAD starts up

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎09-14-2014 05:05 AM

Instead of AutoCAD starting a new drawing on startup (Drawing1) why not switch that to the New Tab? Honestly, I would venture to guess that 90% of AutoCAD users are not starting a new drawing every time they open it. They are working on whatever drawing they were on the day before. Yes I know we can avoid this by setting STARTUP to 1 but don't you think its time for that to be the default setting instead of 0?? Its also time to change that startup window. The New Tab is great, just have startup pull that up now. Everything that old startup window has is in the New Tab. Start new drawing, open a drawing, recent drawings...the time has come to change the way AutoCAD starts up!

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I really do like the new system that shows what is new inside MAYA.  I like the idea when reading manual that seatlhes what have been updade and what is new inside of the context. However I think that you guys could improve the left INDEX bar (list of topics). You guys could put flag of what is new and what is updated straight on left menu(like a flag) or a sign color. Just by the right side of the word in the menu.

Therefore advanced users would not have to dig deeply in everysingle part of the documentation and find out, what have been updated and what is new.


Would be a great improvement to our documentation(manual) and I believe that is very easy to implement.


Thanks for give us the oportunity to post ideas and possible improvements.

Cleber Coutinho

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Why can't all file be DWG?

Status: Comments Requested
by Active Contributor djovica30 on ‎11-26-2013 09:07 PM

Have all files DWG and have interoperability betwwen suite programs?

Status: Comments Requested
Hi djovica30, DWG is a drawing file type, and is valid for most of the products in the Suite. Are there any specific workflows you are interested in using DWG, for which you haven't been successful? Thanks, Janna Spicer, Product Design Suite Product Manager
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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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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
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Revit for Product Desgn Suite

Status: New Idea
by Contributor Hyncharas on ‎07-29-2013 08:14 AM

I know it sounds odd, but suppose you are designing a new product for a business, and you don't have Building/Factory Design Suite.  Without it you can't import the model into a simulated environment, unless you use simply 3ds Max or Maya.


Traditionally I use LumenRT 4 Studio by E-On Software to demonstrate how a product may benefit a workplace, or work in conjunction with another product.  This incorporates a Revit plug-in so I can just drop the object into a 3d visualisation...


It would be great if Revit or a new, limited scope of the software was part of PDS.

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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
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