PR—At its World Press Days event, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ADSK) today announced the latest versions of its geospatial software solutions, which
provide users in utility and telecommunications organizations and government agencies with
a powerful, affordable and flexible geospatial platform. Enhancements in AutoCAD Map 3D
2009, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2009 and AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 software
applications build on the solutions’ fundamental properties of open data access and
interoperability with other design, GIS and IT systems. In addition, the new products offer an
enhanced, intuitive user environment and new tools to help organizations quickly capitalize
on their staff’s expertise with AutoCAD software and with existing spatial data.
“Global infrastructure is falling farther behind the needs of emerging and developed nations,
and the organizations and agencies that must address the issue are grappling with a
shortage of experienced workers,” said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial.
“Autodesk geospatial solutions combine design and geospatial information without requiring
difficult customization, so that users can make fast, insightful decisions and improve
engineering standards—and ultimately, accelerate project completion.”
With its 2009 geospatial solutions, Autodesk is expanding on two key principles that address
customers’ needs: an open, flexible and interoperable geospatial platform, and tools that are
easy to learn and use. The latest enhancements build on an open architecture that preserves
data integrity and helps ensure that vital design and spatial asset information moves in and
out of systems easily. The software applications and their open application programming
interfaces serve as the basis for solutions purpose-built for utility companies by Autodesk and
third-party software developers.
Geospatial Platform Is Even Easier to Use
As part of its commitment to interoperability and flexibility, Autodesk has continued to take
steps to help customers make the most of their hardware and software investments.
AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 software reflects that effort: The software has been validated with
Citrix Presentation Server software through the Citrix Ready program, offering customers
more deployment options. Customers can take advantage of AutoCAD Map 3D software and
the Citrix application delivery environment’s support for consolidated delivery and single-point
management, in pursuit of efficient, cost-effective design and spatial data solutions.
Other significant new functionality in AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 enhances the user environment
and builds on Feature Data Object or FDO technology, a central component of the Autodesk
geospatial platform that allows customers to work with the data format they prefer and helps
ensure consistent access to data regardless of source or location.
• Automatic installation of AutoCAD 2009 software—Installation of AutoCAD Map 3D
2009 software automatically installs AutoCAD 2009 software, so customers can take
advantage of proven, reliable, industry-leading software (see related press release,
“Autodesk Introduces Productivity Boosts to AutoCAD Software,” Feb. 12, 2008).
• Powerful user interface enhancements—The new Expression Builder provides a
consolidated user interface for all functions, including query and math functions from
FDO data sources.
• Faster data creation and editing—Key editing and attribute creation tasks have been
simplified and improved with the addition of standard AutoCAD commands for geospatial
data accessed through FDO technology. New split and merge rules enable easy editing
of polygon objects.
• Cleaner, more informative maps and plans—Labeling and annotation updates
enhance designs, maps and plans that use data accessed through FDO technology.
Tools Extend Value of Scanned Data
AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 software plays a part in more efficient spatially enabled design,
as well. The application extends the power of AutoCAD software and AutoCAD-based
applications to make the most of scanned drawings, maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery
and digital elevation models. AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 works with Autodesk geospatial
solutions and other AutoCAD 2009 software-based applications, and includes a new ribbonstyle
interface for quicker, visual access to commands that helps improve user productivity.
Web Mapping Platform Features Innovation from Open Source Community
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software provides a powerful mapping platform for delivering
geospatial information quickly, easily and cost-effectively via the Web. Based on MapGuide
Open Source, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise couples the innovation of a broad community
of developers with quality assurance and support characteristic of a proprietary application.
The latest release incorporates Flexible Web Layouts, based on the recent contribution of
Fusion technology to the MapGuide Open Source community by DM Solutions Group.
Flexible Web Layout technology helps speed development of Web mapping applications
created with Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2009 and with MapGuide Open Source 2.0
(recently released at http://www.osgeo.org/mapguide). With Flexible Web Layouts, Web
designers and software developers do not need specific geospatial application development
expertise to create Web mapping applications.
Autodesk MapGuide Studio 2009 software, the authoring environment within Autodesk
MapGuide Enterprise software, also supports Flexible Web Layouts and makes it easy for
developers to switch between a set of design templates and click-and-drag application
Support for Efficient, Cost-Effective Engineering Services
“We are a long-time user of Autodesk geospatial software, and Autodesk solutions help us
improve our business processes by leveraging engineering design information to better
manage our assets,” said Greg Braswell, water/wastewater information manager of the San
Francisco Department of Public Works. “Autodesk products allow us to integrate our asset
management and GIS with our engineering, design and construction teams; improve
our workflow and data accuracy while saving money; and get the right information to the right
people at the right time.”
AutoCAD Map 3D 2009, the Autodesk MapGuide 2009 family of products and AutoCAD
Raster Design software are scheduled to be available in the spring. Product availability will
vary by country. Details and purchasing options will be accessible starting March 25, 2008, at
http://www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions. Information and selected content from Autodesk
World Press Days may be found at http://www.worldpressdays08.com.