Autodesk has been working hard to migrate apps to the cloud and mobile devices. This is a huge departure from their roots as the most successful desktop computing software for CAD. In years past, Autodesk acquired and developed mobile apps at such speed it was tough to track them all in the Apple or Android store. At DevDays in 2013, Autodesk admitted they didn’t even know how many mobile apps they had.
Today, you can find a clean and tidy summary of all the Autodesk Mobile Apps right here!
Apps range from the educational, to enterprise awesomeness like BIM360 Glue. We encourage you to download and try them for yourself. We overviewed some of our favorites from the app store.
The new mainstream cloud storage, collaboration and 3D viewer from Autodesk. You can view, mark up, edit, comment, and version nearly any CAD, Revit, Navis, PDF or other compatible file. This is the future of Autodesk file storage and project collaboration. All you need is an Autodesk ID. It is cheap, easy to use, and a “no brainer”. Don’t think about it, just sign up. Your clients will love seeing their projects on their phone! Amazing! Sure beats FedEx’ing around drawing sets.
With A360 comes a tool A360 Drive that allows you to save files and work offline and synch them across apps. With many limitations, this tool still shows a lot of promise and we firmly believe that in the near future these generational kinks will be worked out and online mobile collaboration will be the dream we always dreamed in years past.
You haven’t seen anything yet! If you liked A360, you’ll be blown away by BIM360 Glue. It’s HingePoint’s favorite app of this generation of software. It is fully featured and the functionality seems to be almost bottomless.
A great app for field reviews, commenting, and getting mobile construction documents on the job site and out of the trailer. Ideal for construction inspections, project management and team work. But oddly enough, the first generation of Field didn’t integrate with BIM360 Glue. But we can expect Autodesk to integrate these products in the future.
BIM360 Plan is a project management tool in mobile format. Calendar views, charts and issues management all included in one mobile tool. For serious PMs, this tool may not impress but it has a lot of benefits and we love where this tool is heading. We need enterprise construction management tools in the field and this is a great place to start for your team. Check it out.
Finally! Unchained from the desktop, client and team members can now view and edit AutoCAD files on a phone! What a new day! Good by paper drawing sheets! Pull up all your CAD data on phones, tables, and mark it up, collaborate, view, comment, etc. all from the job site on or on the go.
Buzzsaw for Mobile
The world’s largest CAD file storage platform, known as Autodesk Buzzsaw, now has a mobile app. Access your Buzzsaw files from phones and tablets. What else can we say? It’s awesome. It is certainly better than the clunky desktop install of Buzzsaw… and the web-based Buzzsaw never really had the features we liked about the desktop version. Now you can relax and access your Buzzsaw files on the go. What’s not to like?
Summary: These descriptions and the link to Autodesk Mobile Apps should help you get a quick introduction to our favorite Autodesk apps. This is just a sample of the apps available, so visit the site to find the full list. We have provided a bit of a description for each resource so you can quickly determine if that is a link you should investigate first!
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