AutoDesk to End Perpetual License Sales on July 31st

Game developers, visual artists, interior designers and other professions have relied on AutoDesk software packages to create professional content since the dawn of computers. In particular, AutoCAD has been widely used by architects to draft out property plans and construct an accurate 3D model. It’s one of the most useful applications ever created and become the industry standard for computer aided design. Unfortunately, the company, Autodesk has decided to follow in Adobe’s footsteps and end perpetual license sales on July 31st. This means companies and creative individuals will have to pay a subscription to access the software. Autodesk announced these changes on their website and released a brief statement which reads:

“For Autodesk products worldwide, we are phasing out perpetual licenses of our software. Our current subscription offerings will continue to evolve with options that allow you to access multiple products and to share licenses as you do today with perpetual licensing.”

Here is the entire list of products affected by this change:

Autodesk Design & Creation Suites:

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
Autodesk® Building Design Suite Premium
Autodesk® Building Design Suite Standard
Autodesk® Building Design Suite Ultimate
Autodesk® Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate
Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Premium
Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Standard
Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Ultimate
Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite Premium
Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite Standard
Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate
Autodesk® Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
Autodesk® Plant Design Suite Premium
Autodesk® Plant Design Suite Standard
Autodesk® Plant Design Suite Ultimate
Autodesk® Product Design Suite Premium
Autodesk® Product Design Suite Ultimate

Individual products:

Autodesk® Alias® AutoStudio
Autodesk® Alias® Concept
Autodesk® Alias® Design
Autodesk® Alias® SpeedForm
Autodesk® Alias® Surface
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Raster Design (Final date to purchase is March 20, 2016)
Moldflow Adviser Standard/Premium/Ultimate
Moldflow Insight Standard/Premium/Ultimate
Moldflow Synergy
Nastran
Nastran in-CAD
Vault Office
Vault Workgroup
Vault Professional
VRED
VRED Design
VRED Professional
VRED Render Node
VRED Server
Autodesk® CFD
Autodesk® CFD Advanced
Autodesk® CFD Design Study Environment
Autodesk® CFD Motion
Autodesk® Infrastructure Map Server
Autodesk® Infrastructure Map Server 5 Activations
Autodesk® Moldflow Design
Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical
Autodesk® Studio Wall
Autodesk® TruComp
Autodesk® TruComposites
Autodesk® TruContour
Autodesk® TruMulti-Tool
Autodesk® TruLaser

Other Products with projected end of sale in 2017

Autodesk® Advanced Steel
Helius Composite
Robot Structural Analysis
VRED Presenter

This is a really disappointing move, and I’ve never been too keen on software companies allowing you to use their applications via a subscription model. Admittedly, it’s useful in some situations when people only require the tools for a limited period, and it’s much cheaper to buy a month’s access. However, there needs to be freedom to use either business models and not force companies to pay a hefty monthly fee.

You Can Now Download Steam Controllers Designs For Free

Companies are normally quite protective over their property and designs. This often leads to people creating modifications and designs that are often a little rough around the edges. If you are a fan of the Steam controller then you won’t have this problem as you can now download the Stream Controllers designs for free on Steam.

The Steam controller was released in October last year and provides support for select games and lets you customise it a little. The difference here though is that you can download the computer-aided design (CAD) files to help you in creating your own custom controllers.

People were modifying the controller way before these files were released, with a Reddit thread featuring some of the mods people have made (a thread that is sure to explode thanks to 3D printers and the CAD files).

With two variations of the battery door already created and shared by valve on the download page (both can store and carry your wireless receiver for you), the ideas will surely just keep coming as players change the shape and design to increase comfort and add more features.

What would you add to your favourite controller? A drinks holder or maybe you’d like to try out a different button layout? Can this be anything but a good move for gamers and the creators of the Steam Controller alike? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

Panasonic Releases 20-Inch Sized 4K Toughpad Tablet

When it comes down to it, a tablet is really just a laptop without a keyboard and a laptop is just an all-in-one PC with a battery. With that in mind, there is no reason why a tablet shouldn’t come in big sizes and with big power. Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ-Y1 is both a large one and a powerful one that shouldn’t be discarded for going out of the norm.

The new Toughpad is designed for CAD designers among others and it is ready for one of the market-leading apps in this area, Solidworks. To back such a need, the Touchpad FZ-Y1 features a 5th generation Intel Core i7-5600U vPro processor with 2.6GHz base clock and a 3.2GHz Turbo. It is paired with an AMD FirePro M5100 graphics card and 16GB RAM. The storage space starts with a 256GB SSD and an optional 512GB upgrade is also available.

The display is a 20-inch IPS multi-touch that can recognize up to 10 fingers simultaneously and display 3840 x 2560 pixels. The 230 ppi and 15:10 aspect ratio should make the Toughpad tablet ideal for viewing and working with A3 size plans and designs. Touch isn’t always the most precise input and you can also get the optional Electronic Touch Pen that offers the ability to draw and make free-hand notes on the device with the freedom and creativity of pen and paper.

The Toughpad FZ-Y1 has plenty of connection options with USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, HDMI 2.0 INPUT (support HDCP2.2), Mini DisplayPortTM Output and Docking connector. It naturally also features wireless connectivity through Bluetooth and WLAN and comes with a built-in HD Webcam, microphone, and speakers. The installed OS is Windows 10 that optionally can be downgraded to Windows 7 professional, allowing more people to integrate it into their current business infrastructure.

You might already have guessed that such a tablet won’t come cheap, and you are absolutely right here. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1 starts at £3180 without VAT and it will be available at the end of December this year.

AMD Releases R9 Fury X Faceplate 3D Model

AMD looks to have mods in mind with their R9 Fury X graphics card. Many readers may have noticed that the faceplate for the Fury X might be removable. AMD has now noted that the move was partially intentional, allowing easy customizability. With that in mind, AMD has released the STP file for CAD software, allowing owners to easily create their own faceplate. I am sure many enterprising makers will create all kinds of designs for their Fury X.

Given the water cooling featured on the Fury X, there is very little need to say mod a fan bracket or something like that. More likely are some AMD inspired designs or maybe a clear window, though the faceplate of the Fury X usually won’t be seen in a regular build. Given some complaints about coil whine and pump buzzing, maybe those impacted can add some sound dampening material to help counter that as well.

As expected from most hardware, AMD will not be covering any damage to the card, faceplate or system caused by removing the faceplate. AMD is urging certain precautions like not tinkering with the card while it is powered, operating, installed in a system, and proper ESD protection. While I’m sure most users are well aware of the risks or lack thereof, you can never be too careful.

BenQ Announced the BL3201PH 32-Inch 4K2K IPS Monitor

BenQ has announced their latest monitor designed for CAD/CAM users, the BL3201PH 32-inch monitor with a 4K2K resolution of 3840×2160. While some might argue that this isn’t true 4K2K format, it’s the common term used by the industry itself and the width limitation comes from the 16:9 format instead of 19:10 as the format originally has.

Terminology aside, this looks like a stunning monitor featuring an IPS display with a 100-percent sRGB colour space that renders accurate and true-to-life colours. It has a static contrast of 1000 to 1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 20 million to 1, 178-degree viewing angles, and a 4ms grey to grey response time. Adjustment features include 150mm height,  -5 to 20 degrees tilt, and 45 degrees swivel in each direction.

One of the unique features of this monitor compared to the average consumer monitor is the CAD/CAM mode that alters the monitor’s colour and contrast settings to view highly detailed graphics information without ever missing a line again. The BL3201PH also got the Solidworks Certification to meet industrial demands for professional design monitors.

There are plenty of connection options on the BL3201PH with a DVI-DL port, two HDMI1.4 ports, a DisplayPport v 1.2, and a mini-DisplayPport 1.2. Audio connections are covered by headphone and line in jacks and it comes with built-in 5W stereo speakers. For the easy connectivity of other devices, it comes with a 5-port USB 3 hub where three ports are on the rear and two on the side.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BenQ

3D Builder App For Windows 8.1 Allows Easy 3D Object Creation

Microsoft are looking to stay up with the 3D printing trend with Windows 8.1 and the launch of their new App looks set to help 3D printer users with object creation.

Creating objects in 3D hasn’t always been an easy task, using CAD software can take a fair bit of training and creating something that will then also print out into a working 3D model of any significance can be even more difficult.

The new app from Microsoft aims to make things as easy as using a digital Lego set, the 3D Builder app uses a database of pre-designed objects that can be printed straight away, think 3D printer clip-art. Even better is that these parts can be combined to create new objects, such as wheels, blocks, even a model train and the rest is up to your imagination.

Should you already have some 3D models, be a dab hand with CAD yourself or maybe you just downloaded some models, then you can easily import and still modify those files within the new app.

Of course you still need the 3D printer to turn these objects into a reality, but the app is ready for anyone to use regardless.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.