Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2000i Internet Design Platform

Autodesk has announced AutoCAD 2000i, the company’s new platform for Internet-driven design. AutoCAD 2000i, the Internet edition of Autodesk’s flagship product, is the technology foundation for design solutions serving the building design, communications, government, utilities, land development, and manufacturing industries.

New capabilities within AutoCAD 2000i improve communication and collaboration throughout the customer’s organization—design clients, suppliers, vendors, and other project team members. These capabilities include publishing design data on the Web, hosting online meetings, accessing design information from the worldwide design community, and dragging content from manufacturers’ websites and dropping it into drawings.

Autodesk’s goal is to take its customers to the Internet via three primary initiatives: Web enabling its desktop products, developing browser-based applications, and creating portals such as Autodesk Point A, Redspark.com, and Buzzsaw.com to aggregate online communities that foster interaction, customer care, learning, and business-to-business e-commerce.

Through the iDesign initiative, Autodesk is introducing nine fully integrated, industry-specific solutions based on the new AutoCAD 2000i platform. This suite of compatible solutions connects customers’ design processes to the Internet and to their company’s intranet and extranet, enabling better communication of design information with team members, clients, and suppliers.

The industry-specific software products that share the new features and functionality of the AutoCAD 2000i platform include AutoCAD Architectural Desktop Release 2i, AutoCAD Land Development Desktop Release 2i, Autodesk Civil Design Release 2i, Autodesk Survey Release 2i, Autodesk CAD Overlay 2000i, AutoCAD Mechanical 2000i, Mechanical Desktop® 5, AutoCAD Map 2000i, and 3D Studio VIZ Release 3i.

In addition to Microsoft Windows 2000 compatibility, AutoCAD 2000i incorporates many new Internet features to increase user productivity through enhanced communication and collaboration:

Publish to Web allows AutoCAD users to seamlessly and easily publish drawings to the Web using a simple wizard.

AutoCAD Today provides information access via a live browser connection to the Autodesk Point A design portal through an HTML-based window inside AutoCAD. Users can access up-to-date content through links to Autodesk Point A sections including Design Content, Community, Resources, User Assistance, and Web Applications.

MeetNow uses Microsoft’s NetMeeting technology for hosting meetings on the Internet and intranet, offering real-time electronic presentation and collaboration capabilities.

Hyperlink dialog box lets users insert hyperlinks into objects and brings a modern Microsoft Office 2000 look and feel to hyperlink interactions in AutoCAD 2000i.

i-drop Web publishing support allows users to simply drag AutoCAD objects directly from content providers’ Web pages and drop them into an AutoCAD 2000i drawing.

AutoCAD 2000i is available today in International English. French, Italian, German, and Japanese versions are expected to be available within 30 days; Spanish, Nordic, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions within 60 days; and Eastern European versions within 90 days.

For added customer convenience, AutoCAD 2000i is available for purchase electronically through the Autodesk online store at www.autodesk.com/purchase for customers in the United States, Canada, and most countries in Europe. Prices vary depending on location. Please see your Authorized Autodesk Reseller for pricing information.

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