Take those fancy Apple iDevices out of their immaculate leather holsters party people. 2D and 3D fans of all shapes and sizes are getting some angst-relieving app juice to soak their geometry in today. Autodesk has release both the AutoCAD WS 2D app and the Inventor Publisher 3D viewer app.

Both are released on the cusp of an equally line-mowin’, block-explodin’ AutoCAD for Mac release. Let’s take a quick look at each and see how all your designs are being stuffed into smaller, smudge-ready touch-screens.

Autodesk Apps a plenty

Over the last year, Autodesk has been busy releasing mobile programs for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. All together there are 4 apps available in the flavor of you preferred device. They’ve started a pretty good library of apps. The one I picture up there next though has got to be the Inventor app or perhaps, the Fusion app. With the way Fusion is being demonstrated, it’s feasible an app version could fit into the direct modeling workflow. What’s your guess?


Image via @lorenwelch

AutoCAD WS

Do you like the idea of being able to open up a drawing, take some measurements, sketch some lines and share it out to people… from the palm of your hand? If you’re out in a shop a lot or in the field there are some benefits to this, granted you remember to charge your battery. AutoCAD WS allows you to open drawings, make edits, mark-up and perform many of the basics functions you need when opening a drawing for reference.

You won’t however, be able to work offline with a drawing as the information is being pulled directly from the AutoCAD WS service which is dependent on your connection. This is partly for security, partly for the sharing and simultaneous editing ability provided and partly because being able to store a few drawings on your device would just be too dang obvious a need.

The basic drawing tools. The snap, sketching and touch are all extremely responsive.
The basic drawing tools. The snap, sketching and touch are all extremely responsive.
The Distance command would be one very useful tool out in the field.
The Distance command would be one very useful tool out in the field.
And here's the thing you love... multi-colored lines, on a rich, black background.
And here's the thing you love... multi-colored lines, on a rich, black background.
The bane of drawings hosted online. Errors like this when loading and working within drawings.
The bane of drawings hosted online. Errors like this when loading and working within drawings.

Inventor Publisher

This isn’t just for viewing 3D models. No, no, no. This app actually provides some practical application to model viewing on a wee mobile device. With the Inventor Publisher app, you can cycle through a set of animated instruction, select parts and pull up the meta data about the parts. However, all the steps need to be set up in the full blown version of Inventor Publisher. While you get a few more capabilities than other 3D model viewers, it’s still just a 3D viewer, but definitely a 3D viewer that’s shaping the way we view and interact with products and product data on mobile devices.

At AU 2009 we got a hands-on demonstration of the app. The app was more bare-bones then, but I’ll post the video again so you can get an idea of how the step-by-step animation works.

Halfway through the assembly styeps of the robot arm assembly. It can be stepped through or animated.
Halfway through the assembly styeps of the robot arm assembly. It can be stepped through or animated.
You can pause animations, move, rotate, pan, zoom and select the model and it's various parts.
You can pause animations, move, rotate, pan, zoom and select the model and it's various parts.
With Inventor Publisher you can also select parts and display info related to the parts.
With Inventor Publisher you can also select parts and display info related to the parts.

Are you using these apps? What are your thoughts?

AutoCAD WS [iTunes] – Free
Inventor Publisher [iTunes] – Free

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.