Autodesk Design Review to Offer Project Teams Direct Access to ThomasNet's
Content of Industrial Products and Services
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. and NEW YORK, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) and ThomasNet (formerly known as Thomas
Register) today announced the two companies have entered into a strategic
partnership. Autodesk will extend its Autodesk Design Review software to
include on-demand access to ThomasNet's in-depth product and service
information. The partnership is helping to redefine the design process by
introducing a more efficient approach to collaboration, connecting
specification and procurement decisions to core design processes.
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Autodesk will integrate contextual search capabilities into upcoming
versions of its Autodesk Design Review software, the company's advanced DWF-
based review and collaboration tool for extended product design and project
teams. Autodesk Design Review users -- including engineers, purchasing agents,
service technicians and others accessing design and manufacturing information
- will be able to search ThomasNet's content directly from the design using
Autodesk Design Review. The software can access the rich metadata present in
the published design model, as well as any part characteristics contained in
the design, to connect the user with relevant content in ThomasNet's catalog
of industrial products and services. For example, designers using Autodesk
Inventor can publish rich 3D models as DWF information containing extensive
detail about parts' characteristics; share that information securely
throughout the supply chain; and permit extended team members to easily access
critical design information for better-informed decisions that ultimately
impact product quality, time to market and profitability.
"By partnering with ThomasNet, Autodesk is making 3D design information
even more valuable to our joint customers," said Amar Hanspal, vice president,
Autodesk Collaboration Solutions. "By enabling search within Autodesk Design
Review software, we're connecting design to the procurement process and
empowering our users to find the right supplier, with the right part at the
right time, saving time and increasing efficiency."
According to Erik Mikisch, vice president, business development at
ThomasNet, "For purchasing professionals and engineers it's all about
streamlining the design process." Mikisch added, "Through this partnership
with Autodesk, a wider audience of users can collaborate electronically by
reviewing their product designs, initiating searches, and including the
results in the design mark-up with suggestions and alternatives. We expect
this to greatly improve the overall efficiency of the process and quality of
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their
data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas
into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project
efficiency and maximize profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit http://www.autodesk.com/ .
Autodesk and DWF are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk,
Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names,
or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
ThomasNet ( http://www.ThomasNet.com ) helps industrial sellers reach the
most qualified industrial buyers online and convert them into customers.
ThomasNet.com is the Internet's leading vertical destination site for buyers
of industrial products and services. With over 2 million visitors each month,
ThomasNet.com is where decision-makers from companies of all sizes, Fortune
500 companies, the government and the military go to find suppliers and
detailed product/service information.
Using best practices in industrial website development, ThomasNet creates
websites for industrial companies that increase sales with searchable online
catalogs, e-commerce capabilities, and downloadable CAD drawings. ThomasNet is
part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas
Publishing Company, LLC.
NOTE: Autodesk and DWF are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names,
product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk
reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time
without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors
that may appear in this document.
Marie Domingo for Autodesk
Sandra Kaplan for ThomasNet
SOURCE Autodesk, Inc. 12/18/2006
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