Updated Software Provides More Ways for Manufacturers to Create and
Share Compelling 3D Documentation
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sep 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) introduced the latest release of Autodesk
Inventor Publisher technical communications software. Autodesk
Inventor Publisher 2011 software helps manufacturers explain and
differentiate their products with clear, accurate and compelling 2D and
3D product documentation. The software incorporates many new
user-requested enhancements, including the ability to publish 3D
interactive instructions directly to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile
The update underscores Autodesk's commitment to effective visual product
communication that helps manufacturers reduce support and return costs
while providing a better customer experience. "Inventor Publisher
enables manufacturers to get the full benefit of their digital design
data and explain their products in a modern, interactive way," said Robert
"Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Industry
Group. "The ability to publish to a wide variety of formats and mobile
devices encourages more effective product communication with broader
audiences than ever before."
Inventor Publisher provides enhancements including:
- New publishing and viewing options: In addition to publishing
support for 3D PDF and 2D vector graphics, Inventor Publisher now
enables users to publish directly to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A
free companion Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer app makes it
easier for mobile technicians and salespeople to access 3D interactive
- Tighter CAD interoperability: Inventor Publisher extends
Digital Prototyping to documentation teams through much richer,
higher-fidelity import of Autodesk
Inventor data and integration with Autodesk
Vault data management software.
- Enhanced authoring capabilities: Users can easily create detail
views, section planes, bill of materials (BOMs), and parts lists and
have more ways to clearly communicate key concepts and information.
Making Documentation a Competitive Advantage
While manufacturers often treat product documentation as an
afterthought, efficient and compelling documentation can provide a
margin-boosting competitive advantage. Inventor Publisher 2011 helps
manufacturers reduce documentation, service, and training costs, all
while delivering a better customer experience that can drive revenue and
help reduce product returns.
"People now want to experience products in 3D to really understand them,
instead of simply seeing them portrayed flat," said Joel Neidig, systems
engineer at ITAMCO. "Inventor Publisher lets us use cutting-edge ways to
dramatically improve how we communicate to our technicians, end
customers, and prospective clients."
For example, 3D instruction manuals could help cut return costs for
manufacturers that currently lose money when customers return products
simply because they can't figure out how to assemble or use them. A
study conducted by Accenture in 2007 estimated that consumer electronics
firms could save nearly $40 million annually by cutting the return rate
of products that aren't defective by just one percent.*
Increasingly, consumers also expect access to online product
instructions. A June
2010 U.S. consumer survey showed that 61 percent of consumers who
shop online would be more likely to purchase a product if given online
access to 3D assembly instructions.
Product availability may vary by country starting September 29, 2010.
Details and purchasing options will be accessible at www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions.
To download the Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer, please visit www.autodesk.com/appstore.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the
manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and
entertainment industries - including the last 15 Academy Award winners
for Best Visual Effects - use Autodesk software to design, visualize and
simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in
1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information
about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
*Source: "Big Trouble with No Trouble Found: How Consumer Electronics
Firms Confront the High Cost of Customer Returns," Accenture, 2007.
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