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Autodesk has released the 2014 editions of its design software suites, which include new components such as ReCap and InfraWorks.

Autodesk offers a variety of suites to provide users with particular combinations of its design software.

The 2014 suites include Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, and Autodesk Product Design Suite. The suites come in standard, premium and ultimate editions.

New components include ReCap and InfraWorks.

ReCap allows the incorporation of laser scans or photos of physical objects into a design. "For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation," Autodesk officials explained.

InfraWorks speeds the construction of civil infrastructure design models and "enables communication in new and visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design within the context of the real-world environment, helping to deliver projects, both large and small, by more efficiently managing even large-scale infrastructure models."

Subscription customers will be able to use certain Autodesk 360 cloud services. For example, subscriptions to Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 include InfraWorks 360 cloud services. Access to additional 360 capabilities can be purchased.

Another change is improved integration between various components, for example between Revit and both AutoCAD and Inventor.

"With our 2014 portfolio, organisations large and small across every industry can simply innovate more," said Autodesk senior vice president of industry strategy and marketing Andrew Anagnost.

"Autodesk's commitment to making our 3D design, engineering and entertainment software portfolio accessible to customers through suites workflows that connect to value added services in the cloud is unwavering."

At the time of writing, Autodesk's Australian online store had not been updated to include the new products, and pricing and local availability were not included in the announcement.

Trial versions of at least some of the 2014 editions of the company's products have been foreshadowed.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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