Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Prophecy came true - Inventor LT is here!

As I predicted a couple of months ago, Autodesk has indeed released a LT version of Inventor. What I have not presumed is the price - expected low price fell below any limit - Inventor LT is free (at least for now - about 999$ when released).

Inventor LT is based on the same kernel as full Inventor. As with AutoCAD LT, this LT version lacks some of the more advanced functions of the full-blown version and most of the customization options (add-ons). Inventor LT doesn't offer assembly modelling, sheetmetal design, doesn't come with the Content Center and of course doesn't include AutoCAD Mechanical and Vault.

Other than this, it seems to support all 3D modelling and drawing creation functions of the full Inventor 2008 and its file formats. You can work with DWFs, you can even use the newly released Translator plugins for Parasolids, UG-NX, Pro/E and Granite file formats.

Inventor LT can be downloaded from the redesigned labs.autodesk.com site.

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