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New AutoCAD version ups productivity 31%

Posted: 12 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AutoCAD 2011? CAD? design? software?

Autodesk Inc. announces the results of an analysis by David S. Cohn Consulting on the impact of upgrading to AutoCAD 2011 from AutoCAD 2008. According to the analyst, using the newer version showed an average productivity improvement of 31 percent, which is boosted further to 44 percent when users who upgrade to AutoCAD 2011 use Windows 7 on a new HP Z200 workstation.

"The results of the study were more dramatic than I expectedafter all, how much faster can you draw a line?" said Cohn, president, David S. Cohn Consulting. He explained that "To test AutoCAD 2011, I selected eight designs, most of which I concluded would take a typical user anywhere from an hour to half to a day to complete. I saw dramatic improvements in overall productivity. It took 13 hours, 24 minutes to complete all eight designs using AutoCAD 2008, compared to 9 hours, 16 minutes to complete the same tasks using AutoCAD 2011."

Study Shows Significant Return on Investment When Upgrading to AutoCAD 2011
The consulting firm's study found that for typical drawings, the ease of access afforded by the user interface, together with new features and functionality, resulted in individual user productivity increases ranging from 15 to 94 percent.

"The amount of improvement likely to be recognized will lead most users to conclude that the cost of upgrading is easy to justify," said Cohn.

Performance improvements documented in the study include a 50 percent productivity gain due to new functionality in surface modeling, surface associativity and materials; 40 percent productivity increase through use of dimensional constraints and constraints as annotations; 39 percent increase in productivity due to the hatch enhancements and grip editing; 20 percent productivity gain through use of the ribbon interface, 3D gizmos, subject selection, navigating with the Autodesk ViewCube 3D navigation widget and the ability to extrude a curved edge of a solid to create a surface

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