San Rafael, California, 16 November 2006 – Autodesk, Inc. has announced the expansion of the Autodesk Labs site with the release of the Autodesk Impression technology preview and updates to the Project Freewheel technology preview. Autodesk Labs provides free, early access to prototypes, experimental and beta applications and technologies.
The newest application to launch on Labs, Autodesk Impression , allows users to create illustrative presentation graphics quickly and easily. After opening a DWG or DWF file in Impression, users can add everything from distinctive line types to textured color fills, using pre-built or custom appearance styles. Libraries of styles can be saved and reused, allowing users to generate unique looks for their work while saving time. Because Impression understands CAD data, users can take advantage of the power of layers and blocks when creating their images.
A community site for Impression further enhances the Labs experience by providing a user-based forum for the exchange of ideas and data via content exchanges, galleries and discussion groups. The site also provides learning tools such as tutorials and user-submitted tips.
Additionally, new features have been added to Project Freewheel on Autodesk Labs since the original launch of the technology preview on the site in September. Project Freewheel offers browser-based access to view and navigate CAD drawings shared with DWF technology in a Web browser or on a mobile device without requiring the installation of CAD viewing software.
The feedback that Project Freewheel received on the Labs Web site allowed Autodesk to advance the product’s technology and make improvements to better meet the needs of customers. Two new features include the ability to upload a DWF file from a user’s hard drive to a server and the ability to e-mail the URL to a project team member who can then link to the DWF file in Project Freewheel. Project Freewheel site traffic at http://www.dwfit.com/ , has grown globally from around one hundred to as many as two thousand visitors per day, with users as far away as Brazil, Slovakia and Thailand. These users not only test the new Ajax-based DWF viewer, they have also been e-mailing new ideas to expand the service.