There is an interesting article in the german blog Inventor FAQ comparing an old Inventor 2.0 with the latest version 2008. The user interface screens do not differ that much – of course the new version offers lots of new functions and I cannot imagine working with such limited version. The first time I have seen Inventor was in the version 5 and it was much more mature than this.
The main difference between the old and current versions of Inventor is in the number of modules and applications delivered with it – MDT, Vault, Content Center, SQL, etc. This reflects also in the size of the installation media and disk size of Inventor files:
- Installation: AI2.0 = 234MB x AIP2008 = 6000MB
- Inventor folder on disk: AI2.0 = 206MB x AIP2008 = 1960MB