Ribbon for Inventor 2009 is here

June 16, 2008

Autodesk has just published the announced ribbon user interface for Inventor – the add-on module “UI Technology Preview for Autodesk Inventor 2009“. This add-on is downloadable from labs.autodesk.com.

It is not a small file – the download has full 67 MB of data. The installation went flawlessly, it works also on a localized version of Inventor 2009. Just make sure you have Admin rights (UAC) when installing it in Vista.

It is safe to test as the UI Preview creates a separate icon for starting Inventor (the old one remains in the original version). The ribbon user interace is convenient and when you switch to full screen (the same keyboard shortcut as in AutoCAD – Ctrl+0), it gives you even more screen space than the old user interface. Many users refuse to use ribbon just because they think it eats too much screen space (which may be true for MS Office, but not for AutoCAD and Inventor).

The history of old documents (with thumbnails) is nice, the dynamic tooltips are nice, Inventor seems to be easier to use for me. Try it.


Next Star Wars episodes to be done in Inventor?

June 12, 2008

The German cad.de user Sebastian (“Aesop”) has published his work – a Star Wars theme movie completely modeled and rendered in Autodesk Inventor.

He has spent 40-50 hours on this, his computer has rendered the results for another 25 hours. The final 1:29 long film (in the 720×486 resolution) is very impressive. You can watch it here:

via blog.inventor-faq.de


Ribbon for Inventor 2009

June 3, 2008

Autodesk has started a new discussion group which will probably cover an optional user interface module for Inventor.

It seems that Autodesk will go a cautious way to push the ribbon interface to us users. Making the ribbon an optional module let you decide if and when you start to use it. All the software vendors say that the future is in the “Ribbon” but please give us time to accommodate to this change. Modularity is a good option.