Instead of the expected usual upgrade to Inventor 2012 (Inventor Professional in our case) we have received a box with many new AutoCAD application we haven’t used or bought before – just a free gift. Thank you, Autodesk.
The new Inventor Suite is called “Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate” and it contains: Inventor Professional, Alias Design, AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Showcase, Vault, 3ds Max Design, SketchBook Designer, Autodesk Mudbox. From these, I like the most the 3ds Max Design as I have always tried to make compelling presentations of my 3D models and Max has much more options than Inventor Studio.
Not all applications from the Design Suite are localized. The installation is performed from a USB key, not from usual DVDs. You can choose which applications do you need to install. E.g. I have skipped the Mudbox software.
And, BTW – Inventor 2012 is great! I like the “gesture” menus.