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Electronic Software License Delivery

Software has changed a lot in the past years. It used to be that you would purchase a box with a disc inside that you would use to download the software and typically a manual.

Nowadays many software companies like Autodesk are no longer sending the discs and are instead providing electronic delivery options on their products to send you the product faster and to help eliminate shipping box waste.

Whether purchasing a new license or getting the newer versions through your Autodesk subscription contract, your automatic delivery method will be via Electronic License Delivery.

If you are currently active on your Autodesk subscription, Autodesk will notify you when a new release is out via a notification email. The notification will be sent when you have upgrades or products available for download.  Please keep this email for your records as it will contain:

  1. Serial Number(s)
  2. Links to access the Software Media
  3. A consolidated license certificate as an PDF attachment

Still need physical media?

You can purchase physical media (delivered via a default method of USB or DVD) if you would prefer a physical media. You can find instructions on requesting the download on How to request product media on Autodesk account if you have an active subscription. You can also  contact your Microsol Resources Account Executive directly or email us at info@microsolresources.com.

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Which AutoCAD is right for you?

Choose the AutoCAD that fits your business. 

Trying to identify which AutoCAD software is right for you? With this blog article, we’ve done the hard work for you. Find out which AutoCAD software stacks up in a side-by-side feature comparison. This article will also include links to more tips and tricks, video sources, and the top features to consider when evaluating the various AutoCAD software.

Compare and contrast the AutoCAD products, or check out this comparison chart here.

AutoCAD

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Autodesk’s general design software lets you shape the world around you, including:

  • Drawing and annotation tools to create 2D documentation drawings.
  • Modeling and visualization tools to create 3D models.
  • Customization and programming tools to create custom workflows.

To find out more about AutoCAD tips and tricks, and the different features based on their released versions from 2018 (the most current version) to 2017, 2016 and 2015, click here.

AutoCAD is also available for the Mac and an LT version.  To find out the difference between an AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, read this article.

Autodesk industry versions have the AutoCAD general design software features, plus:

  • Automate the creation of industry-specific annotations.
  • Easily create industry-specific details and views from 3D models.
  • Continuous updates of associated views, tables, and other relevant content as designs change.
  • Automatic layer creation and properties for industry-specific content.
  • Rules-driven workflow to enforce industry-specific standards throughout the design process.
  • Generate industry-specific schedules, lists and tables.

AutoCAD Architecture

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Streamline architectural design and drafting.Design and document more efficiently with tools created specifically for architects, plus:

• Create floorplans, sections, elevations, and other drawings for building design using specialized tools.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Use 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd Edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format and STLB layer standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Architecture, click here.

AutoCAD Mechanical

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Automate mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material, plus:

• Create parts, assemblies, and other drawings for product design using specialized tools.
• Use 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to support ISO, ANSI, DIN, JIS, BSI, CSN and GB standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Mechanical, click here.

 

AutoCAD Electrical

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Create and modify electrical control systems with electrical design software built for controls designers. Includes a complete set of electrical design CAD features, plus:

• Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialize tools.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA and IEEE standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Electrical, click here.

AutoCAD MEP

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Design and construction documentation software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) professionals, plus:

• Task-based tools to create mechanical, electrical, and plumbing drawings for building systems.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Leverage 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects to support AIA 2nd Edition, BS1192 Descriptive, and BS1192 – AUG Version 2 standards and DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD MEP, click here.

AutoCAD Civil 3D

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Civil engineering design and documentation software that supports Building Information Modeling workflows, plus:

• Task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate GIS data with design data.
• Create plans, profiles, and cross-sections for roads, land development, and other civil designs.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Access spatial data stored in files, databases and web services.
• Standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, Gas industry.
• Intelligent civil objects that interact to create interconnected designs along with configurable styles to conform to nearly any graphical standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Civil 3D, click here.

AutoCAD Map 3D

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Create, maintain, and communicate mapping and GIS information within the AutoCAD drawing environment. AutoCAD Map incorporates GIS topology with AutoCAD, plus:

• Task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate GIS data with design data.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Access spatial data stored in files, databases and web services.
• Standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, Gas industry.

To find out more about AutoCAD Map, click here.

Choosing the right AutoCAD software can be confusing. You want the features and licensing options that make you and your team more productive. The truth is – it isn’t just the price you pay that matters. The right software will likely include features that save you so much time and labor costs that it more than pays for itself.

It pays to do your homework and ask the right questions. So feel free to contact us at info@microsolresources.com.

 

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What are the differences between Autodesk Revit vs Revit LT?

Autodesk Revit is a single software application that supports a BIM workflow from concept to construction. But which Autodesk Revit product is right for you?

They are very close to each other in functionality, but there are several key areas where the two programs differ. Learn more about the differences between Revit and Revit LT software in this blog article.

REVITST2014Revit software delivers tools for architectural design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, and construction, and enables coordination between disciplines. It also has an extended cloud functionality for rendering and analysis. Revit software includes additional features and functionality such as worksharing, analysis, and in-product rendering.

Revit LT is more cost-effective, streamlined BIM software for architecture professionals. It is useful for creating content in isolation. It could also be useful as a lower cost license for non-Revit team members to use for opening workshared files effectively in “detached mode” for checking and printing.

Check out this Comparison Matrix to see the differences and compare the various features between Revit and Revit LT.

You can choose to subscribe to Revit as an individual product or as part of a suite of products with the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection.

It’s the same with Revit LT, you can subscribe to an individual product or you can subscribe to the Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite. It helps smaller architecture firms transition to Building Information Modeling (BIM), with both Revit LT software and the familiar drafting tools of AutoCAD LT available together in one suite.

You will have the flexibility to subscribe to Revit or Revit LT based on your own needs on quarterly, annually or multi-year subscriptions. Autodesk subscription offers flexible, pay-as-you-go purchase options that meet your business needs and budget considerations, and that provide access to the latest software releases, and valuable cloud services.

Still have questions about which product is right for you? Feel free to contact us at info@microsolresources.com.

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