Companion Apps Now Available in AutoCAD 2012

Companion Apps Now Available in AutoCAD 2012

The demand for useful and productive applications is continually on the rise. Now, for the first time, AutoCAD software users have the ability to download and purchase apps directly within AutoCAD 2012.

Announced today, AutoCAD users have access to more than 100 companion apps-from productivity tools to translators-via AutoCAD 2012's new Apps tab. Available for free as a trial, or for a minimal fee, AutoCAD companion apps extend the power and flexibility of AutoCAD, by allowing users to instantly locate and integrate design challenge solutions. This allows users to spend less time on complex and repetitive tasks, enhancing overall design productivity.

The Apps tab also provides an exciting opportunity for developers using AutoCAD 2012 to directly engage with AutoCAD customers around the globe, and submit their own companion apps for inclusion, and possible resell, within AutoCAD 2012.

"Providing direct, in-product access to AutoCAD companion apps connects innovative software developers with AutoCAD customers around the world," said Jim Quanci, director of the Autodesk Developer Network. "In turn, AutoCAD software users now have a trusted marketplace with a wealth of solutions to help solve today's most complex challenges."

Simply put, AutoCAD companion apps extend the power and flexibility of AutoCAD with the help of numerous plug-ins, from productivity tools to translators, together with other content, such as blocks and learning tools. AutoCAD users will have the ability to discover a range of apps in a single location. Coins Translate, for example, is a free app that enables designers to quickly and easily translate text in a drawing into a variety of languages, using the Google Translate web service.

The new Apps tab is featured as part of AutoCAD software's in-product support feature, Autodesk Exchange, and helps software developers quickly upload AutoCAD companion apps, enabling users to more quickly download, purchase and install apps directly into AutoCAD 2012. Developers, users and visitors can also rate and review apps and content. Many of the companion apps are the creations of Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) members, but all developers using AutoCAD 2012 are welcome to submit apps or content for AutoCAD 2012. All applications and content submitted are reviewed through a quality-control process, providing users a secure and trustworthy experience.

Companion apps are now available through the English version of AutoCAD 2012. Apps and content can be downloaded for free, as a trial or for a fee. Fee-based apps can be purchased in 40 countries using the popular PayPal payment service.