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Technology preview for illustrative graphics

19 July 2007

Incorporating the experiences of more than 10,000 users, Autodesk today unveiled a preview of Autodesk Impression software in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, giving architects and other CAD users a helping hand with creating illustrative presentation graphics from DWG and DWF files. Autodesk Impression improves teams' productivity, and ultimately client satisfaction, by virtually eliminating the manual labour previously required to develop compelling images from CAD drawings.

Autodesk Impression now makes it easier than ever to create good-looking presentation graphics, equipping users with the tools necessary to help their clients experience ideas in the early stages, explore alternatives and arrive at solutions with minimal time and expense.

“Whether a project is local or based in the European Union, Autodesk users need the tools to make complex design ideas easy to grasp for customers and partners who may be in-country or abroad,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business, Autodesk. “We developed Autodesk Impression so that our customers can produce high-impact, intuitive presentation graphics without extra work - and focus on the design challenge itself.”

After opening a DWG or DWF file in Impression, users can add everything from distinctive line types to textured colour fills, using pre-built or custom appearance styles. Libraries of styles can be saved and reused, allowing users to generate unique looks for their work while saving time. Because Impression understands CAD data, users can take advantage of the power of layers and blocks when creating their images.

"Autodesk Impression is a tremendous time saver. I can now do work myself that I used to have to ask someone else in my office to do," said Jeremy Noftle of Focus Architecture Incorporated. "It took me only a few minutes to get up and running; and within a couple of hours I had my first image complete. To produce this level of quality in other applications would have taken much longer."

A community site for Impression ( further enhances the Technology Preview experience by providing a user-based forum for the exchange of ideas and data via content exchanges, galleries and discussion groups. The site also provides learning tools such as tutorials and user-submitted tips.

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