CAD Tech News (#10)

5 Feb, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff

▶ 3Dconnexion Introduces CadMouse

Coming soon, the device aims to meet the needs — and overcome the mouse-related frustrations — of CAD users.

By Cadalyst Staff

3Dconnexion today introduced the 3Dconnexion CadMouse ($99), said to be the first mouse designed specifically for CAD professionals. Available by the end of February, it is designed to address the frustrations that CAD users experience with an ordinary mouse.

3Dconnexion Introduces CadMouse

"We took the time to understand what [CAD users] needed before developing a combination of smart hardware and software features," says Antonio Pascucci, vice-president of products at 3Dconnexion, the company known for its SpacePilot, SpaceMouse, and SpaceNavigator 3D navigation devices.

Front and center on the ergonomically designed CadMouse is the dedicated, full-size middle mouse button (MMB). Facilitating various functions depending on the application, the MMB is almost uniformly a time-saver. On a traditional two-button mouse, the scroll wheel serves as the MMB — fine for casual use but uncomfortable and potentially injurious if you're a CAD user clicking it thousands of times every day. The traditional three-button mouse lacks the scroll wheel all together. Older mice also lack the precision to support today's large- and multi-monitor CAD stations. Read more »

▶ Autodesk Announces Subscription-Only Access for Standalone Desktop Software

Beginning in February 2016, customers who own perpetual licenses without a Maintenance Subscription will have to move to a subscription plan the next time they upgrade.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Autodesk announced yesterday that beginning February 1, 2016, commercial seats of its standalone desktop software products will be available by subscription only.

Customers who own perpetual licenses of the affected products without a Maintenance Subscription will have to move to a subscription plan the next time they upgrade. Andrew Anagnost, senior vice-president, Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk, says those customers can continue using their desktop standalone products as-is as long as they wish. "This won't affect them until they need to upgrade."

A minimum of approximately 3 million users per year are active on standalone products, Anagnost states. The "vast majority" of Autodesk's current customer base owns a software suite as opposed to standalone products, he explains, and therefore won't be affected by this change. New perpetual licenses for Autodesk Design & Creation Suites will continue to be offered beyond February 1, 2016; any transition to a subscription only–based offering for suites after that time will be communicated well in advance, Autodesk reports. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is the content director for Longitude Media, publisher of Cadalyst.


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