Report demonstrates Autocad LT 2011 productivity gains

Paul Boughton
Demonstrating, Autodesk has unveiled the results of a new study that documents the time-saving features of its Autocad LT 2011 software. In the study, David S Cohn, an independent consultant, compared Autocad LT 2011 to Autocad LT 2008 for creating standard drawings, revealing productivity gains ranging from 16 to 90 per cent and overall gains of 44 per cent. He commented:
Based on user feedback, Autodesk updated the latest version of Autocad LT with new features to help save time and boost productivity. Object and layer transparency, external reference highlighting, enhanced hatch commands, and Microsoft Windows 7 support all contribute to making drafting with Autocad LT 2011 faster and easier. Cohn found that these time-saving enhancements can mean major cost savings. He commented: "One could argue that by upgrading to the latest release, customers will actually save money because the features and functions of the new software would enable them to complete their work faster than would be possible had they used an earlier version of the software. Most users will be able to get more work done faster by upgrading to Autocad LT 2011."
Through communication in the field and via online channels such as the Augi (Autodesk User Group International) wish lists, Autodesk turned to its core user base to provide input for developing the latest version of Autocad LT with functions and features that help improve productivity. Several of these performance-enhancing upgrades to Autocad LT 2011 were documented in the study, including:
* New block editor functions that synchronise how users add attributes and modify default values adds a 66 per cent productivity gain.
* Improvements to the graphical user interface deliver a 43 per cent productivity gain.
* The ability to preview hatches and control transparency boosts productivity by 36 per cent.
* Productivity gains of 46 per cent can be achieved through the use of the grip editing tool to modify the angle and origin of hatch patterns.
* PDF underlay capabilities yield productivity increases of 40 to 92 per cent.
In a real-world context in which time is money, these dramatic productivity gains can translate into a positive return on investment for users upgrading to Autocad LT 2011 and release time for increased innovation.
Guri Stark, Autodesk vice president for Autocad and platform products, states: "With the 2011 release of Autocad LT we continue to invest in new tools that are quick to learn, but that have a big impact on everyday work. As this study shows, Autocad LT 2011 builds on its reputation for productivity with new commands that help designers explore their ideas and maximise productivity."
The full study is available for download from the website.
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