Autodesk is releasing Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011. This latest version of the company's technical communications software helps manufacturers explain and differentiate their products with clear, accurate and compelling 2D and 3D product documentation. The software incorporates many new user-requested enhancements, including the ability to publish 3D interactive instructions directly to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices.
The update underscores Autodesk's commitment to effective visual product communication to help manufacturers reduce support and reduce costs while providing a better customer experience. Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president for the Autodesk Manufacturing Industry Group, states: "Inventor Publisher enables manufacturers to get the full benefit of their digital design data and explain their products in a modern, interactive way. The ability to publish to a wide variety of formats and mobile devices encourages more effective product communication with broader audiences than ever before."
Inventor Publisher provides enhancements including:
New publishing and viewing options: In addition to publishing support for 3D PDF and 2D vector graphics, Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011 enables users to publish directly to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A free Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer app makes it easier for mobile technicians and salespeople to access 3D interactive instructions.
Tighter CAD interoperability: Inventor Publisher extends Digital Prototyping to documentation teams through much richer, higher-fidelity import of Autodesk Inventor data and integration with Autodesk Vault data management software.
Enhanced authoring capabilities: Users can easily create detail views, section planes, bills of materials (BOMs) and parts lists and have more ways to clearly communicate key concepts and information.
Using documentation to create a competitive advantage
While manufacturers often treat product documentation as an afterthought, efficient and compelling documentation can provide a competitive advantage. Inventor Publisher 2011 helps manufacturers reduce documentation, service and training costs, while at the same time delivering a better customer experience that can drive revenue and help reduce product returns.
Joel Neidig, systems engineer at ITAMCO, comments: "People now want to experience products in 3D to really understand them, instead of simply seeing them portrayed flat. Inventor Publisher lets us use cutting-edge ways to dramatically improve how we communicate to our technicians, end customers, and prospective clients."
For example, 3D instruction manuals could help cut return costs for manufacturers that currently lose money when customers return products simply because they cannot understand how to assemble or use them. A study conducted by Accenture in 2007 estimated that consumer electronics firms could save nearly $40million annually by cutting the return rate of products that are not defective by just one per cent.
Increasingly, consumers also expect access to online product instructions. A consumer survey in the USA, conducted in June 2010, showed that 61 per cent of consumers who shop online would be more likely to purchase a product if they had online access to 3D assembly instructions.
Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011 will be available from 29 September 2010, depending on the customer's country. Details and purchasing options will be accessible at www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions. To download the Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer, go to www.autodesk.com/appstore.