It's that time of year again. The original Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview is scheduled to expire on May 1, 2008. That's only days away. Inventor Product Manager, Sam Antos, provided Autodesk Labs with the 2009 version to make available on the site. The Inventor LT team based this new version on Inventor 2009. It is now available for your download:
What's new with the 2009 technology preview includes sketching constraint enhancements, cropped drawing views, and a native 64-bit version. By far, the volume of feedback we get on Inventor LT is the highest of the technologies and utilities available on Autodesk Labs. To ensure the team can respond to each and every message, we have limited the Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.
We currently have plans to expand the technology preview to other geographies this year. So you can look on this blog for an announcement when that happens. Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 will run until May 1, 2009.
Due to dynamically loaded library (DLL) conflicts, Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 cannot be installed on a system that has Autodesk Inventor 2009. This conflict does not exist on a system that has Inventor 2008 or an earlier version. You can install Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 on a system that already has Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2008, but I am not sure why you would want to. The normal course of business is to uninstall 2008 and replace it with 2009.
A FAQ I get is "Can I buy Autodesk Inventor LT?" At this time, Autodesk Inventor LT is a technology preview. Should Autodesk Inventor LT ever become a product, Autodesk anticipates that the suggested retail price for a license of Autodesk Inventor LT would be U.S. $999, and customers who participate in the technology preview would receive special purchase incentives.
So download Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 today. Your feedback to [email protected] can help shape the future. Continuing our efforts to get feedback from the mechanical industry is alive in the lab.