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Review: Autodesk Inventor 2016 - new start window offers search, filterable window into current projects, imported geometry tools allows maintaining link with originating data, greater control over freeform modeling with T-splines technology, supports 3D printing, sheet metal tools makes referencing easier, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 15, 2015

Review: Autodesk Inventor 2015 - T-Splines technology to create inherently G2 continuous surfaces, intuitive, slick direct modeling tools with great feature recognition, improved sketching environment, Paul Munford, DEVELOP 3D, June 19, 2014

Autodesk Inventor 2014 Review - robust part modeling tools, express mode for handling large assemblies, joint assembly definition tools, new raster mode to place drawing views based on bitmap image of various views, Al Dean, Develop 3D, June 17, 2013

Autodesk Inventor 2013 - new materials, appearances structure, Citrix compatibility, support for point cloud, improved sketch environment, tools to cope with thin walled parts, updated translators for CATIA V5, Granite, NX, Parasolid, Rhino, SolidWorks, Paul Munford, DEVELOP 3D, May 24, 2012

Autodesk Inventor 2012: Taking Steps to Unite Freeform, Direct, and Parametric Modeling - ability to perform freeform edits to parametric part, symmetry command for creating complex surfaces, smooth, manageable workflow with Fusion, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 27, 2011

Autodesk Inventor 2012: What's New in Sustainable Design  - eco materials adviser to optimize material selection based on environmental impact, cost, performance, Manufacturing Community, Apr 4, 2011

Inventor 2012 iLogic Form Designer - more accessible feature to make parametric models highly configurable, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 2, 2011

Inventor 2012 - Instant Fill Pattern Calculation - recalculation of fill pattern in plastic injection molding simulation, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 2, 2011

Inventor 2012 - HD Sexy CAD - ray tracing added directly in graphics window, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 2, 2011

Inventor Publisher 2011 - annotations adds to model easily, supports any resolution, creates animated sequences, mobilizes documentation, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Mar 29, 2011

Inventor Professional 2012: Little Things Mean a Lot - new marking menu functionality, improved dialog boxes, mini-toolbars, 'two green arrows' tool to select buried face, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, Mar 24, 2011

Inventor 2012 Product Announcement - New Features - general enhancements, changes to interface, part modeling, drawing environment, interoperability, iLogic, more, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Mar 22, 2011

Alias Design For Inventor, Pt 3 - free form editing features, adding extrusion steps, Deelip Menezes, deelip.com, Dec 22, 2010

Alias Design For Inventor, Pt 2 - using Alias to create ergonomic handle in Inventor, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Dec 18, 2010

Alias Design For Inventor, Pt 1- using Alias to create models from scratch, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Dec 18, 2010

Autodesk Inventor 2011 (for AEC) - cross-platform collaboration, overview of Autodesk Inventor 2011 new capabilities, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 20, 2010

Autodesk Inventor 2011 - direct manipulation, better visualization, Assembly Snap tool, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 14, 2010

Inventor On Steroids - State of the Art Visualization - graphics improvements in Inventor 2011 readily apparent, Chris Hall of Autodesk, Ellipsis, Apr 13, 2010

Inventor 2010 - FEA technology for full assembly analysis, plastic part design functionality added, Al Dean, Experience Manufacturing, May 9, 2009

Inventor 2010: Plastic Part Design - mounting bosses for holding internal components in place, grills for forming geometry, lip, grooves tools, Al Dean, Experience Manufacturing, May 10, 2009

The Ribbon UI Comes to Inventor - new user interface well implemented for Inventor, groups tasks together logically, CAD Application Development, Matt Mason, June 16, 2008

The Age of Invention - Inventor 2009 has derived assembly tool, sketching improvements, thicken and shell tools, integrated sheet metal styles, more, Charles Clarke, MCAD Online, Apr 29, 2008

Low- or No-Cost CAD -2D/3D products like Siemens PLM software, Draft IT, Inventor LT, SolidWorks Personal Edition, Alibre Design Xpress, CoCreate's OneSpace Modeling Personal Edition, Caligari's trueSpace, and Rhino are available, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Jan 1, 2008

Inventor in the AEC World? - Inventor eases analyzing and testing designs in 3D, can create BOM accurately, has ability to share models, DWG TrueConnect feature, more, Paul Watson, AEC Magazine, Oct 22, 2007

Autodesk Inventor 2008 Offers Smooth Transition from 2D Workflow - DWG TrueConnect, ability to import AutoCAD surface, Cell Frame Rendered option, more, Al Dean, CADdigest.com, July 23, 2007

Checking Out Inventor 2008 - features like DWG interoperability, sheetmetal, industrial design, ribbon-cable design plus general enhancements, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, July 12, 2007

Trying Out Inventor: Day 4 - 'End of Evaluation Period' error has hotfix but at 151MB download, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 16, 2007

Trying Out Inventor: Day 2.75 - extruding the sketch, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 6, 2007

Trying Out Inventor: Day 1 - installing Inventor 2008 is less than straightforward, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 5, 2007

Trying Out Inventor: Day 2 - Inventor and Vault were installed but siblings failed to install, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 6, 2007

Trying Out Inventor: Day 2.5 - attempting tutorial without content installed unsuccessful, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 6, 2007

The Best and Brightest - software and hardware products highly praised by Cadalyst: MicroStation V8 XM, SolidWorks 2007 Office Premium, AutoCAD 2008, Autodesk Inventor 2008, HP xw4400 workstation, Xi MTower PCIe, SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator, @Xi PowerGo 2Duo, ImagePro Gx42 HD wide-format scanner, Ron LaFon, Cadalyst, Jun 1, 2007

Inventor LT - focused on supply chain, Inventor LT is a free part modeling system with photorealistic rendering tools, can read Inventor part files, more, Al Dean & Martyn Day, MCAD Online, May 18, 2007

Autodesk Inventor LT Aims to be 3D Design Editor - Inventor LT has photorealistic rendering feature, imports/exports DWF, DWG, DXF formats, supports STEP, IGES, SAT, STL, JT formats, but lacks many Inventor capabilities, more, Randall S. Newton, CADdigest.com, May 14, 2007

Autodesk Plays Genie in a Bottle - users' wishes included in Inventor 2008: sheet metal design environment, dimensions on isometric views, taper-tapped holes, more, Rita Stange, Inventor Connections, May 7, 2007 (may require free registration)

Autodesk Inventor 2008 - DWG TrueConnect feature, updated sheet metal, area loft feature, design accelerators, more, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, April 2007

Inventor 2008 -- Part II - ability to create standardized Punch tools, updated design accelerators UI, improved integrated simulation & analysis feature, ribbon cable design feature, more, Al Dean, MCAD Online, April 19, 2007

Autodesk Inventor 2008 - support for DWG format, axonometric hatching and dimensioning, control on visibility of specific views, more, highly recommended by Bill Fane, Cadalyst, April 1, 2007

Autodesk Inventor 2008: Part 1 - DWG TrueConnect feature for DWG interoperability, new2 Cell Frame Renderer, area-based loft feature, more, Al Dean, MCAD Online, March 15, 2007

Shining Stars - highly recommended best products: TurboCAD Professional v12, Pinion Desktop Packager, Archicad 10, Autodesk Inventor 11, Autodesk Map 3D 2007, IronCAD v9, Solid Edge v19, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500, Dell Precision M90, Xi MTower PCIe, Maple 10, Deep Exploration 4.0, Ron LaFon, Cadalyst, December 1, 2006 (more TurboCAD reviews, ArchiCAD reviews, Autodesk Inventor reviews, IronCAD reviews, Solid Edge reviews, graphic card reviews, Dell workstation reviews, @Xi workstation reviews, Maple reviews)

Autodesk Inventor 11 - construction environment feature for better interoperability, ability to manage large assemblies, new Sculpt tool, AutoLimits and the Frame Generator features, highly recommended by Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst, August 1, 2006

Inventor Series Release 11 - new steel frame design tools, tube and pipe tools, improved cable and harness design tools and Vault enhancements for better data management, Al Dean, MCAD Online, May 9, 2006

Inventor 11: Where Promises and Potential Bear Fruit - modified 3D Sketch tools, new Sculpt tool, dynamic assembly creation process and simulation, more, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, March 2006

Autodesk Inventor 11: A Quick Overview - enhanced construction environment, shape modeling and new Sculpt tool for part modeling, functional design toolset, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst Manufacturing, April 13, 2006

Tackling Large Assemblies - Autodesk Inventor 11 provides functional design features, ability to work with large assemblies, excellent data management, Terry Costlow, Design News, April 2006

Inventor 11: Exclusive! - Inventor 11 adds functional design, dynamics and a sculpt tool, but is still based on 32-bit code, Al Dean, MCAD Online, February 10, 2006

Inventor Series 10: Part II - a look at Inventor 10, data management updates and AutoCAD Mechanical, all included in the Inventor Series 10, Al Dean, MCAD Online, September 14, 2005

Inventor 10 Delivers on Functional Design - Autodesk delivers on many requests from its users with Inventor 10, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, August 2005

Inventor Series 10: Part 1 - with the additions to core tools such as modeling and drafting, Inventor 10 also offers new areas of functionality such as the Inventor Studio and the Functional Design, Al Dean, MCAD Online, August 8, 2005

Autodesk Inventor 10 -- Midrange Modeler Combines 2D and 3D Capabilities - latest release gets an A minus, includes Mechanical Desktop 2006 and AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 for 2D work and Vault for managing the data, useful for AutoCAD users with 2D tools migrating to 3D, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst Manufacturing, July 1, 2005

First Steps in PLM: PDM with Collaboration Tools - major CAD vendors (Autodesk, UGS, SolidWorks and Dassault) have built-in product data management that makes it easier to veer users towards a PLM path, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, May 2005

Functional Design Gets the Right Designs Done Faster - Inventor 10 has more capabilities for functional design, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst Manufacturing, April 15, 2005

Autodesk Inventor Professional 9 Offers New FEA Capabilities - the new FEA capabilities within Inventor Professional can give new insight into your products' strengths and weaknesses, Stephen Uppfalt, Hagerman Technology Bulletin, January 2005

Design Accelerator Preview Tools for Inventor Are Here! - add-in includes mechanical calculators to help in making strength calculations for weld and solder joints and component generators for creating parts based on real-world figures, Mark Lautenbach, Hagerman & Company Technology Bulletin, November 2004

Inventor Professional 9 - a mix of enhancements to existing functionality and brand new technology, Al Dean, Cadserver, October 26, 2004

Inventor Series 9 - examines the core creation tools in the package: AutoCAD Mechanical 2005 and Inventor 9, CADserver, October 19, 2004
CAD For The Budget-Conscious - advice on how to get the most CAD for your money, including a comparison of the mid-range programs Alibre Design Professional, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge and SolidWorks, Paul E. Teague, Design News, September 13, 2004

Mixed Motives - version 9 of Autodesk Inventor Series speaks the language of the engineer as well as the professional modeler by providing a risk-free path from 2D to 3D, Charles Clarke, e4engineering, September 10, 2004

Inventor Series 9 Arrives - the newest version adds ANSYS technology for stress analysis, 3D DWF publishing along with 2D DWF and new production drawing capabilities such as styles and layers, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, June 1, 2004

Autodesk Inventor 7 and 8 - the rapidly changing solid modeler adds 2D drafting and document management tools, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, June 1, 2004

Inventor 8 Adds Time-saving Tools - explores the major improvements in the new version, which include better performance in drawing creation, new drawing creation shortcuts and enhancements in mirroring and automatic collision detection, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, March 15, 2004

Autodesk Speeds Up Inventor - release 8 of Inventor contains 39 minor improvements and one major change - it completes certain tasks faster than previous versions, CADCAMNet, November 20, 2003

Moving from 2D to 3D for About the Price of 2D - by purchasing Autodesk Inventor Series - which contains AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop 2004 and Autodesk Inventor 7 - you get Autodesk's 2D packages basically for free, Gary S. Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production, September 2003

Additional Notes on Autodesk Inventor 7 - Inventor users express some praise, but mostly dissatisfaction with the latest release, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #103, August 14, 2003

CAD Vendors Offer Gateways to PLM - a look at the  built-in collaborative capabilities of Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Louise Elliott, DE Online, June 2003

More Than Just Mechanical Design? - compares Inventor, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, and Pro/Engineer for the purpose of industrial design, Joe Greco, Desktop Engineering, August, 2003

Autodesk Inventor Professional 7 - Professional's new 3D tube and pipe design and printed circuit board import capabilities are among the excellent additions to this upgrade, TechniCom eWeekly, July 14, 2003

Views on Autodesk Inventor 7 and the New Inventor Professional - there's little new in the latest upgrade, although Professional version offers some robust tools and Autodesk Vault provides handy file management tools, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #101, July 10, 2003

A Comparison of Inventor, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, and Wildfire - the author chose two tasks and employed 4 MCAD programs to see which required the fewest steps (the winner was SolidWorks), Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #94 (April 10, 2003)

Taking Stock of MCAD - looks at 20 areas of mechanical and computer-aided design and picks the best MCAD programs in each category, Joe Greco, CADENCE, March 2003

Well Worth the Wait: Autodesk Inventor 6 - the most significant release in Inventor's history, the latest version offers more than 200 new and improved features to model parts and create drawings more easily and quickly than before,  David Cohn, DE Online, February 2003

A Mini Review of Inventor 6 - many new improvements although many should have been there a long time ago, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News, Dec 5, 2002

Surface Modeling State of the Art - an overview of the surfacing features offered in the latest versions of CATIA, Cobalt, Inventor, Pro/E, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, thinkdesign, Unigraphics and VX CAD/CAM, Joe Greco, CADENCE, November 2002

Autodesk Inventor 6 - Sneak Peek - a look at some of the more than 200 new and improved features, Avatech Solutions, September 2002

Certifiably 3D - a look at the new Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program and how it compares with the third-party product partnerships of SolidWorks and Solid Edge, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #79 (Aug. 20, 2002)

Autodesk Inventor 6 - Sneak Peek - an overview of the new features, Avatech Solutions, August 2002

Autodesk's Robert "Buzz" Kross Talks Strategy for Inventor Series - Ira Breskin, MCAD Cafe, April 25, 2002

New Features in Inventor R5.3 - Elise Moss, DigitalCAD, Feb 2002

A Visual Guide to Several Key New Features in Autodesk Inventor Release 5.0 - Joe Greco, MCAD Vision, Nov 2001 (pdf)

Autodesk Inventor 5: Time to Try Harder - surface modeling lags competition, Computer Aided Design Report, Oct 2001

Competition Breeds Improvement: Autodesk Inventor 4 - enticing and impressive new features but still weak in surfaces, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Aug 2001

Shifting Solids - after 4 releases, Autodesk's Inventor matches its competition in many areas, C3, July 2001

Inventor 4.0 Offers Several Key Improvements - Jeffrey Rowe, MCADVision, July 2001

Autodesk Inventor 4 - easy to use but incomplete set of features prevent it from getting CADENCE's highest rating, July 2001

CADENCE Editors Choice - Autodesk Inventor 4 gets CADENCE award, July  2001

Autodesk Facilitates 2D-to-3D Transition - latest release is an improvement but Inventor is not for everyone, David Cohen, CGW, June 2001

Autodesk Inventor 4 - development of Inventor has been rapid, Al Dean, CADserver, Apr 2001

Autodesk Inventor Chases AutoCAD Users - Inventor should lead AutoCAD users into 3D, Jenny Donelan, CGW, March 2001

Autodesk Inventor Release 4 Preview - Joe Greco, CADENCE website

A Visual Guide to Inventor 4.0 - Joe Greco, MCAD Vision,tecn February 2001

A Visual Guide to Inventor 3.0 - a gallery of new features in latest release of Inventor

Autodesk Inventor Release 2 - David Cohn, Computer Graphics World, July 2000

Getting Better All the Time: Autodesk Inventor 2 - David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, June 2000

Autodesk Inventor Release 2, Solid Edge Version 8 and SolidWorks 2000 - side-by-side comparison of the major mid-range MCAD programs by Joe Greco, CADENCE, June 2000

CAD Buffs Cast a Wider Web - Adam Turner, I.T., May 2000

Autodesk Inventor Reviews - several excerpted reviews on the CAD/CAM Solutions site

Inventor's New Release Eases Design Process -  Benjamin B. Ames, Design News Online, April 30, 2000

Editors' Choice - Inventor receives Editors' Choice from CADENCE, December 1999

Autodesk Inventor - Autodesk targets the high-end assemblies market with Autodesk Inventor, its new solid-modeling product and the first serious modeler from Autodesk not built on top of AutoCAD, Joe Greco, CADENCE, Dec 1999

Autodesk Out to Prove That It’s the Great Inventor - an early look at Inventor, the upcoming Adaptive Modeler from Autodesk, and notes a host of engineering pros, Jonathan Richardson, CAD User, Nov 1999 (est)

Autodesk Inventor: A New Look at MCAD - by Steven Ross, NASA Tech Briefs, September 1999

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