Inventor 2015 – Disable Autodesk 360

Way back in 2012 I posted a request to the Inventor IdeaStation forum requesting that Autodesk provided the ability for admin’s to disable any Autodesk 360 cloud based services for Inventor. I sometimes work with an industry that is heavily regulated and openly transfering design information to cloud services would be against government regulations. This is the comment I posted…

We require the ability to disable (wiithout ability for users to bypass) all Autodesk 360 cloud features. This is a security risk for my industry and would not be allowed per government regulations.

Today I received this reply from Dan Szymanski with Autodesk…

Status: Implemented

This idea has been implemented within Autodesk Inventor 2015. Special thanks to the author of this Idea and likewise to everyone who cast your Kudo for it. Enhancements were made within the Inventor 2015 Installer so that Autodesk 360 is available as a shared component. It can be deselected to prevent its installation, or it can be installed in a disabled state, to be enabled later. Please be sure to check this out in Autodesk Inventor 2015. Thanks!

This is great news and even better is the method as to how they allow you to disable it. Thank you Autodesk!

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2015 Autodesk Launch Day Wrap-up

For the last few years I’ve been shying away from writing about “what’s new” with the latest software releases from Autodesk due to the exceptional coverage by so many other blogs. This year is no different. Jamie Ditsworth is what I call the “King of What’s New in Inventor” and as usual he has an excellent blog post covering the new features. Design & Motion is also stepped it up a notch with some excellent coverage this year.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow my “bloggin-bot” @cadblogwatch to get all the latest blog posts wrapped up in a nice neat Twitter profile.


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The new Autodesk 360

We’ve been teased by Autodesk for a few months now about a “new Autodesk 360” coming soon. If you’ve requested access and have patiently been waiting you should be able to login to the tech preview using the link below.

What’s new in the Autodesk 360 tech preview:

  • Create project groups and invite team members to collaborate on projects and designs.
  • Share and organize all project data, not just design data.
  • Collaborate on design data on the web or on your mobile device, no tools need to be installed.
  • Perform deep search in your design data and access critical design information.

Login Link:

Watch the Getting Started With Autodesk 360 video.

Autodesk 360

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Autodesk Instant

Instant Oats

Like Wilford Brimley telling you to “Eat your oatmeal!”, Autodesk is telling us to try out their new Autodesk Instant messenger.

The app is available as an iOS app or Android and resembles the workings of WhatsApp where there is no actual username and password login. Authentication is based on your mobile phone number with confirmation of ownership obtained by clicking  a link from within a text message sent to your phone.

Instant allows you to create individual group chats for a specific set of users. This could be handy for discussing specific projects within your organization. You can send text based messages, images, video or your current location.


Instant Conversation

I’m assuming Autodesk’s motive for Instant is to integrate it into it’s other products. We may even see something as soon as the usual annual product announcements this spring. However, If it remains stand-alone for too long, it will just be yet another proprietary messaging services that hardly anybody uses because of the lack of interoperability.

If anyone would like to be added to the time wasting “Mad Cad Bunch” conversation, you can join us by sending me a message with your phone number. Currently, there is no way to add users using a central Instant directory of users.

I would love to hear what you all think of Autodesk Instant, so far I have read mixed reactions. Mostly, yes the app is cool and very easy to use… but it’s still just another messaging service. Now if you could message your colleague in realtime directly from within Inventor when you finish uploading the latest edits of your models to the Vault… that would be cool.


Instant is a mobile app designed to make communicating with your team fast, easy and simple.
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