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Typically, CAD software is installed on your local computer, is updated to newer versions on a schedule (for example, every year or few years) and is licensed on a perpetual basis.
Cloud CAD software offers many of the same abilities as traditional CAD software, but runs in a browser or provides cloud services through an app, is updated on a remote server and is acquired by paying a fee, usually on a monthly or annual basis.
Cloud software lets you:
Cloud and online software can provide benefits beyond what can be found in traditional software.
Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.
Collaborate with your team, control version management, render models and share or publish your designs - all in the cloud.
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Design in the cloud using Autodesk cloud services. Edit, collaborate and render in the cloud. Upload and access files anytime and anywhere.
Whether you need to work with others on a mockup or render a 3D image, adding cloud services to your Autodesk software helps you to get the job done faster.
The implications for CAD in the cloud (US site). Take a look at how CAD is applying some of the abilities of the cloud and what it means in terms of advantages and disadvantages for engineers.
Enabling design agility with CAD in the cloud (PDF) (US site). Learn how CAD-based cloud addresses design needs compared to traditional CAD.
6 reasons why you should leap into the cloud. Here's why jumping into the cloud is good for your small business.
Take to the cloud (PDF). This eBook from Autodesk explores what the cloud is and the improvements in productivity, agility and efficiency it can bring to your business.
Autodesk 360 mobile cloud computing apps (US site). Autodesk 360 services include a portfolio of mobile apps that let you access designs and work on your mobile and tablet devices.
Understanding the Autodesk cloud. What we mean by SAAS, PAAS, IAAS and how A360 and AutoCAD 360 fit into our cloud strategy.
Better construction co-ordination reinforces the general-contractor–subcontractor relationship. Cloud-based co-ordination tools enable greater communication and collaboration among contractors driving major construction projects.
Entire studios in the cloud: future of entertainment and cloud-computing adoption. Small but mighty visual effects studios disrupt the media and entertainment industry by using cloud technology for film production, management and collaboration.