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Autodesk Launches Preferred Industry Partner Program

To help customers in the manufacturing, architecture, building and construction markets benefit from the advantages of 3D software, Autodesk Inc. has introduced the Preferred Industry Partner Program. The new program recognizes select third-party software developers for their innovative, industry-focused solutions. Designated Preferred Industry Partners create applications that complement Autodesk 3D products and help customers simulate their ideas early in the design process as well as reduce time and cost in manufacturing or construction.

The program launches with five software developers awarded Preferred Industry Partner status in North America and Europe. These inaugural partners have created products that tightly integrate with applications such as Autodesk Inventor, Revit and AutoCAD Civil 3D software products, and add industry-, task- or region-specific functionality, from advanced mechanical analysis to compliance with local regulations.

The initial partners consist of:* acadGraph of Germany (AutoCAD Architecture for Project Management)* CGS of Eastern Europe (AutoCAD Civil 3D for Infrastructure Design)* hsbSOFT of Belgium (Revit & AutoCAD for Timber Framing)* INOVA of Eastern Europe (AutoCAD Map 3D Telecom)* RDV Systems of Israel (AutoCAD Civil 3D for Infrastructure Simulation)

"Worldwide, macroeconomic trends such as the rising cost of energy, globalization of business and growing need for infrastructure are creating new opportunities and placing new demands on manufacturing, building and construction companies," said Jim Quanci, worldwide director, Autodesk Developer Network. "Together, Autodesk and its Preferred Industry Partners offer best-in-class design solutions that help our customers use 3D digital models to experience their ideas virtually-and then make them real -- saving time and money for them and their customers."

Autodesk works closely with Preferred Industry Partners on a range of marketing and sales activities including channel development support and a designated Autodesk sales contact; creation of joint marketing materials and announcements; and a special program logo for use on product packaging and partner websites. Program participants also receive early access to alpha and beta versions of Autodesk software, priority service support and feature requests and gain access to additional co-marketing resources.

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) comprises more than 2,700 technology partners around the world. Preferred Industry Partners extend Autodesk solutions to meet the industry-specific needs of the design community. For more information about ADN and Autodesk Preferred Industry Partners, visit www.autodesk.com/adn.

Autodesk Inc. (www.autodesk.com) is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction and media and entertainment markets.

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