Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Autodesk Homestyler Updated With Cloud-Based Near Photo-Quality Rendering Feature

What’s the News: Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has updated Autodesk Homestyler, free* online software for 2D and 3D home design and remodeling projects. With the new Snapshot feature , users can create high-resolution, near photo-quality images of any home interior design project created in Homestyler. In addition, a new toolbar that helps speed access to top design and sharing features has been added to Homestyler and the catalog of content has been increased to over 20,000 branded and generic building elements.

What Are the Benefits: The Snapshots feature makes high-resolution renderings available to novice designers without the need for any special training or additional computer hardware. The images produced by Snapshots will provide realistic details, such as lighting, textures, and perspective, allowing users to experience their designs as if they’re standing right in the room. Snapshots are created using cloud computing technology currently in technology preview on Autodesk Labs. The renderings are delivered within minutes and can easily be shared with friends, family, or professional designers.

“One of the most challenging aspects of undertaking any home remodeling or decorating project is envisioning the finished project. The high-resolution renderings generated by Snapshots takes Homestyler’s visualization capabilities to the next level,” said Patrick Aragon, Autodesk Homestyler Product Manager. “We are excited to be able to provide these professional tools to everyday homeowners and home renovators, helping them have confidence in their design decisions before moving ahead with any project. The new feature also demonstrates how Autodesk is using its cloud computing resources to help users make high-end design technology accessible through a variety of channels.”

When & Where: The Snapshot feature, catalog search and browse performance improvements, additional content, enhanced sharing and social capabilities, and new toolbar are now available on Autodesk Homestyler (http://www.homestyler.com/.)

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