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Autodesk releases FormIt, a conceptual design mobile app ready for downstream BIM use

LAS VEGAS – Autodesk FormIt, the first 3D solid modeling application for the iPad was released by Autodesk at its Autodesk University trade show. Area, volume, location can all be recorded in the FormIt app. It is connected to the San Rafael, Calif., software manufacturer's Autodesk 360 service which allows it to add real world data such as location and gross area on the iPad. It is building specific and location aware. It is a free application available from the iTunes store.

"It is specifically designed for mobile users to create conceptual designs that plays works for downstream analysis," said Autodesk SVP of strategy and marketing Andrew Anagnost.

FormIt files can be opened in Autodesk Revit or Autodesk Vasari for further analysis beyond conceptual sketching.

"We realized that conceptual design had changed," said Matt Jezyk, senior manager of AEC conceptual design products. "It has a modeling kernel that lets you draw on arcs, lines and any architectural geometry necessary at this stage and you can export that data as an .RVT file or a Vasari file."

A local file inside the app syncs with Autodesk 360 whenever it is in wifi or network range. Geo-location information is pulled from both Apple Maps and Google Earth data.

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