Autodesk brings 3D design suite to web browsers via AWS

Autodesk brings 3D design suite to web browsers via AWS

Summary: The design software maker is already tapping into the new AWS G2 instances for graphic-intensive workloads on web browsers.


Following up a video codec collaboration with Mozilla and cloud rendering company OTOY earlier this year, Autodesk is taking another -- and much larger -- step into web browsers.

The San Francisco-based software maker is bringing its 3D design, engineering, and entertainment tools to web browsers for the first time ever. That includes Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya and 3ds Max.

Naturally, supporting access to and production of such graphic-heavy workloads on an HTML5 platform is no simple feat.

Thus, Autodesk has tapped Amazon Web Services, which seems to have a hand in a whole number of releases this morning, mostly stemming from its own headquarters but evidently being utilized all over the place already.

The Seattle-based corporation launched a new type of instance using Nvidia Grid graphics processing units for 3D modeling as well as new tools for mobile app developers.

Namely, that also includes the debut of new G2 instances, an Elastic Compute Cloud service designed for 3D graphics intended for graphic intensive efforts, such as visualizations and large workloads.

That's where Autodesk comes back into play.

Autodesk's Remote software suite will be supported on Amazon's on-demand EC2 GPU instances. As an additional incentive, Autodesk is making available free 30-day trials of the aforementioned cloud-based pieces of software.

To wrap things up, AWS also cut EC2 prices once again, all of which should be leading up to a very interesting developer summit in Las Vegas next week if the cloud giant is already unloading plenty of new products one week in advance.

Topics: Software, Browser, Enterprise Software, Software Development, Web development

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  • 'Bet ATT Engineers Are Among the First Users.

    Contrary to ATT PR, Mobile Apps connected to Cloud-Apps can solve/re-engineer systems for engineers out in the field iff connected to Server-Farms by Gbit/sec communications (Google Fiber or equivalent).
  • suggestion

    I think it is good idea to support html5 more and more.
    I suggest autodesk Try to find way to make 3D rendering easier and faster. May be by utilizing some computer power on network, or by utilizing amazon server service
    Utomo Prawiro
  • X86 is going extinct

    This is further proof that windows will eventually be all RT and kill off the legacy desktop. I think this is great. I'd love to spend my money on a better touch screen rather than an expensive video card and processor.
  • I've always wanted compression artifacts while editing

    Why yes, I've always wanted compression artifacts while editing my 3D, and I've always wanted latency too.

    (nobody has the bandwidth it takes to push real time video to large monitors without lossy compression, and latency won't be fixed unless you can find a way to move data faster than the speed of light)

    Unless they're still doing the actual 3D rendering on the workstation itself, in which case I don't really see the point.

    It also leaves the door open to issues of offline access and ownership of the data.
    • CobraA1, haven't you learned yet?!?

      If you're going to be a software vendor in Teh Cloud(tm), the very first rule is to NEVER let common sense, logic, and reason get in the way of profit!

      Besides, it's Autodesk...they're like the Ubisoft of regular software - screw their customers in the wallet, if those users just so happen to be productive in spite of their most valiant efforts, it's an anomaly that needs to be rectified in the next update.