In a previous blog posting, I noted how Autodesk DWF Composer originally got its name. According to www.dictionary.com, compose is to make or create by putting together parts or elements. Autodesk is changing the product name of Autodesk® DWF™ Composer to a more descriptive name that highlights the benefits and functionality of the software—Autodesk® Design Review. Although the name is changing, you will still be able to compose DWF files from a variety of sources.
1. Why is Autodesk changing the name from Autodesk DWF Composer?
Autodesk conducted extensive research about the DWF Composer product brand. The results revealed that customers responded more favorably to a descriptive name that communicated the product benefits directly.
2. What is the timeline for the name transition?
Communication about the new name began on March 23, 2006. The new name will be fully in place for the next product release.
3. Will I still be able to upgrade my DWF Composer software to Design Review?
Yes. The name change does not affect upgrades.
4. Will my subscription for DWF Composer be valid for Design Review?
Yes. Your next upgrade will be named Autodesk Design Review 2007.
5. Are all of the Autodesk DWF product names changing?
No. Autodesk® DWF™ Viewer, Autodesk® DWF™ Writer, and Autodesk® DWF™ Toolkit, the core DWF, free product offerings, will continue with the current names.
6. Is Autodesk eliminating products as a result of simplifying branding?
No. This change reflects a name change only. The next release of Autodesk DWF Composer (version 3) will be named, Autodesk Design Review 2007.
7. Will the new names be translated into other languages?
No. Like other Autodesk product names, Design Review will not be translated into local languages.