Autodesk, Inc. and GlobalSpec, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enhances recently announced Autodesk Design Review 2008 software to include on-demand access to GlobalSpec's extensive product and information services. By connecting specification and procurement decisions more directly to core design tasks, the companies are helping to streamline and redefine the design process.
Autodesk Design Review 2008, the company's advanced DWF-based review and markup tool for project teams, includes seamless access to GlobalSpec search capabilities. Project team members such as manufacturing and quality engineers, production planners, suppliers and customers who use Autodesk Design Review to review CAD drawings or models benefit from the advanced content features of SpecSearch - GlobalSpec's trademarked search technology.
"We are very pleased to partner with GlobalSpec," said Kevin Wandryk, senior director, Extended Design Group, Autodesk. "Together, we're helping our customers extract even greater value from the rich detail present in 3D design information, by better connecting design to procurement for streamlined production, improved decision making and faster time to market."
Today, Autodesk Inventor software users can publish a DWF file and securely share rich design information such as bill of materials, part numbers, manufacturer and other information. By launching an Internet search of GlobalSpec content from within Autodesk Design Review 2008, extended team members such as purchasing agents can leverage this information provided by the Inventor user, and make better-informed decisions, boost product quality, time to market and profitability.
"Together, Autodesk and GlobalSpec are providing the industry with the potential for greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness," said Guy Maser, senior vice president of marketing, GlobalSpec. "With the combination of design information captured by DWF technology and exhaustive resources from GlobalSpec, customers will save time and money by locating the suppliers who have the parts that they need - without ever leaving the design itself."