Software incorporates VIA Development’s Wiring Diagram

Autodesk's AutoCAD has incorporated and augmented VIA Development's Wiring Diagram (WD) to create its new AutoCAD Electrical 2004 software, which Autodesk says is the "first fully integrated solution for designers of electrical control systems." The software's controls design package is fully integrated with AutoCAD to maintain full native DWG format compatibility.

By Staff January 1, 2004

Autodesk’s AutoCAD has incorporated and augmented VIA Development’s Wiring Diagram (WD) to create its new AutoCAD Electrical 2004 software, which Autodesk says is the “first fully integrated solution for designers of electrical control systems.” The software’s controls design package is fully integrated with AutoCAD to maintain full native DWG format compatibility.

AutoCAD Electrical 2004 saves users time because they don’t have to purchase and install two pieces of software, WD and AutoCAD, which had been required in the past. Also, users won’t have to wait for VIA to upgrade WD to match the latest revision of AutoCAD.

Scott Reese, Autodesk’s product manager and VIA’s former operations VP, says that, in addition to integration with AutoCAD software, Electrical 2004’s upgrades include many Euro-friendly features. VIA had focused primarily in North America, and Autodesk acquired some of its assets in March 2003. Reese reported that Autodesk’s global reach has significantly expanded WD’s sales since the acquisition. www.autodesk.com/autocadelectrical

  • Extensive electrical controls design functionality

  • Creates better electrical designs, reduces costs, and accelerates time to market

  • Built on the AutoCAD 2004 foundation for full, native DWG compatibility

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