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Autodesk 123D Creature.

God I love living in an age when advances in technology are completely reshaping the way we create. As little as five years ago people would have laughed if you had told them you were going to create a 3D model on a hand held computer. They would have laughed more if you told them you were going to print a physical 3D object from the same device. Thanks to Autodesk you can actually do this.

I am completely blown away by 123 Creature, and just how powerful this tool is. Seriously, this software is pretty damn amazing. The results it produces are very good, and the fact that you can send your creations to a 3D printer… amazing.

“Now, for the first time, 123D Creature makes it easy for anyone to create a sophisticated creature on an iPad, and then have a 3D print delivered to their doorstep with a few swipes of their finger,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With our 123D family of apps, we strive to put powerful 3D technology into the hands of anyone who wants to be creative, and we look forward to seeing the original creatures people will create and share with the community.”

iPhone App of the Week.

A few years back Autodesk bought Alias software and with it acquired one of the best drawing applications around. “Alias Sketch”, now “Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.” It’s still a great app and if you haven’t used it I say give it a try. You can get it here.

What I am excited about is the new iPhone version that Autodesk released earlier this week. I have been using it for a couple of days now and it is one of the best drawing/painting apps I have seen for the iPhone.

The SketchBook Mobile App uses the same software engine as Autodesk SketchBook Pro, delivering much of the same power and functionality as the desktop application. It features a combination of high-quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes, as well as an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface, that enables users to create everything from quick sketches to print-quality production artwork. I have been using it for about a week and it just rocks. It is intuitive and powerful, and a bit more robust than applications for the iPhone Like “Brushes”.

According to Robert Kross, Sr. VP of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk”Mobile apps are becoming increasingly advanced, moving beyond simple entertainment or utilitarianism. We are delighted to offer an app on the App Store for industrial designers and the creative community.”

With the SketchBook Mobile App, Autodesk continues its long-standing tradition of bringing cost-effective professional design tools to creative professionals.

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