Here are the highlights:
- InfraWorks 360 Pro has new features:
- Connection to WeoGeo, which if you're not familiar, is a site that hosts geospatial data - some free, some not.
- Terrain grading and shaping - I haven't actually seen this in action yet but I'm assuming this is some incarnation of the the Interactive Terrain Shaping stuff we saw awhile back on Autodesk Labs
- Better rendering with a choice for high quality rendering or lower quality/faster performance rendering
- Enhancements/improvments with pipe networks
- It is being sold on a quarterly "rental" basis
At this point, I'm a little confused about what's going on. I downloaded the InfraWorks R2 update on the subscription site and installed it. It gave me three ways to launch the software - InfraWorks 360 Pro, InfraWorks, and InfraWorks Ulitmate (those aren't the exact names).
The Ultimate version does not get a license. I'm guessing this is because I have IDS Premium, not Ultimate - but I'm not sure. I'm waiting to hear back from Autodesk on exactly what's going on.
The other two products launch. I'm most interested in the Terrain shaping so I immediately searched for a new ribbon or something of that nature. No Terrain Shaping ribbon tab. The best I got is that when I right-click a coverage area, I get a Shape Terrain command in the context menu.
After clicking the Shape Terrain command, I get a nifty blue arrow and some blue coloring at the corners of my coverage area, but that's it. I can drag the arrow up and down but it doesn't do any more than the z-axis arrow on the gizmo that accompanies Infraworks objects. I get the feeling that there is some feature-unlocking that needs to be done somehow.
Currently I'm working on downloading the 30-day trial. I'll update this post if I make any progress there.
- Just got a little more info on the Shape Terrain command. It takes a coverage area and flattens it out to a single elevation. Separate post coming soon!