It’s probably now the time to say goodbye to your existing 32-bit Cad workstations especially if they are running Microsoft Vista.
Autodesk had already announced lack of future support for new versions of software in January 2012 less than 3 months before Windows Vista moved to extended support. Extended support means that Microsoft will only offer security fixes but no hotfix’s unless clients wish to pay for them.
Autodesk have now re-iterated lack of Vista support for Autodesk’s creative software namely Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® Softimage®, Autodesk® MotionBuilder®, Autodesk® Mudbox® and Autodesk® Entertainment Creation Suite, so 2013 versions will be the last Vista supported programs.
In an interesting move though Autodesk has announced that for future releases of their creativity products they will only be supporting 64 – bit operating systems in order to provide a better user experience, so it makes you wonder if other software releases will be affected going forward too.
64 bit computing has been around for quite a few years now and has been a major productivity booster for all software vendors memory hungry CAD and design applications, so the move is perfectly understandable and in reality warranted, especially as it is becoming increasingly difficult to source a 32 bit system even in the retail consumer market place let alone for CAD Workstations.
Chances are if you are still running a Vista machine it is in all probability already over 3 – 4 years old, so your CAD hardware may be due for a refresh anyway.
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