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Alias Design review by Gabriel H.
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"The standard of a industry"

What do you like best?

Alias is a very powerful tool for surface modelling , with very complex tools that are helping the user to achieve best quality in a very fast time.

Highly compatible with other design packages.

What do you dislike?

For begginers is not very user friendly and as an Autodesk user it's a bit hard to switch from other Autodesk software to Alias as everything is different.

Hard to learn (first 6 months)

Not enough support for new users

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alias is essential in design industry, almost will guarantee you a job as long you have a good level of skills and a good eye for design and 3d modelling. Definitely is over most of other design packages on the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provide Great 3d surfacing to my customers and having the possibility to easy import other file formats as various customers work with different packages, Alias is highly compatible . Most of the products I have designed , at one stage they were taken to Alias, so I can say, Alias is the place where the most automtive and product design is done.

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Alias Design review by Kenny C.
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"The BEST technical surface modeler out there!"

What do you like best?

Alias has been the standard for technical surfacing for decades. The name alone instills confidence, but using the software has been inspiring. With the powerful surfacing and sampling tools we have been able to design new products with ease as well as reverse engineer physical prototypes and other scanned data into very clean and tight models.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a little antiquated, but the software remains powerful. If the pallets and toolboxes were of a more modern feel, the software would be easier to use (and the overall learning curve would not be as steep).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try Alias SpeedForm as well - it is aimed at automotive designers, but the T-Splines functionality is amazing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alias has allowed us to create stunning 3D models of our industrial design projects. When compared to other solutions, nothing can match the outright power and performance of Alias on technical surfacing. We used to spend days or weeks in other tools and we can achieve the same results in hours using Alias.

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Alias Design review by Mathias R.
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"Alias Automotive"

What do you like best?

This 3D program easily creates accurate and precise surfaces. It can be used to create just about anything from a basic handle, to headphones to the exterior and interior of a vehicle. If you are learning this program or are curious to learn more advanced techniques Autodesk Alias has a YouTube channel that uploads videos abut every week. The videos cover speedform techniques and in-depth, complex modeling.

What do you dislike?

The basic learning curve to start using the program is rather short, it is on the same level as with any new program. When you start to dive into more advanced, and complex forms it can get difficult if you are new to the program. There are many ways to complete one task, options are excellent but can become confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you wish to get into Industrial Design, you should be using this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alias can open many other file types, often I use it to import from other modeling programs to check scale, increase or decrease the object size and get it ready for 3D printing or machining. Also the surface rendering shows true highlights with class A surfaces which allows an accurate preview of the surface along with ways to manage and adjust the surface to get the best product out of the program. Once you have the real product out of the machine the hard work you put into perfecting the surface shows in your final product.

Alias Design review by Pierre B.
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"So strong, but not so stable"

What do you like best?

This software is really powerful, lot of modeling possibilities and parameters.

The modeling quality is really advanced and precision is adjustable.

You can modelise geometry with curvature continuity in lot of differents ways.

It's easy to modify in details each surfaces, and adjust one to one them.

It's one of the most used software in car modeling.

What do you dislike?

The software can crash at every moments, you need to spam the save shortcut often.

It is really hard to handle at the beginning, its ergonomy is awful and you will need to learn specific shorcut in order to built basic surfaces.

If you plan to print your model in 3D, you have lot of chance to find holes in your file, that will make some issues with 3D printing.

The CTRL+Z is not always available, and you have to think about backsave if you need to go back to change something.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient, and keep learning and stay curious. Try all functions ^^

This is awsome after few crashes, then you understand the mechanic, you will improve your skill faster

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I modelised some complex product where aesthetic and surface quality were important.

Alias Design review by Alexander N.
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"Alias Software review"

What do you like best?

The ability to quickly surface and define your design with relative ease. Compared to other CAD software's, creating simple to refined forms is a simple and intuitive process. Also the process of manipulating existing surfaces is easier than most other software's, giving the user more overall freedom while modeling.

What do you dislike?

One main issue with the software is the difficulty in creating a sealed or trimmed model for the purpose of 3D printing. Others software's make this process a bit easier, and I feel that Alias can do the same with some updates the the software. The only other issue have with Alias is the process of adding filet's. Overall it works well but can be a bit cumbersome when getting into more difficult and complex surfacing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Alias as the leading software when it comes to design surfaces. This includes final modeling as well as rough modeling. Also this software is great for surface checking, for quality and overall curvature of aesthetic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software has definitely made the transition of 2D to 3D better for my use as a student and in the industry as well. The ability to model my 2D designs in such a short period of time is the greatest part of it. The software also has the flexibility to design in a rough state for the purpose of scale and proportion, as well as a very finely detailed state for the purpose of a finished product. Having that flexability is key to success with the work i do on a daily basis

Alias Design review by Vipul M.
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"No matter how much time you spend on alias its still less."

What do you like best?

Modelling in alias is like solving a Sudoku puzzle but unlike Sudoku in alias there are many ways to solve or come up with a surface. Alias gives you a real time reflection and notifies you about the surface continuity as you keep on working so it reduces having errors on your final product. There are so many ways and options to discover in this software to get your desired result is exhausting, so in the end when you become quite familiar you can customize your shelf and your keys to your favorite options. The built-in visualization feature is pretty decent enough which gives you a good idea of your end product

What do you dislike?

Its not an easy software to learn and operate it right away for a beginner. you need time and patience to learn the software and have to be guided in the beginning. you wont get the desired surface in one step or a command, A desired surface is formed after creating necessary primary surfaces then move on to secondary surface and so on till you have achieved your result. That's this software makes you feel LIKE A PROFESSIONAL and sometimes leaves you FRUSTRATED as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have patience while learning

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a industrial design student so I use this software to model cars and products. you become more patient and can solve surfaces easily which seemed difficult a few months ago and using other modelling software's become easy to operate.

Alias Design review by Gregory T.
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"Great for Accurate Surfacing"

What do you like best?

- Ability to model larger surfaces quite accurately

- The curves make for simple adjustments on the model.

- The ability to modify perspective

- The "Skin" tool, although a little rough sometimes, is a great tool for fast modelling

What do you dislike?

The tools could be more distinctly laid out. Although there is the capability to rearrange "favorites" on a separate bar, overall it seems to be a cluttered interface.

- There is no "best" way to model. There are infinite ways of getting everything build.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is similar to Rhino as well. Rhino is more simple to use, but like CATIA, it is better to be used to model smaller products. Compared to CATIA's Imagine and Shape, Alias takes more time, but again is more accurate and results are typically better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the software to sketch model both vehicles and industrial design products. We also use CATIA at our establishment and find that Alias is far better when dealing with larger surfaces and managing the highlights.

Alias Design review by Joji A.
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"One of the best Nurbs modelling software I have come across."

What do you like best?

Alias gives really good surface quality and control over curves and surfaces. This helps achieve proper reflections and highlight through continuity.

What do you dislike?

Corner solving is a bit tricky in Alias however the challenges helps you make sure your surfaces are of high quality. So does the filleting when the relative size is small.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is one of the best Softwares in the market for automotive design & Styling (surfacing). Alias is used by almost all Automotive Companies as well as a huge number of Modelling studios and product design studios. Once you are trained on Alias, you will be able to achieve world class standards. I have used both professional version at my work place as well as student version back home as I was pursuing my college specializing in Digital Design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this software as an Industrial Design student specializing in Digital Design and also during my Alias modelling internship at one of the prestigious Automotive design studios in Germany well known for Alias Modelling. The quality of models made in Alias is almost unparalleled.

Alias Design review by Claudio M.
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"Alias: Design approach"

What do you like best?

The fact that you can achieve quality surfaces with many construction ways and solutions. For educational purpose give the students full understanding of what surfaces are and the boundary conditions to work for real products.

What do you dislike?

The situations to understand which tool can give you the right path. sometimes you need "a lot" of expertise to achieve a goal though so many combinations of tools; and of course you cannot find that neither on video tutorials or forums. A big problem for alias is that students shift very easy to other software because the hours needed to achieve a good level of mastering.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Designers who are willing to improve aesthetics with full control of class-A surfaces. This software enhance the use of theoretical lines, curves and at the end surfaces that nowadays design standards are looking for. The possibilities are endless: a vivid example is the new ROBORACE from Daniel Simon as chief designer for the FIA most ambitious project: car racing with full size machines.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm into educational learning.

Benefits are related to help students to see different aspects of the design process

Alias Design review by Arthur B.
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"A great software for advanced surface modelling"

What do you like best?

Great array of tools for curvature continuity and complex surface modelling with some decent dynamic control features.

What do you dislike?

The layer system is somewhat limited to project sizes and a bit confusing/slow to work with, when compared to traditional CAD aplications (Autocad, Rhino).

Closing some surface parts and sectioning a whole model/region to split it into continuous curvature surfaces (spam-free) is sometimes hard to achieve without the use of spans or advanced user tweaks.

When using fillets or other pre-set blending tools there are a lot of manually-correctable issues, usually with sorting out edges and object enclosure. Manually fixing things is boring and not time-effective, and this happens more than usual even for a well-thought spam-free 3D model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you think about how designers need to adapt to available tools in the market, it doesn't make sense to start a business whereas each 3D modelling software enables you with barely a portion of your project needs.

Projects have development stages and they often go through different platforms/softwares depending on their technical/aesthetical need. For the single-user or self employed consultant this means they must choose a budget-path (lets say they could pay for just 1 software) that will likely not be enough to supply their actual software needs for a hollistic project/business presentation, all the way through to implementation.

Alias Design review by Ujwal I.
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"A software that allows a very systematic approach to creating a 3D model with qualitative surfacing"

What do you like best?

As an industrial designer its always necessary for us to understand the volume of the product no matter how complex the shape of the product would be.The software gives complete freedom in creating organic and finely developed surfaces. The ability to correct the surfaces and forms multiple times, allows us to experiment an d sketch the product/model in 3D giving us a visual understanding of the volume.

Its workability around hard shapes if very flexible and if the user is trained well - it can give quick visual results for immediate feedback and alterations.The addition of customization plays a big role when working quickly - bringing up new tools and various controls into action without delaying to open multiple menus so as to work in a very efficient manner.

What do you dislike?

There is always a strong negative impact on the process of learning the software, on how it works and reacts to commands given. There are always small hindrances when the model is to be exported into other type of files.There is not much compatibility with the current trends of 3D printing- when we compare it with softwares like Autodesk Fusion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A good software to get precise surfaces- right from fillets to large curved surfaces. The ability to use it to complete a wide range of shapes and structures on various fields from automobiles to small electronic products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

none

Alias Design review by Soumitra S.
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"The first modeling software I started with and no other software has been able to beat the quality!"

What do you like best?

Alias is precise. What I like most is it shows me the clarity and cleanliness of my constructed surfaces with basic shaders provided. Of course there are evalutors like many other softwares which are also provided but the needed display as you start right from concept modeling is what drives me to use this software.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the flexibility when I go about creating something during the concept phase. Some surfaces take time to built in the way they are intended to be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely a great software for the design, especially the automotive design industry. I would say its mandatory for a digital designer to have knowledge about this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this product during my university and my internships. The key benefits are the construction quality and about its wide industry usage. It also has good cross platform working capabilities.

Alias Design review by Salvador R.
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"Looking in to a mirror "

What do you like best?

I like it´s cleanest interface and result when you apply shades to check surface continuity.

I also like the easy way to make your own set of hotkeys

What do you dislike?

I dislike the errors when you auto-trim t using tools like "filling flange tool" or "surface filling tool"

I don´t like the price tag that keep many users away

Recommendations to others considering the product

For quality surface modeling and design is the top choice for sure, if you are proficient with other surface software like Rhinzeros, it is going to be and easy transition to Alias, you are going to feel like stepping on another "league", the top one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I love that it´s not a rigid program, I mean it´s easy to modify and change quickly anything without much caos with the rest of the model. So that being said it´s a perfect program to translate to 3D a 2D concept

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"One of the best for Concept Creation and Surface Building for Industrial Designers"

What do you like best?

- Ability to go from sketch to surface in the same environment.

- Sketching on surfaces.

- I like its Diagnostic shading options. Gives a real good idea about how your surface quality.

- I also work with Rhino, but Alias is better and easier at continuity checking, intersecting, trimming/cutting works really well.

- I love it how they put a Transition Guide for Rhino users that shows equivalent tools and differences compared to Rhino.

- Transforminc CVs is a blast. Gives you great control and versatility over surface editing.

What do you dislike?

- Alias Surface has "Explicit Control", Alias Design does not. have it. It gives you full control on number of CV and Spans while building the surface. So if you want to have Class A Surfaces, you need to have Alias Surface, which is way more expensive compared to surface. And Alias Surface is not as good at sketching as Alias Design: so Autodesk kind of forces you to make a decision if you need more surface quality. And you have to pay more for a minor difference for End-User.

- Transformng is really great with different mouse buttons designated to different axes. But transforming in Rhino gives more control on what to snap where. Sometimes in Alias, you have to guess.

- It needs a simple 'Shear' command like Rhino.

- We need more Filleting tyles like ICEM. 3-radius fillet, combination of chordal and radius control etc. Even Alias Surface does not offer that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to have sketching and surface modeling in the same software, Alias Design is prefect for you.

If you are using Rhino or Solidworks but want to have better control and quality, choose Alias Design.

If you want to have Class A or something close to it, you should get Alias Surface instead, but you have to have a separate software for sketching.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for creating concepts, building initial surfaces or sketch surfaces. I quickly sketch on graphics on my 3D surface and create lots of variations, very easily too. I sometimes open it and sketch on a canvas, then start building it in 3D in the same environment without going outside either for sketching or surfacing. But recently we had to favor Alias Surface because of its superior surface control and use Alias Sketch for initial sketching process.

Alias Design review by Kyle K.
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"I enjoy this product so much, I'm making it my career."

What do you like best?

For me its the overall appearance of the program, it's not overwhelming. It feels inviting and intuitive to use compared to other CAD software I've used.

What do you dislike?

Some of the tools feel very outdated. I would like to see an auto save feature that works better then Msave. Possible a cloud based saving system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product can be taught to a beginner modeler with ease, and within a very short time they can be modeling very high level surfacing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently a student using the software for my own design projects. I've modeled Interior and exterior car models. Along with several small parts that I've 3D printed for physical models. The benefits are the speed in which I can get my ideas from my head to a 3D digital model that I then can render and animate.

Alias Design review by Darren M.
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"Alias is an amazing program to work with for any automotive or product design 3D model project. "

What do you like best?

I'm an automotive/product designer using this program for the past 8 years. Alias allows a great deal of freedom with the surfacing and the ability to create 'Class A surfaces'. There's multiple ways to create the same surface so as you begin to understand the tools you're able to create a surface in the specific way that will work best for your application. That could anything from creating surfaces to be used directly for tooling or molds, or transferring it to an engineer who may be the one completing the 'B-surfacing' of the project.

Compared to other CAD software it allows a larger degree of form making freedom where others have a lot of restrictions or 'rules' to follow. You could say it's the bridge between actual clay sculpting and the more mechanical technical modelling of programs like Solidworks or CATIA

What do you dislike?

It would be nice to have a few more tools that allow for precise techical modelling, but as Autodesk releases new versions these tools are becoming more available and refined.

Having the ability to create solids easier and transfer files to other software could be made more easy or accessible, but again Autodesk has taken many steps to making this happen.

There has yet to be a tool within the program that can change a mesh file into polygonal/nurbs surfaces. There are many work arounds to this, but having that tool would be helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work through as many tutorials and lessons early on so that when you jump onto actual projects your time and work process is seamless.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm an automotive/product designer for the past 8 years and almost every project I'm involved in requires the organic, free form abilities of the Alias design/surface/autostudio tools. Where other software falls short in creating free form surfaces, Alias is built perfect for.

Alias Design review by Kunal S.
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"CRISP SURFACING AND BEST SURFACE DESIGN SOFTWARE"

What do you like best?

The freedom of creating surfaces/manipulating the surfaces. ease of tools, technical's and everything else.

The surface quality and precise modelling makes it even more fun!

lastly the completely customizable UI.

What do you dislike?

bugs! sometimes, crashes, and few other tool issues, nothing else

Recommendations to others considering the product

For surfacing and excellent 3d, alias is something which is a must. The power of these tools is just amazing. The way they handle and the way alias allows you to create things is off the roof. Alias design for me specially has been an amazing experience, today I'm in progress to specialise the software, and I connect to this software at a very personal level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a surface designer, so creating 3d surface models and resolving concept sketches, i have realized how tools like alias design are so important to visualize one's imagination in real life.

Alias Design review by Sarwar S.
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"Best software for aesthetically designed products."

What do you like best?

The customization of tools is the best thing i like. When two users share the same system, they can use their own customized preferences having shortcuts, palette, shelves, marking menus, etc.

Also I like the freedom of playing with the surfaces, does not matter how complex it is. It gives the feel of sculpture. The best feature of this software which distinguishes it with others is its ability to produce class A surfaces.

What do you dislike?

there are two things which I dislike:

1. It does not UNDO the process sometimes.

2. The software crashes, but thanks to 2016 version, it saves the crashed file. Earlier versions were not reliable for saving the crash files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to recommend this software to all the concept designers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I normally use it for concept designing and sometimes for production level.

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"Alias is a good program, but just not for designers. "

What do you like best?

Alias is a great program if you know exactly what it is you're trying to make. I'm reviewing from the stand point of a designer wanting to quickly iterated themes in 3D. At its core, Alias is a good program, there is a lot you can do with it and it allows you the ability to really refine details.

Once you've made it past the learning curve, Alias is actually a really great program. If you take advantage of keeping history you can update surfaces with relative ease. Just be aware that it is going to take you awhile to get to that point.

What do you dislike?

Of all the programs that I've become proficient in(SolidWorks, Rhino, Alias, MODO, MAYA, and Some Fusion 360), Alias is by far the most unnecessarily difficult to use of them all. Navigation, selection, and interaction features all feel unnecessarily complicated. The programs interface seems to be very clunky at times as it seems like it forces you to do way more than is necessary to do things as simple as picking nothing.

The primary issue I have with this program is how long of a learning curve it has for the average user. I picked it up quicker than normal because I learn fast and I had a really awesome teacher. Without that though I can't imagine how long it would take for me to even begin to understand the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a program that can aid you in the design and ideation process then get as far away from Alias as you possibly can. If you want a program that will model over automotive clay scans for production, go for it, but it won't be an easy process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am approaching from a design and engineering standpoint, although more of an emphasis on design. As a designer I am creating a product that serves a need, whether that be an aesthetic or practical need. I see the this program will allow me to take finalized designs to a more refined and more "realistic" level.

Alias Design review by Maxime P.
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"Learn and enjoy"

What do you like best?

One of the thing that I like the most about this software is the precision. You can get a really accurate modeling based upon your design. With our without canvases it allows to set and adjust the lines' tension and get a very stiff 3D model. Either if it is only to build curves or create a hard 3D model with surfaces the software is quite easy to handle as soon as you've learn the basic tools.

What do you dislike?

Maybe for me one's of its quality is also one of it's inconvenient: the stiffness. I am not a digital modeler and far from being a professional but, I am using this software for around 3years now and as an automotive designer sometimes I wish to be able to explore a bit more. As everything is build around curves it limits the possible explorations on surfaces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

First to use this product I would recommand to learn the basic tools and how to use it. Figured it out what you are looking for in this product, in which way it will help you get what you want and what result do you wish to get. As soon as these questions get an answer learn how to use it and get into it! You will face issues at first and learn how to solve them, you will need to get yourself to this software and discover your own way of using it to be the most efficient for your process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically this software permits me to validate proportions and set the design upon the package. It permits to build and validate details as well as global volumes. It permits also to adjust lines and make tiny changes on the design that will led to a way better appreciation of the product. It is also a time saving tool that could be use in the creative process, build global forms, switch to another software and made the design evolves with back and forth. It is a really efficient product

Alias Design review by User in Retail
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"Designing with Alias"

What do you like best?

As a design student, Alias is a very useful tool that I use on a daily basis. Before using Alias, the only other CAD software I had experience with was Catia. Now, having used both, I prefer using Alias. It is a very good tool because you can place curves in any dimension, and build quick surfaces. This allows me to quickly explore a design and how it looks/works in 3D.

What do you dislike?

Alias is great for quick modeling, but the only thing that I would like to see is the ability to make exact measurements for objects, so that models can be more precise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Comparing it to Catia, Alias is much better because of its ease of use. The ability to get forms out quickly is much more attainable in Alias, this is largely to do with the fact that curves are able to manipulated into any direction. Compared to Catia where you are forced to sketch in one Isometric view and build from that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the field of design, only so much can be expressed through sketches. Alias allows you to showcase things that cannot be shown in a sketch. Not only this but models can then be animated to show off certain functions of the vehicle. Alias benefits every aspect of what I do as a designer, from being able to print 3D models of my designs, to sketching over them to get my proportions right. Alias is an amazing tool that has helped me grow as a designer.

Alias Design review by User
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"A University Student's Experience Learning and Utilizing Autodesk Alias 2014, 2015, and 2016"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Alias is the surface control that it offers the user. I have used other software, such as CATIA V6 which requires working in multiple workbenches to try to get the same level of surface manipulation that Alias offers outright. Alias has great CV manipulation capabilities and in allowing the user to build and rebuild surfaces using a variety of different tools (i.e. skins, squares, rails, etc) it makes it possible to quickly mock up surfaces for a rough model, and also to build rather quickly with great precision and surface quality.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about Alias is its consistent need for history deletion to prevent a working curve or surface from failing on the user. It would be nice if the software was a bit more capable with handling history, especially when it comes to trying to work with blend curves with history, which in my experience has typically resulted in a curve failing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Alias Design to just about all Industrial and Transportation Designers. Alias is a great tool for taking your 2D sketches and thoughts, and bringing them a significant step closer to reality. It is quick to pick up on, and easy to use. There is a large variety of lessons and help available online, most of it through Autodesk. The Alias support through Autodesk is also great at responding quickly and efficiently to assist you with your concerns.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Alias in my university classes. I am in school looking to end up in the Automotive industry, in which a significant amount of companies rely on Alias for their most important 3D modeling. In class we use Alias to build A-Surfaces of vehicle exteriors, and interiors. My experience with Alias has been great, OEM's cannot seem to get enough of skilled Alias modelers.

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"Alias, a surfacing 3D software for the perfection."

What do you like best?

I really appreciate the final result of a well done model, the way the surfaces are put together and flow from each to another. I like the interface as well: very clear, direct and quite intuitive, it is also very comfortable to use. To be able to tune the interface like you want is very convenient: you can build it following your needs rather you are more into surface sketching (a designer, for example) or more into precise construction (modelers). Basically, everything is done to be able to make flow surfaces between them: the final result is mind-blowing if you are a good modeler.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like the complexity in the way how to construct an object. For every surface, you would have 12 ways to do it, but just one leads to what you want. The problem is you don’t know which way is the right one, so you build 12 times the same surface in 12 different ways until you think is what you need. It is also important to say that you need time to manage the software. Easy going for the very first shot, you will be able to build something very quickly even if you are a beginner but then, when you need to reach a good quality, or even harder, a production ready quality: this start to be really though and you will take days to complete a model. The worst are the radius: for each corner, you would need a radius for a nice render or for a correct ready production model: those are really painful to complete. The software crashes a lot (for me, every 2-3 hours). Fortunately, it has a recovering system that works 3 times on 4, more or less. But be ready to be pissed if you are not a heavy saver.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would try first and maybe use it in addition to other software like Maya. First: build a quick model on Maya then switch to Alias for a better quality / control.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I’m mostly saving time. I can reach a good model level then switch on rendering software (Vred for example) to build some nice pictures to sell my ideas to my clients (or chef) instead of spending days on Photoshop and anyway have a single picture to show at the end. I can also solve design problem in trying first on Alias then go on a 1:1 scale model. I also can speak directly to professional modelers through to software in sharing the files: The modeler asks me what I need in a certain corner, so instead of explaining this by e- mail, phone or in a meeting, I directly sketch some surface to show him what I want. We save time, money and keep good relations.

Alias Design review by Bianca B.
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"Advanced tool, hard to get into it"

What do you like best?

If you learn Alias Design from scratch like I did in technical college, it's the best software to get difficult surfaces right ('Class A surfaces') and to build up objects pretty quick. I love the 3key shortcuts menus via the mouse to get commands done easily. It's a very precise tool which I love, especially for objects that have to be manufactured.

What do you dislike?

For a beginner or designer it's definitely not the easiest tool to get into. There are plenty others like Rhino or Maya, Solidworks,..) that give you a quicker and easier start in 3D Modeling.

Auto Filleting doesn't work really good, so most of the time, to get the right surface you have to build it on your own to get it nicely done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to make precise surfaces e.g. for manufacturing and you are a bit advanced in modeling, I would recommend Alias Design. If not, I would recommend an easier alternative!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an Industrial Designer and learned Alias back in technical college. I build objects for manufacturing, but most of the time just for visualization reasons.

Alias Design review by Luis A.
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"Great software if you know how it works"

What do you like best?

It has a great surface quality with a variety of tools to combine surface and apply continuity between them. During the last years Alias has been adding new detail tools which make the the process of detailing the model easier and faster. Its easy and fast to use when you know the software well.

Love the way it contains a history on surfaces that updates when changes are made.

What do you dislike?

In times you need to create more surfaces than needed to do a simple exact form. Round and fillet tools should improve as in times it causes rounds your not looking for.

The price of license keeps people away from software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It´s a great software to use, with same and extra features as other modelling software, whatsoever learning how to use it and why some surface errors occur take time and a lot of learning

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an industrial designer it helps me design products by giving a clear view of the surface and review for any change needed.

Alias Design review by Dillon K.
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"Alias Design Review - Dillon Kane"

What do you like best?

Alias offers a different experience to other CAD software that I have experienced. Alias, due to it's 3D curve building ability is more in tune with the way people who work in the design field often think. Other software seem more intent on math and dimension as a focus, rather than design and shape. Alias beautifully blends both in a way that engineers and designers alike can understand.

What do you dislike?

Alias has few drawbacks. Aesthetically, alias could use an update, but that is not nearly as important as how it functions. Alias could also use improvement in the area of filleting edges, especially without creating such heavy surfaces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As opposed to other software, Alias is the best option for design work, as well as translating ideas into a three dimensional reality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a transportation design student, and aspiring automotive designer, Alias has allowed me personally to better understand 3D shapes and perspectives, and has allowed instructors and potential employers to more fully understand the design conveyed.

Alias Design review by Divyanshu M.
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"Its been 7 years of Alias experience and believe this softwares has eveolved alot to make good model"

What do you like best?

Strongest point from Alias is History. This really helps you to make Design models. you can keep on chainging as much as you like and history helps you to contect all your surfaces back.

What do you dislike?

CV management and Software crash. Just becuase this software carries history or our model progress real time running gets higher and leads to crash. Als few bugs with every new verison.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As per my experience if you working on product design or CAS design for Automotive. alias is really a nice tool to use. But if you are looking for A class modelling i prefer other software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It really help me to make CAS models quick and nice. When you designing any Car or Product you need to keep changing curves, lines and profile. If you can maintain History in you model. Changes are easy comparing to any other software.

Alias Design review by User
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"My Alias experience"

What do you like best?

Alias is definitely good for creating accurate surfaces. A plus is that it is compatible with many milling machines. The software is also still used by many automotive companies.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not user friendly. Simple surface development can be too much to ask of alias, while in other programs it is many times easier. Workflow is very mechanical and does not encourage creativity. Modelling progress is generally slow. Updating and changing models is difficult and inconvenient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Alias for users with surface modeling experience or engineering goals. Modelers looking for creative solutions and user friendliness should look elsewhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem that is being solved is whether or not Alias is fit to be in the design industry anymore. The realization is that many other programs are overtaking it.

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"Complex interface and learning curve, but extremely powerful modeler."

What do you like best?

Extremely powerful tool for creating accurate, automotive-quality surfacing and models. There are a few tools for drawing which I prefer over Photoshop, although I largely use Alias for modeling only.

What do you dislike?

Difficult learning curve, difficult to create quick iterations or changes versus other software, outdated UI, and spotty compatibility with Mac OSX (No compatibility issues with Windows). Rendering images within Alias is virtually useless for anything more than quick evaluation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alias is best for creating products which need perfect, accurate, automotive-level surfacing. It is likely not the best option for quick models or for modeling products where advanced surfacing or highlighting is needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is the leading software used for automotive surface modeling. Highlighting and evaluating surfaces is better with Alias than any other modeler I've used.

Alias Design review by Mirko R.
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"First option for Industrial design is Autodesk Alias"

What do you like best?

Innovative design features. Compatibility with other Autodesk products. High precision for 3D functions. Many interface options and tools. Best for NURBS surface modeling. Custom features for automotive design and

What do you dislike?

This program should have options as other Autodesk programs for users who need it maybe for one project for a few months. Rendering options could be more developed since Autodesk has it done in other products that are used for 3D.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the best program for perfect industrial design for the last 25 years.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Industrial design. Creative design and surface 3D surface modeling. Surface testing and volume calculation of objects.

Alias Design review by Andrew H.
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"Alias"

What do you like best?

3d curves. Clean and quality surfaces. Great for mocking things up. The marking venues are really easy to access

What do you dislike?

User interface is very dated. The software is some what complicated. It crashes a lot when using variable fillets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

i would recommend alias design to all automotive and industrial designers. It is a great tool to put your ideas and thoughts into 3D

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a student i use Alias for building my design concepts. i mostly model exteriors and interiors.

Alias Design review by Pravin G.
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"An amazing software for creating organic surfaces"

What do you like best?

The quality of Surfaces that are generated are very good. Handling the organic curves or bspline curves is easy. Also very important is it gives very good measuring techniques for surface continuity.

What do you dislike?

The interface is quite hard to understand or get used to while you are learning software. But after a couple of practice I got used to it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Interactive interface.

Discount on license for startups

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a Design Student from MAEER's MIT, Institute of Design.

Alias Design review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Powerful creation software with a steep learning curve."

What do you like best?

Curve control and the ability to refine an object that could exist in real life. Alias is a powerful tool in comparison to other 3D creation tools. I've used many others, Rhino, Solidworks, etc. and Alias has been the one piece of software that most closely allows me to create real prototypes almost instantaneously. Bezier controls and sweeps are powerful refinement options.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is very steep. I studied it for a full quarter while in school and had just cracked the surface of the power in the product. Compared to other softwares, Alias isn't the easiest to use right out of the box, but once it's learned it is a powerful and unique software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fully immerse yourself in learning the software before you try and implement it. It will require a certain amount of expertise before you can fully use it to its potential.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the rise of 3D printing and accessibility to such, I've been able to model prototypes that I can instantly have at my desk for further refinement. This has allowed faster turnaround in my product development. In an industry where time is money, this has allowed me to drop my bottom line and get my ideas in a solid form more quickly. I've been able to think in Alias in a 3D space and see my ideas come to life quickly and with real life production issues that might arise that I can take care of before it hits the factory.

Alias Design review by User in Sports
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"Student in automotive design"

What do you like best?

That's I like the best on Alias is the capacity to create specific shape, very close to my key sketch.

It's for me the best sofware in term of refinement and that give me a specific tool for design thank's to a new way !

What do you dislike?

For me the big problem in alias is the complexity of fonctions, there are too much constraints in the construction of a product. This software need to be control only by expert...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I'm a student I have still not had much business problem, but alias allows to make productions ready to be printed and in my Job it's a great Point to should improve and facilitate.

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"Complete but complex software"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that this is allow to built accurate and good quality surfaces. I also quite like the interface with the pop up menu and shortcut

What do you dislike?

You have to build everything perfectly, and it is not easy to to experimentation and iterations. It does not allow to be very creative. Plus it takes a lot of time to build something. Also the license is super expensive compare to other softwares, so a lot of companies don't have this software anymore and it become less useful to know how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have built clean 3D easy to export and to do qualitative renders

Alias Design review by Giuseppe C.
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"Alias Design Review from an exterior car designer"

What do you like best?

After few year of experience I can say that Alias Design is the best software to start building your own model and let your brain understand if your ideas are good or not.

What do you dislike?

The only problem of Alias Design is the versatility. You can not control all the surfaces you create like Alias Surface or Automotive. I personally suggest to use Alias surface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a car designer and Alias helped me a lot to manage all the problems you can find in a development process of a car. Starting from the style and finishing with the relation between stylistic and engineering parts.

Alias Design review by thomas b.
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"Alias nurbs surface modeling"

What do you like best?

The viewport,

The srufaces visualisation

The perfect control of each CVs of all surfaces.

The advanced control of each fonctions

The realtime

What do you dislike?

The short cut ( Ctr+Alt+Maj !!! )

Is limited to final work, exept some minor project is very difficult to start the design thinking on Alias.

It will be good to integrate another way of modeling, like PolygonalModeling, or Subdivision surfaces to explorer shape easierly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need to be expert on this software to use is potential, compare to Rhinoceros 3D

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Perfect for complex surface jonction.

You can realise what you can't do properly in Rhinoceros 3D.

Alias Design review by Antoine G.
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"Complete software for advanced 3D"

What do you like best?

Alias is perfect if you want to model perfect 3D. It is super précise, once you know the software perfectly you can do what you want with it.

What do you dislike?

It is made for modelers only. The software is so complicated that getting use to it is really hard. Just for a round corner you have dozens of options... And the shortcuts for just moving into the environnement are super complicated.

Last but not least, the software crashes A LOT !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I Struggled to learn it and I'm still learning.

But once I'll know it I could do every shape possible !

Alias Design review by Anushka G.
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"This software is helpful to bring 2 d sketch to 3d"

What do you like best?

Alias is very helpful tool to bring sketch to live. It make you think in 3 d. You can see your design in 3d its a great tool i really like it. Thanks to autodesk

What do you dislike?

There are too many options. The interface is not designer friendly. Tools can be color coded.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing things for people like wearable technology

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"Alias automotive"

What do you like best?

The ability to very quickly and acurately ideate proportions and themese for my vehicle designs.

What do you dislike?

How difficult and time consuming it can be to create A- class surfacing over a vehicle. I am sometimes bothered bytge lack of undo history.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A background in 3-D modeling would be very beneficial otherwise you really have to start from the basics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to quickly design new vehicles with the software. I benefit directly from aliases precision and rendering accuracy it is a great tool for communicating within the design and engineering teams

Alias Design review by Administrator in Automotive
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"Excellent software for A surface creation"

What do you like best?

Since Alias was purchased by Autodesk, it fits nicely into their product development suite of tools as a preliminary surface modelling tool.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is steep. However, there are many tutorials available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work with someone who is an expert at using Alias.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the challenge of creating physical designs with appealing looks. Alias creates curves with an attractive tension, vs. doing industrial design with a CAD tool like Inventor.

Alias Design review by Cameron B.
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"Alias design review"

What do you like best?

The capabilities within the software to make anything you want! It's very powerful and has a lot of potential.

What do you dislike?

The lack of feedback on why things don't work when they don't work. The software was hard to learn, especially when most of the learning was on my own.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn the fundamentals well before using the software for more complex things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a school student so most of the benefits come as flexibility in using the software for anything I want to make.

Alias Design review by Yun Keat L.
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"Precise and excellent software to use"

What do you like best?

It allows the user full control of surface. Even the smallest detail can be done using alias design.

What do you dislike?

The complexity of the software. Learning it takes a while and mastering it takes even more time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is not a simple tool to use. If done correctly, it can be a very powerful tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compared to other 3d software out there, I find alias is the only software that allows the user full control of everything. Including complex surface/shapes.

Alias Design review by User in Higher Education
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"Hood control, tough tools."

What do you like best?

I highly appreciate the ability to carefully control and refine complex NURBS surfaces. The program is almost unparalleled when it comes to hyper refined curves and class A surfacing.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is huge, it feels extremely unintuitive, and it is a low reliability program, and I believe that if that each tool could just do what it said it could without crashing, Alias would be a stellar program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Exterior Automotive design, with complex curvature, with highly finessed and controlled surfacing.

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"Great software With A Learning Curve"

What do you like best?

This software has great potential for 3D modelers and designers, it can render amazingly, and has a full suite of modeling commands.

What do you dislike?

This software has a large learning curve, and until the most recent release (2014) there was NOT much literature on it for your own studying use. This made it very hard to learn without taking a class or watching youtube videos, and even when watching videos online, many people either assumed you had some sort of previous experience with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before investing in this software, I would consider the time requirement to learn how to use it properly, compared to other competing softwares.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this software to create rendered designs for home goods and products.

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"Alias Design review"

What do you like best?

I like that it gives me freedom to create a wide variety of 3D shapes and sculptures. More than any other software.

What do you dislike?

It could be a little more designer friendly but nothing too much.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to build and visualize 3D models before actually manufacturing them. It is a very useful and handy software that enables me to do so without much ado.

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"So far so good "

What do you like best?

I can do everything I want and have a complete sense of the object with the shades

What do you dislike?

The cost is not affordable for young freelancers

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go on and take it if you can afford it, it's the best and you won't be disappointed

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have a very satisfying control of the surfaces that helps me to do what I want

Alias Design review by User in Higher Education
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"Autodesk Alias Design"

What do you like best?

The accuracy of the overall tools to modelling.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not very friendly and it can crash easily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best software on the market for high-end surface modelling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To rebuild a complex surface modelling was required to solve a miss construction on SolidWorks. Alias delivered the best mathematics for the surface that perfectly fits on the mold.

Alias Design review by Consultant in Design
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"Alias Design review"

What do you like best?

I like surface modelling done in alias for product design

What do you dislike?

Its little bit hard to learn and then using in day to day working

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you looking for good product modelling tool then go for it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have work it in my college and work both for making product for representation to the client

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"Extensively and Challenging "

What do you like best?

You can design almost everything you want. Very precisely workflow.

What do you dislike?

Not a problem for me but only English support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Only use if you can handle long sessions of modeling. Not for non english speaking users.

Quality of the mockups are amazing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Productdesign

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"3D Designer using the software on daily basis"

What do you like best?

- produce high quality surface

- logical UI

- able to model almost anything

What do you dislike?

- Price tag is very expensive considered other options

- Bugs are typical

- Autodesk support to Mac OS X is not very helpful

- Outdated render capability

- new versions do not offer very useful new features

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Good tool to achieve high quality complex surface

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Able to model almost everything digitally and able to deliver high quality surface.

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"For professionnal"

What do you like best?

I like the surface quality of the modeling

What do you dislike?

This programme is really complex, it's really not Intuitive

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to this program I was able to present a complete modeling of a concept car

Alias Design review by User in Design
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"easy to build model by surface"

What do you like best?

able to construct complex shape and surfaces by drawing the construction line and skin it.

What do you dislike?

the file get corrupted easily. therefore i have to save a few copies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

detailing of the file

Alias Design review by Paul L.
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"See Dwfs as you've never done before"

What do you like best?

I like Autodesk Design Review the best because I can view Dwfs in 3d and it's free.

What do you dislike?

I dislike Autodesk Design Review because the program takes a while to load when starting up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this application because it really helps the users with viewing many different file formats in a single application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Autodesk Design Review can actually view a variety of formats including jpg, png & even pdfs which makes it so much easier to browse through a number of different files in a directory.

Alias Design review by User in Automotive
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"Beginner"

What do you like best?

The ability to create beautiful surfaces and having maximum control on points and surfaces.

What do you dislike?

The very difficult UI and having a steep learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn a lot about it before you start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was using this as a student. Benefit is maximum control for cad.

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