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Optimal setup for 4-user AutoCAD

We have been trying to find out the optimal way to use AutoCAD between 4 users.

Is there a Server/client version of AutoCAD 2009? or is it only the "network license manager" that gets installed on the server and not the actual application?

We have currently purchased AutoCAD 2009 licenses for four seats (multi-seat standalone installation)

Here are the key requirements:
-Being able to store the drawing files on a central repository in our file server (Windows 2003 Standard R2)
-Basic file Check-in and Check-out functionality
-(optional) Setup an e-mail alert to the design manager to clear files from a queue and post them to master files. Any non-master files to have a watermark ("not for production use") when printed or viewed
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You can run AutoCAD in a Citrix type environment with a special license exception if you can get your reseller and/or Autodesk regional manager to comprehend the situation...most of them are clueless. Regardless, this isn't the best setup.

You typically won't want AutoCAD on a server rather install it locally. Even with a network license you install the application locally. You don 't have a network license, only a multiseat standalone...a network license conversion will cost you a one time conversion fee.

Unless the 4 users are "part time users" and can share a license, this won't help much with that small a user pool...besides you already have 4 licenses.

The checkin/check out functionality and email alerts are more a fiel management solution. Autodesk Vault provides basis work in process management but it really geared toward manaufacting and/or civil solutions and not architecture although it can be used. PRoductstream is the upgrade to Value that deals with release management and notification as opposed to revision management like Vault does. You can typically get VCault free but Productstream will cost you. SQL server licensing will be your biggest cost unless you can get by with SQL express.

There's a number of other third party file and and data management solutions that could do the same thing.
george82Author Commented:
Thank you for the helpful response - we will keep working on the local autocad installations, and move all drawings to a file server.

productstream looks like an overkill for the basic functionality we would like to have, my feeling is that it will complicate things for the users.

I have been looking at this solution -- http://www.iproject.cz/iProject.asp , looks like it may work well for our environment.

Could you please identify a few of the third-party data management solutions you mentioned, so I can mark the question closed?

Thanks again
Most of these would be overkill for your purposes then...(the first link Columbus being the most likely)

I've also seen people use things like Microsoft's Visual Source Safe (intended for source code management) as well as Microsoft Sharepoint.


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