Autodesk Map Series 5 Customer Questions and Answers
On May 22, 2002 Autodesk Corp. announced the release of the Autodesk Map Series for GIS
The Autodesk Map Series combines proven technology into
a single suite of software: Autodesk
Map 5; Autodesk Raster Design 3; and the new
Autodesk OnSite - providedfor Faster and Easier
Visualization, Query, Markup, and Presentation of Spatial Data.
This special contribution, provided by Autodesk serves to answer some of the common questions you may have about the product.
For additonal information please visit www.autodesk.com/mapseries
What is Autodesk Map Series?
Autodesk Map™ Series enables mapping professionals to create, integrate, maintain and
present mapping data-all within one software package. Autodesk Map Series gives you the
creation and maintenance tools of Autodesk Map™ plus the raster integration features in
Autodesk® Raster Design software. And Autodesk Map Series combines these tools with the
new easy-to-use Autodesk® OnSite 6 software for display, query, and presentation. All these
features are completely integrated, and the price represents real value. Autodesk Map
Series consists of the following components:
* Autodesk Map 5-Autodesk’s leading map creation and maintenance software
* Autodesk Raster Design 3-Full-featured raster/vector integration software, especially
powerful in incorporating scanned aerial images into base-map data
* Autodesk OnSite 6-Autodesk’s new desktop companion product to Autodesk Map and
Autodesk MapGuide® for display, query, and presentation
The Map Series addresses a number of customer segments
Why is Autodesk releasing Autodesk Map Series?
Autodesk Map Series offers a focused, targeted software solution for the needs of mapping
professionals. It provides the best possible value to mapping professionals who need robust,
full-featured tools for land use planning, outside plant/infrastructure design and
management, and field service and maintenance.
Who is the Autodesk Map Series for?
Land Use Planners
I still use AutoCAD Map® 3 software or AutoCAD® Release 14. Will I see many
enhancements in the Autodesk Map Series?
Absolutely. There have been many enhancements to all aspects of this suite. At the core,
AutoCAD software has had many important enhancements-and so have the functions and
products specific to your specialties. This includes data integration from a variety of
sources-now including Oracle® Spatial, GIS analysis capabilities, creation of stunning
thematic maps, and multiple drawings access by multiple users. You can learn more about
these improvements at www.autodesk.com/map.
When will Autodesk Map Series be available?
The English language version is scheduled to ship at the end of May 2002.
Will Autodesk Map Series be available in languages besides English?
Yes. Autodesk Map Series will be localized in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Are the individual products still available for purchase?
Yes. You can still opt to purchase most of the products individually. There are no changes to
the pricing or to the various upgrade options for individually purchased products. Check with
your Autodesk representative to learn if Autodesk OnSite 6 is sold individually in your
Can I upgrade to Autodesk Map Series from AutoCAD or Autodesk Map software?
Yes. If you work in the mapping arena, Autodesk Map Series is your complete toolkit.
Why should I buy Autodesk Map Series instead of buying only the individual
products I need?
Autodesk Map Series offers all the tools a mapping professional needs at a substantial cost
savings compared to buying the products separately. It provides the best possible value to
mapping professionals who need robust, full-featured tools for the purpose of land use
planning, outside plant/infrastructure design and management, and field service and
How can I buy Autodesk Map Series?
Autodesk Map Series is available for purchase through your local Autodesk Authorized
Can the Autodesk Map Series be purchased without a subscription?
No. The Autodesk Map Series is available only under the Autodesk® Subscription Program.
The Autodesk Subscription Program is an ideal way to stay current with the latest Autodesk
software. With one annual subscription fee, you can eliminate budget-planning headaches
and ensure you’ll get product updates as soon as they’re available. In addition, the
Autodesk Subscription Program comes with support documents, e-Learning training courses,
and optional direct online support. An Autodesk Authorized Reseller can provide complete
information about Autodesk Map Series as well as the Autodesk Subscription Program. To
locate the reseller nearest you visit www.autodesk.com/reseller.
I am already in the Autodesk Subscription Program. What are my options for
upgrading to Autodesk Map Series?
If you have a current, licensed copy of Autodesk Map or AutoCAD software and wish to
upgrade to Autodesk Map Series and are currently in the subscription program, you can add
the products you don’t have via one low-price upgrade. You will then receive the extra
component subscription within Autodesk Map Series free of charge. The upgrade price
depends on which of the Autodesk software programs you currently own and into which
upgrade tier you fall. (Please see chart below.) At the expiration of your current
subscription, you will be charged only the Autodesk Map Series subscription renewal pricing,
not the full subscription price.
Can I continue to purchase the components of Autodesk Map Series after I’ve
purchased licenses for the whole series?
Yes. After your initial Autodesk Map Series box product is purchased, you can add additional
licenses to the individual components, through the Autodesk Subscription Self Service
System, at the current product component pricing.
How does installation work with Autodesk Map Series?
Autodesk Map Series now has a single install to make your experience even better. Once
the single install is finished, Autodesk Map Series uses only one authorization code for all
three individual components. The components must be installed on the same workstation
and cannot be deployed or floated individually.
What happens if one of the components in Autodesk Map Series updates?
As part of the subscription program, you will receive any updates or enhancements to these
products. Autodesk strives to introduce new releases on a consistent and uniform schedule;
however, in cases where this does not happen, you will receive an update to the
components that have been updated.
Will I get one box of software or three?
The Autodesk Map Series box includes one CD that is used to install all three major
components. The box has one serial number that is used during the installation. Also
included in the box is an additional CD containing sample data, AutoCAD and Autodesk Map
extensions, printed Getting Started guides for each component, and the AutoCAD Learning
Compatibility and System Requirements
Can Autodesk Map Series run on a system that also has earlier releases of
Autodesk Map or Autodesk Land Desktop products installed?
Autodesk Map Series cannot run side-by-side with Autodesk Map 5. You will be prompted to
first remove Autodesk Map 5 from your system before installing Autodesk Map Series.
Autodesk Map Series will overwrite AutoCAD Map 2000i or AutoCAD Map 2000 if installed on
the same computer.
Autodesk Map Series can run side-by-side with previous releases of Autodesk Map, for
example AutoCAD Map 3.
Autodesk Map Series also can be installed side-by-side with any version of AutoCAD and the
industry-specific products based on the AutoCAD platform including Autodesk® Mechanical
Desktop®, AutoCAD® Mechanical, Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, and Autodesk® Land
What are the system requirements for the Autodesk Map Series?
The system requirements are the same as those for Autodesk Map 5, Autodesk Raster
Design 3, and Autodesk OnSite 6:
Recommended hardware requirements
* Intel® Pentium® III or AMD-K6® III PC, 450MHz minimum
* 128MB RAM
* 200MB free disk space
* VGA display 1024x768
* Mouse or other pointing device
* CD-ROM drive
* Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98,
Windows Me*, or Windows NT® 4.0 SP5 or later
Note: Windows 95 is not supported.
*Oracle Spatial functionality only available on platforms supported by Oracle.
Authorization and Licensing
Are there any general authorization changes?
The Autodesk Map Series uses the same licensing mechanism(s) delivered in Autodesk Map
5 for network and non-network installations. This includes the fact that the “grace period”
between first running your product and issuing an authorization code has been reduced
from 30 days to 15 for non-network installation. For network installations there is no grace
Is there a multiplatform license?
Yes, the Autodesk Map Series includes a multiplatform license that entitles you to run all
three products on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, and
Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5 or later) on a single computer.
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