Autodesk application manager and Autodesk desktop application
Posted by David Wills, Last modified by David Wills on 26 May 2016 09:46 PM
Tip Title: what is the Autodesk Application Manager and should I be using it?
Product: Revit 2015+
Author: David Wills – Application Specialist
Since release 2015 Autodesk products have included an application called the Autodesk Application Manager and you want to know whether this is a worthwhile program to have running on the system. To further complicate this the Autodesk Application Manager was replaced in early 2016 with the Autodesk Desktop Application (formerly known as Project Wingman.) What are the differences between these two applications?
Both the Autodesk Application Manager (AAM) and the Autodesk Desktop Application (ADA) are very useful additions to the Autodesk suite of utilities. These applications provide a centralised way of maintaining the service pack level of your installed applications. They will seamlessly talk to the Autodesk update servers and alert you when new updates are available and then provide a seamless and painless interface to download and install these updates. The only significant difference between AAM and ADA is that the ADA provides access to online learning resources such as how-to videos and short tutorials on how to operate the software as well is providing the update service that the AAM provides. The ADA is a significant improvement over the AAM as it breaks down the available updates by product allowing the user to visually scan available updates on a per product basis.
The AAM alerts you to new updates. The ADA alerts you via a pop out notification in the notification area.
You can save download updates to a specific folder for use at a future time if required saving the download again this is useful if you have to reinstall the product from scratch to correct serious issues with the product you can then install previously downloaded updates to update your newly installed product
the ADA has a similar ability found in the settings which are in the drop down menu next to your login name. Notifications of new updates appear the notification area
The ADA breaks down updates by product and provides access to product specific learning resources.