TDCI Announces BuyDesign™ for AutoCAD®

TDCI Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, has announced immediate availability of BuyDesign™ for AutoCAD®, a new component of the Sales BuyDesign sales and service solution within the company's BuyDesign software suite. The new product enables manufacturers to deliver an intelligent electronic product catalogue to architects and other designers for use directly within the AutoCAD system, according to the company. The catalogue can include configurable products as well as standard products.

The solution will help manufacturers increase sales by making it easier for designers to select and configure their products, and faster for dealers to create quotes and orders, according to the company. BuyDesign for AutoCAD is intended for use by manufacturers of any product that might be specified at design time, for instance building products such as doors and windows, cabinets, HVAC equipment, etc.

"BuyDesign for AutoCAD helps manufacturers extend their reach further out into the demand chain," said Dan DeMuth, president of TDCI. "Our research shows that, in the construction industry for instance, when an architect specifies a particular brand of product, that brand is ultimately purchased up to 90 percent of the time. Therefore, making it easier to get their products `spec'd in' is a tremendous competitive advantage for building product manufacturers."

With the new product, manufacturers can offer designers an easily installed software application with an imbedded product catalogue that integrates seamlessly with their existing AutoCAD system. Catalog information can include guided selection tools, product options, configuration criteria, product images, any type of related documents, and links to additional information on the manufacturer's web site. When the designer selects and configures a product, the software automatically creates an intelligent design block that can be inserted directly into the AutoCAD drawing.

Each block carries with it the product attributes captured during the configuration process. Product schedules can then be exported and sent electronically to the manufacturer's sales channel (e.g. a dealer or distributor) to be imported into Sales BuyDesign for quotation and ordering. The designer can attach documents or drawings to the schedule to better communicate any special requirements.

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