This blog post provides information on a publication from this week relating to protection with AutoCAD:

SealPath takes a further step towards integration with different software and announces protection for design files in the AutoCAD suite, version 19.1, 20 and 20.1, following its R+D strategy of protecting versions that different manufacturers launch onto the market.

With this integration, SealPath extends its robust protection of RMS for CAD files, maintaining the protected designs, already stored on disk or in transit, allowing collaboration with third parties or limiting what collaborators can do once these designs are open.

With this new facility as part of the SealPath Enterprise suite, both for SaaS and On-Premise versions, a range of design companies, manufacturers and industry, engineers, construction companies and local councils involved in civil projects can control and audit the intellectual property of their designs.

The collaborators will be able to open the protected AutoCAD documents and work with them using AutoCAD software, rather than viewers or specific editors which limit their user experience and force a change in the usual working methods.

“We receive constant requests from our customers and we are aware that this feature is necessary as on many occasions designs need to be exchanged with third parties outside our company network, but without changing the daily routine. As well as keeping the documents encrypted at rest and in transit, with SealPath, users can ensure the documents remain protected by monitoring who accesses them, when they are accessed and detecting blocked access attempts and so on. Users can add expiry dates to their designs and “destroy” them in real time if necessary, even if they are on a partner’s network, at an employee’s house and so on” states Luis Angel del Valle, SealPath CEO.

SealPath uses the powerful Microsoft Rights Management Services (RMS) to encrypt and restrict access to AutoCAD files, expanding the number of formats it can support and following SealPath’s philosophy of allowing users to work with original applications (MS-Office, Adobe and now AutoCAD) instead of using specific viewers.