2014.04.09

AUGIWorld correction

In an effort to provide AUGIWorld readers with the most timely information on the 2015 release of Revit, the articles in the April issue of AUGIWorld, the annual "What's New from Autodesk", were written based on functionality in the beta releases.

Beta releases provide Autodesk with an opportunity to get user feedback on new functionality to ensure that it performs to the satisfaction of their customers, and functionality in testing is not always aligned with commercial release plans. The images and descriptions of Family Browser and MEP Fabrication Parts features described on pages 11, 23, and 26 were erroneously included in our reporting of the Revit 2015 releases.

2014.04.03

AUGIWorld April 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld April 2014
As predictable as the switch to Daylight Saving Time is Autodesk's release of new versions of its major products. New releases are always of great interest among Autodesk product users - will their product "wishes" be granted with functionality they've been waiting for? Will the new releases fix old issues? What technological advances has Autodesk incorporated into these 2015 products?

AUGIWorld authors have been hard at work testing Autodesk 2015 products, and they answer these questions and more.

John Evans presents the impressive array of new features and functionality in Inventor in his article, "Something New for Everyone."

In "What's New in Revit," Jay Zallan explores changes to the Revit platform.

And Michael Smith discusses the significant enhancements to Navisworks in the areas of quantification, cloud rendering, and markups in "Quantification Gains Strength." Joining these are articles on the updates in other major Autodesk products.

Also in the April 2014 AUGIWorld...

What's New with You? - Mark Kiker encourages you to look beyond software upgrades and take a hard look at how you might upgrade yourself.

Optimum Performance: Hardware for Revit - CASE and HP discuss the impact of software upgrades on your hardware.

Usability Enhancements - Christopher Fugitt explores AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 and finds several noteworthy improvements.

One Small Step - In Revit MEP 2015, Todd Shackelford finds that a few product improvement wishes were granted and discusses some of the Revit platform changes that will benefit MEP users.

Performance, Productivity Increases - Brian Chapman looks at 3ds Max 2015 and quickly picks out two features that he predicts will be popular with users: ShaderFX and Quad Chamfer Modifier.

The New Stuff - Brian Benton presents the updates in AutoCAD 2015. Brand new features and updates to existing ones are discussed in detail.

Also in this issue...

Enhanced Reinforcement and Analytical Model Control - Philip Russo discusses the enhancements to Revit Structure 2015. Autodesk continues to fine-tune the product's reinforcement and analytical capabilities.

Spaces in ACA - Melinda Heavrin brings users comprehensive lessons in AutoCAD Architecture. In this issue, she explores the use of Spaces.

Inside Track - Lee Ambrosius checks out the newest Autodesk - related offerings. This month he presents VRMesh Triangulation for AutoCAD, Proplanner Flow Planner, and Daylighting Analyst for Autodesk Revit.

AUGIWorld April 2014 Issue Released!

2014.03.25

What's new in AutoCAD 2015?

Autodesk invited a handful of AutoCAD bloggers to their offices in San Francisco yesterday. They showed us many fun things, and among them, some highlights of Acad 2015. I would like to share my notes from these demonstrations so you can get an idea of what to expect.

We learned that there were three spears of focus in this release:
Modernity - Connectivity - Productivity

A highlight list of improvements -
Darker theme
Selection improvements
Tuning for visible performance improvements
Reality capture evolved more
Productivity - command preview and AutoCAD experience

Darker theme -
With regard to the color theme changes, 2014 was high contrast whereas 2015 is smoother and less blocky in UI
Palettes have a smaller form factor
Smaller status bar gives slightly more screen space

Connectivity -
Design feed
Settings sync
AutoCAD 360
File sync/storage
Exchange store
Online maps
Cloud rendering

Productivity tools -
There is now an ability to preview command outcomes, such as offset, fillet, chamfer, trim, extend and match prop. You can see how the action will appear afterward, potentially reducing time spent undoing and retrying to obtain the desired result

Fun fact -
AutoCAD has around 17 million lines of code

Heidi Hewett (who blogs as The AutoCAD Insider) walked us through a demonstration of the 2015 release

There is now a Launch Screen when opening AutoCAD, which is not dissimilar to Revit's launch screen

This is actually a slider page, so, it has two screens:
Create Page
- new file (open files or sheet sets)
- recent files (can pin)
- Connect section
Learn Page
- new features
- getting started videos
- tips & online resources (including The Hitchhiker's Guide to AutoCAD, check this out if you haven't already)

You can adjust the theme (button display color theme) through the Display tab of the Options dialog

The Ribbon now sports preview galleries. Users can see thumbnails of blocks and annotation styles (text, dims, mleaders, table & table cell styles)

Help -

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Don't know where a command button is on the ribbon? Now there's a 'find' link in the Help file, click & it pulls up the appropriate tab & an arrow highlights it (this arrow will *not* capture on Camtasia, unsure if it'll work with Project Chronicle)
If that tool is not visible in your current workspace, a message box pops up and says so
If you define in the CUI, you can add this
I admit that I am a command line junkie, but, support users who are not quite as old school. This is a seemingly minor add, but, will probably be a headache reducer

Layer Sorting -
2014 had 'natural order sort' like in the layer manager (previous behavior grouped Layer10 after Layer1 rather than after Layer9)
2015 introduced a SysVar called SORTORDER so that you can go back to the older behavior if you wish
Now this sort order has been rolled out to all commands that list layers (like qselect)

There is no variable with which to bring back the text labels on the status bar

Smooth line display can be adjusted as needed. Try this out to appreciate how angled lines aren't as jagged in appearance as they used to be

Highlights as you drag a crossing window, so you can see what will be selected

Hold down & drag - you can lasso select (hit F for Fence option or hit Spacebar to cycle between selection options)

'Cursor badges'
Like command preview for trim shows an X when hovering over a line to be removed. These match the command icons as closely as possible, like move and copy.

Lengthen will now retain options across uses

Command preview makes the Break command much easier to use

Model space viewports - more flexibility than the old tilemode
Can save the custom configuration

MTEXT -
Height/width drag to resize at once
Bullets & numbering (how configurable are Sublists when tabbing?)
Stacked fractions are easier & more flexible (diagonal, horiz, off, stack options dialog accessible immediately)
Buttons for subscript & superscript
Paragraph dialog in MTEXT - modify button

MText Align (annotate > text panel) - similar to mleader align - works with MTEXT, attributes etc

MTEXT - autocaps detection - if you have caps lock on when typing and you hold the shift key down by habit, as soon as you hit space after the first word, it switches the case of the letters automatically

Can now fillet polyline arc segments

Pline - when drawing an arc segment, hold CTRL to make the arc go in the opposite direction

New status bar tool - isoplane settings

Geographic Locations - some subtle enhancements
Once you select a boundary, the area is embedded in the drawing as a static capture
Changing the boundary will re-query most recent data
How will that save down? It does not know what type of object it is, it'll just show as a rectangle.
They all print and show up across xrefs (on current version)
Fading on ribbon, transparency on properties palette

3d orbit -
New variable called ORBITAUTOTARGET (default set to 1) - orbit around entire model
Set to 0 to not auto target - whenever you hold middle mouse button while orbiting, it orbits around where you've pressed

Point clouds
- now working with ReCap for point clouds (no longer supports the other formats)
- if the point cloud & DWG both have geographic locations, the point cloud will line up thusly

New display options - elevations and classifications display (intensity was the only option before)

Point limit increased from 10 mil to 25mil. (Default is still 10mil, but, can be increased.)

Point Cloud Manager now in AutoCAD, similar to the tool in ReCap.
- can turn scan files on & off
- double click scan to be taken to the point in the scan, rather than using traditional navigation tools. From that point, you can continue to move around
- region - define area in ReCap (rooms, etc) and access/control them in AutoCAD

- status bar - less common settings aren't on by default, use the customize button on the far right of the status bar

Design Feed -
Introduced in 2014. Way to associate 'text messaging' to a DWG.
Requires a 360 account.
In 2015, the drawing can be saved locally and on a network drive or Dropbox (in the last release, it only worked with cloud-stored drawings).
Post created will show up in file, if you tag a specific person to a certain note, they'll also receive email notification of the post.
Can attach an image to a post (5mb filesize limit. Photo IS copied to cloud. Can reply to posts, but cannot attach photos to replies.).
When doing SaveAs, there's an option to Copy the Design Feed stream, off by default (disconnects from the original feed)
When doing an etransmit, it creates a copy of the feed, but that feed is not linked to the original

Random tip, there is still no network version of LT.

Autodesk Application Manager

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This app "ships and auto-installs with AutoCAD 2015, and informs customers of product updates and extensions, seamlessly downloads and installs updates and can be centrally managed from Autodesk Account portal."

Thank you to Autodesk and their amazing employees who brought me out and showed all of us bloggers a good time while introducing us to new tools
(Images in this post were provided by Autodesk)

2014.03.20

AUGI HotNews - March 2014

HotNews
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2014.03.06

AUGIWorld March 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld March 2014
Few things capture Autodesk product users' attention more than tips & tricks. These little productivity boosters have been passed on from user to user, learned in the "classroom" at Autodesk University, and even stumbled upon by users trying to solve a problem and, luckily, finding a great shortcut.

That's why, historically, AUGIWorld's annual look at tips & tricks is among the magazine's most popular issues. In the March 2014 issue, AUGIWorld authors bring you a batch of tips to accelerate your productivity.

Marcello Sgambelluri teases with his provocatively titled "Shocking Family Secrets Revealed." He has spent years collecting tips for Revit Architecture and shares them here.

In "Getting Attached with XREFs," Walt Sparling helps AutoCAD users learn all about this powerful tool, with plenty of tips along the way.

And Revit Structure users will benefit from Scott Melching's nice collection of "Tips, Tools & Workarounds." This issue is packed cover to cover with tips & tricks, and here's what else you'll find.

Also in the March 2014 AUGIWorld...

Conflict Resolution - Ed Hannabas helps MEP engineers discover where and how they fit into the project pipeline.

Top Ten Revit Tips, by CASE - CASE and HP team up for a new monthly AUGIWorld column aimed at helping users get the most out of Autodesk software. This month: Revit users learn about help resources.

CNC Cut Files with Autodesk Product Design Suites, Part 1 - Scott Moyse and Gavin Bath present the first of a two-part series of articles, derived from their Autodesk University class. Part 1 addresses the various methods for producing 2D CNC cut files or tool paths within Inventor.

Drawing Back the Curtains - Joel Bradley sheds light on creating tied-back curtains within 3ds Max. He begins with setting up the project folder and goes all the way through to finished product.

Getting Started with Revit Macros - Michael Kilkelly introduces Revit users to the beauty of macros for handling the dull, repetitive tasks that everyone faces from time to time.

Won't You Please Help Me? - Knowing where to look for help to solve an AutoCAD Civil 3D problem is a huge step in the right direction. Author Sam Lucido points the way.

Schedule Tables in ACA - Melinda Heavrin presents a comprehensive lesson on using Schedule Tables in AutoCAD Architectu

Also in this issue...

CAD Manager: Tips for Your Tricks - Mark Kiker advises CAD managers to carefully vet the plethora of tips & tricks available to their staff.

Inside Track – Lee Ambrosius with new offerings for Autodesk users. This month: SmartPurger, a batch drawing utility; AutoParameter, which allows users to import and expert constraint parameters between AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel; and RDBK_ReLoad, a Revit add-on that allows users to reload families into a project.

AUGIWorld March 2014 Issue Released!

2014.02.20

AUGI HotNews - February 2014

HotNews
Read the full issue in your browser. The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections - Forum Hot Topics, HP Workstations, Heads Up, Articles You May Have Missed, Autodesk News, AUGI Members' Blogs...

2014.02.06

AUGIWorld February 2014 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld February 2014
Are you a brand new AutoCAD user? A seasoned pro getting started with Revit? A manufacturing veteran but an Inventor novice? Whether you’re just getting started, or starting over, the February 2014 issue of AUGIWorld delivers tips to help you advance.

Curt Moreno’s article "Advice for the CAD Professional Beginner" provides a solid foundation for those on the cusp of a career in the industry.

Marcello Sgambelluri delivers tips for using the topo modeling tools in Revit in his article, "Hardscape & Site Topography for First Timers."

And Mike Thomas provides an excerpt from his successful Autodesk University class in "Sketching Tips & Tricks" targeted to Inventor users. There's a lot more in this issue - for beginners and everybody else.

Also in the February 2014 AUGIWorld...

The Long and Short of It - Mark Kiker joins AUGIWorld with strategies for technology managers. This month, CAD managers learn lessons from the world of golf.

Quick Tip: How to Make a Hatch Transparent - Michael Beall with another AutoCAD tip of the month. In this installment, learn how to assign hatch transparency.

Dimensions in ACA - Melinda Heavrin thoroughly explores the use of dimensions in AutoCAD Architecture.

Scope Boxes and Plan Regions - Philip Russo describes the use of two tools that assist consistency and visibility in Revit Structure.

Game Assets Workflow - Israel Uriel offers a workflow for creating game assets to use in the CryEngine SDK.

Also in this issue...

Linking a Revit Project for MEP - Todd Shackelford presents streamlined methods for assembling a fully linked and work shared Revit project.

Inside Track – Lee Ambrosius provides an early look at some hot new Autodesk-related products. This month: Autodesk CAM, a cloud-based CAM solution; Tally, an application that works with Revit for whole building analysis; and COINS Auto-Section Box, a Revit add-on for view creation and management.

AUGIWorld February 2014 Issue Released!

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