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2015.05.14

AUGIWorld May 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld May 2015
Now that the new Autodesk software releases are rolled out, it's time to implement. For those who have done their homework and prepared for the implementation, it should be a relatively smooth process. If you are among those who haven't prepped... well, you can hope for the best, but expect the worst. Perhaps you can begin by giving the May 2015 issue of AUGIWorld a good read.

First, if you are upgrading to a new release of AutoCAD, let Mike Thomas remind you why AutoCAD is still a reliable workhorse in his article "AutoCAD, the Versatile Veteran."

In "Considering the Move to Civil 3D," Mark Hultgren helps you prepare for the transition to AutoCAD Civil 3D. In this first of two articles, Mark help you set the stage for the debut of Civil 3D in your firm. Keep reading for more implementation strategies.

Also in the May 2015 AUGIWorld...

Managing the Expectations of a Move Up - Mark Kiker's CAD Manager column deals with winning that promotion (even if by default) and then making those important next moves.

Implementation and Workspaces - Melinda Heavrin, AutoCAD Architecture expert, demonstrates how to manage and customize workspaces in the software.

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit, Part 2 - In a follow-up to his article in the January issue of AUGIWorld, Michael Hopple dives deeper into implementation strategies to ensure a successful transition from AutoCAD to Revit Structure.

Optimizing Workstations for MCAD Applications - Robert Green with some advice about purchasing a new MCAD workstation: what is the best configuration to maximize performance and get the most for your money?

The Level After the Next Level - Todd Shackelford explores where the industry appears to be going. Watch closely, make smart decisions, and you can successfully ride the wave.

Also in this issue...

Implementing the Multileader to Stand Out in the Crowd - Sam Lucido reviews the multileader and some of the variables and concepts that make this tool an important part of standards implementation in AutoCAD.

Inside Track - Brian Andresen presents three new products for the Autodesk community. Ideate Sticky for Revit combines the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing with the convenience of a sticky note; Solibri IFC Optimizer is built for optimizing ISO-standard IFC files; and Boost Your BIM is a file version reporter.

AUGIWorld May 2015 Issue Released!

2015.04.13

AUGIWorld April 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld April 2015
The Autodesk user community looks forward to spring and the annual release of new versions of Autodesk software, and this year is no exception. AUGIWorld authors have been hard at work slicing and dicing the new releases to bring you the highlights of 2016 versions of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, and Inventor.

The consensus among the authors is that these releases may lack a big feature "wow" factor, but they nonetheless sport an impressive array of enhancements that are sure to please end users. And yes, there were a good number of AUGI wishes granted in these new releases!

In his article "Updates, Big and Small," John Evans was amazed at the number of enhancements packed into Inventor 2016.

Kimberly Fuhrman takes a close look at Revit Structure in "Bring in the Reinforcements (and More)." Here, she details improvements to, you guessed it, Revit Structure's Reinforcement features and others.

There's much more about Autodesk's 2016 releases in this issue, so read on and enjoy.

Also in the April 2015 AUGIWorld...

What's New & Noteworthy - Jay Zallan zeroes in on Revit Architecture's prime update: Reveal Constraints. This feature gives users a new level of model analysis.

Success by 1,000 Fixes - No so many "game changers" but lots of little improvements leaves Todd Shackelford wondering about Autodesk's development strategy for Revit MEP software.

Introducing AutoCAD 2016 - Brian Benton explores changes to the UI, annotations, editing tools, reference controls, and more in AutoCAD's new release.

Increasing InfraWorks Features - Shawn Herring details data exchange with InfraWorks as well as new modules, project management, and other updates in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016

Also in this issue...

ACA's Update Variety Pack - Melinda Heavrin dives into the newest AutoCAD Architecture release with a comprehensive article about all that’s new.

Configuring Workstations: Getting RAM Right - Robert Green offers advice on determining how much RAM is required for optimum workstation performance.

Good News and Bad News - Mark Kiker urges CAD managers to share the spotlight when things are going well and get ahead of the story when things go awry.

Inside Track - Brian Andresen introduces new Autodesk-related software. This month: Timber Framing for use with Revit; a field management solution that helps to control construction quality; and software that transforms leader to Mleader.

AUGIWorld April 2015 Issue Released!

2015.03.12

AUGIWorld March 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld March 2015
When it comes to using Autodesk software, there are a couple of certainties. One is that you will not use the software in its out-of-the-box state for very long. The other is that you will, over time, learn an impressive number of tips & tricks - those little shortcuts, under-used features that don't get much fanfare, methods for performing certain tasks, etc. that save a lot of time and more than a little frustration. These handy helpers sometimes come by way of your own discovery, but more often are passed along by colleagues in your office and peers you meet in the AUGI Forums and elsewhere.

In the March 2015 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors share some of their favorite tips & tricks to add to your growing collection! Michelle Rasmussen asks, "Are You Taking Full Advantage of Civil 3D?" and then presents a handful of time-saving tips and tricks to help you realize the potential in the software.

Inventor users will benefit from Mike Thomas's article, "Tips for Advanced Assembly Control," which offers a comprehensive look at representations in Inventor.

Dive into this issue and begin gathering the productivity boosters.

Also in the March 2015 AUGIWorld...

New Old Tricks for Newbies and Old Dogs - Murray Clack, long-time AutoCAD veteran, uncovers some nuggets in AutoCAD.

Back to Basics - Joshua Geimecke looks at the most important tip for Revit Structure users - collaboration.

Introduction to Revit Macros, Part 2 - Troy Gates revisits macros for Revit MEP, this time with a real-world example.

No Magic Wand, in Life OR Revit - Jay Zallan urges users to tap the vast resources of the Internet and even look within their software for choice tips and tricks.

50 Fast Tips & Tricks - Brian Chapman goes from 0 to 50 with tips & tricks for 3ds Max users.

BIM Then and Now - Ryan Joyce visits BIM as it was a few years ago, when users thought 3D design was BIM, and now, when sophisticated users know that BIM is so much more.

Also in this issue...

Technology in Practice - This month's HP/CASE article is "Gaining real returns on investment by running AutoCAD on workstations." Find out what older workstations are really costing you and how you can make the case for new hardware.

Rendering Materials in ACA - Melinda Heavrin steps you through the materials rendering process in AutoCAD Architecture.

The Protégé Perspective - CAD Manager Mark Kiker continues his series on the benefits of the mentor-protégé pairing. This month, he explores the topic from the perspective of the protégé.

Inside Track - More new AEC-related products from Autodesk and partners, presented by Brian Andresen. This month, Revit Version Checker, Easy Keynoter for Autodesk Revit, and NoteBuilder.

AUGIWorld March 2015 Issue Released!

2015.02.05

AUGIWorld February 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld February 2015
Are you a beginner when it comes to using Autodesk software? Now before you answer - "No way... I've been using AutoCAD forever" - think about it. If you are a long-time AutoCAD user who is new to Autodesk Revit, or an AutoCAD pro whose company just invested in AutoCAD Civil 3D, then you are a beginner.

Again. No worries, though, because the February 2015 issue of AUGIWorld offers excellent advice and gives you some basic building blocks for getting started. For example, Murray Clack offers a guide for brand new employees in "What to Expect Now that You're Hired."

AUGIWorld's 3ds Max professional, Brian Chapman, presents "Intro to 3ds Max" for those just getting started with that software.

The February issue is packed with more advice for newbies and a nice variety of articles for everyone else.

Also in the February 2015 AUGIWorld...

Benefits of BIM and VDC: A Contractor's View - Jennifer Suerth explores why the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is increasing significantly among contractors.

Filters for Quality Control - Philip Russo demonstrates how filters can be beneficial in a Revit Structure environment.

New Best Practices for Plumbing - If you were familiar with best practices for drafting back in the day, check out these new best practices for plumbing, presented by David Raynor.

Introduction to Reality Computing - A comprehensive look at Reality Computing, which is a vision for how technologies are breaking down the barriers between the physical and digital worlds.

Welcome to the Family: The Transition to Civil 3D - Power through the learning curve as you transition from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Civil 3D and you'll never look back. Author Miguel Medina offers assistance.

Analysis Powerhouse: Autodesk Nastran In-CAD - John Evans presents the benefits of Nastran In-CAD, an Autodesk acquisition that brings powerful analysis capabilities to Inventor users.

Also in this issue...

Object Linking & Embedding (OLE) - Melinda Heavrin demonstrates the ability to easily move information from one application to another with OLE in AutoCAD Architecture.

Printing in the AEC Industry - If you believe the days are numbered for printed drawings, wait until you see what is happening with printing technology. This month's HP and CASE article provides a peek at the innovation.

The Myths of Mentoring - Mark Kiker examines (and busts) 5 myths pertaining to mentoring in a CAD environment.

Real-Time Rendering with Fuzor - Paras Nanavati reviews Fuzor, a real-time rendering application that integrates seamlessly with Revit.

Inside Track - Brian Andresen with a look at three new Autodesk-related software offerings. This month's picks are Revu, a PDF multi-discipline collaboration tool; Autodesk FormIt, a mobile app that lets users capture building design concepts digitally anytime, anywhere; and Rhynamo, an open source plug-in that exposes new visual nodes for reading and writing Rhino 3dm files.

AUGIWorld February 2015 Issue Released!

2015.01.08

AUGIWorld January 2015 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld January 2015
Another new year, another chance to reflect, reset, and refresh. As we slip into 2015, how about making personal and professional progress #1 on your to-do list? With a little help from your AUGIWorld friends, you can get a great start on a year's worth of advancement.

Mark Kiker, veteran CAD manager, explores the sometimes subtle differences between a sponsor and a mentor and the impact of each on the protégé in his article "And Now a Word from our Sponsor."

In "Work on Your Personal Advancement," author Walt Sparling offers a roadmap for making professional gains in the coming year.

This issue of AUGIWorld, the first of 2015, also offers an array of product-oriented content for Revit MEP, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Inventor, and more.

Also in the January 2015 AUGIWorld...

Trial, Error, Success - Kyle Schicker shares his company's experience of using Autodesk Revit MEP to create 3D, as-built models.

Speed and Simplify with Sheet Set Manager - Melinda Heavrin shows the benefits of using the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2015.

Hidden Survey Gems - Shawn Herring reveals some of the unknown or underutilized features in AutoCAD Civil 3D that are of particular interest to surveyors.

Design-Level BIM - Tom Fuller describes the use of SysQue for Autodesk Revit for mechanical and plumbing design modeling.

10 Reasons Why Inventor Is Still My Sweetheart - John Evans recognizes the promise of Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate, but offers 10 reason s why his allegiance remains, for now, with Autodesk Inventor.

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit - Michael Hopple addresses the BIM holdouts - those dwindling few who are reluctant to move from AutoCAD to Revit. Here, some pros and cons.

Also in this issue...

Inside Track - Brian Andresen looks at new Autodesk-related software in this regular AUGIWorld column. This month: BIMObject apps for AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD and SketchUp; the Constructware Field mobile app from Autodesk, which lets Constructware users view, download, and upload AEC project documents from the field or office; and BIM9 Private BIM Cloud, which uses mainstream computer hardware technologies along with custom configurations to allow design teams to work on large building information models simultaneously from different physical locations.

Becoming Virtualized: The Future of Computation in the AEC Industry - this month's CASE and HP article explores the benefits of virtualized computing.

MSI WS60: An Autodesk Worthy Laptop - David Harrington looks under the hood of the MSI WS60 to determine its usefulness for Autodesk software users.

AUGI Wish List 2014 - a list of the top 10 product-enhancement wishes from AUGI members for the following products: AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure.

AUGIWorld January 2015 Issue Released!

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