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AUGIWorld June 2017 -- Implementation considerations

AUGIWorld June 2017
Okay, so you’ve licensed new software. Now what? Decisions await you, not the least of which is how to handle training, how best to roll out the new release, how to make sure the users are using the new software efficiently, and many others.

In the June 2017 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors help you manage implementation, among other things. These “other things” include managing your software licenses.

In Philip Russo’s article, “Protecting Your Software Investment,” you’ll pick up some good advice for managing your licenses and users.

And Jay Zallan provides insight into using a custom keynote database in his article, “Addressing Keynotes (in Addition to the CSI Kind).”

Read on to ease your implementation headaches.

The Tech Manager’s Time Crunch — Mark Kiker offers some timely advice for, well, managing your time. Follow these guidelines to help you stay on top of the multiple tasks that face you each day.

Managing Styles — Melinda Heavrin steps you through the Style Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2018. You’ll learn how to create styles, work with drawings and templates, sort styles, and more.

Implementation of Arion Renderer — Brian Chapman demonstrates the benefits 3ds Max users can enjoy with the use of the Arion Renderer.

Tech Insights — In “HP ZBook Family Generation 4 — Power on the Go,” Robert Green introduces HP’s line of powerful, secure solutions that meet Autodesk software requirements.

Implementation: Change Is Coming — Phillip Lynch helps you navigate the minefield called standards implementation with some advice on dealing with users, getting buy-in from management, and other critical considerations.

Also in this issue…

Plentiful Plug-Ins — Dat Lien and Xavier Loayza team up to bring you a nice collection of plug-ins for AutoCAD 2018, right out of the Autodesk App Store.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents a trio of Autodesk and related software products on the market. This month: Copy Worksets from Files 2017, for Revit; the Model Health Checker, which scans your Revit project files and reports on problems that are impacting performance; and Break@Points, which leverages the functionality of AutoCAD commands Break at Point, Divide, and Measure.

AUGIWorld June 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld May 2017 -- What's New at Autodesk

AUGIWorld May 2017
Right on schedule, Autodesk rolled out the 2018 releases of its major products. AUGIWorld authors explored the new offerings in their respective specialty areas and present the new features and enhancements here, in the May 2017 issue.

Brian Benton and Jaiprakash Pandey each offer a perspective on AutoCAD in Xref Enhancements & Font Fixes in AutoCAD 2018.

Melinda Heavrin investigates AutoCAD Architecture 2018 with her article What’s New? PDF Import.

Read on for more about the newest Autodesk offerings.

Connections Galore, Advance Steel Collaboration & More — Kimberly Fuhrman discusses the more than 130 new connections in Revit Structure along with improvements in Advance Steel and rebar.

The History and Future of Revit MEP — Todd Shackelford looks back, then forward, at the origin of Revit MEP, it current state, and what lies ahead.

3ds Max Highlights — Brian Chapman focuses on improvements in 3ds Max 2018, with an emphasis on Rendering, the DataChannel Modifier, and Blended Box Map.

What’s New in Civil 3D 2018? — Shawn Herring explores how new features impact version interoperability, production efficiency, design efficiency, and more.

Also in this issue…

New Features for Roads & Bridges — Tony Carcamo presents the new features and enhancements in InfraWorks 360 2018 related to roads, bridges, visualization, and city furniture.

Unmute — Mark Kiker suggests ways in which Tech Managers can make themselves heard and communicate their ideas more effectively.

Mini Workstations—Big ROI — Robert Green explores the HP Z2 Mini Workstation and its performance for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and other software.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen looks at three products from Autodesk partners. Featured this month are Kubity Exporter, which permits playing and sharing Revit models on any device; BlackBox AutoPurgeReg lets users purge registry apps at drawing Open and Save; and NuPSimplePlot, which allows users to save up to eight printer settings in Autodesk Inventor.

AUGIWorld May 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld April 2017 -- Masterful Management

AUGIWorld April 2017
Manager is so much more than a job title or occupational description. Regardless of whether you hold the actual title, you manage lots of things every single day. Making solid decisions, visualizing a project’s outcome and coordinating tasks accordingly, discovering a process improvement and putting it into place—all fall under the general category of “management.”

The April 2017 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on management in its many forms.

For example, Philip Russo demonstrates “Wall Management and Coordination” inside Revit Structure software.

And AutoCAD Architecture expert Melinda Heavrin helps you get control of 2D and 3D section objects in “Working with Sections.”

Read on to gain good ideas for how to better manage a wide variety of things.

Manage Still Image Post-Production Elements — Brian Chapman demonstrates how to use the Render Elements options in 3ds Max for still image post-production and the use of a tool called PSD Manager to simplify the export process.

Taking Ownership: I Got This! — Mark Kiker discusses both the pros and cons of taking ownership of projects, tasks, and processes.

What’s in a Name? — Todd Shackelford provides solid advice regarding folder structure and naming conventions for users of Revit MEP software.

What’s New in AutoCAD 2018 — Brian Benton presents a sneak peek at the newest release of AutoCAD. A file format change is just one of the changes in this release. Improvements to the user interface and documentation and collaboration capabilities are highlighted.

Configuring Generative AECO Dynamics: A Case Study — Jesper Wallaert and Sylvester Knudsen relay what happened when their Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) department joined a parking garage construction project.

Also in this issue…

Corridor Construction Simulation for BIM Managers — Michelle Rasmussen steps BIM managers through the setup of an AutoCAD Civil 3D corridor model for a construction simulation using Navisworks TimeLiner.

HP ZBook 15u G4 — Ultrabook Performance at Entry Level Price — Robert Green shows the features of HP’s thin and lightweight Ultrabook that has enough power to please CAD users.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products from Autodesk and other partners. This month: RevitWorks Door Factory 2017 Lite, door creation software; Cad Standard, an app for making standard compliance effortless, and Print2CAD 2017, which provides smart PDF to DWG conversion.

AUGIWorld April 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld March 2017 -- It's Time for Tips & Tricks!

AUGIWorld March 2017
Tips & Tricks are perfect for increasing your product knowledge and proficiency, one helpful nugget at a time. That may be why they are a topic on countless discussion boards, such as AUGI’s own Forums, why they are the subject of Autodesk University classes, and why they are frequently shared among coworkers passing each other in the hall or during lunch-and-learns.

In the March 2017 issue, AUGIWorld authors present some of their favorites.

In “Tips, Tricks & Timesavers,” Melinda Heavrin shares a handful of ideas for boosting productivity in AutoCAD Architecture.

And Jay Zallan challenges users to track down Revit Architecture tips in “Revit Hunting Season.”

Read, learn, and share.

Creating Custom Materials in AutoCAD 3D — Jaiprakash Pandey demonstrates how to create materials such as wood and glass in AutoCAD.

Cool, a Point Cloud… Now What? — Jordan Banning and Adam Muñoz team up to provide some basics on point clouds and tips for what you should know before you begin.

Tips for Increasing Efficiency — Matt Wunch shares some tips for InfraWorks 360 sure to save you time and elimination frustration.

Maintaining Your Environment — Mark Kiker advises that, just as you maintain your vehicle, maintaining your physical and technology environment is key to keeping things running smoothly.

Also in this issue…

An Approach for Dynamically Linking Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs — Stephen Walz shares his method of linking erosion and sediment control symbology to storm drainage and/or grading design features in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Remove Graphics Software (RGS) for CAD Environments — Robert Green presents the highlights in HP’s Remote Graphics Software 7.3, a solid solution for remote access to CAD workstations.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen introduces three new AEC-related products from Autodesk and other partners. This month, Matterport’s Pro Camera, which captures 2D photography and 3D data from job sites and stitches them into a complete, immersive 3D model of a real-world job site; Family Size Reporter, an app that reports the file sizes of loadable families in an Autodesk Revit Project; and Autodesk MatchMover, a camera tracking application that automatically captures 3D camera path and camera parameters from 2D video and film image sequences.

AUGIWorld March 2017 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld February 2017 -- Tips for Beginners and Others

AUGIWorld February 2017
Every beginner benefits from having a mentor. If you’re just getting started in your career or are using software that is new to you, resources such as the AUGI Forums and AUGIWorld magazine put scores of mentors within easy reach. For example, the February 2017 issue of AUGIWorld gets Back to Basics.

Our authors (aka mentors) provide tutorials, step-by-step instructions, help for sidestepping some problem areas, and best practices to get you on the road to productivity. Dive in and enjoy.

Connection Basics — Philip Russo takes you through the connection features in Revit Structure 2017. Specifying and assigning connections and placing beam to column are among the items discussed.

Introduction to MassFX — Brian Chapman offers a lesson on making a 3ds Max scene more interesting with the MassFX tool.

Troubleshooting AutoCAD for Beginners — Murray Clack provides lots of quick tips to help AutoCAD users deal with issues that often plague those new to the software.

A Brief Overview for Beginners — Matt Wunch with an introduction to the benefits available from InfraWorks 360.

Learning Through Teaching and Managing It All: A Revit Autodidact in Practice — Andrew Fastman presents lessons learned during a large Revit project.

Can You Help Me? What Your Users First See and Hear — Mark Kiker shows tech managers how words and actions impact those seeking their help.

Also in this issue…

Working with Annotations in AutoCAD Architecture — Melinda Heavrin leads you through the software’s annotation abilities. This article covers keynotes, notes and labels, callouts, dimensions, and more.

The Surveyor and Civil 3D — Jason Jenkins revisits the Field to Finish workflow in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017. You’ll get the basics and some time-saving tips.

Intel Xeon with Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 — In this month’s Tech Insights column, Robert Green demonstrates the speed of the Intel Xeon processors.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings. This month: Enscape, a VR and rendering plug-in for Revit; C3D Parcel Tools, a collection of seven tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D; and Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit, software to convey building site planning concepts to engineers.

AUGIWorld February 2017 Issue Released!

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