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AUGIWorld October 2018 -- Beyond "Out of the Box"

AUGIWorld October 2018
Nearly every Autodesk product user customizes their software to some degree, rather than use the products in their OOTB (Out Of The Box) state. Some users are content to “personalize” the software, adjusting toolbars, ribbons, palettes, and so on. Others dig deeper and make more substantive modifications.

In the October 2018 issue of AUGIWorld, our authors offer tips on customization. Kicking it off, Joshua Geimecke seeks to answer a fundamental question:

“To Customize or Not.” While Joshua isn’t opposed to personalization or customization, and admits to doing both, he offers a practical view on why users should customize with constraint.

In the September 2018 issue:

Component Road Customizations — Matt Wunch helps you discover the power of InfraWorks’ component roads, which can be customized to create just about any roadway style, intersection, or configuration.

Customization with 3ds Max — Brian Chapman steps 3ds Max users through customizing templates, startup files, toolbars, and content such as textures and materials.

Developing a Thick Skin — Mark Kiker advises tech managers to keep their cool when confronted by frustrated users who blame technology when things go wrong. Managers should look beyond the negative feedback and collaborate on a solution.

Destination Customization: Customized Solutions for AutoCAD — Jisell Howe gives a first-person account of creating a customized tool palette with pop-up menus for AutoCAD MEP.

Risers and One-Line Diagrams: Not Just a One-Way Street — Nathan Mulder presents a detailed workaround for risers and one-line diagrams in Revit MEP.

Influence Autodesk’s Tomorrow — Chris Lindner invites AUGI members to get involved in the AUGI Wish List, which can move product improvement suggestions to eventual product features.

Uninstalling Autodesk Software? Let’s Save You Some Time! — Bryson Anderson demonstrates the various ways to remove unwanted software, from simple uninstalls to more complex cleanups.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Autodesk, which uses native Revit families, components, and toposurfaces so site designs become part of the overall model; 3D PDF Exporter for Autodesk AutoCAD exports solid and wire bodies to a 3D PDF file; and SPIT i-BIM, a smart library, features more than 230 objects, a customized browser, and more.

AUGIWorld October 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld September 2018 -- Things Are Looking Up

AUGIWorld September 2018
September—the end of summer, school back in session, and the AUGI Salary Survey! Under the expert direction of Melanie Perry, the 17th Annual AUGI Salary Survey presents data on numerous aspects of AUGI members’ professional lives.

Salaries, sure, but also benefits, pay raises, satisfaction with current positions, education level, workload growth, percentage of members who changed jobs in the last year, working after hours, and trends.

After you’ve studied the survey, be sure to check out all the other informative articles in the September issue.

In the September 2018 issue:

Leveraging Corridors and Feature Lines — Shawn Herring investigates enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D that focus on corridor modeling.

InfraWorks BIM 360 Docs & Shared Views — Tony Carcamo explores the use of BIM 360 to improve collaboration among all members of the team.

Level Up with 3ds Max — Brian Chapman focuses on hard-surface scene construction in 3ds Max 2019 to reach the highest standard of quality.

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan — Adam Muñoz discusses Plan View in Revit Structure. You’ll get tips, learn to avoid roadblocks, try some experiments, and more.

Don’t Quit… Yet — Mark Kiker gives you some things to consider after you’ve read this year’s AUGI Salary Survey. To begin, look deeper than the data.

Tackling Tables in AutoCAD — Sam Lucido offers basic and advanced tips for making the most of AutoCAD tables.

The Stuff Revit Legends Are Made Of — Nathan Mulder helps you work with the legend tools in Revit MEP software.

The Revit User: A Soft Cost Factor of AEC — Jay B. Zallan advises Revit users to work at their craft (tirelessly) to increase productivity and skill.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: Warchart, an interactive tool that helps navigate and ultimately eliminate Revit warnings; Bird Tools Tag Alignment Tool, a Revit add-in that arranges and organizes Revit tags and text notes; and ViewIT, which is a Revit app for accessing views and sheets to help streamline model navigation.

AUGIWorld September 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld August 2018 -- Easier Collaboration

AUGIWorld August 2018
AUGIWorld devotes one issue every year to collaboration, and for good reason. Now everyone agrees that it’s vital for disciplines to work effectively together, but how to go about it? This year’s focus on the topic revisits techniques for effective collaboration and introduces some new tools designed to make collaboration easier.

“Collaboration in the Cloud,” by Shaun Bryant, discusses advances from Autodesk that are making it easy for users to collaborate.

In “Online Collaboration for 3ds Max Users,” Brian Chapman highlights four websites that foster collaboration among 3ds Max users around the globe.

There’s much more in the August 2018 issue on collaboration and other topics. Enjoy!

In the August 2018 issue:

Collaboration in Coordination — Joshua Geimecke discusses the factors needed for successful collaboration in the coordination process.

Collaboration: The New BIM 360 Design — Todd Rogers explores BIM 360 Design, which gives project managers, subcontractors, designers, architects, and other construction management professionals total control over the processes and phases of their projects.

Revit Retriever: Doggone Good BIM — Claudio Vittori Antisari and Chiara C. Rizzarda introduce you to Retriever, for model and code checking, and more.

Standards: Keys to Collaboration — Standards champion Mark Kiker discusses why standards should be enforced, explained, and occasionally revised.

Meeting Etiquette — Walt Sparling gets back to basics with tips on good conduct for production managers during meetings—whether these PMs are host or guest.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new AEC-related offerings from Autodesk and partners. This month: Walk-Through-3D, a proof of concept add-in to connect Revit and the Unity gaming development platform; Transfer Single, which provides options for standards transfers; and ID Spec, which allows for predesign of an electrical system inside AutoCAD.

AUGIWorld August 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld July 2018 -- Sharpen Your Management Skills

AUGIWorld July 2018
Management, when used as a noun, may evoke images of a person in the “corner office” or a dozen people sitting around a conference room table. But the action of managing? Well, that”s practiced every day, many times a day, by literally every employee. You are managing your day, your workload, your project, your task, your data.

With that in mind, the July 2018 issue of AUGIWorld offers a number of management-related articles relevant to all.

For example, Jeff Frye takes on “Managing Civil 3D Data”—beginning with the project kickoff meeting and continuing through standards, data shortcuts, and a lot more.

Brian Chapman delivers help for 3ds Max users in “Managing Assets for 3ds Max” in which he discusses integration and control of assets in production environments.

And there is much more in this issue to help you hone your management skills.

In the July 2018 issue:

Details Without Lines — Jay B. Zallan offers a perspective on the benefits of using Detail Components in Revit software.

Your Model in InfraWorks: Be the Boss! — Oscar Castaneda provides a basic workflow for InfraWorks—from the original creation of a model to the initial proposal to be shared with the team.

Are You a Project Manager? — Walt Sparling with the first in a series of articles on project management. He starts with the basics: what does a project manager do?

World Standards Day — Mark Kiker, self-described lover of standards, provides a little history on World Standards Day, celebrated this October. Need a reminder about why standards are important? You’ll find that here, too.

Bridging the Gap Between CAD Manager and IT — Jisell Howe shares her CAD management journey and offers some tips for communicating with IT that may smooth your own path.

What’s New in 2019 — Kenn Farr highlights the new tools and enhancements in Revit 2019 — Structure. Those who do detailed models or use Revit to develop shop drawing-level structural models will especially benefit from the latest release.

Ultra-Portable Workstation Performance — Robert Green offers a look at HP’s thin mobile workstations, ZBook 14u and 15u G5, powered by AMD graphics.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen showcases four products for AEC and related disciplines. This month: Match Rotation, which complement the Revit Align command; a 3d printing app for Autodesk Fusion 360; Align Views, a plug-in that helps users align views across multiple drawing sheets; and Zero Level, an AutoCAD plug-in that calculates vertical sections’ levels.

AUGIWorld July 2018 Issue Released!


AUGIWorld June 2018 -- How Autodesk Users Win

AUGIWorld June 2018
Autodesk product users are lucky. They are among a robust community of fellow users who continually seek to make the products they use accomplish a bit more. In areas where a given Autodesk product’s functionality could use some strengthening, these innovators will often come up with an app to provide the needed boost or extend the functionality.

One needs to look no further than the Autodesk App Store to take advantage of these helpful tools. To make it even better, Autodesk itself has a long history of encouraging and supporting innovation among its users. Everybody wins.

The June 2018 issue of AUGIWorld focuses on third-party applications developed by the talented Autodesk user base.

In the June 2018 issue:

Bridging the Gap Between Drone and CAD — No doubt about it — drones are cool. But, as Shawn Herring illustrates in this article, you have to know what to do with the drone-captured data once you have it.

The Challenge of Implementation — Gareth Spencer discusses all the little (and big) things you need to consider when implementing new software.

Location, Location, Location — Where you are, physically, while at work can make a bigger difference than you might think. Mark Kiker explains.

Four Favorite Plug-ins — Brian Chapman shines the spotlight on four of his favorite 3ds Max third-party apps.

Realistic Trees, Step by Step — Matt Wunch takes you through the vegetation creation process in InfraWorks.

This Time It’s Okay—Keep Your Head in the Clouds — Greg Hines recalls his technology journey from school days to current day.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three AEC-related products from Autodesk and its partners. This month: MapBoards, a utility for woodworking projects; Docuflow, which facilitates high-quality publishing of drawings; and an app that allows you to install scripts or add-ins from GitHub in Autodesk Fusion 360.

AUGIWorld June 2018 Issue Released!

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