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Construction managers commonly use BIM 360 Field to productively manage jobsites. The ability to seamlessly integrate a construction team’s daily workflow has quickly established BIM 360 Field as the industry gold standard for cloud-based, field management tools. Managing the flow of documents between Windows and BIM 360 Field, however, can be a time-consuming process. Now, with 360 Sync, document management is effortless. Applied Software developed 360 Sync to provide integration between Windows and BIM 360 Field. For example, 360 Sync allows you to house one file on your PC (with all of your construction documents) that automatically updates into BIM 360 Field. Once synced, all of your file structures will remain the same. 360 Sync is easy to use and requires only one initial set-up per project. Once the initial set-up is complete, the entire process becomes automated. When setting up projects, you can create templates for repeated use or you can create unlimited custom projects. You choose when to sync the files for each project including from which computer to which project. You can also set multiple computers to sync ...

After you have successfully installed your AutoCAD 2016 products. You launch the software for the first time and get a Migrate Custom Settings dialog asking if you would like migrate you custom settings from the previous version. In the past we recommended against this due to issues from previous versions. But I have also successfully migrated clients custom settings in the past as well. Recently, I found a post on the Autodesk website and it discussed how best to handle migration and how it was intended to be used. When and when not to migrate from one version to another. This caught my attention and if you are considering migrating this is a must read. http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-migrate-settings-in-AutoCAD.html Migrating between computers:  You cannot use this utility to migrate between computers. No files are exported or saved that you can move to another system. To migrate settings between computers, try the following methods: Migrating from old to new computers: see link Migrating settings for newer programs that cannot be used on an older computer system: see link

Modern networking tools have changed the way managers approach construction projects. Online project management and communication tools make it easier to ensure everyone involved in a project—from architects and engineers to contractors and project owners—is on the same page.BIM is one tool that ensures everyone is working from a consistent source of information. It provides an intelligent, 3-D model based process that delivers insight for creating and managing projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact. In addition to improving workflow, BIM techniques reduce the likelihood of error and faulty planning, especially as the number of stakeholders and complexity start to increase. Read More

A360 keeps all of the file versions of your Fusion 360 designs, allowing you to recall or promote older versions to be the current working version. Did you know that you could save archive files to your local computer for safe keeping? Copying and moving files and folders between projects is also now supported. In this post, we'll explore how to move and copy files between project folders, and we'll also look at archiving Fusion 360 design files. Copying Files The ability to copy a Fusion Design file to another project location is now straight forward. In A360, simply click on the Project folder you want to access. Click on the Data tab, and then hover your mouse over the file that you want to copy, or select the checkbox next to the file. [caption id="attachment_9490" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The A360 Dashboard. The Data tab holds all of the design files for the specified project folder.[/caption] If you hover over the file in the list, you can click on the Actions icon. In the drop-down list select Copy. [caption id="attachment_9495" align="aligncenter" width="600"] By hovering over ...

I don't usually just post links to other blogs - it makes me feel like a copycat or something, but this tip from Steve Stafford's Revit OpEd blog is definitely link-worthy. He describes how to use filters and creative renaming of grid and level types to easily suppress linked level and grid markers in any view.

Dim reference to a scene from "The Jerk" - my brain ain't wired quite right sometimes, I think... Regardless, you can download the new and improved Worksharing Monitor for Revit 2016 here: https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/productline/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com:worksharingmonitor_windows64:en A couple of notes: This only works for workshared projects - hence the name "Worksharing Monitor" - clever, no? If your project is in the A360 Collaboration for Revit Cloud, this does not replace the Communicator.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Extension 1 Release Date: 2015-08-11 Extension 1 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2016 software offers added animation capabilities for Max Creation Graph (MCG), a new Creative Market shopping experience for 3D content, Geodesic Voxel Skinning and a new high end 3D text tool. On top of all this, for the first time ever 3ds Max will directly link to a powerful gaming engine, Autodesk's newly launched Stingray engine. This unprecedented level of interoperability between 3ds Max and the Stingray engine allows you to quickly see all of your 3D work and scenes in the context of the real-time 3D environment. To get the extensions, go to your Autodesk Account and sign in. Click on Product Enhancements and it should be the first in the list. The extension also came up in my Autodesk Application Manager    

One of the new features in Inventor 2016 is the ability to scale your models.  You might be wondering, why didn't Inventor have this ability prior to the 2016 release? Well, it does exist in prior releases of Inventor, but it's just much easier to Scale an object in 2016.  In previous releases of Inventor, a simple Scale command does not exist, but you can achieve the scale by creating a Derived Part.  It takes several steps to accomplish, and is done by creating two files, so it does leave a lot to be desired.  The good news is that Inventor 2016 solves that issue. In this example, I'll be opening a non-native CAD file and then applying the scale to it.  The first step is to open the file that you want to scale. You can choose a single part file or an assembly file.  I'm going to choose an assembly file. From the Open button, change the files of type to either read "All Files" or the specific file type you are looking for. For my example I've selected ...

Note that this blog was written on August 4, 2015.  The information below holds true until Autodesk states otherwise.  I know most of you Windows 7 (or Windows 8) users are now getting the notifications to upgrade to your free version of Windows 10.  Aside from the Windows 10 bugs that I'm reading about online (and all new releases of operating systems have bugs) there is a more important reason to not upgrade just yet.  From Autodesk: "Windows 10 is not yet an officially supported operating system across the Autodesk product line. Autodesk intends to support many of our key products on Windows 10 and will add products to the list of products supported on Windows 10 as updates and future versions are released. Product Support will provide their best effort to assist customers who have issues with current Autodesk products running on Windows 10. "  And remember, unless otherwise indicated by Autodesk, the odds are that the only Autodesk products that will be supported on Windows 10 will be the current version (2016) plus three versions back (2013, 2014, 2015) should Autodesk happen to ...

I was asked by a student last week, what had happened to the AutoCAD Classic Workspace.  He was not a frequent user of AutoCAD, and had recently upgraded to 2016.  I informed him that the workspace beloved by so many had been on the chopping block for a few years before Autodesk finally killed it in the 2015 release of AutoCAD. [caption id="attachment_9393" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Beginning with the 2015 release of AutoCAD, the Classic workspace has been retired.[/caption] This conversation reminded me that it would be a great idea to post how to re-create the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, on my blog.  So here goes... If you are accustomed to using AutoCAD from within the Classic workspace, then it really isn't difficult to re-create.  There are several simple steps that only take about 5 minutes to complete. The first step is to make visible your menu bar. [caption id="attachment_9392" align="aligncenter" width="464"] Click on the down-arrow in the workspace tab. Select Show Menu Bar.[/caption] Next, click on Tools in the Menu Bar, select Toolbars > AutoCAD > , and then select each toolbar that belongs in the ...

If you're running the Autodesk Application Manager then today you may have noticed that Service Pack 1 for Civil 3D has been released. If you're not using the Autodesk Application Manager I highly encourage you to do so.  As of right  now, I could not find a link on the Autodesk website for the service pack.  So far it has only been released via the application manager.  As soon as there is a live link released I'll update this post with it. Prior to the release of the service pack there were some ugly issues with structures in a pipe network not appearing correctly.  I just checked and it appears to have been resolved. Remember, if you installed the service pack beta edition, you must first uninstall that one prior to installing this one. As always, test and verify in your environment prior rolling out any newer software and uninstalling all your older software.   Update (8/4/2015):  Here is the link to Civil 3D 2016, Service Pack 1

Ever wonder if the (hopefully) momentary glitch you just experienced uploading a file to Glue or working in Fusion360 is something on your end or not? While Autodesk's cloud-based services have gotten MUCH more reliable than in the past, and outages are rare, they do still sometimes occur. Autodesk has a new monitoring device that can help you ascertain the status of "pay-for" cloud services such as BIM 360 Glue and Field, A360 Collaboration for Revit, etc. It will also give you advance notice of any planned downtimes. You can find it here: https://health.autodesk.com/ And right now, thankfully, it looks like everything is in the green :-).

Issue:  You're the contract manager or software coordinator for your company.  You need to add/remove a user for software and services from the Autodesk Account.  How do you do that? Solution:  This can all be done in the management section of the Autodesk Accounts site.  Autodesk released steps required to perform this task in their Adding or Removing Users in User Management document.  This link will walk you through the steps on how to. . . How to Access User Managemet in Autodesk Accounts How to add users (both single and multiple) How to remove users In that link you will also find a 2 minute video tutorial to better assist you.    

Check for the latest updates in your Application Manager. Here are some of the lastest updates available. Revit 2015 UR9 and Revit 2016 SP2 AutoCAD 2016 Hotfix 2

Click here for the Autodesk Tech doc: A360 Collaboration for Revit 2015 update 6 Prior to installing Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015 add-on, please verify that you have already installed either Autodesk Revit 2015 UR3 (Build: 20140606_1530) or later Update Release Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 (Build: 20140905_0730) or later Update Release Autodesk Revit Update Release 9 is required to use Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015. The Autodesk A360 Collaboration v6 for Revit 2015 install will apply Autodesk Revit Update Release 9 if it is not already installed.

By now I'm sure you've heard that Desktop Subscription is Replacing Perpetual Licensing. For those of you who have already purchased desktop subscription, there have been a lot of questions.  For your convenience I'll post the answers to the most popular questions here, but you can read the Installation & Configuration of Desktop Products FAQ document provided by Autodesk for more questions and answers.  The most popular of the questions we've been receiving are. . . Q: What is a named user? A: A Named User is one who is assigned to use a Desktop Subscription license. Users are assigned based on their Autodesk ID, which is associated with that individual’s email address and gives them access to Desktop Subscription software and benefits. Named Users can't share their Autodesk IDs with others, and they must be an employee or on-site contractor. Consult the Autodesk Subscription Terms and Conditions for more information. Q: If that named user leaves my company do I lose my license? ...

For years I've been assisting people with learning Civil 3D and working with them as they build their templates.  I've been asked many times, "How much will it cost me to have you build my company template?'  I have a couple of issues with this question though.  Grant it, for a fee, we can do that for you, but there are a couple things that I need anyone to consider before we go down this road. . . If I build your company template then whenever there are modifications needed then you're at my mercy.  Simply put. . .you will not be very familiar with how to navigate around and find your style and/or setting and that means if I'm not in the office, on vacation, or if it's a weekend, you'll have to wait until I return to get your answer on the, "where/how do I modify this," question. If I build a company template I will only be able to build about 80% of your styles.  Why?  Because there is no possible ...

Have you ever had a License Error when launching your Autodesk Network software? Most of the time you will get an error code that can be looked up. Autodesk posted this tech doc, on how to get more information from the error codes. Increasing verbosity of FLEXlm errors http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Increasing-verbosity-of-FLEXlm-errors-s.html  

Don't you just love surprises? I do (okay, so it really depends on what kind of surprise).  When I logged onto my laptop this morning, I was met with the all-to-familiar Autodesk Application Manager, informing me that there were updates.  When I clicked on the Details button to see what the new update was, I was met with my surprise of the day.  There was a great big splash screen (see below) which stated that "This version of Application Manager has been retired", and that I need to contact my Administrator for more information. Once I click the OK button, Application Manager disappears. [caption id="attachment_9317" align="aligncenter" width="615"] You can avoid contacting your Administrator by manually uninstalling the Application Manager, and installing the new version.[/caption] It turns out that this is a known issue with Autodesk and they are working on a fix (See the link here to the Autodesk Forum thread).  Within the Autodesk Forum thread which is discussing this issue, it is suggested to manually uninstall the Application Manager, and to use the link provided to install the new version. ...

No matter how robust Autodesk makes their software there seems to always be someone who, "wishes the software would just (fill in the blank)."   I occasionally get a call from a client who says to me that they love the software, but it's just missing one minor thing that they need it to do. Well, did you know that you do have a voice in the matter of what gets updated to current releases and added in new ones?  It's been in front of you the entire time too.  From the start page of the software you will find in the upper right-hand corner the "Connect" section.  In this section you'll see a button titled "Send Feedback".  I'm sure you've seen it:   If you click on the "Send Feedback" button you'll be routed to the official Autodesk wishlist page.  In this section you can tell Autodesk what it is that you'd like to see in upcoming releases.  The more the hits on the same topic, the better the chances for the addition.  Of course, be realistic about this.  No, the ...

Have you ever had so many xrefs in a drawing that the xref layers made it tough to navigate and find a specific layer in the Layer Properties Manager?  I know I have.  There is a way to "trick" the Layer Properties Manager to show you all the layers in your drawing minus the xref layers.  Here's how: 1. Open the Layer Properties Manager. 2. Click the New Properties Filter icon. 3. In the Layer Filter Properties dialog box, enter a filter name. For example, NoXrefs. 4. Under the Filter Definition section, enter ~*|* in the Name field and click OK. In the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, the newly created filter will be set as the current view and only the current drawing layers will be displayed. Another option is to first attach your xrefs then use the "invert filter" to only display layers that are not related to xrefs.  To do this you simply launch the Layer Properties Manager and select the Xref filter and then toggle on the "invert filter" option. The above method is great for versions prior to 2016.  In AutoCAD 2016, after you add an ...

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With the recent release of Autodesk's 2016 product line, there has been quite a few enhancements and workflow improvements to Autodesk Inventor.  One of the most easily noticeable is the changes to the My Home screen.  One of my favorite workflow improvements is the ability to visually know the vault status of my Inventor files.  Whether a file is checked out, or if I have a local copy or not, is instantly recognizable and can make a difference in how I go about accessing the file.  You need to be sure that you are logged into the vault to see an accurate status.  Once you are logged in, the status indicators update automatically. [caption id="attachment_9258" align="alignnone" width="600"] Each file has a Vault Status Indicator. Use the Refresh Vault Statuses to update Recent Documents.[/caption] Another great addition to this workflow functionality is the filter list on the left side of Recent Documents.  You have the ability to filter recent documents by Project, by File Types, and by Date Modified.  You can also use Sort By to reorder the preview tiles.  The added ...

Enceptia (formerly D|C|CADD) was founded over 26 years ago with our primary purpose being to “help companies harness the power of design technology to win new business and increase profitability”. I have been with Enceptia for a couple of years now but I am still one of our most recent hires.  When I started, we were called D|C|CADD, we did not host many live or online events, we did not offer & support Advanced MEP products, we did not blog, we did not offer IT services, we did not write courseware, we did not offer hand-held scanners, we did not offer Bluebeam™, ClearEdge3d™ or iConstruct™ software.  Heck, we didn’t even have a YouTube channel. Wow!  A lot has changed; D|C|CADD is now Enceptia. A lot of people asked “Why the name change?”  Mostly because we wanted to get “CAD” out of the name and convey that we have grown beyond good old AutoCAD.  There was no change in ownership.  We are still your source for Autodesk products, training and support.  We still have offices in San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin.  We ...

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