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Below are some links to download the Patterns List in .pdf format of all patterns in Fabrication 2017   Link - All Link - All by Group Link - Standard Link -  Rectangular Link -  Round Link -  Oval Link -  Pipework Link -  Electrical

Network license servers made easy or at least made easier.  As an IT professional I have installed and configured the Autodesk license manager hundreds of times.   Depending on your deployment model it’s pretty easy.   So I will not get into the actual setup.  But here is a link if you like light reading.  One piece of technology that makes running a network license server easier is virtualization.  In their simplest forms Virtual machines are just files.  You can change them.  Save them.  Then if you don’t like something go back to the previous version.  Just like in AutoCAD you can hit the Undo button.  In a virtual machine you can undo a recent change you made pretty easily if you saved you changes along the way.  Just like other computer files virtual machines are portable.      You can copy/move them to other computers to run because their windows machine names and network mac addresses do not change.  Ever run into a conflict on your only server between the license manager and another piece of software that cannot be relocated?  Spin up a ...

In every Revit Fundamentals class I teach, I find an opportunity to preach. I preach about the importance of "clean modeling" - making sure that your model is as error and warning-free as possible. Not only for those that have to use it when you're done with it, but also for your own benefit, well-being, sanity and job security. One of the biggest topics of my sermons is the process of reviewing and resolving warnings in Revit. Unfortunately, like most sermons, this usually falls on deaf ears, and periodically I run across the result of NOT religiously reviewing and resolving warnings. Recently I had the pleasure of opening a Revit model that not only looked like ... OK... I'm not going to pull any punches ... it looked like garbage, but it was essentially unusable. Every time I selected an object to edit, I had to wait several seconds while the dreaded Windows circle of death spun incessantly. There's a common cause to this symptom, and I went with my first instinct. I used the Review Warnings tool on ...

In this two part post on using the Massing & Site tools will cover the basics of creating a toposurface from a simple Civil 3D surface drawing file. With the 3D contours at elevation the drawing file when imported into your Revit model can be converted into a toposurface. The process is simple but understanding the steps and what you are importing is the key to being successful. Best practices are absolutely essential to creating a usable surface in your BIM model.  Following these simple practices will ensure your civil files are exactly what you need and will not break your projects. The civil CAD file needs to be in the following formats to work. (DWG, DXF, DGN) The civil points file needs to be in the following formats - (NEZ - Northing, Easting, Elevation) Import the CAD file into a basic template to test its usability and review stability / file size. Remove the CAD file after converting into a toposurface.  Clean up the ...

One of my capacities (along with all of our technical specialists) here at Applied Software, is to help our clients with technical support for their Autodesk Software.  One of the most frequent issues we help to solve are installation errors.  With the myriad of OS and other software installs and configurations, coupled with the different approaches of security by IT departments and contractors, the installation support topics are widely varied, and can be very unique.  One of the more time consuming tasks is tracking down the root causes through the manual analyzing of the installation log files. In a recent case, I discovered a new tool distributed by Autodesk, which is purpose built to automatically analyze installation log files in 30 seconds or less, and provide a suggested solution.  How awesome!  This tool can be used by those of you who like to take on the challenge of solving these errors yourselves, or you may be asked to run the analysis and provide the results to one of our technical specialists.  In either case, I've provided the link below to ...

There will be times when you need to show the QTY's of multiple members of an iAssembly in your drawing Bill of Material. Here is how to do that: Create your iAssembly and your various configurations.  In this example, I have 2 configurations that need to be shown in the BOM.  As you can see below, by default it only shows the one I have placed on a drawing view. Right-click on the Parts List placed on the drawing and select "Edit Parts List" Next select the "MEMBER SELECTION" icon at the top of the dialog box and either select the members to show in the BOM or choose "YES TO ALL". Lastly, select OK and OK again.  You ...

"I'm fine with my current version of AutoCAD.  There's no need to upgrade."  "My current version of AutoCAD does everything I need." "There are no new features in the new software that I need."  We've all heard this before.  I hear it almost daily.  Why are some folks so reluctant to make that move?  There are several factors that prevent users from making the move forward to the newer version of software. .  . Comfort - Some users are just satisfied with their current version. Cost – Some users believe that the cost of implementing the new software will be grand.  Time – Others believe that they’re just too busy to make the move right now.  Don’t allow these factors to put you so far behind the curve that playing catch up is almost difficult to accomplish.  Every year there are updates to the software that are implemented because users have requested them or because technology is driving us there.  If you adopt these changes in one release at a time they’re ...

I have been seeing a plague hitting the AutoCAD world.  A plague of bad Profiles.  How in the world does a Profile go bad?  I am scratching my head on that one.  The symptoms, obviously things are not working right.  VBA routines are not loading or worse yet, they load but then don't work.  Same with the AcadDoc.LSP not loading at all.  Yes, the paths are there in the Support Search path, but they just don't load.  I can type in at the command line, (findfile "acaddoc.lsp") and it returns right where it should be.  I can load it manually, but it won't work automatically.  The out-of-box <<Unnamed Profile>> can't be used to rebuild either.  Believe me, I tried it.  Everything looks fine, but something is amiss somewhere. Easiest thing to do? The easiest fix is run Reset Settings to Default and don't save any custom settings.  Start over on those.  The Reset replaces the <<Unnamed Profile>>, which I recommend then to use Add to List... and add back in the custom folders to the newly created Profile.  Everything seems happy ...

Fresh off the press! AutoCAD 2017.1 Update. Autodesk just released an update to AutoCAD 2017 for subscription users. Check your Autodesk Desktop App to install and review the Readme for what to expect in this latest update. AutoCAD 2017.1 Readme

When at attempting a standalone or network version to launch AutoCAD 2017 (or any 2017 vertical product) for the first time the software opens and then displays a dialog box titled "Licensing Error" and the message inside reads, "The License manager is not functioning or is improperly installed. AutoCAD will shut down now."   Autodesk provided a solution for this problem here:  The license manager is not functioning or is improperly installed

New tricks to make modeling with Design Line easier. Here is a download of button images for your new buttons.

You've downloaded your latest Autodesk software.  You're ready to install it.  You proceed through the install pages. You input your serial number, but then you realize you don't have the product key.  There are several locations you can find your product key.   It was, more than likely, in the e-mail you received from Autodesk informing you that your software is ready for download. If you are the contract manager or software coordinator for your account then you can login to your Autodesk Account and view the number there.    Autodesk also assembled these nice lists for you should you not have access to the other two: 2016 Product Keys 2017 Product Keys

Are you having trouble accessing your Autodesk account?  Can you not add or remove a user to your Autodesk account?  Can you not grant a user access to specific products in your Autodesk account?   Of course, we here at Applied Software enjoy assisting you with all that we can, but there are some instances where even we just need to go to Autodesk directly.  This is one.  We don't have access to your Autodesk account and, therefore, we cannot get in there to adjust any settings.  Your best option would be to contact them directly.  There are two ways to contact an Autodesk agent...either by chat or by e-mail.    Use this link to make contact:  Autodesk Contact 

When importing points into Civil 3D within the Survey tab (into a survey database) a point group is created automatically within the Prospector tab named the same as the point file or FBK file.  What if you do not want this functionality. Yes, you can simply delete the point group and the points remain, but there is a way to turn off the option so that no extra point groups are created. . . You must first go through the process of importing the points (specify the database, specify the data source, specify the network), but in the "Survey Data - Import Options" dialog box you must toggle off the option to insert survey points: Then proceed to the Survey Points in the database tree and insert from there: Back in the Prospector you'll see you have only one point group. . ._All Points!!! ...

I've seen this issue in the past (as far back as Civil 3D 2010) and had not been able to figure out the cause until recently.   A user contacted me the other day with this issue so I just had to figure it out.   The company created a project folder and a survey database to that folder, but when they attempted to create a new local database they would receive a box stating the survey database does not exist and could not be recreated and it looked like this: Initially, I was unable to recreate the issue.  I then attempted to recreate the issue with the exact same folder structure he had but on my local drive, guess what...I got the same error.  After some testing, I was able to finally figure out that since the folder had an apostrophe in the name the error was being generated.  We removed the apostrophe and all worked fine.  

AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac versions 2016, 2015, and 2014 are compatible with Mac OSX v10.11 (El Capitan), but are not designed to run on the Sierra.  For the official word from Autodesk read this:  AutoCAD and Apple MacOS Sierra (10.12) what you need to know. The only workaround appears to roll back to the supported operating system.   UPDATE:  There was an update released shortly after this blog was written that resolves this issue.  However, this update is only for AutoCAD 2016 for the Mac:  AutoCAD 2016 for Mac Update 4 and AutoCAD LT 2016 for Mac Update 4.  For 2015 and previous versions the above workaround is still the only solutions.  

  Have you ever had an issue where Inventor isn’t working as it should or experienced any of the issue’s shown below?   ·         Unable to export AutoCAD DWG ·         Unable to launch add-in ·         Add-In commands are grayed in the ribbon ·         Dialog boxes do not appear after launching a command ·         Import/Export commands do not function ·         Program crashes when entering add-in workspace   If so, Inventor has a tool that is called the "Inventor Reset Utility" that can aid in resolving some of the issues a user might be experiencing. Click on the link below for additional information and instructions on how to use this utility. Autodesk Inventor Reset Utility

For the Inventor users who are utilizing a high resolution computer monitor such as a 4K Ultra HD monitor you will probably notice that your viewcube is very small and you would like to make it larger. Below I will step you through the process of modifying the settings that control the size of this interface element.   Step 1: Within the Tools tab select Application Options.     Step 2: Select the Display tab and choose ViewCube.  Step 3: Within the ViewCube Options underneath Display select the drop-down menu for ViewCube Size and select “Large”. Click “OK”. Step 4: Click “OK” within the Application Options.   The image below shows the results of the changes that were made in the previous steps.      

In training classes I am always saying there are 5 or more ways to access the command for "<enter a command here>".  The AutoCAD GUI has multiple redundancies for every command.  So, I thought, how many ways other than the GUI is there available in AutoCAD to just draw a LINE.  This isn't a comprehensive list by any means: Enter at the Command Line, either "L" or "LINE", uppercase/lowercase doesn't matter.  Then follow the prompts picking points.  But as well, LINE could be selected from the Draw panel on the Ribbon as well as the Draw Tool Palette.  So, would that count as four ways? Script (SCR):  Note the location of the cursor, a <RETURN> initiates the entry.  A script file could be created that would follow the same as the Command Line entry.  The only difference could be introducing some AutoLISP calls...which leads us to the next way.                                                  ...

Ever wonder how to control how far your section view shows information? Well " Far Clip Offset" is the answer to control how much or how far from a section line you see in the 2d section. Please see link below for a short video on how to do this. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community/screencast/f5d6dd2b-9d55-4680-a3b9-809079845c1d Enjoy, Rick  

While building your item you took the time to add a hyperlink, but you are not able to access the link in Navisworks. Here is how to do that...

In this post, we will explore the steps to creating a custom Revision Scheme and applying it to an existing Revision Scheme Definition.  Make note, we are not going to define a new Revision Scheme, but are creating a new Scheme Format only, and applying that to an existing definition.  To start, click on the Tools tab > Administration > Vault Settings. In the Vault Settings dialog box, select the Behaviors tab > Revisions...  button.  In the Revision Scheme Definitions dialog box, first select the Standard Numeric Format (or whichever definition Scheme Format you want to change). Next, select the Edit… button at the top of the dialog box.  In the next dialog box, you can make modifications to Standard Numeric Format, such as the Definition Name, Description, Category assignment, and Scheme Values.  Select the Scheme Format button on the right, and be sure to highlight Numeric. For this example, Click Copy… In the List Scheme Format dialog box, rename the scheme (ex: Tooling).  The list of Scheme Values is listed on the left. In this example, we are going to ...

So I am doing my first AU class this year on eVolve. It's not to late to get in and get a look a look at the offering that is flipping the lid on the electrical fabricator's process. I will be speaking and as well will have Aaron Thompson as a co-speaker for this class giving a brief history on why we took the journey. Come check us out this year at Autodesk University.   Class Info: MEP21690 - eVolve Your Electrical Models to Fabrication Come see the eVolve Revit software add-in from the end user’s perspective. The eVolve add-in facilitates in electrical design and detailing the automation of numerous manual tasks in detailing/installation drawings needed for fabrication, all via the Revit software platform. Corbins Electric, developer of this add-on, has taken Revit software for electrical to the next level. Revit software users now have highly intelligent custom family components, modeling tools, drawing creation tools, and visual-graphics tools. These tools improve productivity, efficiency, and accuracy—all to reduce waste and cost on the design and fabrication processes. Come hear Corbins explain why it was ...

Editing cells in a Revit schedule can be long and monotonous, especially if the majority of the cells for a parameter are the same though out the schedule.  Revit does not allow you to highlight multiple cells in a schedule to change the value of multiple cells in one step.   A tip to assist in editing multiple cells all at once is to change two properties in the schedule.   On the Sorting /Grouping tab of the Schedule Properties, change the sorting to be sorted by the parameter that you are trying to change.   Then uncheck the Itemize Every Instance check box.  This will collapse all the fields together into one row and you can simply change the value of the field and it will change it for all items.  Then go back and reapply the desired sorting method and re-check the Itemize Every Instance check box.   ...

Hello Everyone, In today's Tips & Tricks I had a customer ask me how to deal with the paint condition at the end of a wall when it turns the corner. Sometimes the perperpendicular wall's cleanup shows through and doesn't allow paint to go to the edge of a wall. In this short demo, I will show you how to use "Wall Joins" to fix this issue. Enjoy, Rick Kremer http://autode.sk/2dPVYbP  

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