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You've purchased your network software and you're ready to install it, but the burden of installing the network software is new to you and appears overwhelming.  It's actually a very easy process and only requires 4 simple steps.  These are steps along with links to guide you: Obtain your Autodesk Network License file Install the Autodesk License Manager Configure the Autodesk License Manager Install the Autodesk network software

You're ready!  You've obtained your network license file and installed and configured the Autodesk Network License Manager.  If not I recommend reading these first: Step 1:  How to generate an Autodesk network license file Step 2:  Where to find and how to install the Autodesk Network License Manager Step 3:  Configuring the Autodesk License Manager Now you're ready to install the software on the user's systems.  You have two options. . . If you only have a few users in your company you can simply install the software and point it to the license server.   In older versions of the software (prior to 2017) you set this up upon installation on this screen: In newer versions of the software (2017 and above) you first install the software and then upon the initial launch of the software you then point the software to the network server at this screen: ...

By now you've found and installed the Autodesk Netowork License Manager.  If not, I recommend reading our "Where to find and how to install the Autodesk Network License Manager" guide. If installed correctly, you should now see an LMTools icon on the desktop: Proceed to double-click the icon to launch it.  Once launched, you can follow this link to easily configure it. . . Configuring the Network License Manger on Windows Next you can either manually install the software and manually point it back to the server to obtain a license or you can create a deployment image to do this for you.   Step 4:  Install the Autodesk Network Software 

Assuming you've completed step 1 and obtained an Autodesk network license file, you're now ready to install the Autodesk Network License Manager (aka ADLM or LM Tools).   This step is the easiest step of the network installation guide.  You simply find the  license manager software and install it.  But remember. . . Last year's license manager will not work with this year's software.  For every release of the software you must install the latest and greatest license manager.  However, the 2017 license manage will work with the 2018 software.   You must install the license manager on the server (or a system that will remain on for other systems to ping).   You can also find the latest version of the license manager at Autodesk's Downloading the Network License Manager site.   Next you need to configure the license manger.   Step 3:  Configuring the Autodesk License Manager

You've purchased your network software and you're ready to install it.  The first step you need to take to install your network software is to generate a license file.   There are three ways to generate a license file:  Requesting it from within your Autodesk account - You can read more about this method in Autodesk's "Generate a Network License File in Autodesk Account" document.   Through the registeronce.autodesk.com website -  You can read more about this method in Autodesk's "Requesting a Network License File" document. Calling the Autodesk authorization codes hotline at 866-681-4359 (be forewarned - depending on traffic volume this method may be the longest). Next, you need to install the Autodesk License Manager.   Step 2:  Where to find and how to install the Autodesk License Manager

New mobile construction app enables Android users to join their iOS-based counterparts in managing plans, models, and documents in the field. The new Autodesk app brings BIM 360 Docs functionality to Android-based smartphones and tablets.  Check it out here: http://www.cadalyst.com/collaboration/file-sharing-publishing/autodesk-extends-bim-360-docs-android-devices-31436

Professional Development for Our Robot Replacements by Autodesk https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-03-16/professional-development-for-our-robot-replacements-video The classic industrial robot is a deaf, dumb and blind arm deployed to carry out repetitive tasks reliably. Now, companies such as Autodesk Inc. are developing peripheral vision systems and software which allows robots to work closely with humans in factories and workshops. (video by Matt Gottschalk, David Nicholson) (Source: Bloomberg)     

Autodesk Infrastructure Technical Specialist, Jeff Bartels and the guys over at the Civil Immersion blog have periodically be releasing short videos on the new features of Civil 3D 2018.  Rather than you having to find them among their other amazing blogs, I've added them here for you to view in a video library.  There are some really great features.  Enjoy! Clear Corridor Bowties: Relative Feature Lines (Part 1): Relative Feature Lines (Part 2): Section View Buffer: Plan/Profile & Profile/Profile Sheets: Offset Profiles & Connected Alignments (Part 1): Offset Profiles & Connected Alignments (Part 2): Extracted Feature Lines as Corridor Baselines:  Section View Buffer:

Lately we've been receiving quite a few phone calls regarding an issue where the installer fails installing SSA 2017 with an error 1721.   Just last week Autodesk released this solution: The Installer Fails Installing SSA with Error 1721  

Just in case you've not yet heard. . .Civil 3D 2018 and Infraworks 2018 were both released last week.   Some of the highlighted new features in Civil 3D include. . . The ability resolve corridor bowties Enhancements to the plan production tools to include new templates The ability to connect two separate alignments to create a new dynamically linked alignment and profile.  Some of the highlighted new features in Infraworks include. . . The ability to manager inventor-based bridge components within the Style Palette The ability to export quantities to a CSV file for review, reporting, or estimating costs Simplified tries to improve performance A gizmo that to make it easier to edit roadside grading Read more in-depth description about all these additions and updates here:  InfraWorks and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018:  They're Here!    

You're attempting to download your Autodesk software but you keep getting errors or it keeps backing out of the download. The odds are you're probably downloading your software via the "Download Now" or "Install Now" method.   There are three methods to download your software and they can all be read about in depth in Autodesk’s Download Methods for Autodesk Account document. The three methods are Install Now Download Now Browser Download I recommend the browser download method since we’ve come to find it the most reliable. It’s the longest method, but it is the most reliable. For information on how to use the browser download method I recommend you read Autodesk’s Using the Browser Download Method for Autodesk Account document. There is also a fourth option that is rarely discussed . . . the Autodesk Virtual Agent . If you don’t have access your Autodesk Account, then you can use the Autodesk Virtual Agent to download your software. To ...

What's New in Revit 2017.1 & 2017.2?
Autodesk® released Revit® 2017.1 and 2017.2 to improve the overall performance of Revit. You may have noticed some of the updates, but other useful enhancements may not be quite as obvious. That’s why we’re offering an informative webinar on Tuesday, April 4 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT to highlight these updates and help you make the most of your experience. During the webinar, Senior Application Specialist Matt Dillon will show you the significant Revit updates related to the AEC industry. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Matt has extensive experience using Revit and understands your primary needs and frustrations. Many of the recent enhancements are security improvements and bug fixes, which provide enhanced performance and stability for you and your team. Additionally, your team will be able to collaborate more easily with the upgraded cloud project workflow upgrade. The Revit 2017.2 updates build on the 2017.1 version to further improve project performance. A majority of the updates were requested by Revit users, so if you notice something that could help you become more efficient, send your feedback ...

Yesterday AutoCAD 2018 was released by Autodesk.  If you don't yet see it in your Autodesk account or you don't yet have an Autodesk account then you can download your free trial here: AutoCAD 2018 Free Trial.   So what's new in this release of AutoCAD?   First and foremost, it must be known that the drawing format has changed to 2018.   Some of the highlighted enhancements include: Updates to PDF imports including better importation of geometry, SHX font files, fills, raster imagery and True Type fonts. The ability to fix broken external reference paths for externally referenced files. A stronger object selection to include items you've selected even if they pan or zoom off screen.  Updates to the user interface to include some of the more commonly used tools. High-resolution monitor support for the best possible viewing experience, even on 4K and higher resolution displays. And much more!!! Here is a general overview of the new features: Here is a link to all the ...

   Inventor 2017.3.1 Update (for Customers with Subscription)   Description of the Issues Addressed: When creating Break Out View Depth does not recognize tapped hole feature as selection with 'To Hole' option BOM export to xls no longer preserves trailing zero's Shape Generator browser entries aren't available when using custom material library iProperties Date changing when system clock changes with Daylight Savings Time Unexpected exit when updating iFeature Unexpected exit when export IDW to DXF Degenerated splines which aren't zero-length are not shown on Export Running macro incorrectly flags files as dirty An unintended line is created when exporting to PDF ActiveDocument should return Nothing and OnActiveWebView event should fire when MyHome is active ...

At times it can be difficult to know if your computer is capable of running a particular Autodesk software product, even when presented with the published prerequisites. The Autodesk Prerequisite Checker analyzes the hardware and software environment of your computer and provides an output to let you know if you will be able to install and run a particular Autodesk product, or if you might run into difficulty.  Read more about it here:   Using the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

This Video will display how to place multiple CTEXT reports onto one piece within a model. Hope this helps!

This video will display the process of retrieving your lost utility bar inside of Fabrication Remote Entry. Unlike CAMduct or ESTmep, there is no easy way to retrieve it once it has been closed out inside of the program.Thanks for Watching!

Autodesk released this funny video/commercial which humorously highlights the abilities of AutoCAD Civil 3D.  I hope you enjoy it and have a good chuckle.  If you're in the civil engineering industry you'll definitely want to watch this video:

This video will display the new Group by Option within Fabrication 2017, allowing you arrange the items within a job based off of certain criteria. Check it out and leave me your feedback!

An issue that I ran across the other day using Inventor 2017 was my part file was acting like it was locked. This issue was not allowing me to edit or delete any features or sketches in my part file. In addition, only a couple of the commands in my ribbon were available and everything else was grayed out. Come to find out this has been an issue since Inventor 2015 and is currently being investigated by Autodesk for a possible cause and resolution. The good news is that there is a workaround which is shown below.     Issue: Features and Sketches unavailable   Workaround:   1.)    Close all documents.       2.)    Invoke the VBA Editor.     3.)    Within the editor under Application Project (Module1) add the following script.   Sub Test()     Dim oDoc As Document     Set oDoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument     oDoc.DisabledCommandTypes = 0 End Sub     4.)    Do not close the VBA Editor. Return back to the Inventor user interface and open the document that is locked. Once the document is open go back to the VBA Editor and run the script that was pasted into Module1.      After running the script the ...

I am often asked the best way to distinguish which cut files are for liner tables vs which are for plasmas. This video will display my suggested setup inside of CAMduct to handle liner files vs metal files, including spacing between parts and common line cutting.

Attention all Plant 3D Users! This year Autodesk University has been moved to the week before Thanksgiving instead of the week after.  Mark your calendars for the November 15-17! Registration for AU opened August 17!  You will want to register early to ensure that the classes you want are not filled up.  As you register make sure you check out the class I will be teaching.   As you can see, as of today, it is down to 23 seats remaining so sign up before they are all gone! See you in Vegas!  

The above image is an example of a common problem for Inventor users.  Though pictured is related to the Inventor Task Scheduler, it could be the same problem for the Project Editor, Inventor View, and other specific apps in the Autodesk / Inventor group.  It isn’t confined to a particular version nor to a specific operating system. It will most typically show up following the installation of Inventor service packs, updates, and hotfixes.  But it has also occurred following Windows Updates and even installation/updates to seemingly unrelated products (screen casting programs for example).  It can also happen if you bounce between two versions of Inventor, for example going from Inventor 2017 to Inventor 2016. The fixes could be one, two or all of the following.  I have ordered the fixes in the order that have offered the most success.  Please note, the following list may well require Admin privileges. 1.       Re-register: a.       Right-click the Windows Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).  Don’t you just love DOS! b.      Type in (include quotes): cd “C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2017\bin” <Enter> c.       Open the Windows Task Manager, go to ...

Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1 has been released.  The service pack includes a number of fixes for issues that were discovered by the Autodesk internal testing team and by customers using the Customer Error Reporting Utility.   For all the items fixed with this release read this:  Civil 3D Service Pack 1 Readme File Currently, you can only download Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1 from within the Autodesk Desktop App.  

Reduce time spent on sheetfiles by using templates and visibility states.