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Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit was released in January of 2015, and since then has seen a steadily increasing rate of adoption among users who need to host a Revit Central File in the cloud in order to collaborate with other firms and organizations, or even to collaborate within the same firm between geographically disperse offices. As would be expected, as the adoption rate increases, we have also seen an increase in support cases related to A360 - mostly involving the initial setup and confusion as to the relationship between A360 Collaboration for Revit and A360 Team.  We have recently completed a white paper to explain how these two services work together, how to set them up and the basics of working in A360 Collaboration for Revit. Download your copy here!

It only took 3 years, but I finally got around to updating (re-writing, actually), the Worksharing Whitepaper originally posted back in 2011. Up to date for Revit 2014 to include Worksharing Display modes, disabling worksets, central file maintenance as well as setting up a workshared project and worksharing workflow. Get it here.

I've just completed a white paper on the rendering process for Revit models imported into 3ds Max Design, focusing on the lighting settings you need to create exterior and interior still images, including nighttime scenes. I've also included a section on best practices for rendering output for both still images and animations, including a section on how to use Video Post to combine mulitple animation sequences into one continuous longer animation complete with transitions. Get your copy here!

For years we were all happy utilizing the Google Earth importing tools in Civil 3D. Then in Civil 3D 2013 Google Earth pulled the plug and we no longer had that ability. Autodesk Labs answered by testing out Project Basejump which allowed users to import high quality georeferenced Bing Maps images. However, that was only a beta test. In Civil 3D 2014 the ability to link to Bing Maps directly through Data Connect has been lost. Now, in the 2014 software, connecting to Bing Maps is done directly within the software. It's a process in which you need to be connected to Autodesk 360 and utilize the commands: GEOGRAPHICLOCATION GEOMAP If you want to dive into this further and get the step-by-step process read this: Connecting to Bing Maps in 2014