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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh, by the way....I almost forgot...I have great news. Autodesk today officially released 64 bit versions of Revit. Forget everything I said yesterday

First Autodesk BIM Software for Windows 64-Bit Operating Systems Now Available
Autodesk News Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 6:32 AM To: autodesk@mail.mediaroom.com
News Release Issued: September 30, 2008 6:30 AM EDT

First Autodesk BIM Software for Windows 64-Bit Operating Systems Now
Available

Third-Party Beta Testers Report Significant Productivity and Performance
Gains with New 64-Bit Revit Platform Software

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.,
(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that versions of its Revit software
applications for Building Information Modeling (BIM) specifically designed
for personal computers using Windows 64-bit operating systems are now
available. This marks the company's first venture into 64-bit BIM
applications and applies to Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and
Revit MEP 2009. The 64-bit versions are now available to existing Revit
platform software subscribers. Customer beta testers reported that the new
software applications offer significantly improved performance and stability
for memory intensive tasks such as rendering, printing, model upgrading and
file importing and exporting. Some examples of their experience include:

"In every single test I threw at the Revit Structure for the 64-bit system it
beat the 32-bit system," said Ken Murphy, BIM manager, Thornton Tomasetti. "On
average, we observed approximately a 20 percent performance gain on operations
such as saving files and exporting models to other formats for outside
consultants. And when it comes to rendering images of large project models,
such as an American football stadium with thousands of members, we saw up to
a 50 percent performance improvement over the 32-bit platform."

"With 64-bit Revit Architecture we can completely load a very large project
into a session and work on it at one time; and that is something that
represents a significant efficiency improvement over the 32-bit environment,"
said Lonnie Cumpton, Revit task force manager for the Friedmutter Group. "For
example, we have a large project that consists of 2.9 gigabytes of Revit data
contained in 22 individual files. With 64-bit Revit Architecture we can link
all the pieces together into one big model and cut an entire building section
to gain an understanding from a section elevation standpoint of the entire
project at one time. Using 32-bit Revit Architecture we'd have to cut
individual pieces of sections in each model and then piece them back
together. It took us a day to do that. Now we can do it in less than an
hour."

"We've been beta testing the 64-bit Revit Structure software and the
increases in efficiency and productivity are impressive," said Jamie
Richardson, Associate & CAD manager, Ericksen Roed & Associates. "Cutting
sections and switching between views is much faster. Moving within the views
and rotating the model in a 3D view is also noticeably faster and smoother.
With what we have seen in our beta testing, and what we're hearing from users
testing the beta on their current projects, we see no reason not to go to the
64-bit version of Revit Structure."

Availability

The English language versions of new 64-bit Revit software applications are
available now to existing Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and
Revit MEP 2009 subscribers via the online Subscription Center. The 64-bit
software will release in other languages at a later date.

"We're very excited to hear our beta testers report stunning performance
gains with the native 64-bit versions of the Revit software applications,"
said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "Breaking the
four gigabytes RAM barrier is an important milestone, which helps our
customers experience the power of BIM in even their largest projects."
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Would someone at Autodesk please update this page

Update 9/30/08 6:47pm. Special thanks to Scott Latch at Autodesk who updated the Autodesk website for me and the world. What a difference a day makes.

Today:

Published date: 2008-Sep-30
ID: TS1085429

Solution

64-bit versions of Revit 2009 products are available for download from the Subscription Center. Currently, the 64-bit versions are available in English.

Yesterday:
*********************************

From the Revit Architecture Services & Support page
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/item?siteID=123112&id=11220239&linkID=9243099

I know it's 64 minute old news, but someone needs to update the Revit support page.
Is anyone at Autodesk reading this?

64-bit Revit 2009 products


Published date: 2008-Jun-12
ID: TS1085429

Applies to:
Revit® Architecture 2009
Revit® MEP 2009
Revit® Structure 2009

Issue

You want to know if 64-bit versions of Revit 2009 products are available.

Solution

64-bit versions of Revit 2009 products are not currently available. 9/29/09 YES THEY ARE!!!!!

Revit 2009 products can be installed on 64-bit operating systems in order to take advantage of the memory allocation feature.

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Ah...Finally!!! Revit Architecture 2009 64 Bit

Revit Architecture 2009 64-bit

Release Date: 2008-09-29

This version of Revit® Architecture 2009 is a native 64-bit application to be used with 64-bit Operating Systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional 64-bit or Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64-bit (Business, Home Premium, Ultimate editions). The 64-bit version of Revit Architecture 2009 removes the 4 gig memory limitation found in 32-bit applications which enhances the software’s capability to handle large projects. It contains the functionality found in the 32-bit release of Revit Architecture 2009, with the noted limitations found in the Known Issues document.

Read this First

Release Notes - English (pdf - 118Kb)
Known Issues - English (pdf - 43Kb)

Downloads

Revit Architecture 2009 64-bit - English (exe - 614095Kb)
Revit Architecture 2009 64-bit for AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 - English (exe - 614097Kb)
Read more...

Other Updates for Revit Subscription Customers

Today, Autodesk has also released updates to the following for the 64 bit versions:
Globe Link for Revit 2009 -64 English (exe - 8689Kb)
Worksharing Monitor for Revit 2009 -64
English (exe - 7149Kb)

The products are only available for subscription customers.
Now, aren't you glad you're on subscription?

Waiting for Batch Print Utility to be udpated on the site. Updated at 3pm....

Batch Print Utility for Revit 2009 - 64
English (exe - 7084Kb) Read more...

Here's the Revit MEP 64 bit links and information

Revit MEP 2009 64-bit

Release Date: 2008-09-29

This version of Revit® MEP 2009 is a native 64-bit application to be used with 64-bit Operating Systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional 64-bit or Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64-bit (Business, Home Premium, Ultimate editions). The 64-bit version of Revit MEP 2009 removes the 4 gig memory limitation found in 32-bit applications which enhances the software’s capability to handle large projects. It contains the functionality found in the 32-bit release of Revit MEP 2009, with the noted limitations found in the Known Issues document.

Read This First (you must be logged into Autodesk Subscription Center)

Release Notes - English (pdf - 118Kb)
Known Issues - English (pdf - 100Kb)

Download

Revit MEP 2009 64-bit for AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 - English (exe - 833979Kb)
Read more...

Revit Structure 64 bit versions just went live on Subscription Center

Revit Structure 2009 64-bit

Release Date: 2008-09-29

This version of Revit® Structure 2009 is a native 64-bit application to be used with 64-bit Operating Systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional 64-bit or Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64-bit (Business, Home Premium, Ultimate editions). The 64-bit version of Revit Structure 2009 removes the 4 gig memory limitation found in 32-bit applications which enhances the software’s capability to handle large projects. It contains the functionality found in the 32-bit release of Revit Structure 2009, with the noted limitations found in the Known Issues document.

You must be logged into Autodesk Subscription Center for these links to work:

Read this First

Known Issues - English (pdf - 53Kb)
Release Notes - English (pdf - 118Kb)

Download

Revit Structure 2009 64-bit - English (exe - 610598Kb)
Revit Structure 2009 64-bit for AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009 - English (exe - 610598Kb)
Read more...

Revit 64 Bit has just been released and it's awesome.

So now you know why I've been telling you to get Vista 64-bit. We've been beta testing the 64 bit versions of Revit and it rocks on Vista 64 bit. Also, just to brag, I'm the first person on the planet to blog about this, so congratulate me for refreshing my Autodesk subscription blog page every 15 seconds (auto-refresh of course), so I could tell you about this the second it went live.

Now I can officially tell you some good news and some bad news.

The good news: Revit 64 bit is real and it's here.

Just released moments ago, was Revit MEP 64-bit. The others should be out shortly and today.

The bad news: It's only available for subscription customers.

Now you know why in the last two weeks I've made postings about Vista and Subscription Center.

I'm sure that new seat purchases would include the 64 bit version and I'm looking into that now.

Don't forget that through 10/17/08 there is a $400 rebate on new seat purchases. Call me for pricing.

Now let's all start singing 'When I'm 64'.

Once you log into Subscription Center, here's the Revit MEP link (although I think there may be a problem at the moment) : http://subscription.autodesk.com/sp/servlet/download/item?siteID=11564774&id=11919034



Related posts:

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Important User ID and Password information for Autodesk web sites


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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Autodesk - AutoCAD Services & Support - WAN Acceleration 2009 Hotfix

Here's another update from Autodesk. For those of you wise enough to be using the Riverbed Steelhead Appliances (that we're proud to be a provider of their products), here's a little patch to speed things along.

If you're on Revit and not using Riverbed, here's what it does. It allows your engineers and consultants to sync live into your Revit model. Ultimately, it's where BIM is going and we think it's a better alternative to file linking. I'm sure you're already an expert on syncing, linking and worksets, but if you're not, let me know and we can help you make the most of the Revit experience. Here's a link to find out more about Riverbed.

WAN Acceleration 2009 Hotfix


Published date: 2008-Sep-16
ID: DL11849251

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD® Architecture 2009
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2009
AutoCAD® Electrical 2009
AutoCAD® Land Desktop 2009
AutoCAD LT® 2009
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009
AutoCAD® MEP 2009
AutoCAD® P&ID 2009
AutoCAD Raster Design 2009
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009

For AutoCAD Revit® Architecture Suite 2009 and AutoCAD Revit® Structure Suite 2009, apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD 2009.
For AutoCAD Revit® MEP Suite 2009, apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD MEP 2009.
For Autodesk Inventor™ Professional 2009 and Autodesk Inventor Suite 2009, apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 or AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop® 2009.

wan_accelerator_hotfix_2009_update_1_32bit.zip (zip - 5769Kb)
wan_accelerator_hotfix_2009_update_1_64bit.zip (zip - 7233Kb)
wan_accelerator_hotfix_2009_32bit.zip (zip - 5707Kb)
wan_accelerator_hotfix_2009_64bit.zip (zip - 7118Kb)
Readme (html - 10Kb)

This hotfix improves performance of save to 2007 DWG format when running in a WAN Acceleration environment.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture - ArchVision RPC Content

AutoCAD Architecture - ArchVision RPC Content: "AutoCAD Architecture - ArchVision RPC Content
Release Date: 2008-04-16

AutoCAD® Architecture subscription customers now have access to a library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision. The library consists of over 100 high-quality images of trees, people, and vehicles, enabling AutoCAD Architecture users to transform renderings into effective, lifelike scenes. With this library of RPC images, AutoCAD Architecture users can add as many objects into scenes as needed to make them realistic, without sacrificing rendering performance."

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What's in the Revit Architecture Web Update 2 build (20080915_2100)...inside the PDF

One of the biggest improvements is that you don't have to download the entire program. This is a real patch that just updates the program. This is a much faster and better approach to updates. Thanks Autodesk for making this change.

Improvements made in Web Update 2 build (20080915_2100):
Revit Architecture 2009/ Revit ® Platform Enhancements
* Improves the ability to link markups made in a DWFx file.
* Improves the ability to view thumbnail previews in Microsoft Windows XP x64.
* Decal bump image map will now import at correct scale for cut-out.
* Floors containing multiple slopes and walls will now export to IFC correctly.
* Improves the display of colors in shaded views to be more consistent with the 2008 Revit product line.
* Export to DXF/DWG will now export the Material's color_map texture.
* Mass Floors no longer disappear when adding text to Mass Element comments.
* Improves stability of worksharing when saving to central.
* Improves visibility of common edges when joining in-place family.
* Improves stability when accessing Pantone dialog.
* Improves stability when upgrading project or family from the 2008 version of a Revit product.
* Improves stability when selecting elements in a 3D view.
* Moving a model pattern with a face-based family constrained to it no longer causes a constraint error.
* Improves stability when switching between views.
* Improves stability when importing DWG files.
* Improves performance when adding or editing walls in models with rooms.
* Improves stability when creating a section.
* When exporting to DWG, the ceiling pattern will now export correctly.
* After a project is upgraded to the 2009 version of a Revit product, the linework will now display as set in previous version.
* Enables “Show family pre-cut in plan views” parameter for structural framing category family so that the geometry can be cut by the cut plane in medium and fine views.

API Enhancements
* By following a modified install procedure, VSTA can now run with non-administrative user
permissions. Please see the Revit VSTA User Manual in the Revit SDK package for complete details. Read more...

Autodesk - Revit Structure Services & Support - Revit Structure 2009—English Service Pack 2 is now available for download

Revit Structure 2009—English

IMPORTANT

This download is the most recent build for the Revit® Structure 2009 and AutoCAD® Revit® Structure Suite 2009 software products.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit Structure 2009 or AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit® Structure 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


Web Update #2 Service Pack – September 2008


Important Note:
Web Update #2 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #2 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit Structure 2009. Web Update #1 Full Install is available below.

Before You Download
Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started
Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.

Revit Structure 2009 Web Update #2 Service Pack (exe - 252 Mb)

Note: The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and Suite versions of Revit Structure 2009.

Read more...

Autodesk - Revit MEP Services & Support - Revit MEP 2009—English Service Pack 2 is now available for download

Revit MEP 2009—English

IMPORTANT

This download is the most recent build for Revit® MEP 2009 software as part of the AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2009 software product.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit MEP 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit® MEP 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


Web Update #2 Service Pack – September 2008


Important Note:
Web Update #2 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #2 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit MEP 2009. Web Update #1 Full Install is available below.

Before You Download
Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started
Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.

Revit MEP 2009 Web Update #2 Service Pack (exe -– 114 Mb)

Read more...

Autodesk - Revit Architecture Services & Support - Revit Architecture 2009—English Service Pack 2 is now available for download

Revit Architecture 2009—English

IMPORTANT

This download is the most recent build for the Revit® Architecture 2009 and AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture® Suite 2009 software products.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit Architecture 2009 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List


Web Update #2 Service Pack – September 2008

Important Note:
Web Update #2 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #2 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit Architecture 2009. Web Update #1 Full Install is available below.

Before You Download

Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started

Read all instructions above then click the following link to download.

Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #2 Service Pack (exe - 112 Mb)

Note: The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and Suite versions of Revit Structure 2009.

Read more...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Complain enough and Autodesk listens....Revit Architecture to Revit Architecture Crossgrade is back $595

Since this doesn't affect that many people, you may not have noticed, but last year, Autodesk removed the ability to upgrade from Revit Architecture to AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite.
You had to downgrade to AutoCAD, then crossgrade to the Suite. It was annoying and expensive.

Well, today they just added it back. For $595, you can do the crossgrade. Personally, I never sell Revit as a standalone, but I had a few clients that insisted they'd never need AutoCAD and bought Revit standalone. The other instance was those who participated in the Revit UP promotions, where you could add a standalone seat of Revit to an ADT license. Now those individuals have a seat of AutoCAD Architecture and Revit Architecture that both require subscription. Now, they can drop the AutoCAD Architecture seat (or crossgrade it) and crossgrade the Revit Architecture seat. For them it's great because the cost of the crossgrade is the same as the cost of AutoCAD Architecture subscription ($595).

I know, you're thinking, yeah, we get to give Autodesk more money. I know how you feel, but this really is a gift from Autodesk for those who need to make the switch. The AutoCAD 2009 crossgrade list price is $1995.

Also, for $495, you can crossgrade from Revit Structure to AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite.
If you already have the Suite, nevermind! Read more...

Questions abou the new box of AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009.1 you just received.

I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people about this mysterious box that just showed up at their office.

Question: Do I need to install this?
Answer: NO!!!!!!, if you're fine with AutoCAD and don't need AutoCAD Architecture, don't do a thing.
The version of Revit Architecture is the same.
The version of AutoCAD is the same.
They just added Autocad Architecture. If you don't need ACA, put the box on the shelf and stop reading my blog and go back to work.

If you want or need AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) for any reason, go ahead and install it.

You may now continue your normal workday. Read more...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh goody....more AutoCAD updates.

As you know, I love to add my sarcastic commentary to these types of posts. Why? Because I want you Revit users to smile that you are using the best architectural design software on the planet and you should be happy that you don't have to deal with these problems anymore. Yeah, i know, there's lots of other things to deal with for Revit, but at least you never have to count another door to manually create a door schedule ever again in your life.

AutoCAD 2009 Update 2 for AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009


Published date: 2008-Sep-23
ID: DL11899247

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Revit® Architecture 2009

Apply this update only if the installation includes AutoCAD 2009
If "version1-32 bit" does not update your product, apply "version2-32 bit" (for 32 bit)
If "version1-64 bit" does not update your product, apply "version2-64 bit" (for 64 bit)


You can apply this update to the following Autodesk products running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct update for your software.

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. This update includes Update 1.

32-bit Product
Update
AutoCAD 2009 AutoCAD2009lockedSP2.exe
AutoCAD LT 2009 AutoCADLT2009lockedSP2.exe
AutoCAD Revit® Architecture Suite 2009 1

AutoCAD2009REVITS110SP2.exe 2

OR

AutoCAD2009REVITS111SP2.exe

AutoCAD Revit® Structure Suite 2009 1 AutoCAD2009REVSU60SP2.exe

64-bit Product
Update
AutoCAD 2009 AutoCAD2009lockedSP2x64.exe
AutoCAD LT 2009 AutoCADLT2009lockedSP2x64.exe
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009 1

AutoCAD2009REVITS110SP2x64.exe 3

OR

AutoCAD2009REVITS111SP2x64.exe

AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009 1 AutoCAD2009REVSU60SP2x64.exe

1 Apply this update only if the installation includes AutoCAD 2009.

2 If this file does not update your product, apply AutoCAD2009REVITS111SP2.exe.

3 If this file does not update your product, apply AutoCAD2009REVITS111SP2x64.exe.


Side note: if you think all of this is scary, I just saw a blog post about a person who bought a McDonald's hamburger in 1995 and put it in a tupperware container. The hamburger looks the same 12 years later. How's that for chemically laced food products. Someone get me a twinkie fast....1996 McDonalds Hamburger

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Update on the 3dConnexion Space Navigator issue for Revit.

I just received this from one of my clients. Apparently, it takes 100 people doing an email carpet bomb to get a response. I don't know what to do know but ask each of you to contact your reseller and ask them to go up the chain at Autodesk. From this email, it's clear that the mouseball is in Autodesk's court. If they can make a wireless rotating cube, you'd think they could get a mouse to work with Revit. The 3dconnexion mice work with Inventor, Navisworks and Vectorworks (Vectorworks, thanks for sending me a copy of your software. That was very sweet and amusing of you to do since seeing your name in a Revit blog.)

Does anyone have any ideas? Did anyone who emailed Autodesk get a response? Is anyone at Autodesk reading this? I've just sent an email to a senior VP at Autodesk and I'm hoping he'll start asking some questions about this and get things moving.

Here's the 3dconnexion response. Thank you Tim for the response. Maybe you could tell us who you've tried to work with at Autodesk to solve this problem.

From: Tim Stewart
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10:33 AM
To: Zach Manchee
Subject: RE: REVIT

Thanks for your interest.

We work closely with Autodesk but there is currently no commitment to provide support for Revit. Further, the API does not have all the capability that we need so we could do the work ourselves.

Please let Autodesk know of your request. They take customer requests very seriously.

Tim

Director, Business Development
3Dconnexion Inc. (a Logitech Company)

6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555

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It is Alive in the Lab: Autodesk Tangible View Cube

Wow, looks like a dynamic block. Autodesk Labs have done it again. Here's a really cool product which will help with your 3D models. I think they also invented something for AutoCAD users, but it's just a toothpick. I'm hoping 3D motion sensing 3D glasses are next.

By the way, has anyone heard back from Autodesk or 3dConnexion? Time for another email blast to both companies to get off their butts and make the mouse work. Click here for the original post and email link.

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Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene, and Software Engineer, Eddy Kuo, have been at it again. They have been working with an invention from our own Revit Product Design group most notably Matt Jezyk and Lira Nikolovska. The video below demonstrates a new prototype by Autodesk for a "Tangible View Cube." The cube is a small wireless device with built-in accelerometers and magnetometers to allow absolute coordinates of the cube to be passed to an application. Brian and Eddy connected Matt and Lira's tangible cube to Autodesk Design Review to correlate and control 3D navigation, similar to how the View Cube works in the software. The green button enables and disables the navigation capability. Check out this silent movie. For the YouTube version, I used YouTube's AudioSwap capability to include some public domain music as the soundtrack:

Compare


Think of it as a version of View Cube that you can touch. Actually we're not quite sure where we're going with this. Feedback from users like you will determine its future. So how might you use one of these? Please let us know at thelabs@autodesk.com.

Exploring the possibilities of new ways to interact with design data is alive in the lab.
http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2008/09/autodesk-tangib.html

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Trane has arrived - SacramentoDownloads

The Trane corporation has been kind enough to hop on the BIM Train.
Below are some links to their HVAC content. Thank goodness for companies like Reed and Broutek who we're working with to create Revit content as quickly as possible.

Engineering - Revit

Sacramento Software Downloads


Available Downloads
Gas Electric 3-10 ton for Precedent
Heat Pump 3-10 tons for Precedent
Cooling Only 3-10 tons for Precedent
Gas Electric 12.5-25 tons for Voyager
Cooling Only 12.5-25 tons for Voyager

This is from their Revit Brochure. I think this is a first. A manufacturer with a Revit brochure. I think that's so cool.

Revit is a leading technology in the architectural design market.
It’s not AutoCAD – it’s a completely different software package that stores its output data in
an RTV file format. Forget drawing with lines, arcs, and circles – Revit shows components as they really are.

Revit, a tool for Building Information Modeling (BIM), represents building components as
“smart” 3D objects that may be inserted and moved. These smart objects contain the 3D
graphical data, plus data on how they can be connected to other objects, and how they will
perform within connected systems.

Building components’ properties, such as manufacturer’s details, are stored in a central
database. Data is easily accessible in real-time, with Revit.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Important User ID and Password information for Autodesk web sites

Have you logged into the Autodesk Subscription Center lately?
If you don't know how the system works, when you have subscription, Autodesk assigns one person at your firm to be the contract administrator.
They're the person who receives notices, invoices, software updates (like the 2009.1 you should have just gotten, like we did today) and they are the Subscription Center coordinator. That means that they can add you as a user so you can access software, tech support, tutorials, white papers and more.
Ask them to add you if you're not already connected.


Autodesk has launched an effort to consolidate multiple accounts,
simplify the sign in process, and provide a single User ID and Password
for accessing the following Autodesk web sites:
Autodesk Subscription
Product Activation
Autodesk Discussion Groups
Autodesk University
Autodesk Labs
Alias Design Community
Civil Engineering Community
Impression Community
Manufacturing Community
This is to confirm your Autodesk Sign in account:
User ID:
Your User ID and Password can be changed at any time by signing in to one of the sites above.
Learn more about using your Autodesk Sign In account.
Read more...

What's in the box of AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009.1

I'm sure for those of you who read my August 7th posting about Revit being bundled with Autocad Architecture (linked here) have already started receiving your new boxes of software. It started shipping 9/15.

For those of you who haven't gotten it yet, here's a photo of what's in the box.

That poor Revit DVD surrounded by all those AutoCAD and ACA discs. It's just not right, but it's great incentive for the ADT users to now make the leap. We're going to need a bigger box if they ever come out with Revit 64-bit versions.

Special thanks to Matt Rumbelow in Australia, who's home with a cold for the photo.
Also, here's a link for some installation help.
Read more...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A tidbit for you


I just wanted to give you a bit of an update.
I'm really really really happy that I installed Vista 64 Bit and I think you should do the same very soon.

Update: 9/29/08 Revit 64 Bit is out for subsription customers.
If you can't take a hint, now you know why you want Vista 64.

When I'm 64.MP3


Revit 64-bit
Revit 64bit
Revit 64 bit
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

It is Alive in the Lab: Autodesk Seek Update

Seek and ye shal find...Content!!!!!

Usage is Growing
Since our launch in April, we've seen a steady and significant increase in user traffic. Over the past few months alone, since our May launch, tens of thousands of Autodesk Seek users have downloaded tens of thousands of Revit and AutoCAD design files. Check it out.

New Content Information
Reed Construction Data upload complete
Our partners continue to work as an important source of building product information made available through Autodesk Seek. Along with recent loads from BIMWorld and McGraw-Hill Construction, we recently completed an upload of nearly 1,200 high-quality parametric BIM objects from Reed Construction Data, representing nearly 17,000 products.

To date, nearly 1,200 manufacturers are represented through Autodesk Seek. In addition, we’ve made new product information – containing Revit models – available from Architectural Mailboxes, Pilkington (Glass), Safety Rail Source, USG, Visa Lighting, Whirlpool Corporation, Winco Window ,and Zero Flush (Urinals). Look for more exciting news on content additions in the coming weeks.

What’s Coming
Look for a major redesign of Autodesk Seek coming soon. Enhancements will include:

  • More complete, integrated and visually appealing UI
  • Easy access to product information via “quick links” on the homepage
  • Manufacturer and supplier news
  • Content updates
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The other side of BIM comes to Florida

As BIM gets bigger and bigger in it's scope, sometimes we forget about the underside of our buildings and what leads up to them. Yes, I'm talking about the exciting world of roads and dirt. More specifically Civil 3D. One of the problems for many Autodesk resellers is that many DOTs use Bentley products. We and Autodesk have been working very hard to break that bond and it's finally been done. I know all you hear me talk about is Revit, but we also are the largest civil and government dealer in Florida. Now that Autodesk has started helping us all link files from Revit with Civil 3D, coordination and collaboration can only get better.

Sometimes when I'm talking to an architect and start to talk to them about Revit, they say "oh no. We only work in 2D, we don't work in 3D". My response for the past few months has been, "oh, what do you design, parking lots, because that's the only 2D construction I can think of." Yeah, nothing like being a wiseass to help sell Revit. Well, Civil 3D is the Revit of the infrastructure world. Why would you Revit users care? Water. Water. Water. Civil 3D is being used to help do the water collection calculations you'll be needing to reclaim the water to reuse it in your LEED buildings for grey water and irrigation. Another nail in the Autocad coffin from another direction, from the ground down, and a great place to start your Revit models from the ground up. We've been very active in working with engineers in Florida making the transistion to Civil 3D. As great as our Revit techs are, our Civil 3D techs are just as amazing.

So, enough about that, here's the press release from Autodesk about this major inroad into the DOT world and hopefully into your world. Here's the dirt on the story...

Florida Department of Transportation Adds Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3D for Road and Highway Design

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will implement AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of the Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) product portfolio, to develop roadway designs. FDOT's implementation of AutoCAD Civil 3D enables its engineers to access and integrate existing data from across the Department, including both design and geospatial information, into coordinated 3D transportation models.

FDOT requires highly sophisticated roadway design software capable of integrating design data from multiple sources. AutoCAD Civil 3D should meet FDOT's expectations in providing additional ways for their consultants and customers to develop and exchange design data.

With AutoCAD Civil 3D, FDOT's design workflow can be supported and further automated, providing additional interoperability with a variety of systems. Also, the software's information modeling for roadway corridors means designers can quickly implement design changes and revisions with automated redrafting, and identify geometric conflicts well before they begin construction. In addition, 3D models of the design can be provided to contractors for use with automated machine guidance for grading projects, enabling significant savings potential during construction. Automated machine guidance has become even more valuable as fuel prices and equipment operation costs continue to increase.

Florida's taxpayers entrust FDOT to maximize their dollar value invested for roadway design and construction. The challenge at FDOT is to create sustainable transportation facility designs more efficiently and at a managed cost.

AutoCAD Civil 3D provides FDOT with a straightforward migration path from legacy software systems, capitalizing on their previous investment in Autodesk CAiCE software products, and allowing designers to leverage information from a broader spectrum of providers.

"From design through construction and into operations, the AutoCAD Civil 3D software helps transportation agencies like FDOT easily create and share coordinated digital design information and documentation," said Bill Goodson, vice president, Autodesk Government. "Civil 3D will help support FDOT's efforts to shorten the time to contract letting, reduce errors and omissions, and expedite project delivery."

"This is truly exciting," said Jim Lynch, vice president, marketing for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions at Autodesk. "The AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of the Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) product portfolio, allows our customers to create, predict, and deliver roadway designs more efficiently and with increased accuracy. BIM and 3D technologies are introducing new levels of efficiency and automation into workflows."

Autodesk's transportation solutions offer state and local governments the ability to better design and construct infrastructure projects to meet community needs. Through an integrated workflow built on coordinated, reliable information, Autodesk solutions enable transportation departments to create and share digital design information and documentation; use that information to accurately visualize, simulate and analyze performance and cost; and reliably deliver their projects faster and more economically.


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Reed Construction Data Announces Major Upgrade to BIM Library

The SmartBIM Library Storage and Organization Tool Delivers Streamlined Features and Thousands of Pre-Loaded BIM Objects


NORCROSS, Ga., Sep 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Reed Construction Data ( www.reedconstructiondata.com), a leading provider of BIM solutions and construction information, has announced the launch of SmartBIM

Library 3.0 www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-information-modeling/bim-library the next release of its BIM content management software on Monday, Sept. 15.
SmartBIM Library is an add-on to the market-leading building design software, Autodesk(R) Revit(R), and enables users to store, organize and locate BIM objects, streamline design workflow and share libraries of BIM objects.

With version 3.0, users will experience more powerful and efficient navigation, search and object management functionality. New features provide the ability to open multiple libraries and merge content between libraries. Custom object tags allow users to identify objects according to their preferences and upgraded search tools quickly sort content by family, type, properties or object tag.

"Since the launch of SmartBIM, we are continually looking for ways to deliver leading solutions for manufacturers, architects, engineers and building owners," said Candice Dobra, director of BIM solutions, Reed Construction Data. "Our unique desktop application puts thousands of high-quality BIM objects at the architects' fingertips and allows for greater efficiency in the design process."

Version 3.0 is pre-loaded with over 14,000 high-quality Revit family types, which meet the highest quality standards in the industry. Automatic content updates deliver new Revit families directly to the users' desktops as soon as they are available and automatic software updates ensure users have the most up-to-date software features. Revit customers who already have a collection of BIM objects can utilize the Family Content Publisher plug-in, which generates libraries for existing Revit objects. As with previous versions, productivity is maximized by dragging objects from the SmartBIM Library Manager directly into Revit.

SmartBIM Library 3.0 is available through authorized SmartBIM solution providers. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-information-modeling/bim-library

Summary:

What’s new for this release?

New features:
1. Create New Library - users can view multiple libraries

2. Rename Library - as described

3. Close Library - as described

4. Merge Content - merging content between libraries for easier, more personalized organization

5. Search across Libraries - search across multiple libraries at once

6. Tag families and Search for Tagged Families - apply customized tags to objects and search against those tags for more personalized organization of objects

7. Search for family properties

8. License registration - allows partners access to online site for PO submission and automatic license generation


Please contact me for pricing if you're in Florida, as we're the Florida Reseller for Reed.
14 day trials are available as well at this link
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Those darn ACA programmers

Just got this from a client. You just can't make this stuff up....

You’ll enjoy this, seeing as you’re trying to get everyone to ditch Autocad Architecture and go with Revit. It looks like Autodesk might share your opinion… While trying to troubleshoot someone’s fatal error with log files, I came across the acad2008.cfg file… at first, I thought something might be wrong with his software, but the contents are the same in the 2009 version of the file on my computer. Get a load of the “ExecutableDate&Time” value.

Happy Monday!

Ara

; Configuration for AutoCAD 2009 () Microsoft Windows
; C:\Documents and Settings\arogers\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\ACD-A 2009\enu\acad2009.cfg created on 7/10/2008 at 16:11:31

[AppData]
[Version]
Platform=Microsoft Windows
FileVersion=8
ExecutableDate&Time=junkjunkjunkjunk
[Digitizer/Driver]
MenuName=Current System Pointing Device
PathName=internal
Configured=1
[Editor]
Link=0
[Menu]
T_Menu=0

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Friday, September 5, 2008

"BIM" Handbook; A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers - Revit/BIM Book

I just got off the phone with a long time Revit user. He said I had to get this book and it made all the difference in his life. I've ordered mine and thought I'd tell the world about it.


Buy it now at Amazon for $68

Title: "BIM" Handbook; A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers

ISBN: 9780470185285

From the Publisher;

Discover BIM: A better way to build better buildings.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a new approach to design, con-struction, and facility management in which a digital representation of the building process is used to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of information in digital format. BIM is beginning to change the way buildings look, the way they function, and the ways in which they are designed and built.

BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners,Managers, Designers, Engineers, and Contractors provides an in-depthunderstanding of BIM technologies, the business and organizational issues associated with its implementation, and the profound advantages that effective use of BIM can provide to all members of a project team. The Handbook:

Introduces Building Information Modeling and the technologies that support it.

Reviews BIM and its related technologies, in particular parametric and object-oriented modeling, its potential benefits, its costs, and needed infrastructure.

Explains how designing, constructing, and operating buildings with BIM differs from pursuing the same activities in the traditional way using drawings, whether paper or electronic.

Discusses the present and future influences of BIM on regulatory agencies; legal practice associated with the building industry; and manufacturers of building products.

Presents a rich set of BIM case studies and describes various BIM tools and technologies.

Shows how specific disciplines—owners, designers, contractors, and fabricators—can adopt and implement BIM in their companies.

Explores BIM's current and future impact on industry and society.

Painting a colorful and thorough picture of the state of the art in Building Information Modeling, the BIM Handbook guides readers to successful implementations, helping them to avoid needless frustration and costs and take full advantage of this paradigm-shifting approach to build better buildings, that consume fewer materials, and require less time, labor, and capital resources.

504 pages, hardcover. Wiley (March 3, 2008)

Author: Chuck Eastman, Paul Teicholz, Rafael Sacks, Kathleen Liston
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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