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Thursday, September 30, 2010

dODDS and ENDS: #Navisworks Service Pack and Subscription Center Advantage Pack Released

Oops...I forgot to mention the Navisworks Advantage Pack yesterday. I don't know how that happened, but yesterday was a very busy day. Jason at dODDS and ENDS summed it all up very well so here's the info from Autodesk:

Source: http://doddsandends.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/navisworks-service-pack-and-subscription-center-advantage-pack-released.html

It has been a busy few weeks for me, but I wanted to get a little info out about some new Navisworks tools and where you could go to get them downloaded.

Navisworks Service Pack 1 Released:
Recently the Navisworks team released a service pack that fixed a number of issues and rolled up a number of previous Hot Fixes. Below is a quick list of some of the items.

  • TimeLiner
  • Communication Center
  • Redline
  • Presenter
  • Licensing
  • Z+F File Loader

Download Navisworks Service Pack 1 Here:http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15689177&linkID=10382102

Navisworks Subscription Center Advantage Pack Released:
The Autodesk Subscription Center Advantage Pack, available on the Autodesk Subscription Center, continue to extend the capabilities of Navisworks allowing you to communicate more effectively during a project.

  • New Avatars: Adds additional Avatars to use in Navisworks
  • Appearance Profiler Add-in: Override the appearance of multiple objects in the model
  • Improvements for Existing Applications: Support for Primavera P6 v7, Google SketchUp v7, and Autodesk Inventor products
  • Support for New File Format: Direct file suport for PTC's Pro/Engineer

Download Navisworks Subscription Center Advantage Pack Here (Log in required):http://subscription.autodesk.com/sp/servlet/download/item?siteID=11564774&id=15459661

Note: Prior to installing the Subscription Center Advantage Pack you need to install Navisworks Service Pack 1

New Avatars:
9-29-2010-Navisworks1

Appearance Profiler:

9-29-2010-Navisworks2


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Revit Services & Support - Subscription Advantage Pack for #Revit 2011 Installation

Don't get so excited.  Revit server only works in one company.  You can't use it with your engineers and consultants.  BIM Shear!

Published date: 2010-Sep-24 
ID: TS15736307

Applies to:
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011

System Requirements

This Subscription Advantage Pack consists of two separate components: an application update, Revit 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack, and a server component, called Revit Server 2011. An installation of Revit Server may function as a local server or a central server. However this document does not draw any distinction between the two, as the installation and removal requirements are essentially the same for both.

Revit Subscription Advantage Pack

Verify that you have applied Revit 2011 Update Release 2 onto your installed version of Revit 2011 product.

Revit Server 2011

Systems hosting Revit Server 2011 must have:

Microsoft Windows Server® 2008, 64 bit (not 2008 R2) 
Microsoft IIS 7.0 
Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 
Refer to the Revit Sever Installation Guide supplemental documentation for more detail on system prerequisites.

Revit Server Administrator requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer. The Silverlight plug-in will also be installed as a byproduct of using this application.

Installation

Before you install, verify that Windows Update is not in progress. If Windows Update has installed or updated files and the system is pending restart, restart your system before attempting installation. 

Revit 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack

  1. Download and run the file to extract the files to a temporary directory.
  2. Once the files have been extracted the setup automatically begins. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Revit Server 2011

  1. Verify that you have enough disk space (approx. 250 MB) in a folder on your computer to extract the Revit Server 2011 installation files.
  2. Verify the following:
    • The Revit Server prerequisites have been installed. (Refer to the Revit Sever Installation Guide supplemental documentation for more detail.)
    • Internet Information Services (IIS) is properly installed and running.
    • Using the Microsoft Server Manager, make sure the following role services are installed for the Application Server role:
      • TCP Port Sharing
      • TCP Activation
      • Using the Microsoft Server manager, make sure the following role services are installed for the Web Server role:
        • ASP
        • CGI
        • Server Side Includes.
  3. Download the Revit Server install file and extract the files to a temporary directory.
  4. Once the files have been extracted, open the temporary directory, locate setup.exe, and run the setup program. Follow the onscreen instructions.

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Example Uses for Doors and Reporting Parameters - The #Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/09/example-uses-for-doors-and-reporting-parameters.html

I want to include a few uses for Reporting Parameters and doors below. Please feel free to add some comments with any other good examples you may have utilized!

Door Frame Updates Based on Wall Width

You can utilize the reporting parameter in a formula to drive the dimension of hosted family geometry, such as a door frame depth \ width.

First in the door family, add a dimension and label parameter to the wall thickness, set > Instance & Reporting Parameter. Then add a dimension and label to your frame geometry. Lastly you can use the wall thickness reporting parameter in a formula to drive the frame depth as needed.

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Display Wall Thickness in Door Schedule

Expanding on the above example, if you utilize a shared parameter for theWallThickness parameter we can include the wall thickness in a project door schedule.

Because family parameters cannot appear in schedules or tags we can instead utilize a shared parameter.

SharedWallThickness

After WallThickness is created as a shared parameter, it can be utilized in the same manner as the first example. After loading the door family into the project, we can add a door schedule. The corresponding wall thickness will now appear as a field we can include in our door schedule.

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Revit Services & Support - 2011: #Revit installation training videos




Published date: 2010-Sep-29 
ID: TS15770043

Applies to:
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011

Issue

You are interested in more in-depth information on different tasks relating to installation of Revit 2011 products.

Solution

You want step-by-step instructions on how to install Autodesk Revit 2011 products as a Stand-alone license.

Note: This video is 12 minutes in length and was created for training purposes.  Although this video refers to Revit Architecture 2011, the process of installation is the same for all Revit 2011 products.


You want step-by-step instructions on how to install a network-licensed version of Autodesk Revit 2011 products.

Note: This video is 14 minutes in length and was created for training purposes.  Although this video refers to Revit Architecture 2011, the process of installation is the same for all Revit 2011 products.


You want an overview of the most common tasks you have to do immediately after installing Revit 2011 products.

Note: This video is 12 minutes in length and was created for training purposes.  Although this video refers to Revit Architecture 2011, the process of installation is the same for all Revit 2011 products.


You want an overview of how to create a deployment of Autodesk Revit 2011 products.

Note: This video is 22 minutes in length and was created for training purposes.  Although this video refers to Revit Architecture 2011, the process of installation is the same for all Revit 2011 products.


You want to learn the common installation and licensing problems in Revit products and how to troubleshoot them.

Note: This video is 15 minutes in length and was created for training purposes.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

#AutoCAD WS for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store - Now Available

For those of you looking for the ultimate in portability, you can now draw and move lines on your iPad. To be honest, I can't imagine why you'd want to ruin your iPad with AutoCAD on it, but for you sophisticated types, you can export your Revit model as dwgs and take it into the field with you to do markups and view your plans with portability.

The measure, cloud and text tool could be worthwhile, but I can't imagine creating anything in this fashion.

Description

View, edit, and share your DWG™ files from anywhere, with anyone.

AutoCAD® WS mobile app enables you to view and work with AutoCAD drawings directly on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Using the touch and gesture interface of your iPad or iPhone you can accurately view, annotate, and revise drawings on the spot. Change the way you work in the field or on the road by reducing the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings.

✓View
• Open DWG drawings uploaded to your free* AutoCAD WS online workspace
• See all aspects of your DWG file, including external references, layers, and image underlays
• Use Multi-Touch zoom and pan to more easily navigate very large drawings

✓Edit
• Tap objects to select, then move, rotate, and scale
• Draw or edit shapes with accuracy using Snap and Ortho modes
• Add and edit text annotations directly on your device; no need for paper mark-ups
• Validate distance measurements in the drawing while you are onsite at the actual location
• Save your edits to your AutoCAD WS online workspace, so your drawings stay up to date

✓Share
• Share designs with others directly from your device
• Work with other people on the same DWG file simultaneously
• View edits to drawings in real time: AutoCAD WS immediately captures changes made by you and others in your online workspace.

* Free products and services are subject to the Autodesk, Inc. terms of use that accompany them.
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AutoCAD WS
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released:29 September 2010
  • Version:1.0
  • 1.0
  • 7.3 MB
  • Language:English
  • Seller:Autodesk
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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Autodesk #Revit Server Extension - Full details!

The Autodesk® Revit® Server Extension helps geographically dispersed teams more easily collaborate on projects of varying size and complexity. Web-based services help keep teams coordinated as they work on a single project from separate locations.
The Autodesk Revit Server Extension helps you to:
  • Work more effectively as a single project team over a distributed wide area network (WAN) with higher performance and efficiency
  • Maintain a seamlessly integrated collection of Revit central models on a single server that team members can access from local servers
  • Easily manage products on Revit central server using the web-based Revit Server Administrator tools
  • Benefit from built-in redundancy in case of WAN connectivity loss
The Autodesk Revit Server Extension is available in Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.
Note: Before installing this extension, ensure that you have installed Update 2 for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011, or Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software.

Read This First

Readme - English (htm - 33Kb)

Download

Application Installation
Multiple Languages* (msi - 639Kb)
Server Installation
Multiple Languages (exe - 544111Kb)
*This download will configure both the Autodesk Revit Server Extension and Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis. You only need to download this file once.
Note: Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis is compatible with Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Revit MEP software only.

This Subscription Advantage Pack consists of two separate components: an application update, Revit 2011 SAP, and a server component, called Revit Server 2011. An installation of Revit Server may function as a local server or a central server. However this document does not draw any distinction between the two, as the installation and removal requirements are essentially the same for both.
Revit Server 2011
Systems hosting Revit Server 2011 must have:
    • Microsoft Windows Server® 2008, 64 bit (not 2008 R2)
    • Microsoft IIS 7.0
    • Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1
Refer to the Revit Sever Installation Guide supplemental documentation for more detail on system prerequisites.
Revit Server Administrator requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer. The Silverlight plug-in will also be installed as a byproduct of using this application.


Before you install, verify that Windows Update is not in progress. If Windows Update has installed or updated files and the system is pending restart, restart your system before attempting installation.
Revit 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack
  1. Verify that you have applied Revit 2011 Update Release 2 onto your installed version of Revit 2011 product.
  2. Download and run the file to extract the files to a temporary directory.
  3. Once the files have been extracted the setup automatically begins. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Revit Server 2011
  1. Verify that you have enough disk space (approx. 250 MB) in a folder on your computer to extract the Revit Server 2011 installation files.
  2. Verify the following:

    • The Revit Server prerequisites have been installed. (Refer to the Revit Sever Installation Guide supplemental documentation for more detail.)
    • Internet Information Services (IIS) is properly installed and running.
    • Using the Microsoft Server Manager, make sure the following role services are installed for the Application Server role:

      • TCP Port Sharing
      • TCP Activation
    • Using the Microsoft Server manager, make sure the following role services are installed for the Web Server role:

      • ASP
      • CGI
      • Server Side Includes.
  3. Download the Revit Server install file and extract the files to a temporary directory.
  4. Once the files have been extracted, open the temporary directory, locate setup.exe, and run the setup program. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Revit Server
    Please note the following clarification to the documentation.
    • The Prerequisites section of the Revit Server Installation Guide states the following:

        5. Select Application Server from the Roles list, and then click Next twice to display the Select Role Services dialog for the Application Server role.
        6. Select the Web Server (IIS) check box. If you are prompted to install additional role services and features, click Add Required Features.
        In step 5: in addition to the "Application Server" role there is also a "Web Server (IIS)" role. Do NOT enable this role as it is not the item referenced in step 6.
        In step 6: the actual role service (NOT 'role') is named "Web Server (IIS) Support," not "Web Server (IIS)."
    Server failure and data corruption messages do not always indicate a severe failure.
    • Warnings about server availability or data corruption may only indicate an unexpected fault in communication with the server and not an actual problem with Revit Server or the model. If you encounter one of these errors, please contact Autodesk support to further diagnose the nature of the issue.
    Revit Server Administrator soft locks may persist if an attempt to lock times out due to model access.
    • In rare cases attempts to lock a model through Revit Server Administrator may time out before the lock can be acquired. If this occurs, a "soft lock" may be left on the model preventing subsequent locking attempts. However this condition will automatically clear after about two minutes.
    If a local server is redirected to point to a different server, all Revit sessions connected to that local server must be shut down and restarted. Failure to do so may result in erratic application behavior, although no permanent model damage should result.
    Attempts to manipulate linked models while shared coordinates are in use and Revit Server is unavailable may appear to place Revit into a loop with repeated server unavailability messages. However this condition can be cleared by hitting Escape several times in rapid succession.
    In rare cases copying one model over another through Revit Server Administrator may result in an invalid cache condition on some local servers that doesn't "self-heal." To avoid this condition, be sure to clear the caches of all local servers after replacing one model with another.
    Hint: Bypassing the Revit Server Models folder in file navigation.
    • To reduce the number of clicks required to access server based models in file navigation, we recommend creating shortcuts for any frequently used models on the Revit Server. It is even possible to create a shortcut to the "Revit Server Models" top-level folder to avoid having to click through the "Revit Server" icon first. To add a folder to your "My Places," navigate to that folder in file navigation, then select "Add to Current Folder to Places" in the "Tools" flyout at the lower left. Finally, cancel out of the dialog - you will be asked whether you wish to save changes to the Places list; answer 'Yes'.
    Very long file paths
    • The operating system places a ~260 character limit on the length of a path of any file. In some cases very long model names or Revit usernames can result in server storage paths that exceed this limit, impairing server functionality and resulting in data corruption errors for that model.
    Incompatibility with leading whitespace in the Revit username.
    • If a particular user is unable to save a new model to the server, but is otherwise able to complete server-based operations, check to make sure there is no leading whitespace in the Revit username.



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*Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk #Revit Structure 2011 - Just released

Just Released - Requires login to Autodesk Subscription Center

Release Date: 2010-09-29
The Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software enhances the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. It provides tools that support collaboration within geographically dispersed teams and productivity in modeling and structural analysis.
This Subscription Advantage Pack includes the following:
Autodesk Revit Server Extension
More easily collaborate on projects of any size and complexity. Web-based services help keep teams coordinated as they work on a single project from separate locations.

Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit Structure 2011
Extend the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software in key areas, including structural analysis, modeling, concrete reinforcement, interoperability, and construction documentation.

Demos

Revit Structure Subscription Video
Subscription Advantage Pack Videos: Autodesk Revit Structure 2011
View these videos to learn how the Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 can make an impact on the work you do.
Video 1: Autodesk® Revit® Server Extension
Video 2: Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011

By accessing any download on this site, you acknowledge and agree that the use of the software you download is subject to the terms and conditions of the Software License Agreement that accompanies the download, or in the absence of a Software License Agreement, by the Software License Agreement included with the Autodesk software program to which the download relates. In addition, the use of the software you download may also be subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Autodesk Subscription program.

*Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Structure 2011
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*Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk #Revit Architecture 2011 - Just Released

Just released....Requires login to Autodesk Subscription Center

Release Date: 2010-09-29
The Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software enhances the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. It provides tools that support early-stage conceptual energy analysis for sustainable design, collaboration within geographically dispersed teams, and design productivity.
This Subscription Advantage Pack includes the following:
Autodesk Revit Server Extension
More easily collaborate on projects with geographically dispersed teams. Web-based services help keep teams coordinated as they work on a single project from separate locations.
Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
Make informed early design decisions by better understanding the impact of proposed designs on sustainability. Convert concept models into energy models for analysis, and more quickly compare design options in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software.
Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Extend the capabilities of Revit Architecture 2011 in key areas, including modeling, coordination, and documentation.

Demos

Revit Architecture Subscription Video
Subscription Advantage Pack Videos: Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
View these videos to learn how the Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 can make an impact on the work you do.
Video 1: Autodesk® Revit® Server Extension
Video 2: Autodesk® Revit® Conceptual Energy Analysis

By accessing any download on this site, you acknowledge and agree that the use of the software you download is subject to the terms and conditions of the Software License Agreement that accompanies the download, or in the absence of a Software License Agreement, by the Software License Agreement included with the Autodesk software program to which the download relates. In addition, the use of the software you download may also be subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Autodesk Subscription program.


*Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
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