Quick Links - Also see the menu above and more choices on the right side of the blog (too much, but all good stuff)

\/ ...and now BIMbuilder.com Blog Posts... \/

Friday, July 29, 2011

What Revit Wants: Two frames for the price of one - cut walkthrough rendering time in half

Great post from Luke:
http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2011/07/two-frames-for-price-of-one-cut.html

Are you sick of waiting ages for a Revit walkthrough to render? Using this technique, you can cut your walkthrough rendering time in half! Essentially, we make half the frames we need in Revit, and then use some post-processing software to interpolate extra frames. Here is how:

  1. Create a rendered AVI walkthrough from Revit with HALF the frames you actually want. In other words, this walkthrough will be twice as fast as the walkthrough you will end up with.
much more to read...click to read the rest: What Revit Wants: Two frames for the price of one - cut walkthrough rendering time in half Read more...

What Revit Wants: Save an In-Place Family as an RFA for use in another project

Another great tip from Luke:
http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2011/07/save-in-place-family-as-rfa-for-use-in.html

Do you have some awesome in-place families that you would like to convert to normal Component families, so that you can load them into other projects?

Here's how:
click to see the video and learn how: What Revit Wants: Save an In-Place Family as an RFA for use in another project Read more...

Wall Opening Area for Revit -Autodesk Labs Utilities Plugin of the Month

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/adn_plugins/

OVERVIEW

This section of Autodesk Labs contains a “plugin of the month" brought to you by the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN). The plugins provided are simple productivity enhancing tools that streamline the use of our design applications. The plugins are developed by Autodesk or by other ADN members.

All of the plugins we provide come with full source code to show what goes on inside and will have taken a relatively small amount of time to develop (from half a day up to about a week). The idea behind this is that nothing we deliver will be especially "out-of-reach" for someone wishing to invest in learning and using our Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Hopefully you are inspired to create your own plugins.

THIS MONTH'S PLUGIN

Supported Applications

Wall Opening Area for Revit
This plugin calculates the sum of openings on each wall and stores the values in two shared parameters for each wall:

Shared Parameter Description
Opening Area Smaller Max Sum all area values smaller than a specific value
Opening Area Sum all opening areas
  • Revit 2012
  • Revit 2011

To download, use the links at the top of this page.

PREVIOUS MONTHS' PLUGINS

Still Available

To obtain information on prior plugins of the month (e.g., Screenshot for Inventor, DWF/PDF Batch Publish for AutoCAD, DimensionPatrol for AutoCAD), see the ADN Plugin of the Month Catalog page for descriptions and download links.

To download, visit:

NEXT MONTH'S PLUGIN

Schedule

TransTips for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit & 3ds Max.

Coming in September...

HELP US OUT

To help drive this forward, we would really like to hear from you:

  • How well do these ADN plugins work for you?
  • Does the source code provided help you see how easily you could create similar plugins yourself?
  • Are there annoying issues you would like to see addressed (whether in an Autodesk product or via a simple utility)?
  • Do you have your own simple utility you would like to make available as a "plugin of the month"?



___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read more...

Project Photofly 2.1 Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab

Source: http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2011/07/project-photofly-21-now-available.html

Pse2.1

Project Photofly is our technology preview for using the Autodesk Cloud to convert ordinary digital photographs to 3D models. Version 2.0 was a big success:

  • "If anything, it’s notable how mundane the objects are, an indication of how easy this modeling process — once mainly the purview of laser scanners — has become."
    New York Times

  • "Ever wished you could take an object in a museum home with you instead of settling for some photos?"
    MIT Technology Review

  • "...well-taken photos will be spatially accurate to within 1 percent or less."
    ABC News

  • "Let's face it, sitting next to your friends as they scroll through the same 40 images of their trip to Mt. Rushmore is a total snooze-fest. Feigning interest... is so boring it's enough to turn you to stone. Might you politely suggest Photofly to your shutterbug friends."
    Discovery News

  • "This could be the most important design advancement in years."
    Gizmodo

  • "You gotta see this to believe it."
    Fast Company

  • "Leave it to Autodesk Labs to come out with the coolest stuff."
    Design News

  • "You don't need a fancy camera - a point-and-shoot is more than good enough - and by leveraging Autodesk's cloud computing cluster, you don't even need a powerful computer to use Photofly."
    Extreme Tech

Thanks to everyone who tried it and provided feedback. We're especially thankful for all those videos we have in the gallery.

We are collecting YouTube video links for a Project Photofly Gallery. If you are working with the technology preview and wish to contribute to the gallery, please contact us at labs.photofly@autodesk.com.

So with this in mind, we're happy to announce version 2.1. The new features include:

  • FBX export (mesh, cameras, user geometry) to get the mesh into AutoCAD
  • Corrections in proxy management
  • Proper handling of names containing non-ascii characters
  • More accurate user feedback on failure cases
  • Optimization of the data downloaded by the workers from Amazon S3
  • Better use of EXIF data from photographs
  • Improved manual stitching workflow
  • Multiple-selection of image thumbnails
  • IPM exported files (Inventor Publisher format) now support both iPhone and Android
  • One installer with the End User License Agreement available in multiple languages

So keep the feedback (email, forum, blog comments) coming. To get started for yourself:

Labs_web_page
Project Photofly v2.1 on Autodesk Labs

Project Photofly progress is alive in the lab.





___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read more...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Survey request to eTransmit for Revit users

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab

Fotolia_18061827_XS

Greetings!

We released the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview almost a month ago. Since then, we've received a lot of great feedback and a number of suggestions for improvements.

Now we'd like to know which of these suggestions would be most useful to you. If you've been using the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview, we'd appreciate it if you could participate in our user survey. It will take you about 20 minutes and is available here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eTransmitForRevit

The data we collect will help us understand how you are using this technology preview and what is and isn't working for you. In particular, as part of the survey we are inviting you to rank all of the suggestions we've received to date.

This survey is intended for people who have already tried out the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview. If you haven't tried it out yet, it's not too late – you can download the technology preview from Autodesk Labs and the survey will remain open until at least mid-August.

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/revit_etransmit

Thanks in advance for your help! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Labs.Revit.eTransmit@autodesk.com.

- The eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview Team

Feedback is alive in the lab.

Read more...

eTransmit for Revit User Survey RT @RevitClinic

BIM -The Revit Clinic

Our friendly folks with the eTransmit for Revit team asked that we post a little survey.  If you have been using the eTransmit technology preview over on labs for Revit, this is for you! 

Greetings!

We released the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview almost a month ago.  Since then, we've received a lot of great feedback and a number of suggestions for improvements.

Now we'd like to know which of these suggestions would be most useful to you.  If you've been using the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview, we'd appreciate it if you could participate in our user survey.  It will take you about 20 minutes and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eTransmitForRevit 

The data we collect will help us understand how you are using this technology preview and what is and isn't working for you.  In particular, as part of the survey we are inviting you to rank all of the suggestions we've received to date.  

This survey is intended for people who have already tried out the eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview.  If you haven't tried it out yet, it's not too late – you can download the technology preview  from Autodesk Labs and the survey will remain open until at least mid-August.

Thanks in advance for your help!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:

Labs.Revit.eTransmit@autodesk.com.

- The eTransmit for Revit Technology Preview Team

 


 
Read more...

Feedback is the key to any technology preview

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab

Fotolia_3828058_XS

Perhaps you are someone who has visited one of our web services or downloaded one of our utilities but don't know exactly what type of feedback to supply. We accept all kinds.

  1. Some people write just to tell us how much they like something. Obviously we love that.

  2. Some report problems they have encountered. We like that feedback just fine. That feedback helps us iron out the wrinkles with a technology while it is in its preview stage. Sooner is better than later.

  3. Still others just ask questions. We are happy to supply the answers.

There are two primary ways you can provide feedback: sending us an email or posting to a forum. Recently some of our technology previews have been experimenting with GetSatisfaction forums.

Technology
Preview
URL
email
forum
2D to 3D Tool for Inventor
labs.iv.2dto3d@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor forum
3D Annotation for Inventor
labs.iv.3da@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor 3D Annotation forum
3D/2D ShareNow Add-in for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and Design Review
labs.freewheel@autodesk.com
Autodesk Freewheel forum
BIM Family Toolkit
labs.iv.bim@autodesk.com
Autodesk BIM Family Toolkit forum
Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD Civil 3D
labs.civil3d.bridge@autodesk.com
Autodesk Bridge Modeler forum
eTransmit for Revit
labs.revit.etransmit@autodesk.com
Autodesk Revit Structure forum
Feature Recognition for Inventor
labs.iv.featrecog@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor forum
Google Earth Extension for AutoCAD
labs.acad.google@autodesk.com
Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 forum
Inventor Fusion Technology Preview
labs.iv.fusion@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor Fusion forum
Jig and Fixture Design for Inventor
labs.iv.jigs@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor forum
Mesh Enabler for Inventor
labs.iv.mesh@autodesk.com
Autodesk Inventor Mesh forum
Plugin of the Month
labs.plugins@autodesk.com
Autodesk Multi-touch forum
Point Cloud Feature Extraction for AutoCAD Civil 3D
labs.civil3d.pointcloud@autodesk.com
Autodesk Shape Extraction forum
Point Cloud Tool for 3ds Max/3ds Max Design
labs.3dsmax.pointcloud@autodesk.com
AREA 3ds Max forum
Project Bluestreak
labs.bluestreak@autodesk.com
GetSatisfaction Bluestreak forum
Project Freewheel
labs.freewheel@autodesk.com
Autodesk Freewheel forum
Project Galileo
labs.galileo@autodesk.com
Autodesk Project Galileo forum
Project Nitrous
labs.nitrous@autodesk.com
GetSatisfaction Cloud Services forum
Project Nucleus
labs.nucleus@autodesk.com
Autodesk Revit Architecture forum
Project Photofly 2.0
labs.photofly@autodesk.com
Autodesk Project Photofly forum
Project QuickShare
labs.quickshare@autodesk.com
GetSatisfaction QuickShare forum
Project Scandium Technology Preview for Moldflow Insight
labs.moldflow.scandium@autodesk.com
Autodesk Moldflow Insight forum
Project Twitch Application Trials
labs.trials@autodesk.com
Autodesk Project Twitch forum
Project Vasari
labs.vasari@autodesk.com
Facebook Vasari forum
River Analysis Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D / AutoCAD Map 3D
labs.civil3d.river@autodesk.com
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D forum
Shape Extraction for AutoCAD
labs.acad.shape@autodesk.com
Autodesk Shape Extraction forum

One if by email or two if by forum, we'd love to hear from you.

Feedback is alive in the lab.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Revit 2012 Export to IFC does not Include Columns RT @RevitClinic

BIM -The Revit Clinic

I wanted to provide a potential scenario and approach around missing columns when exporting to IFC format from Revit 2012.

The symptom is an IFC file, exported from Revit 2012, with missing columns \ structural columns:

RevitToIFC

This could potentially occur for columns if the project file does not contain any associated floor plan views.

For example, columns associated base \ top level is Level 01 & Level 02; however those associated views were deleted from the project prior to IFC export.

If there are no associated floor plan views for the columns, they could potentially be excluded from the export.

If you run into this, you can simply do the following prior to IFC export:

1.  View > Plan Views > Floor Plan.

2.  Verify Do not duplicate existing views is checked, and select all of the views which appear on the list.  You can use the SHIFT or CTRL key to select all of the views at once.  Click OK.

3.  This will create a view for each level which does not currently have one.  Then export to IFC format.

After exporting to IFC you can delete the views [or undo] if you no longer need them.

Read more...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Using an older version of Autodesk products after you drop subscription - Compliance issues

If I got a call from a customer today who has a large number of licenses but didn't renew subscription on some of them a few years ago.

They had Revit Architecture 2008 on subscription and installed on computers.  They they received Revit Architecture 2009 and subsequently didn't renew subscription.  At some point, they installed the 2009 version, but left the 2008 version on the machines. 

Below is the excerpt from subscription benefits.

 If your Subscription expires or otherwise terminates, your rights to use the Previous Version(s), if any, shall be determined by the terms of the Autodesk Software License, including, without limitation, the obligations to uninstall such Previous Version(s) if you are not entitled to use a Previous Version.

If they had never installed 2009, and dropped subscription, there'd be no issue.  But to have installed 2009, after 2008 and not uninstalled 2008 when their subscription lapsed is a violation of the terms of subscription agreement. 

Autodesk tracks every license you install.  They have computers.  The computers have programs.  The programs pop up red flags when you overinstall or have installed older versions after you drop subscription. 

I just wanted to make you aware of this because if it you get caught, it could get very expensive.  You reseller always tries to make sure you stay on subscription, but there's problably only 5 of us who've actually ever read the document referenced below. 

I don't know if ignorance of the rules exempts you from liability once you get that phone call or letter from the compliance division.  If you can't afford subscription, you certainly won't be able to afford the penalties of noncompliance. 

Of course, if you did drop subscription, just make sure you're running whatever the latest version was that you received and aren't using an older version.  Then, you have no issues.  If your reseller never told you about this when you dropped subscription, feel free to make me your new reseller of record.  Why waste your time with someone who doesn't give you the whole story? 

Subscription Terms & Conditions (pdf - 238Kb)

2.4 Use of Previous Versions
2.4.1 Notwithstanding anything contained in the Autodesk Software License accompanying your Software under Subscription or any Release or Software provided to you, for the Term of your Subscription, you may install and continue to use, previous version(s) of a Release preceding the most current Release of the Software that you have licensed and is under Subscription, as specifically identified in writing by Autodesk on the Previous Version Eligible Product List posted on the Autodesk Subscription Center for Previous Version use, if any, (“Previous Version(s)”), provided that the following conditions are met: (i) use of the Previous Version(s) shall be subject to the provisions of the applicable Autodesk Software License, as modified by this Section 2.4; (ii) the number of Previous Version licenses that you may use and install shall not exceed the total number of licenses of the Software that are under Subscription; (iii) if you have a standalone or a single seat of a multi-seat standalone version, the Software and all the Previous Versions of such Software shall be installed on the same computer; (iv) if you have a standalone or a single seat of a multi-seat standalone version neither the Software nor any of the Previous Versions of the Software shall be used concurrently; (v) if you have a standalone or a single seat of a multi-seat standalone version, the Previous Version(s) or any permitted copies thereof, are not transferred to another computer unless all permitted copies of the Software are also transferred to the same computer; and (vi) you are hereby acknowledging and agreeing that Autodesk does not have any obligation to provide support for the Previous Version(s) other than as set forth herein and any such obligations may be ended at any time. Further if the Previous Version you want to use is not specifically identified in writing by Autodesk on the Autodesk Subscription Center for Previous Version use, you may still be able to use that Previous Version if, you legally licensed the Previous Version(s) and your use of such Previous Versions does not exceed the total number of licenses of the Previous Versions that you originally licensed, subject to (i) through (vi) above. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 2.4.1 that may be construed to the contrary or the issuance of any authorization codes by Autodesk, unless specifically permitted by Autodesk in writing, in no event shall your use of the Software, including Previous Version(s), exceed the maximum number of licenses of the Software licensed to you and under Subscription. Please note that Previous Versions and the benefits of this section 2.4 may not be available for all Software and/or may not be available in relation to certain Previous Versions of Software.

2.4.2 Autodesk shall have the right to conduct an audit on your premises or by electronic means (with reasonable notice) to ensure that your use of all/any versions of the Software complies with the provisions of this Agreement. In the event any audit discloses a breach of this Agreement, Autodesk reserves the right to terminate this Agreement and/or recover damages, attorney's fees, and costs, including the cost of the audit.

2.4.3 If you upgrade to a separate Software license that is not specifically identified on the Previous Version Eligible Product List as a direct successor to the Software previously owned by you and from which you upgraded, the provisions of the preceding two subsections (2.4.1 and 2.4.2) shall apply only with respect to the Previous Versions of the Software to which you upgraded, and you must uninstall all copies of the Software from which you upgraded (and any Previous Versions thereto, if any) including any copies resident on your hard disk drive, and upon request by Autodesk, return any documentation to Autodesk or your Reseller within sixty (60) days of installing the upgrade. Autodesk reserves the right to require you to show satisfactory proof that the Software from which you upgraded (and any Previous Versions thereto) has been destroyed and/or to conduct the audit set forth in Section 2.4.2 above.

2.4.6Previous Versions may not be available or made available for all Software, or in all languages, or in all locations. Autodesk reserves the right to modify or terminate rights to use Previous Versions at any time, without prior notification. If your Subscription expires or otherwise terminates, your rights to use the Previous Version(s), if any, shall be determined by the terms of the Autodesk Software License, including, without limitation, the obligations to uninstall such Previous Version(s) if you are not entitled to use a Previous Version.



___________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read more...

Revit 2011 or 2012 products crash when attempting to replace material render appearance


Why would anyone still be using a 2011 version of Revit?
>http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15255349&linkID=9243099&CMP=OTC-RSSSUP01
 Published date: 2011-Jul-21
ID: TS15255349

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

Revit 2011 or 2012 products crash when attempting to replace material render appearance

Issue

When you attempt to replace a Revit 2011 or 2012 material render appearance the application crashes with an Autodesk Revit has stopped working error.

Solution

Revit 2012 Release
This issue should be improved with the Revit 2012 update 1 release; links are available below to download:
Revit Architecture 2012 UR1
Revit Structure 2012 UR1
Revit MEP 2012 UR1
Revit 2011 Release
For Revit 2011 utilizing the following troubleshooting process should resolve or reduce the occurrence of this behavior.
  1. Windows Tablet PC Input Service

    Verify if there are any Services (Local) running called Tablet PC Input Service.  If so stop the service, launch Revit, and see if the crash persists.


  2. Wacom Tablet Drivers \ Service

    Verify if there are any Services (Local) running similar to Wacom Consumer Touch Service.  If so stop the service, launch Revit, and see if the crash persists.


  3. Windows Temp Folder

    Close Revit 2011; then empty the contents of the Windows Temp folder at:

    %Temp%

    You can copy \ paste the address above into a Windows Explorer path.
  4. Windows Accessibility

    Verify if the workstation has any of the Microsoft Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Ease of Access Center tools enabled.

    For example, with On-Screen Keyboard or Magnifier enabled Revit can crash at the Materials dialog in a similar manner.  If so, test disabling the access tools temporarily to see if the crash persists.
  5. Run as Administrator

    Right-click on the Revit 2011 shortcut > Run as Administrator.  See if the crash persists.
  6. Simplified Startup
    Restart Windows with Microsoft MSCONFIG > General, and do either a Diagnostic Startup or Selective Startup.  Verify if the crash occurs in a simplified environment.
 
 
 
Read more...

  © Blogger template ProBlogger Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP  

[Valid Atom 1.0]