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Monday, August 29, 2011

Some thoughts about BIM Automation

I sent a text to one of my employees on Saturday.  This morning I asked him why he didn't respond to my text.  He said he did respond, but somehow I didn't get it.

As a test, he sent me a text message saying "Your phone sucks if you can't get my texts".  So I could send him a message back, I was going to tell him I had a Droid X / Android phone.  I thought I'd be clever and just responded that "it's an aPhone."

What better way to differentiate Android vs iOS then to have aPhones versus iPhones.

As I was, a few moments ago, thinking about the conversation, I was thinking about "aPhone" which led me to think about "ACAD", my favorite program AutoCAD.

I think I found a way to get every architect to buy Revit.  Why not just called it AutoBIM?  If so many millions of people bought AutoCAD over the last 28 years because they think it's "Automatic Computer Aided Drafting", which it's not in any way automatic, I think calling Revit 'AutoBIM' will be just the marketing jargon to get every architect to switch to Revit tomorrow.  After all, Revit does actually automate a lot of the grunt work of architecture, which confuses me as to why so many architects and designers insist that they can do their work faster by drawing lines on a screen rather than modeling a data rich digital building.

Now, it's time to go turn on the "Self" cleaning oven, which really isn't smart enough to know it's dirty and needs to be cleaned.  It should be called a semi-automatic self cleaning oven.

But, that's just the way marketing and product naming goes...and hopefully, someday soon, Seth Godin will write a similar blog post.


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Reality Capture comes in many ways #BIM #Autodesk #Point Clouds

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab

    "The more I seek, the less I find, but you are always on my mind 'Cause I'm chasing your ghost, chasing your ghost I hear your voice day by day, but your apparition slips away I'm chasing your ghost, your ghost, chasing your ghost"    "Chasing Your Ghost," What Is This, What Is This, 1985.

Autodesk Labs is home to innovative new technologies and collaborative development with contributions from throughout the company. One of our areas of focus is "reality capture." That's why you see technology previews like these on the Labs site:

Given our reality capture focus, we are interested in a variety of devices such as industrial-grade laser scanners, consumer digital cameras, and newer devices like the Microsoft Kinect. We recognize the benefits that Autodesk design application users could reap from not starting our applications with a blank canvas.

Dominique Pouliquen is our Marketing Director for Autodesk Labs. Dominique posted a video that was created by Benjamin Butin - our summer intern at our office in Sofia-Antipolis, France.

Video_link
See video.

You can see how moving a Kinect around a room allows one to capture the geometry. This works reasonably in cases where being tethered to a laptop is possible. On the other hand, Project Photofly offers an alternative in that cameras are untethered and can photograph large swaths of space, e.g. mountain ranges, that would be painstaking even with laser scanners.

Learn more about using cameras to create 3D models

Even though cameras are handy and easy to use, laser scanners provide the highest degree of accuracy. It is for these reasons that Autodesk Labs considers to investigate any and all devices that can capture reality and bring it into a design application.

Creating models from the ether is alive in the lab.


 
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Friday, August 26, 2011

September ADN Plugin of the Month, TransTips, Now Available - Autodesk #Revit Labs

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab

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The September Autodesk Developer Network Plugin of the Month is TransTips for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and 3ds Max. You can download this free plugin (which includes the source code as well as ready to use binaries) from the Autodesk Labs site:

Plugin of the Month via Autodesk Labs

This plugin comes to us from Kean Walmsley of Through The Interface fame. TransTips translates the contents of tooltips in various Autodesk products automatically into one of 35+ languages via the Bing online translation service. The translated text is stored in a local cache of XML files, which can also be edited and provided with the plugin, should you wish to provide improved translations for certain tooltips.

The plugin has been tested with AutoCAD 2012, Revit 2012, Inventor 2012, and 3ds Max 2012. This is the first Plugin of the Month for 3ds Max. Before attempting to install this plugin, you must right- click the ZIP file in Windows Explorer, select "Properties" and "Unblock." This allows Autodesk 2012 design applications to load the contents safely. For more information on this issue, see my earlier blog post where I suggested that .NET get more fiber in its diet.

Please try TransTips and let us know what you think at labs.plugins@autodesk.com. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how well the Bing translation service does as well as how useful translated tooltips are for you in your daily use of our design applications.

Translation is alive in the lab.


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Why Can’t I Drag the 3D Model End of a Level Past a Specific Point? RT@RevitClinic

BIM -The Revit Clinic

Here's the scenario:

In an elevation or section view, you are dragging the model-end of a Level, and you notice it will not drag past a specific point.  Some other levels work, but this particular level[s] just quietly snaps back to the previous point.

LevelMove

Video Example

This occurs related to the shape and orientation of the specific Level.  Because a Level in Revit is actually a rectangular plane, if a Level is added in a view [such as a section or elevation] not parallel to the N/S or E/W axis, Revit is essentially looking at a rotated rectangle in other views. 

Adjusting a level extent moves one corner of the level's rectangle parallel to the view in which the adjustment takes place. This can lead to a degenerate rectangle, and that's what places limits on the extent of adjustment.

In the non-parallel view [where the level was originally added] you can adjust the level model end to any desired point since you are viewing at the same plane. 

However in other views [such as the default N\S & E\W Views], you would be viewing the level ends projected into the current view plane.  The following image better illustrates this concept:

LevelExtents

At any time you can toggle the 3D Extents > 2D Extents to graphically override the Level appearance in the view.  This would allow you to drag the end to any desired point.

Special thanks to Steve Bianco for the background and example image on this behavior!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fridays with Vico | BIM Webinars | What is your BIM Score 8/26 12pm EST

Link: Fridays with Vico | BIM Webinars | Vico Software

There’s a debate going on in the AEC/O Community about BIM. Some question whether we’ve run the Hype Cycle on the topic and we’ve gone as far as we can go. Along that same vein, the question pops up, “Is BIM stalled?”

If you were to look at Vico’s new customer roster, you’d be hard pressed to reach the conclusion that BIM is stalled. Quite the opposite, you’d see that more and more GCs are pushing BIM farther; farther past traditional clash detection and out into 4D scheduling and production control and 5D cost planning and budget tracking.

The current research on the topic from the McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Report is that 49% of GCs have tried some flavor of BIM on at least one project. We like that number. That means about half the construction industry has not tried BIM; about one-quarter are proficient with modeling and clash detection; and about one-quarter are pushing the envelope.

But where is your firm along the spectrum? If each GC firm wore their BIM Score on a jersey, what would yours say?

Join Team Vico for the next Fridays with Vico webinar where we dive head first into this topic. Is there a way to determine where you stand on the BIM spectrum and what is available to you to move the needle dramatically to the right?

You will need this special BIM Scorecard during the webinar, so download it now. Each section of the webinar will help you determine how to grade your firm, so the two pieces, the BIM Scorecard and the Webinar, go hand-in-hand.

Who:

Fridays with Vico

Topic:

What Is Your BIM Score?

When:

Friday, August 26th at 12 Noon Eastern

What:

A free online webinar series

How:

Register today at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/974401441

Vico has designed an interactive questionnaire to weight the specific priorities of your firm. Each person joining the webinar will receive this questionnaire in advance and we’ll spend the hour discussing how to complete it. The weighting system examines your current solution (or lack of solution) against the Vico Office solution and our extensive collection of industry best practices.

We’ll walk through the worksheet together by asking questions about how your firm stacks up along the following categories:

Cost Planning. Is your estimate integrated with your schedule or are they independent of one another? Are you able to organize cost ranges for your projects and simulate what-ifs? How quickly can you build a conceptual estimate and pull in past project data? Is your current solution as easy to use as Excel? Are your quantities tied to the BIM model geometry? What type of visual feedback and reporting do you offer the Owner?

Schedule Planning. Does your current solution espouse quantity-driven durations – or does the Owner need date determine the schedule? Do you cost-load your schedule for cash flow analysis? Do you produce helpful reports for the crews?

Procurement Planning. When you generate a task based on the quantities, do you create a related procurement task for the material, labor, and equipment needed for that on-site task? How do you currently compare Subs’ bids?

Coordination. Your clash detection solution handles geometry clashes, but do you also consider scheduling clashes? What about missing a change in a drawing? Are you using a Structure-Priority-System to resolve one trade at a time – or does each fix ripple into new downstream clashes? What layouting options do you utilize now? Are they tied to the BIM model geometry? How do you check if the layout is correct? What about precise measurements for MEP bracing?

Cost Control. How closely are you monitoring variances? Are you including interest calculations? Is you cost plan updated automatically when the scheduled tasks are completed?

Production Control. How do you currently visualize the progress made on-site. How often do you perform a deviation analysis to determine how to fix a break in the schedule? Does your schedule automatically tell you when a trade is a behind or moving too fast? How do you communicate this information to the subs? Does your schedule application help you forecast future delays in the project based on actual progress? How easy is it to reflect the current status of the project using the schedule?

Procurement Control. How do you currently manage the procurement task progress? How is it tied in contract management and even budgeting? How are you managing the deliveries on-site and their consumption?

Site Management. How do you manage crew size with regards to safety regulations – and how is that tied back to the schedule?

Change Management. With BIM models powering these operations, how do you manage all the different versions of models coming into the project? How do you compare two versions of the same model and what are the schedule and budget implications of those changes? How do your firm handle change orders and is the workflow efficient? Are you certain that you've found every change in the latest set of drawings?

We’ll work with you on this interactive webinar to help you complete this questionnaire. The calculations just might surprise you! Are you leading the pack? Is there an area that could be improved? And what would be different if the pieces were tightly integrated?

Find out your team’s BIM Score on the next Fridays with Vico! And then get ready for some serious bragging rights.

Who:

Fridays with Vico

Topic:

What Is Your BIM Score?

When:

Friday, August 26th at 12 Noon Eastern

What:

A free online webinar series

How:

Register today at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/974401441

Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Vico.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Innovative 'pods' cut building costs | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

It's always those darned contractors trying to find ways to build things faster. Looks like another nail in Layer 0. Isn't it great when people think outside of the box to build a box. Seems kind of ironic doesn't it?

Innovative 'pods' cut building costs | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110820/BIZ01/108210352/Innovative-pods-cut-building-costs?odyssey=nav%7Chead

A new venture by the owners of two long-time Cincinnati plumbing and mechanical contracting firms could transform how hospitals, hotels and other high-rise buildings have been built for decades.

Pivotek LLC is a 50-50 partnership of Forest Park-based TP Mechanical Contractors and Grote Enterprises, a construction services company in Pleasant Ridge. The company is designing and building off-site complete bathroom pods - down to the tile, fixtures and mechanical equipment racks - in assembly-line fashion.

The completed units are then transported and installed at high-rise construction sites. The process saves time, money, is environmentally friendly and safer, the company says.

The use of prefabrication and modular assembly isn't new to the construction industry. But it is gaining momentum nationally, thanks to interest in environmentally friendly building techniques and advances in computerized modeling, which allows architects to precisely plan the location of plumbing and mechanical systems.

Pivotek, one of just a handful of companies nationally specializing in prefabricated bathroom pods, has landed its first order, a multimillion-dollar contract to supply roughly 8-foot by 8-foot bathroom pods for the $200 million, 250-bed Mercy Hospital West under construction in Green Township.

Pivotek, which is temporarily operating out of TP Mechanical's plant in Forest Park, expects to hire up to 40 workers in October to begin construction of the units. In June, the company was awarded up to a $1 million tax credit from the state of Ohio to establish its own plant in the area that's expected to employ up to 235 in three years. The company plans to make a decision on a permanent plant by early next year.

While Pivotek plans to focus on pre-fabricating units for hospitality, housing and publicly financed projects, it is aiming initially on the health-care market.

"We think the greatest potential is health care because of the demand from an aging population," said Jim Foley Sr., Grote Enterprises president. He will become president of Pivotek on Sept. 1.

McGraw-Hill Construction estimates health-care construction will grow 16 percent next year to $28.5 billion nationally, and bathroom pods and mechanical racks carrying plumbing and electrical services down hospital corridors is expected to represent about $100 million, or 3.5 percent of that.

McGraw-Hill says health care is the fastest growing market for prefabrication and modular construction, with 49 percent of all projects using it in some fashion.

Prefabrication offsite offers a lot of advantages. It's environmentally friendly because there's less waste. Material for each unit is precisely predetermined. During on-site, stick-build construction, scrap material typically ends up in the Dumpster.

The prefab assembly is done in manufacturing cells, which allows related jobs to be done simultaneously instead of in sequence, saving time. Assembly is done at bench height inside a building, rather than requiring workers to climb ladders and scaffolding on site.

Bob Compton, Pivotek's operations manager, said the company has refined the process to produce two bathroom pods a shift. That represents about 120 hours of labor in the manufacturing plant, versus about 160 hours on the construction site.

Foley said time savings is one of the biggest advantages of pre-fabrication, allowing a project to be completed and generating revenue faster. The bathroom units can be pre-built and wrapped in plastic at the building site, even before the roof is on the building, he said.

In the case of Mercy Hospital West, installing prefabricated bathrooms is expected to shave up to two months off the construction timetable for a facility slated to open in 2013.

"Prefabricating one bathroom wouldn't make sense, but when you're building 250, it definitely is going to save time," said Brett Oberholzer of Champlin Architecture, which is designing the Mercy project.


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Fwd: Trelligence Affinity Release Update Notification: 6.1.28





Here is a little update to one of my favorite software partners' products. What a huge early design timesaver. Contact me for info, pricing or a demo.

Trelligence Affinity Release Update 6.1.28 is now Available


Major Changes in this Release Update:

Design, Stacking Diagram, & 3D View
  • Properly displays line styles & weight for grid overlay
  • Improves ease & precision when positioning background images
  • Resolves the Issue that caused background images to shift after reloading the project file.
  • Fixes actual area calculation refresh issue when departments were placed in the Design View
  • Resolves issues in the Stacking Diagram related to room placement - rooms now placed appropriately when moved between buildings
  • Prevents grids from displaying in the 3D View
  • Resolves building & object rotation issues in the 3D View
  • Fixes building rotation issues in the Site View
General Updates: Reports, Scripts, Templates
  • Displays capacity program items with a capacity value = 0 as a program item with quantity = 0
  • Improves control over the rounded corner radius setting in the rounded rectangle mode
  • Fixes the duplicate function in the Report Editor by consistently inserting the new duplicate item just below the item being duplicated
  • Improvements to the Layout Department script
  • Fixes issues in the Layout Department script that caused items on the 1st floor, or any floor belonging to both scenarios, to be deleted from both scenarios
  • Resolves remaining item rotation issues
  • Enables departments & rooms to be moved from one building to any floor in another
  • Repairs the issue that created duplicate family objects when saving to the template
  • Fixes double-clicking issue that opened a blank view when editing template objects in Affinity
Integration with Revit & VE
  • Fixes syncing error from Revit that caused some rooms to load into Affinity at a smaller size due to a particular placement of a room column in the room coming from Revit.
  • Repairs memory leak that occurred when exchanging data with IES synchronization and when rearranging columns in an Affinity view
How to Download and Install this Release Update



Please do not hesitate to contact us at support@trelligence.com with any questions about this release update.

Regards,

Trelligence, Inc.



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Unable to Override Imported SketchUp File Material in Revit. RT@RevitClinic

BIM -The Revit Clinic

I want to expand on our previous post here, focusing specifically on a SketchUp® file being imported into a Revit in-place component.  You go through the process, but you are unable to override the Object Style > Imported Objects > Material.

It may not be immediately obvious in Revit, but if the SketchUp material [in use] has a texture image applied the Revit Object Style > Imported Objects > Material typically will not display.  A painted solid color material should display by default from SketchUp > Revit.  However a painted material using a texture image will not display in Revit:

Material

ImportedImage

If you run into geometry you cannot override in Revit, open the SketchUp file and check for materials in use which utilize texture images.  You can save a copy of the file, and delete the materials in the file leaving only the default.

DeleteMaterial

Then in Revit if you re-import the file you should be able to override materials to each layer as expected.

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Steps for Identifying Network Issues with Project Photofly #Autodesk #AIA

BIM -It is Alive in the Lab

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The strategy behind Project Photofly is that you use a small application, the Photo Scene Editor, to upload your pictures to our servers in the Autodesk Cloud. Our servers crunch these photos with beefy processors and fancy graphics hardware for several minutes (much less time than if you had run it locally on a typical laptop) and return a 3D photo scene to the Photo Scene Editor. You can then pan, zoom, measure, create a movie, etc. using your 3D photo scene. You can learn more about it at:

Project Photofly 2.1 on Autodesk Labs

A key ingredient to this approach is getting the photographs up to our servers. Most projects have about 20 to 40 photos. Some of you have encountered difficulty in uploading your photos. There are many factors such as internet connectivity, corporate firewalls, anti-virus software that are possible points of failure. With this in mind, Principal Engineer, Stephane Negri, has some steps for those of you who are having trouble uploading photographs:

  1. Exit the Photo Scene Editor.

  2. Edit your Photo Scene Editor preferences file.

    Open the file PSE_PREF.ini located here:

    C:\Users\YOURLOGIN\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Photo Scene Editor
    on Windows 7. It will be in a similar location on other systems.

  3. Add a line in the General area to show console output.

    [General]
    ShowConsole=true

  4. Save

  5. Reopen the Photo Scene Editor.

    You should now have a new black console window opened next to your Photo Scene Editor window with a lot of text printing inside.

    Photo_scene_editor_with_console

  6. Try creating your photo scene again so the photos will be uploaded.

    As soon as you get an error message, send us (labs.photofly@autodesk.com) back a screen shot of the error message and this console window.

  7. To revert back to normal simply delete the PSE_PREF.ini file.

    The Photo Scene Editor will create a new preferences file with default values the next time you run it.

Debugging is alive in the lab.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BIM Simulation Definition

I was just cleaning up some olds notes in Evernote (one of my favorite
Mac, PC, Droid, iPad and web synchronized apps) when I came across
something I scribbled down a year ago.

CIMulate. I was trying to figure out what I had written down. I
think I started with 'simulate' for all of the simulations you can do
in Revit and Navisworks.

SIM turned into CIM, Construction Information Management.

U Late? You're late..with the drawings, responses to RFIs and
letters, the schedule, the pricing, the construction, the meeting, the
analysis reports, the responses to your consultants.

Wow, a new word just popped into my head. BUMulate.

BUM = Business Uncoordinated Management. That's for all the people not
using BIM software and processes to interact better with their team
and work together for the project and the owner.

I guess it's back to being all about time and management of time,
information and scheduling.

SIMulate, Stupid Incompetent Morons, you're late again. Shall that be
our secret safe word?
Is that any better than RFIs, Real Freakin' Idiots?

Lastly, there's always the classic SD, DD and CD one, Stupid
Drawings, Dumb Drawings and Crappy ( or Costly) Drawings. Are you at
75%DD yet?

Remember, this is all in fun, even though true. This isn't to offend
you, since you're reading this, it makes you one of the That special
group that gets it.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Viewing flash sites on the iPad now available through iSwifter app.

This isn't BIM related, but falls under the 'Don't tell me I can't do that' category.

One of the joys of being an Autodesk reseller is having to take 12 online classes and tests.  Not being one to want to sit at my computer and wanting some portability, I wanted to watch the training videos on my iPad. 

Of course, the training website requires Flash.  Of course, the iPad doesn't support Flash.  I found the start of the solution by accident.  I like doing the Jumble puzzle in the newspaper.  I can do them pretty quickly and maybe that explains some of my thought on BIM.  Anyway, while travelling a few weeks ago, I wanted to do the daily Jumble online. 

Of course, going to http://www.uclickgames.com/jumble/online/daily/tmjmf, the Daily Jumble site, only works with Flash accessible browsers.  But, after a little searching, there is an iPad app called iSwifter.  Guess what? It allows you to watch flash sites.


Description

Existing iSwifter users: As a token of our appreciation, we are making iSwifter 4.0 TOTALLY FREE to our existing users who bought iSwifter 2.10 or bought a subscription in iSwifter 3.0. You *DO NOT* have to make a purchase in iSwifter 4.0!

Try for free for 30 minutes and if you like what you see, buy the app using in-app purchase for a *ONE TIME* purchase price of $4.99

iSwifter is the world's first cloud-based Flash browser for Social Games and MMOs! In addition, you can still instantly browse any of your favorite shows, music videos, movies across the web using iSwifter! Why use browsers that only allow you to watch videos!

Note: iSwifter currently requires a Wi-Fi connection.
 
iSWiFTER 
 

They render the flash on their cloud and stream it live to you through the iSwifter app.  
I was able to log into the training website, but ran into a little hiccup.  To launch a class, I have to click on the launch button.  When I tried to do that, I got a pop up window stating that popups are blocked.  

I'm not exactly sure how I figured out their using a cloud version of Firefox, but that critical clue led me to the solution.  Basically, you can go into about:config and change a setting to allow you to allow pop ups and that solves the problem.

iSwifter is free to try, so here are the steps to get around the pop up issue.
After you launch the iSwifter app, 

1. Select the website you want to view. iSwifter will launch the website viewer
2. In address bar, type in about:config
3. In config search menu, type in 'message' and you get to "privacy.popups.showBrowserMessage" showing the status as false
4. double tap/click on 'false' to change it to 'true'
5. hit the back button and you're back at your original website.
6. tap on the link that gave you a pop ups are being blocked error
7. click on ok on error message 'your browser blocked the popup. disable popup blocker in your browser and try again.'
8. at top of the window there's now a yellow bar and you click on preferences
9.  click on 'allow pop-ups for www...'
10.  yeah...now you can use the iPad, Flash and pop up embedded web pages.

One last little pain....it's not permanent, so save about:config as a favorite website and launch it first.  You only need to do this for web page links that launch pop ups.  

No more having to think about getting an Android tablet for flash sites.  Someone needs to make a cleaner version of this little bug or maybe iSwifter can allow popups.  We'll see.

You can use iSwifter for free or get the $4.99 version for longer viewing sessions. 


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Friday, August 19, 2011

www.RevitApplicationStore.com - Revit Apps for you

A friend of mine made me aware of this site today. Hope you find some of these useful for your productivity

www.RevitApplicationStore.com




Results for:



Name:

Description:

List all Walls Installed by: 107 Price: FREE

This app lists all wall types and the total inner wall area for each type.



Name:

Description:

Request an App! Installed by: 38 Price: FREE

Use this App to request new Apps. If we like the idea, you will get it for FREE!



Name:

Description:

Wall Dimensions Installed by: 85 Price: FREE

This app creates dimensions to all walls in the active floor plan.



Name:

Description:

Walls over levels Installed by: 39 Price: FREE

Checks if any walls goes over more then 1 level. If walls are found, they will be selected!



Name:

Description:

Section Box DEMO Installed by: 62 Price: FREE

This App makes it possible to control the height and position of the Section Box!



Name:

Description:

Search Element Installed by: 49 Price: FREE

With this App can you search for elements in a project using a keyword. The keyword will be matched to the parameters in the project.



Name:

Description:

Text Align Installed by: 53 Price: FREE

Aligns selected text note objects to another text note object.



Name:

Description:

Autosave Installed by: 21 Price: FREE

An utility that saves selected changed documents based on a timer. A Window will open on loading and every time you open a document. There you can select the documents that are open and you want to autosave. The time there can be set, 0 is never. The files will only be saved if a change has occurred. A message will show if a save is performed. Also please load only once! (otherwise multiple windows will appear subsequently) A paid version (small fee like 3US) will be added soon, without the message.



Name:

Description:

Request for Service Installed by: 10 Price: FREE

Sometimes you will find work that can not be done automatically by an App. We have the right resources of specialists in Revit. Request a quote to us to find out what it would cost, and when you can get delivery!



Name:

Description:

Section Box PLUS Installed by: 3 Price: $10

This App makes it possible to control the Section Box! You can set the center bottom point and then control the height, width and depth.



Name:

Description:

CAD Files FinderDemo Installed by: 7 Price: FREE

This app will list all linked or imported CAD DWG files in your project.



Name:

Description:

Lock & Unlock Dims. Installed by: 3 Price: $8

This app lets you lock and unlock all dimensions in a project. It does not effect any dimensions inside a family.



Name:

Description:

CAD Files Finder Installed by: 1 Price: $75

This app will list all linked or imported CAD DWG files in your project. You can delete or select from the project.



Name:

Description:

Unconstrained Walls Installed by: 3 Price: $5

This Apps finds and selects all unconstrained walls in a project.





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Thursday, August 18, 2011

3ds Max Design Composite 2012 Hotfix

Source http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=17557811&linkID=9241177&CMP=OTC-RSSSUP01

Published date: 2011-Aug-12
ID: DL17557811

Applies to:
Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2012
Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2012
Autodesk® Maya® 2012
Autodesk® Softimage® 2012

This Composite 2012 Hotfix includes several important fixes; refer to the readme for more information.
Important notes:
  • This release applies to the following products:
    Autodesk® Maya® 2012
    Autodesk® 3ds Max® / 3ds Max® Design
    Autodesk® Softimage®
  • You must uninstall your existing Composite software before installing this update.
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