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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Register for IES Live Webcast with founder Dr. Don McLean Friday 9/30/11 12PM ET - 2PM ET - Building Performance Analysis Tools - GAIA ASHRAEI 90.1

I have space for 25 people to attend via live webcast tomorrow.  If you an MEP engineer or work with sustainable design, this will be a great introduction to some fantastic technology that works with Revit.  If you're in Florida (our territory), even better.  


ACAI Associates  is pleased to welcome the founder and managing director of Integrated Environmental Solutions, Dr. Don Mclean, for a presentation of their cutting edge suite of building performance simulation and analysis tools including VE Pro the premier LEED energy credits navigator, VE-GAIA and VE Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1 used by leading sustainable design experts around the globe to analyze and represent the performance impacts of different sustainable design strategies.


Don't miss this rare opportunity to share industry trends and insights with one of the most renowned leaders in energy and lighting analysis. 


Friday, 30 September 2011  from 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autodesk - Developer Center - Cloud Computing and Your Autodesk Product Plug-ins

Want to get your head in the cloud?

Autodesk - Developer Center - Cloud Computing and Your Autodesk Product Plug-ins
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=17136545

Cloud Computing and Your Autodesk Product Plug-ins

Overview

The world of computing is always changing: corporate mainframe computers were replaced by desktops; desktops became laptops; phones became mobile and then became smart; mobile data streaming allowed smartphone, handheld and tablet device users to be connected anywhere in the world. These advances were ‘game changers’ – new technology that made older systems obsolete almost overnight. They were revolutions not evolutions, and those businesses that couldn’t adapt quickly enough were replaced by those that could.

A revolutionary change is happening now - the move to cloud computing (or Software as a Service (SaaS)). Cloud computing is essentially just renting processing power and storage space on a virtual server that is managed in a remote datacenter and which you access over the internet. The technology is now mature – it is reliable, low cost, and simple to use. Vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are competing with each other to make their cloud services more reliable, cheaper, and easier to use than their competitors. Autodesk is experimenting extensively with cloud services. See labs.autodesk.com for some of our technology previews, or visit www.autodesk.com to discover some of our mature solutions, such as Autodesk Homestyler® or Green Building Studio®, that are available now.

So why might your applications benefit from the cloud? The answer is simple - for the same reasons Autodesk applications do. Consider these simple example scenarios:

  • Your application performs a processor intensive task, such as photo-realistic rendering, FEA analysis, or feature recognition. Instead of tying up your customer's computer for hours, why not send the raw data to a virtual machine on the cloud and then send the results back when they are finished. While your cloud service is grinding away at the data, your customer can carry on with their work.
  • Your application, or the reference data it uses, frequently changes. Instead of shipping frequent updates for your customer to install, you can just update one application on your cloud server and your updated algorithm or data is immediately available to all your customers.
  • Your customers are accessing a common dataset from geographically distributed locations. That data needs to be stored somewhere, so do you buy a set of servers, rent a room to house them in, and pay a server admin to maintain them; or do you just rent space in the cloud and let your cloud provider take care of all the maintenance and administration for you?
  • Demand for your services varies significantly through the day. Perhaps you have thousands of customers accessing your services during peak hours, but only one or two during the night. Should you scale your server farm to cope with the peak demand and accept that most of the time your processors will be idle, should you plan for the average demand and accept that customers will be frustrated during peak demand; or should you use a cloud provider that can automatically bring additional servers online for you at the peak and remove them when they’re no longer needed – and you only pay for the additional servers when you’re using them?

Startup costs for cloud computing are so low that you can easily afford to experiment with the technology. And the learning curve is shallow, so it's an easy step from writing desktop applications to cloud applications.

Getting Started

To help you get started, the Autodesk® Developer Network team has put together the following informational DevTV videos:

  • Up in the Cloud — An overview of the benefits of cloud computing by Jim Quanci, Director for the Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Getting Started with Cloud Computing An introduction to the basics of creating a cloud computing application with demonstrations of integrating a cloud service with an AutoCAD® plug-in application by Stephen Preston, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Revit Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Revit® plug-in application by Jeremy Tammik, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Inventor Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Inventor® plug-in application by Philippe Leefsma, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Civil 3D Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Civil 3D® plug-in application by Augusto Gonçalves, Autodesk Developer Network.

The sample code used in the demonstration is available here.

Further Reading

For additional information and tutorial material, please visit the website of your favorite cloud computing provider. We can't list them all here, but here are three:


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Autodesk Cloud Software Products now available

How many of you pay attention to this stuff?  It's amazing that we have so much technology and the portability to go with it.  Anyone who thinks an iPad is just a big iPhone just doesn't get it.  Anyone who thinks their giving their employees iPads is a bad idea because it's expensive and just a big toy just doesn't get it.  


Last Friday, we had a technology seminar for 60 general contractors and subs about "A Glimpse Into the Future" about all of these great technologies that are here now or coming very very soon.  I put on a seminar of technology for contractors on the iPad.  What a captive audience that was.  Two days later, one of the companies came to my office with 4 people to hire me to consult with them and get their field people fully mobile.  I can't tell you how happy I am now that my company is so diversified and on the cutting edge of technology and that we get to play with the tools you only read about or dream about.


The ability to share your models and plans over the internet and on an iPad is the most amazing use of technology for efficiency and collaboration.


It looks like you only have until September 27th to play with some of these toys, specifically Project Nitrous.  



KEY FEATURES

  • 1 GB of online storage for FREE *
  • Easy file sharing
  • Access control to files
  • Shared folders for multi-party collaboration
  • Fast upload and download of files
  • Web-based viewing of 2D and 3D DWF files
  • A complete online workflow that includes web-based file sharing, viewing, editing, and commenting
Wow, if every Autodesk customer used 1 GB of free storage, that would be a lot of of space.  It's 8800 Terabytes.  
1024 GB = 1 Terabyte in case you were curious.
You can buy a 2 TB hard drive for $80, so it's $40 per Terabyte.
Since there's a 2 TB limit right now, you'd need 4400 hard drives at $80, so your subscription dollars are going to the potentially expensive $352,000 bill to Autodesk from Amazon Cloud Services for all of your data needs.  



tryitOVERVIEW
Autodesk Project Nitrous is a cloud-based collaboration service for design files. Architects, Engineers, Design Professionals, and their clients can all use Project Nitrous to view, edit, and share their 2D and 3D design files. There is no need to own an Autodesk product or to download special software to use this service.
Getting started is as simple as creating an account and uploading your first file. Project Nitrous provides every user with 1GB of free storage space and an unlimited amount of collaboration.
The technology preview is available until September 27, 2011.
LATEST RELEASE
This latest release features:
  • Improved uploading of large number of files. Select a bunch of files to upload, click the upload button, and see it get minimized at the bottom of the screen, so you can continue working!
  • Maximize the UI by click on the expand arrow in top right when viewing the contents of file.
  • New Landing Page. You can see it by logging off Nitrous.
  • New ability to view the details of a folder. Try it out by creating a folder in Nitrous and then Right Mouse click and Folder Details.
  • Easier way to rename files. Try it out by hovering over a file and then Right Mouse click and Rename.
  • Drag and drag and drop folders and subfolders.
  • Other UI tweaks, improvements and bug fixes.
KEY FEATURES
  • 1 GB of online storage for FREE *
  • Easy file sharing
  • Access control to files
  • Shared folders for multi-party collaboration
  • Fast upload and download of files
  • Web-based viewing of 2D and 3D DWF files
  • A complete online workflow that includes web-based file sharing, viewing, editing, and commenting
* subject to the terms and conditionsGET INVOLVED
As the old adage goes, “There is always room for improvement!” and we are eager to hear your feedback about Project Nitrous. We have large plans and a big vision for where this service is headed, and this is an early glimpse into where we are going. Please share your ideas, comments and requests! You can use the links at the top of this page to provide your feedback, or you can also post comments on the Between the Lines or It's Alive in the Lab blog. Lastly, you can submit your suggestions and comments within the Project Nitrous Service itself through our Get Satisfaction portal. Tell us what you really think and how we can improve the product to serve your needs, improve your workflow, and enhance what you do. To get started, see the getting started page.


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Autodesk Design Review Now Available for the iPad and Revit #BIM #IPD #AIA

Hmmm...I hope Autodesk didn't do this just because of the post I wrote last week. We finally have the full portability we've been looking for.

Quick thoughts:
I can't take file downloaded in Buzzsaw Mobile and view it here. I'm hoping Autodesk will fix this momentarily.
The DWF sample model has 2D and 3D views. You can see all of your sheets. That's great.
The 3D view is easy to use.
Walking through the model is missing. Come on, if Archicad's version can do that, so should Autodesk.
Clicking on an object gives you all of it's element properties. That's great to find a heigh, offset or measurement or square footage. Fantastic!
You can annotate a sheet. You can't draw on it, but you can type in notes. It needs drawing/sketching capabilities and a method to email that notation quickly.
You can only annotate in 2D, not 3D. Well, we an always do a screenshot and mark it up in another program, but that misses the point.
Maybe you need an Autodesk Cloud account first. Go to http://nitrous.labs.autodesk.com and click the get started button.
Hmm....how do I share a model with someone else? It looks like I can do it from the Nitrous website, but what about from my iPad?


App Store - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/design-review-mobile/id459112753?mt=8&ls=1



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Design Review Mobile

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Description

Expedite the design review process by viewing and redlining design files in the field. Autodesk® Design Review mobile app enables you to review Autodesk 2D and 3D design files directly on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. View, mark-up, and annotate drawings on the spot, reduce the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings, and enjoy an all-digital design review workflow.

✓View
• Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud account
• Use multi-touch to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
• View meta data and other details about elements within your drawings

✓Markup & Annotate

• Use simple and intuitive redline and markup tools to communicate changes
• Add text or comments using familiar callouts and drawing tools
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Customer Reviews

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This app is simple and easy to use!!

Design Review Mobile
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released: Sep 25, 2011
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • iOS 4.0 Tested
  • Size: 11.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Autodesk
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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