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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It's Wednesday, so today's TED schedule includes:
As I mentioned for the past two days, TED is a nonprofit that started out centered on Technology, Entertainment, and Design but whose charter has since expanded to cover most aspects of the human condition. The TED conference is being held in Long Beach, California this week. As a Design software company with Technology that serves many industries (including the Entertainment industry), Autodesk is actually one of TED's largest partners.
On Monday I covered the Master Classes. Yesterday I covered the exhibits in the Autodesk Social Space. Today I'll talk about Fight Club: IDEAS Cage Matches. I am reminded of Monty Python's "I'd like to have an argument..." skit. From its name, I am certainly reminded of the movie Fight Club. Think of a cage match as a civilized combination of the two. The nickname for the matches is Grey Matter Smackdown. These are patterned after the sessions we conducted at Autodesk University (AU):
The TED Fight Club: IDEAS Cage Match is a fun, dynamic, colorful event in which pairs of debaters ("fighters"), several current and past TED speakers, argue for opposite sides of a single question. They do this in a mock boxing ring - with over the top smoke effects, lighting, and campy commentary. Though the form of the event is total pop culture, the content is substantial, thoughtful, and leaves the audience entertained, engaged, and most importantly, thinking.
Our aim is to create an event that reflects the spirit of TED - lively, thought-provoking and unexpected. Typically the TED conference format consists of tightly scripted presentations with no questions. Whereas TED promotes "Ideas worth sharing," the Cage Match is about "Discussions worth having."
Monday, February 27, 2012
Video Available: Autodesk Showcases Sustainable Design at Second Annual Sustainability Summit
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) President and CEO Carl Bass joined Fortune Magazine Sr. Writer and Editor Marc Gunther to discuss sustainable design at the company's recent Sustainability Summit in San Francisco. Also presenting were a panel of customers discussing their use of Autodesk software to design greener buildings, better manufacturing processes, water turbines and an eco-refrigerator. Lynelle Cameron, the company's director of sustainability, opened the event with details about the company's recent green datacenter project, a new version of Autodesk Green Building Studio, and other news.
Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE19734877B570BB2
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
Autodesk and AutoCAD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2012 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I was making breakfast this morning, debating between making hard boiled or scrambled eggs. I figured it would be faster to make scrambled eggs, although that wasn't my first choice. As I was cracking the eggs, I thought I'd try something different. Instead of taking an egg and cracking it on the edge of a glass, I took a fork and stabbed the egg. The egg was slowly coming out of the shell and into the glass.
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It's time for TED. For the fortunate attendees, today's TED schedule includes:
"TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started out as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. With two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize." source Yesterday through March 2, the conference is being physically held in Long Beach and simultaneously broadcasted to Palm Springs.
Autodesk has a long history with TED. Our involvement has grown each year. As a Design software company with our own Technology to serve the Entertainment industry (as well as other industries such as architecture/engineering/construction and manufacturing), TED is right up our alley. TED is an ideal organization to help drive Autodesk's vision to imagine, design, and create a better world.
So what's on deck for today includes:
Autodesk Social Space
The social space includes some exhibits from our Gallery at One Market. The exhibits were chosen to reinforce and augment the TED theme of Full Spectrum by providing a physical experience of the impact of design, engineering, and visualization tools across a range of physical scales - from the exceedingly small to the vastly large. I will cover the exhibits tomorrow. For today, let's talk about the master classes.
Autodesk Master Class: Visualizing Business Strategy
Master classes are normally 22 minutes long. Ours happen to be 52 minutes. They cater to small audiences of 20 to 30 people. Like tickets to a Bruce Springsteen show, ours filled up after 6 minutes. For any business, strategy is about finding something that: is unique, is valuable to customers, leverages core competencies, and is defendable against being copied by competitors. We will share our insights into strategy as they relate to the architecture/engineering/construction, manufacturing, and media/entertainment industries. Autodesk Fellow, Tom Wujec, will show that design practices can indeed be applied to business collaboration.
Autodesk Master Class: Rip, Mod, Fab
The maker movement is evidence that several technologies have come together to transform the way hobbyists and professionals design and make things.
RIP: Make accurate 3D digital models from photographs using Autodesk Labs graduate 123D Catch Beta. MOD: Analyze, enhance, and improve them with tablet and desktop software such as 123D Sculpt. FAB: Print enhanced designs into tangible 3D objects with software such a s 123D Make.
Autodesk Senior Product Manager, Tatjana Dzambazova, will show that from the microscopic to the massive and from simple to complex, emerging technologies and techniques are transforming design in the home, studio, and office.
Design is alive at TED.
Friday, February 24, 2012
This post comes from one of our Product Support Specialists here in the US, Lance Coffey. Thanks for the tips Lance!
There are many tools in Revit for making project, view, or element level changes to your project file, and many of these tools can also be used to troubleshoot undesired or unexpected behavior in the project.
Note: When using these tools for troubleshooting purposes, it is likely that changes will be made to the project that you will not want to keep. To avoid accidentally making unwanted changes to your project file, before going through any of the steps below, make a copy of the project (and if necessary linked project files) and only work with the copied file.
Whenever troubleshooting a project specific issue, you should get the following information (actually this information is good for troubleshooting most software issues):
- What is happening exactly, and why is it unexpected. (If you are the one running into the issue, then this should be easy to get.)
- Has this worked in the past?
- If the answer to number 2 is yes, then see if you can find what has changed between when it last worked and now (different computer, network, hardware, software, add-ins, etc).
- Is your product updated? Check to make sure there are no updates that you can apply.
Number one is important because if you don't have a clear idea of what you are trying to fix, then it is hard to know if (and when) you have fixed it.
If the answer to number two is no, then you may also need to verify that the process you are going through is supposed to work.
It is a good idea to apply product updates when troubleshooting unexpected behavior (as updates often resolve such issues). In addition, if you will be working with someone else to troubleshoot the issue, it is a good idea for everyone to be using the same product version.
- Manage Links
- Transfer Project Standards
- View Templates
- Project Browser
- Copy and Paste
Manage Links/Linked Files:
Linked files can cause unexpected behavior in Revit, such as unexpected display of linked elements, crashing, or they could prevent a project file from opening in the first place.
If you can't open the host project file, try copying it to a location without the linked files, and verify if you can open it. If you can, then you can begin determining which linked file is preventing the project from opening (if you find that you can only have a certain number of any given linked files loaded, you may be seeing a resource related issue).
If you can open the project, but are seeing unexpected behavior, a good first step is to go into the Manage Links dialog (on the Insert Ribbon Tab), and remove all linked files from the project to see if the issue is related to one (or more) of the linked files.
Transfer Project Standards:
Sometimes, you have one project which is not working like another, and you don't know what setting in Revit is causing the different behavior. To clear the issue, you can try transferring all the project standards from the working project to the problematic one. To narrow down what setting was causing the issue (if transferring all of the project standards fixes the issue), you can transfer them in groups, or individually until you find the specific category that clears the issue, and then compare the category settings between the two projects.
Occasionally you may find that one view, is not behaving like other views in your project. In this situation you can create a view template from the view that is working (as you expect), and apply that template to the problematic view. If the issue is cleared, you can modify the view template to apply fewer settings and determine what specific category was different between the views.
The Project Browser is the tool that allows you to access the different views in your project. It also allows you to access and manipulate Families, Groups, and Revit Links.
If you suspect a particular group is causing issues in your project, you can find the group in the Project Browser, right click on it, and click Select All Instances -> In entire Project. Once you have all the instances selected, you can ungroup them or remove them from the project.
If a particular family is not working as you expect, and you want to remove and reload the family, you can use the steps above to select all instances in the project, and then use the Type Selector to change the instances to a temporary family type (to do this you should create a new family type on a different family in the same category and then change the instances to the new family type), remove the existing family (which no longer has any instances), reload the family into the project, and then change the previous family instances back to their original family type.
If you suspect that one or more families are causing an error in your project, you can use the project browser to remove all of the families (except for a single instance of each system family type) and verify if the error is cleared. If the error is cleared, you can then narrow down what family (or families) was involved with the error.
Note: If you remove the family it will remove the family instance(s). It is possible an error could be related to a particular instance of the family, and not the family itself. This leads to the next tool:
Cut and Paste:
If you find a particular element in the project is not behaving as expected, you can try recreating it by Cutting it to the clipboard, and then pasting it aligned to the same place.
If you are not familiar with one or more of the tools above, the following help topics have information on the basic usage of the tools:
- Managing Links
- Transferring Project Standards
- View Templates
- Using the Project Browser
- Copying Elements to the Clipboard
As I mentioned at the beginning, please do not try out these steps with your original project file. Instead, start with a copy.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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The following Hotfix has just been released for Autodesk Revit 2012 x64 products:
The Hotfix is meant to address crashing issues when working with large file sets. Some common symptoms of the issue include:
- Typically, journal files will have the following exception code near the end: ExceptionCode=0xe0434352
- Journals will show plenty of available RAM at the time of the crash.
- Crashes will commonly be reported when users are doing things like activating a Drafting View, clicking on the Application Menu, or drawing Detail Lines.
This Hotfix applies to 64 bit systems only, and Web Update 2 must be installed first - so verify that the build number of Revit 2012 is 20110916_2132 before you apply it.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Anyone out there have a Xerox WorkCenter printer? We just got a new copier today, so I did my part to harass the installation tech. I asked her if there was a way to print from my iPad to the printer.
Well, darn it, she answered in the affirmative. Xerox has an app called PrintBack. You get the iPad app and then install a system tray program on your Mac or PC. Printback sends the clipboard, photos, or most "Open In" file types.
So, from an email, hold your finger on a PDF attachment. Tap PrintBack on the list and the PDF opens in PrintBack. Then just click the print button and it sends the file to your DropBox account. Once it syncs to your computer, the computer app sends it to our Xerox Printer. It actually prints to our default printer, so maybe it will work with any printer.
You can have it send to a mail account instead of DropBox. But, since you can get a free account, that seems easier.
There's also a website called sendtodropbox.com that will let you email files to a special email address that will send to your DropBox account. Don't know if that will work here, but DropBox sucks for not giving you an email to address. Sugarsync and Box.net do, so why doesn't DropBox.
Anyway, you can print from a job site and have the document print at your office. Cool technology and efficiency.