Friday, November 25, 2011

Autodesk University 2011

Autodesk University 2011 is now upon us with the kickoff in the next few days.  I was not able to attend Autodesk University 2010 due to my cancer and recovery that was more mental than physical.  I was very proud to be selected to present at AU2011 and have been working on my presentation and looking forward to being back in Vegas one more time. 

Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control have made this trip impossible and I've had to cancel.  I hate letting people down and every time I see something about Vegas or AU it reminds me of the experiences I've had there to learn, teach, and visit with friends.  It reminds me of the visits there with my late husband, Peter, and what we enjoyed off the strip after AU.

I've been struggling all year with doing something different with my life.  I've been exploring other options and taking classes.  I'm changing into a healthcare field.  This would've been my final AU.  That's why it was so tough to cancel.  I didn't know at the time that I submitted my proposals for AU or when I accepted that I was going to find the career change that I'd been search for since my husband's death.

I've written several AutoCAD MEP articles for AUGIWorld and will have the final one coming out shortly.  I've done my best over the years to show AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEP users just how easy AutoCAD can be with straightforward information.  Not because I'm any smarter than anyone else, but because I believe in sharing what I can.

I'm starting a new blog to share things I learn in life, in my new classes, and whatever comes across my mind to write about. 

Thank you to all who have followed me and inspired me.  Learn all you can and share what you learn with others. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I want to write a few items over upcoming posts about my experience with creating and using PDF files in AutoCAD.  What is your reason for using PDF files?  Why PDF and not DWF?  Do you put multiple types of files in a single PDF document?  Do you use AutoCAD to make your PDF files if you have a new enough version or do you use another software package to do this? 

Thanks for the concern

Thanks to everyone that has contacted me to see how I am doing.  My surgery went fine and they got all the cancer with no further need for treatments.  I'm glad I paid attention to my body and went to the doctor when something was off.  That meant catching it early.  I'll be followed every 3 months for the next year. 

My son and his wife have moved here from China and I have a special guardian angel that has taken a role in caring for me.

This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of my husband's death.  It's hard to believe it's been a year.

I've been away from the blog longer than ever before.  I have been searching for what I want to do in life.  I'd rather get back into using AutoCAD more and am searching for a job currently.  It doesn't matter where, but I would like to settle into a long term job and just work with AutoCAD as I started out doing almost 20 years ago now.  

Sunday, May 23, 2010


What's New?  Well, you've probably already heard that the Autodesk 2011 products are out now.  Autodesk University submission deadline has come and gone and now the courses are open for voting on what you'd like to see. 

I've been out of touch in all this.  I took a trip to China for a couple of week's for my son's wedding.  I enjoyed the experience greatly and got to see a lot of China that the normal tourists wouldn't see.  It was the trip of a lifetime. 

Right before I left, I was diagnosed with endometral cancer.  I will be having surgery on May 24.  The hope is that surgery will remove it all and chemotherapy and radiation will not be needed.  Time will tell.  So I'm out of the loop for a little while. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Layer Keys in AutoCAD Architecture & AutoCAD MEP

It's not new, but it's is worth repeating. 

Generating the Layers in a Layer Key Style

This is David Koch's blog, The Architect's Desktop. 

Friday, March 05, 2010

What can you do for Autodesk?

I've been someone that likes to give back to any place where I have learned something and feel that I can share something I've learned with others.  I began doing this back in 2000 when I first started teaching the free on-line training classes for AUGI.  I think we were still on an email list back then before the current website, but I'm not sure I can remember details now.  I've since tried to teach AUGI ATP classes as much as they'll have me and I have something of value to provide.

I have also been involved with providing feedback to Autodesk for a long time.  I started as a beta tester and later continued on as a beta tester to be able to keep one step ahead and offer some feedback but mainly as a way to be more prepared when it becomes permitted to speak on the new release officially.  I don't have to play catch up and can get the word out with more authority and understanding.

I have done usability testing that has involved online or phone interviews or hands-on experiences at Autodesk University.  I have done other types of feedback that continue to expand through Autodesk aimed at specific industries or software.  I'm big on volunteering for any of these.

Why?  Because if we all sit quietly on our hands how would Autodesk know what we thought and be able to make an attempt to develop products or even their website without asking us.  And I've never been good at keeping my mouth shut anyhow!  May be part of the redhead thing.

When you install your software you will be prompted for an opportunity to give feedback through customer experience as well as for any error reports.  I highly encourage you to do this.  Don't just skip past the dialog box.

Beta testing typically takes place in the fall, but you can sign up at any time.  It's not advised to install beta software on your work production computer, but a separate computer or if you're at the extreme side on the geek scale you could do this from your home computer.

Sign up to beta test.

  Now, come on Spring...

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Whitewalls for the CAD Cruiser

The CADmobile is sporting brand new white walls.  This is the look before the hubcaps go on.
(Ignore the dirty car.)

Now if we could just stop having all this snow...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Are you getting the training you need?

It's come to my attention recently that some of the available training out there has changed.  One firm I know of rarely has enough students for a class and therefore the few that do sign up keep getting canceled from the class.  This is frustrating for those students that do want to learn I am sure.

The other change is based on the economy and trying to do more with less people.  I've also seen many areas that have not experienced a downturn and are as busy as always.  When firms are busy, it makes it harder to justify training.  Of course it can certainly be said that with some good training, you may increase productivity.  It's just not an immediate return on your investment.

Those of you that have trained with me in the past know that I've never followed conventional training methods.  Now it would seem, trainers and firms that train across the country are all looking for ways to train differently.

If you are looking for training, besides the experience of the trainer, you may want to ask some of these questions.  I always encourage them of anyone with whom I do training.

  • Do you offer custom training (without a lot of extra cost) to allow my employees to only be out of the office 1/2 day at a time or break training into 1 day a week for x number of weeks?
  • Do you offer webinar training to enhance classroom training?
  • Do you offer follow up training a month after our training for areas where we need to review more or expand our knowledge a little more indepth?
  • What type of support do you offer along the way as we are learning this new software?  
  • Can you use some of our files in training?
Get the training that will help you be successful.  Don't just attend some 3-4 day class where you'll retain a small amount and not gain as much when you return to your office and begin working on a real project.