Wednesday, January 12, 2005

ADT's Project Navigator

Many ADT users are not taking advantage of the Project Navigator because it's so confusing. I confess that when I first started trying to figure it out in ADT 2004 I could follow along with the tutorial, but couldn't really get the hang of it otherwise.

There are several advantages to using it. First, if you'll update your titleblock with fields, you'll only need to enter your basic project information once. When you create a new project that basic information will be filled in on all new drawings so you won't be spending time and making mistakes updating titleblocks.

Second, this is the only way (that I know of) to create a section or elevation of multiple levels (floors) together easily.

Third, callouts are automatically labeled and linked.

Trying to explain Project Navigator to users so that they can use it is sometimes difficult. The most important thing to remember is that you don't have to use all of it. You don't need to define divisions or elements if you choose not to do so.

If you'd like more information on using this, here are some links about Project Navigator.

From Beau Turner:

Written by Ed Goldberg and found on the Autodesk site:

Chris Yanchar's site is always a good resource for ADT:

And finally, my friend Elise Moss always has tutorials, sample chapters from her many books, and tips and tricks on her website:

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I'll post more information on Project Navigator here as I find it or think of it in hopes of the lightbulb going off for you. Please share your thoughts, questions, and explanations here for all to benefit.

You will also find plenty of information on Project Navigator on the AUGI forums. You'll need to join to read them, but it's free, and there's plenty of information that can be found there regarding Architectural Desktop. Users helping users. A search today found 39 different threads about Project Navigator.

Another good user group is email based only but does have all email threads archived on the site is the World Autodesk® Users Network

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